I got my start in journalism long before anyone could call me a journalist. I participated in a creative writing competition, the Power of the Pen, in the sixth and seventh grades. My writing there led to several awards, including two trips to the state level competitions.
My love of the written word grew from there as I both read and wrote my way through high school. As a sophomore in my hometown of Wauseon, Ohio, I wrote for a local paper, the Fulton County Expositor. My desire to become a journalist stemmed from that experience and led me to Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism, where I am a senior.
In Athens, I came into contact with a variety of journalists. I decided to cast a wide net in my choices for what type of medium I’d explore. I worked at the WOUB Center for Public Media in the sports department, including being a reporter for the award-winning television show, “Gridiron Glory.” I was also a reporter for the student-run web production, The New Political. During the offseason I wrote for another local paper back home in Northwest Ohio, The Archbold Buckeye.
All of those endeavors have now given me the amazing opportunity with the Scripps Howard Foundation’s Semester in Washington program. I look forward to covering Capitol Hill, the White House and the Supreme Court.
WASHINGTON - Chet Putek, 53, wasn’t laughing because he’d heard an especially funny joke. He was laughing because he’d been asked what he thought of Congress.
WASHINGTON - For most Americans, the difference between – and meaning of – the words “individual” and “person” is probably not something that they lie awake at night thinking about. But for the participants in Tuesday’s Supreme Court oral arguments, how the nine justices determine that difference could mean millions of dollars and justice for victims' families.
WASHINGTON - Do Americans have a constitutional right to lie? Can the government punish people for lying about having earned military awards? And if the government can, does that violate a person's First Amendment right to freedom of speech?
WASHINGTON – Talks between Democratic and Republican lawmakers about how to fund the extension of the payroll tax cut beyond this month became tense at several points Tuesday.