About Me

verbatim [ver-bey-tim]:
1. in exactly the same words; word for word
2. skilled at recording or noting down speeches, proceedings, etc., with word-for-word accuracy

(pun [puhn]:

1. the use of words that are alike or nearly alike in sound but different in meaning)

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.

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