Missouri School of Journalism Commencement Speech, December 2016

I had the honor of being the alumni speaker at the Missouri School of Journalism's winter graduation in 2016. An excerpt from my prepared remarks appears below:

"Lately I’ve been asked some difficult questions both by peers, colleagues and students I’ve encountered who hope to one day do the work that I do. What will journalists who cover an administration openly hostile to reporters do for the next four, or even eight years? Will the hostility continue? Will it get worse? Do you even want to do this anymore?

If you’re an aspiring journalist and you’re asking yourself those questions, I can’t promise I have the answer for you. It’s a determination you have to make yourself. But I can tell you what I believe, and what my values tell me, values I learned here in the newsrooms on this campus that you’re graduating from today.

Those values tell me that what comes next is simple: We do our jobs. We work hard. We dig in.

We commit fearless acts of journalism that live up to the words our first Dean Walter Williams wrote in “The Journalists Creed.” That journalism is “stoutly independent,” “always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice, is unswayed by the appeal of privilege or the clamor of the mob.” It is, as Williams wrote, “a journalism of humanity and of today’s world.”

Today’s world demands a press that will doggedly pursue the truth about the institutions and people we cover, no matter how powerful they are."


Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service, Fall 2016

The Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) at the McCourt School of Public Policy welcomed its Fellows Class for the fall of 2016.

  • Scott Mulhauser (L’05), Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Embassy, Beijing; former VP Biden Deputy Chief of Staff, Obama-Biden 2012
  • Martin O'Malley (P’13), 61st Governor of Maryland; Candidate for President of the United States
  • Rebecca Sinderbrand (C’99), Deputy National Political Editor, The Washington Post
  • Michael Steel, Former Senior Advisor, Jeb! 2016; former Press Secretary, House Speaker John Boehner
  • Juana Summers, Editor, CNN Politics

Marie Claire 'New Guard',  2015

While serving as Mashable's political editor,  I was named to Marie Claire's 'New Guard' list of the 50 most connected women in America. Their write-up appears below:

Bona Fides: The journalist and social media pro is transforming the renowned tech blog into an election- season must-read. MC Predicts: A pro on camera—she often hosted C-SPAN's Washington Journal—she could be this election's breakout cable pundit.