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Michelle Minkoff '00

"Quest taught me how to work with a wide variety of peers with different interests, and the importance of allowing your own identity to flourish while getting along with others."

"I'm an Interactive Producer with the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. I've developed a specialty in interactive journalism, a field that combines telling stories about our world with using technology and computer science skills to tell those stories. In the past stories had to be told from beginning to end. Now, the power of the Internet allows a news consumer to make informed choices about how they interact with news, and enables that consumer to focus on a specific aspect of the story that matters most to them. It's a career path I started as an intern with the Los Angeles Times, then as a Data Producer with PBS, and now flourishes at the AP.

I hope to continue applying technical skills to journalism, and working in the most modern facet of conveying information about our world to others, especially as it relates to numerical data, a field called data journalism.

When I want a break from the high-pressure nature of my work, I turn to the arts. I'm a passionate theater-and museum-goer, and I'm lucky to live in Washington, D.C. Art terms we learned at Quest often come up in descriptions on the walls of the Smithsonian, and I sigh with nostalgia. I loved my arts-related classes at Quest. Mrs. Schmoll and Mrs. Guderian were profound influences on my life, instilling me with a passion for this field, as a powerful hobby and outlet, for which I am truly grateful."

Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism
Masters of Science in Journalism (MSJ)
Double concentration in Interactive Storytelling, and Health and Science Subject In-Depth Reporting

Brandeis University
BA, English and American Literature
Minors in Journalism, Jewish Studies and Theater

Palatine High School, Class of 2004

Click here to view Michelle's web page portfolio.

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