Blog: College During COVID-19

KXAN’s interns are both learning about the news and living it — experiencing virtual learning and changes in their college and universities because of the coronavirus pandemic. Each is keeping a weekly blog about their experiences during the fall 2020 semester.

Faith Castle

Faith Castle is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, graduating this semester with a degree in journalism and a history minor. She has worked as a multimedia intern at KUT and multimedia fellow at The Texas Tribune. At her university, she is the co-founder of UT’s only Black interest publication, BlackPrint, and the president of UT’s National Association of Black Journalists Chapter. She’s looking forward to telling meaningful stories with KXAN News this semester.

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Hannah Falcon

Houston native Hannah Falcon is a senior at Texas A&M University, graduating in May with a degree in telecommunications and journalism. Hannah has experience in print and broadcast journalism and interned on Capitol Hill for the U.S. House of Representatives. She is excited to spend the semester working with the politics team at KXAN.

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Ashley Miznazi

Ashley is a junior at The University of Texas studying journalism and communications. At school, she is a member of the governing body of The Moody College of Communication, a videographer for The Daily Texan and a Director at UT’s audio production house, The Drag. Previously, she led research at the Dallas-based production company, AMS Pictures, for a non-fiction A&E docuseries airing in 2021. Ashley is passionate about opening up discussions with video and excited to report for KXAN News.

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Fall 2020 interns

Graysen Golter

Born in Houston, Texas, Graysen is currently studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He’s very excited to work with KXAN News this semester and to help bring quality reporting to Texas communities.

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Mercedes Gonzales

Mercedes is a senior journalism student at The University of Texas at Austin. She is co-News Director for Texas Student Television, the nation’s only FCC-licensed student run broadcast station. Her passion for writing and being informed led her to wanting to be a broadcast journalist. After graduation, Mercedes wants to report on her hometown of Austin, Texas, for a local news broadcast station.

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Ryan Chandler

Ryan is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin graduating this semester with degrees in journalism and government. He is a former editorial columnist and podcast reporter for The Daily Texan and host of Texas Student Television’s political roundtable program “Tower Talks.” He also has experience working for the Texas Senate and Harris County Commissioner’s Office, and he looks forward to spending his last semester reporting on the people and policies of Texas.

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