About Me

My name is Julie Alderman. I grew up outside of Syracuse, NY.  In high school, I discovered my love of politics through Model United Nations and my love of writing on the school newspaper and through writing for the Syracuse Post Standard.

High school is also when I began to dabble in radio. I served as a host of Teen Talk, a program through Contact Community Services. I was selected from a large pool of local teenagers to host the program once a month and offer advice to kids all across the area on things like teenage pregnancy and suicide prevention, among many other issues.

After graduation, I set off for Washington, D.C. where I attended the George Washington University. I studied political communication with minors in journalism and history. My coursework included classes in feature writing, language and politics, contemporary political rhetoric, and public opinion.

In the summer of 2012, I served as a field and communications intern for Dan Maffei for Congress. Maffei was from my local district (NY-24), and I served the campaign by taking part of canvassing, phone banking, and organizing these events. I also had the chance to schedule events for the Congressman, write and plan social media posts, and photograph official campaign events. This race was seen as one of the most competitive districts in the country, and in the end it was a successful campaign.

Some of the best journalism education I got was with the school newspaper, the GW Hatchet. I wrote for both the news and features section. I was a metro news reporter, focusing on transportation in Washington, D.C. I was honored the Mark of Excellence award in Feature Writing in fall of 2012.

The summer of 2013, I returned home and interned with WRVO Public Media, my local NPR affiliate. I spent the summer learning the ins and outs of radio by writing copy for the air, creating web content, working with social media, and going out to get tape myself.

In the fall of 2013, I spent a semester abroad in Amsterdam at the University of Amsterdam studying social sciences. I was able to take classes in Dutch history; women, conflict, and international relations; and comparative media studies. On top of that, I served as a research assistant to Prof. Regula Haenggli studying media effects.

In the spring of 2014, I returned to D.C. and began working with Keleher and Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in education. At first, I was an editorial intern. I would research topics in urban education and write blog posts for the website. Then, I took on a new challenge: data analysis. Using Excel and SPSS, I have analyzed over 1 million pieces of data at time. I then turned the data into visually stunning reports that were sent to clients.

I started working at WAMU (D.C.'s NPR affiliate) in the summer of 2014. I primarily worked with the program Metro Connection, a weekly newsmagazine focusing on all things D.C. I would pitch, report, produce, track, edit, and write all of my own stories. I was able to produce over 10 long-form pieces on everything from sharks lurking in the Potomac River to a woman who was trying to save the language of her Native American ancestors.

I also worked with Kavitha Cardoza, WAMU's special correspondent, on her documentary Breaking Ground: MIlitary Children. I researched, compiled additional audio, transcribed, cut audio, and even helped to produce some material myself.

My senior year, on top of taking classes and writing a thesis, I worked full time at NPR's Morning Edition. I collaborated with hosts, editors, and producers to put the show together everyday. I worked on the social media, logged and transcribed tape, and pitched and produced some stories.

In May 2015, I graduated cum laude. After graduation, I started working as a researcher for Media Matters for America (MMFA), a progressive media watchdog, In this role, I critique media, conduct research, and write for MMFA.org. I have also had the pleasure of representing MMFA in several radio interviews. In April 2016, I was promoted to research coordinator for strategy at MMFA, where I work on long-term strategic goals, highlight priority narratives, and edit and supervise researchers.

Currently, I reside in Arlington, Virginia where I like to knit, read, and dream of one day having my own puppy.


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