I’m Tess Vrbin (yes, that’s how you spell it), and I’m an aspiring multimedia muckraker with too many thoughts for her head to hold. I grew up in Rockford, IL, half an hour south of Wisconsin and too far west of Chicago to be one of its suburbs. To paraphrase Lin-Manuel Miranda, I write like I’m running out of time.
I’m a junior at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, MO, studying convergence journalism with an investigative emphasis. Last semester, I worked on two multimedia stories for Flatland, a digital magazine based in Kansas City. My previous journalism experience includes MU student media, a broadcast internship, a newspaper internship and freelance reporting. I’ve also been a digital producer and production assistant at KOMU 8 News, CoMo’s NBC affiliate, but I’m taking a break from that because I’m currently in Brussels thanks to the j-school’s study abroad program. I’m interning at Euractiv, a European Union news and policy outlet based in Brussels but located in 12 EU capitals.
I’m pursuing three minors — Spanish, English, and political science — because my range of interests is so broad that not even journalism can satisfy them all. What little time I don’t devote to reporting and studying goes toward MU Improv and the St. Thomas More Newman Center. I’m a big fan of cats, cooking, feminism, Pittsburgh sports, music, reliable news outlets, and anything well-written.