Astead W. Herndon features reporting intern

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I have reporting experience at two of the nation's most respected media outlets: CNN and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

For CNN, I currently work with the digital team creating feature pieces under senior editor Mira Lowe. These stories center on tech, health, travel and relationships, but I have also developed a special role with CNN's social justice columnist John Sutter. This summer, I will be assisting him in research and ideas regarding "Change the List," CNN's social advocacy blog.

At the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, I was an education reporter under Erin Richards. There, I executed assignments and developed innovative stories that were featured throughout the Pulitzer Prize winning paper.

Bylines and clips from each of these internships can be seen below.

I also have worked extensively in political advocacy, media, and non-profit work.

This includes two roles specializing in “non-profit storytelling.” First, using data and numbers to tell the quantitative stories of policy at IMPACT Planning Council and at Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee – where I re-imagined a website and social media strategy.

Before focusing on journalism, I spent 2012 with City Year Milwaukee, an educational non-profit committed to ending the nation’s crisis of high school dropouts. Here, I worked as a small-group teacher for eighth graders who were showing poor behavior, attendance and course performance. Through that leadership, along with four teammates and the hard-working children of Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts, students enjoyed a litany of enrichment events, an after-school program and measured improvements in both grades and test scores.

Outside of work, I am Astead, an avid fan of rap music, The Wire, and soccer – where I support North London club Tottenham Hotspur.


Sports articles (2010-2012)

The Marquette Tribune
Marquette Women’s Volleyball: Treacherous road trip ahead

The Marquette women’s volleyball team (20-6, 10-0 Big East) will test its undefeated conference record this weekend with two difficult road matches against Cincinnati (18-8, 8-2) on Saturday and Louisville (17-6, 9-1) Sunday.

The Marquette Tribune
Marquette Women’s Volleyball: Execution, on-court energy will key to victory

embers of the Marquette women’s volleyball team (23-10) pointed to execution and on-court energy as the key ingredients needed to concoct a historic victory over Sun Belt Conference champion Western Kentucky (31-3) in Friday’s first round match-up in the NCAA Tournament in Champaign, Ill.

The Marquette Tribunequ
Vicker sister act fills MU rosters

Several years before they were standout athletes, Marquette’s Vicker trio were already roaming the halls of the Alumni Memorial Union. Raised in neighboring Whitefish Bay, the girls often accompanied their father, Todd Vicker, to his job as an administrator in the AMU.

The Marquette Tribune
Men’s tennis: Mamalat leads a positive team dynamic

With his friend and high school nemesis freshman Michael Zhu of Michigan across the net, sophomore Dan Mamalat of the Marquette men’s tennis team acknowledged that this was a match that he could not afford to lose.

The Marquette Tribune
Marquette men’s golf: Motz finishes tied for second

The Marquette men’s golf team faltered this weekend at the John Dallio Memorial in Lemont, Ill., finishing tied for 13th out of 15 teams at 74-over par. Marquette was 65 strokes back of first place Florida Gulf Coast. More importantly, the team continued to let anxiety negatively affect its performance on the course.

The Marquette Tribune
Marquette Women’s Volleyball: Great partnership forms

The Utah Jazz had John Stockton to Karl Malone. The San Francisco 49ers had Joe Montana to Jerry Rice. And the Marquette women’s volleyball team has Chelsea Heier to Danielle Carlson. Get used to the connection.

Opinion Writing

The Homewood-Flossmoor Voyager
An open letter to President Obama

Over a year ago, my family celebrated your presidential victory with an inauguration ball. On that day, you ignited a sense of pride in the African-American community and restored a sense of government accountability, all while getting me out of school.

The Homewood-Flossmoor Voyager
Column: Tales of a covert candyman

It was like a scene in a movie. I had just finished making a transaction, when I bumped into an intimidating security guard. “Young man, are you supposed to be selling that candy?” he asked.

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