- E-mail: email@example.com
- Phone: 651-491-3159
- Where I Live: Orland Park IL
- Birthday: August 16
Anna is originally from Northfield MN and graduated from Northfield Senior High School in 2007. She then attended Loyola University of Chicago, where she double majored in English and Women's Studies and Gender Studies, minored in Art History and discovered her passion for community journalism.
During her four years at Loyola, Anna was involved in the writing and production of Loyola's weekly student newspaper, the Loyola Phoenix. At the Phoenix, she worked specifically as an arts reviewer, reporter, columnist, assistant editor and section editor. While attending Loyola, she also interned at Chicago Art Magazine and began freelancing for Northfield Patch, where she discovered her love for hyperlocal reporting.
After graduating in May 2011, Anna briefly moved to Washington DC to work as a press intern for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
She spent her first post-collegiate year working as an assistant editor for Patch sites across the Twin Cities metro. In this position, she provided a wide range of content and coordinated several community outreach events and projects.
Anna is ecstatic to be returning to Chicagoland, where she hopes to strengthen area communities by delivering accurate, engaging and relevant hyperlocal journalism.
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* How would you describe your political beliefs?
The extreme bipartisan divide in contemporary America has left me disenchanted with national politics. However, as a former Women's Studies and Gender Studies major, I have a strong interest in women's issues and social politics.
* How religious would you say you are? Casual, observant, devout, non-religious?
I was raised Catholic, received a Catholic elementary education and attended a Catholic university. However, these days I would say my strongest spiritual belief is that everything happens for a reason.
Local Hot Button Issues
* What do you think are the two or three most important issues facing the community?
Schools and development are both topics that have a strong impact on the direction and the identity of the community.
* Where do you stand on each of these issues?
I tend to form my opinions as specific issues arise and evolve. My primary stance on community issues is that an engaged, informed and invested community is a strong one.