2017 Lilly Scholar – Katie Hunger

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Katie Hunger
Attending DePauw University to major in English literature

“This semester has consisted of eating, breathing and sleeping journalism. Serving as the editor-in-chief of The DePauw has been challenging, but absolutely worth it. We covered a number of very important, and often contentious, stories from near tragedies in Greek-life, to staff layoffs, to questions about the future of the university. Along the way we were met by both harsh critics and fierce supporters. Through it all, my staff remained resilient and dedicated to sharing the truth.

I also finished up my internship at the IndyStar this semester. There are so many different roles at a larger newspaper like the IndyStar, and I loved having the opportunity to make some connections there and learn more about the possibilities of a future in journalism.

On top of that, I spent all semester enrolled in an online course in order to prepare for my summer internship in Phoenix, Arizona working with News21, an investigative reporting program based out of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. The program has produced award winning pieces—most recently, Hate In America, which won the prestigious RFK award—on a number of important topics. Their work has been published in USA Today, The Washington Post, NPR and more. To say I’m over the moon about this opportunity would be an understatement. This year, the project’s focus is natural disasters and disaster relief efforts. We’ve spoken with a former director of FEMA, an expert on building codes, and so many other great sources. Stay on the lookout for the finished product in a few months!”

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