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 Silver Spring, Md., 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 junior 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.

In the last three years, I've made my home in a number of different newsrooms. I'm a fall 2014 advanced reporter on the state government beat in Jefferson City. I spent summer 2014 as a business reporter at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, Ark., and I was a general assignment reporter at the Missourian in summer 2013.

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.

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