My natural tendency to connect with people has largely driven my personal and professional experiences over the last few years.

Presently, I am working on my Honors Senior Thesis through the American Studies department, titled: Katie Couric and Shifting Perceptions of Femininity in Broadcast Journalism. Over the last few months, I have been researching and writing the beginnings of the 75 page academic work.

In November 2018, the University of Notre Dame awarded me a grant to travel to New York City to conduct research for the project. During my trip, after months of outreach, I was able to spend a couple hours with Couric to discuss her thoughts on her career and the status of women’s roles in the industry. Not only was this day invaluable for my work, but additionally fueled my desire to work in the industry upon my graduation in May 2019. I am beyond excited to see where the rest of my thesis takes me and am looking forward to continuing contact with Ms. Couric and her team!

Outside of my academic work,  I am currently a multimedia news writer for the daily student newspaper, The Observer. Over the last three semesters, I have covered the National Call-In Day for DACA recipients, Notre Dame’s IDEA Center for entrepreneurship, and stories about student experiences with Notre Dame’s Washington D.C. and Silicon Valley programs.

My journalism experience has culminated in an phenomenal opportunity to participate in “Covering America”- a semester-long course focused on covering Puerto Rico’s revival from Hurricane Maria. I will be traveling with my professors and a handful of other students to continue coverage of the country’s fragile recovery in March of 2019.

Beyond being a news writer, I adore my jobs as a campus tour guide and a Notre Dame Student Ambassador. Both roles allow me to connect my Notre Dame story with others’ interests and desires. The best part of both roles is catering to a wide variety of interests and interacting with people from a wide-range of backgrounds.

Last summer, for the second consecutive year, I returned to MassChallenge: a global, non-profit startup accelerator in Boston, Massachusetts, to run their internship program and maintain a communications position.

Next year I hope to use my experiences with my senior thesis and my journalism experience with Covering America to move into the broadcast journalism industry.

Please reach out if you would like to chat or have an interest in my work via: afazio1@nd.edu!