My name is Michelle Ailport, and I am a digital journalist and graduate student studying at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

I am passionate about turning passive media consumers into action-takers.

With a creative eye and a knack for audience engagement, I am a summer intern with USA TODAY. In this role, I serve as a digital producer for Gannett’s properties in Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington. I’ve interned at Arizona’s largest paper of record, The Arizona Republic, as well as Arizona PBS, the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, BLOOM365 and SPOT 127 Youth Media Center.

In my spare time, I enjoy roller skating, wandering around plant stores and sipping an occasional cup of chai.

Don’t worry, I’m on Twitter, too.