Thus far this summer I have been able to cover an array of topics including, but not limited to,  surgical operations, nature research, education, fitness and local government. The Wisconsin State Journal has really been a place for me to expand my reporting and interact with a variety of different sources. 

The State Journal has a staff smaller than that of other newsrooms I have worked in, but no matter the size the main goal of a newsroom is to inform and that is what the State Journal does. It knows its audience is intellectual, desires to be informed and is interested in changes the city and surrounding suburbs are facing.

Each day as an intern, no matter where you're located, you learn something new. Whether it's from a mistake, success or  something just clicks, there is always room for growth - even for full-time journalists. With each piece I write, I learn and that feeling never gets old.

So far all of my work has been print-based, but I hope to publish at least a few multimedia pieces this summer as well as that is a very big passion of mine. Below are a few articles I have written since the beginning of my internship at the Wisconsin State Journal.  For a complete list visit my portfolio or

It's an exciting time to be a journalist and I am excited to see where this field takes me. 

Spoiler: A fun piece on a Madison group that plays with fire - in a safe, controlled manner of course - is coming this weekend! Great photos, by John Hart, will accompany the piece. 

Now, read on and give me some page views. Please! 

UW Health participates in largest kidney swap ever performed in less than 40 days

Anna Kottke always had a deep admiration for her aunt, Susie Walters.

In 1993, Walters donated a kidney to Kottke’s mother, Bonnie Thoreson, after lupus began affecting her kidneys. In 2010, Thoreson began dialysis after the kidney failed a year earlier. Immediately, Kottke knew she needed to be tested to see if she was a match.

Verona Road construction to begin Monday

The daily commute may get longer with the $175 million, six-year Verona Road project beginning Monday.

While Madison-area residents are preparing to add time to their daily commutes, local businesses are bracing for the economic impact of limited access, route changes and frustrated drivers.

Madison Circus Space open, to hold open house

Local circus professionals and hobbyists balance inside German wheels, juggle clubs and could soon be twirling and shifting in the air from silks hanging from the ceiling.

After a rainy start, the curtain goes up on Make Music Madison

Make Music Madison, the city’s first summer solstice music festival, had a rough start Friday, with gusty winds and heavy rains. But by afternoon, the weather changed its tune for scores of musicians and hundreds of audience members.

Middleton's National Mustard Museum shrinking

The 21-year-old National Mustard Museum is on the move again. The museum, which moved from Mount Horeb to Middleton in 2009, is being condensed from two floors into one as soon as early August.

Permanent ban of alcohol at Olbrich Park and Reindahl Park is a possibility

The Madison City Council referred an ordinance to be reviewed by the Board of Park Commissioners that could permanently ban the consumption of alcohol at Olbrich and Reindahl parks.

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