I am a double-ought, meaning I graduated from high school in 2000. Originally from the Midwest, I moved to the Southwest for five years. My love for traveling started with a trip to Europe after my senior year of highschool and a mission trip to Uganda at the end of my 20s was a dream come true. It is a goal to add Belize and the Pacific Northwest to areas explored.
I recently moved to the countryside of Georgia, where I hope to learn skills in cooking and gardening, with chickens and goats in the distant future. Personally my desire is to use my journalism skills for a career in Atlanta or any of the distinct surrounding areas.
I am a liberal progressive Christian that hopes to inform an audience through my view, or Rae’s perspective. My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way. ~Ernest Hemingway
It is my professional goal to work in print journalism by reporting on hard news and social issues. Politics nationally and abroad are a major focus of mine, as well as the environment in areas of biology, physics and government policy.
While earning my degrees in Journalism and Political Science through Indiana University, and being a copy editor and columnist with the Indiana Daily Student, I learned the importance of collecting information both locally and globally. Reporting for the Bloomington Alternative and The Alibi helped to refine my talents. I gained confidence in design applications while working for a publishing house, and expanded my range through html coding and e-learning techniques as an independent contractor. Most recently, my time working for a wire service helped me better understand how quickly news travels, the types of media being used around the world, and the goals of corporations.
As a volunteer for a world music and arts organization, Communications Director for INPIRG, canvasser for ACORN in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a member of a medical mission trip to Uganda, I have opened my scope on economic issues, government functions, and the strength of people.