Claire Boston's Profile

Every morning of my childhood, my parents took a divide-and-conquer approach to the Washington Post. My father perused the A section over his morning bowl of cereal while I studied the KidsPost – always the back page of section C – over mine. I grew out of the KidsPost, but not out of news. I'm 1,000 miles from my home in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., but I still start every day with a newspaper. Today, I keep up with three from my phone.

I've wanted to be a writer for years. The dream has taken on several variations – I wanted to be an author, then a magazine editor. But what finally stuck was news writing. After years of reading the news, I took a stab at writing it and fell in love. So now I'm a sophomore at MU majoring in print/digital journalism with an emphasis in business and economics reporting. I'm also working toward a dual degree in economics and minors in political science and Spanish.

In the last three years, I've made my home in three different newsrooms. I'm currently a summer general assignment reporter at the Columbia Missourian. Prior to the Missourian, I worked as a staff writer and editorial board member at MU's student newspaper, The Maneater. I'll return to The Maneater in fall 2013 as its Copy Chief. Sometime in the future, I'll be back at the Missourian as an advanced reporter.

Although I don't have my whole life planned, I know one thing: I'm happiest when I'm in a newsroom. I plan on making one my home base for as long as I can.