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Meet Madeline Mitchell
Position at The Enquirer: Just took over the education beat. Prior to that, covered breaking news.
Why I became a journalist
I was a theatre kid growing up. I started ballet at age 3 and was in plays and musicals all the way through college. I majored in theatre, actually. But I always loved writing and research. I added journalism as a second major pretty much on a whim so that I could take more writing classes. And I loved it because, like theatre, it allowed me to tell stories. I think sharing stories, in any format, is the best way to bring people together. And we could all use more of that.
What I like best about my job
Have you met these people? They’re just fantastic. My coworkers make me laugh every day. They are kind, talented and some of my best friends I’ve ever had.
A story I worked on that has had a lasting impact on me
I fell in love with Cincinnati while I was covering Blink 2019. It was just a couple of months after I’d been hired as a full-time breaking news reporter. Stopping at each mural, art installation and light display while I walked from Findlay Market toward The Banks, my friend and Enquirer photojournalist Meg Vogel shared Cincinnati trivia with me and stories of her own from each city block. I remember being so in awe of the city, and feeling extremely lucky to be here. I still am, and I still do.
What is the biggest challenge I face
I struggle with maintaining a healthy work-life balance, but I am working on it!
What I like to do when I’m not working
I play the guitar and the cello, and I love writing music. In quarantine I also picked up knitting (thanks to FaceTime lessons from fellow Enquirer journalist Sarah Brookbank). I love running and hiking along Cincinnati’s beautiful trails. Oh, and I listen to Taylor Swift. Constantly.
Favorite Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky food
I’m a huge fan of Aglamesis Bro’s ice cream.
Why journalism matters
In a time when content is abundant and context sparse, journalism is more important than ever. We are here to help you – during a global health crisis, no less – so that you can make informed decisions for yourself and your loved ones.
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