Michelle Ailport is attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Barrett, The Honors College, pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication as well as a minor in public policy and certificate in cross-sector leadership.
In the fall, she served as a program coordinator for Arizona Horizon on Arizona PBS. She serves in The Arizona Republic’s Digital Features and News Unit in the USAToday network.
She has been a production assistant at SPOT 127, KJZZ’s Youth Media Center and just wrapped up after a year and a half as a lead peer advocate at a nonprofit organization, BLOOM365.
She was selected as Dave Cosgrove Student Journalist of the Year and Arizona Student Journalist of the Year by the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association and Journalism Education Association in 2018. She and her work have awarded by the Rocky Mountain Emmy Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Coca-Cola Foundation and Elks National Foundation, among others.
This summer she headed to Israel, Germany and Washington, D.C. to study political history, journalism and social movements. Upon completing her B.A./M.A. program, her interests include becoming a Report for America Corps member, working in the public or nonprofit sector or pursuing law school to combine her passions for storytelling, community impact and social change.