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Personal profiles are a unique approach to news writing. Unlike hard news stories, they aim to humanize events and individuals by profiling them in a narrative rather than journalistic style. This section provides profiles on reporters and others related to the University and the White House Correspondents' Association.

Elizabeth Crisp, Journalist

Elizabeth Crisp is a reporter based in Washington, DC. Crisp earned her B.A. in communications with a concentration in journalism from Mississippi State University, where she served as editor-in-chief for the campus newspaper, The Reflector. She then remained in Mississippi to cover state politics for The Clairion-…

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Erin Harper

Name: Erin Harper
Year in school: Senior
Major: Multiplatform Journalism
Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Erin is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She writes short articles, some of which have been published in small media outlets.  She has worked for national and international news organizations, including PBS as a special projects intern, CNN as a…

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Robert Crilly, White House Reporter

Robert Crilly is a British-Irish journalist currently based in the United States. Crilly was educated at Downing College in Cambridge, England, before beginning his career as a reporter. He eventually assumed the role of Edinburgh Bureau Chief for The Telegraph before departing to work as a correspondent in East Africa for The Times and then for The Telegraph.

After his time in Africa…

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Goodin in a gaggle

Emily Goodin is a reporter based in Arlington, Virginia. Goodin received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, before beginning her career as a staff writer for The Hotline in 1999, where she would work to become a senior editor. Goodin was then hired by The Hill as an associate editor for campaigns…

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Ellie Jornlin

Name: Ellie Jornlin
Year in school: Freshman
Major: Journalism
Hometown: Hagerstown, MD

Ellie just finished her first year at the University of Maryland.  She is involved in the Terrapin Yearbook and is applying to be a part of the Diamondback. She used her first semester at UMD to get used to life as a college student.  She is looking forward to gettting more…

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Ava Thompson

Name: Ava Thompson
Year in school: Sophomore
Major: Multiplatform Journalism
Minor: Science, Technology, Ethics and Policy (S.T.E.P.)
Hometown: Chicago, IL

Ava is a producer for Capital News Service, a video production intern for the university's office of marketing and communications, a replay operator for Big Ten Network Plus and…

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Katherine Mahoney

Name: Katherine Mahoney
Year in school: Junior
Major: Journalism and Studio Art
Hometown: Brookeville, MD

Katherine is a staff writer for HerCampus at the University of Maryland and has written for the Diamondback, the Beacon, Mitzpeh and more!  She…

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