Michelle Ailport is an audience-focused journalist and young professional from Phoenix, Arizona, living in Germany.

I am based in Bonn, Germany, until late June as a junior ambassador to the United States through a fellowship known as the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (Parlamentarisches Patenschafts-Programm auf Deutsch).

I am visiting Master’s student at Universität Bonn and also a recent graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

With a creative eye and a knack for audience engagement, I have interned and freelanced at a variety of media organizations, nonprofits and government offices. Before I left the United States, I was most recently an audience engagement intern at the Wall Street Journal during the summer of 2022.

In Germany, you can find me volunteering at a local Tafel, practicing new-found German vocabulary or exploring new places via public transit in my free time.