Daniela Sirtori's Profile

Twitter: @DanielaSirtori1
Email: danielasirtori@mizzou.edu

WHAT DO YOU DO AT THE MISSOURIAN? I recently joined the Missourian staff as a reporter. Although I don't have a specific beat assignment, I hope to cover city government, state elections or anything that has to do with politics. I am pretty flexible, however, and enjoy pursuing all sorts of stories.

WHAT KIND OF JOURNALISM KEEPS YOU GOING? To put it simply, anything that has to do with public policy (at all levels of government) and as it relates to the community. I love making abstract stories human and relatable. My motivation to be a journalist is to inform citizens in hopes that they will participate in the legislative process. I also enjoy human interest stories, specially those that explore little-known topics or events. Recently, I became interested in investigative reporting.

WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND? Originally from Colombia, the country in South America, I ended up in Columbia, Mo., because I wanted to study journalism. People tend to joke a lot because my country of origin has virtually the same pronunciation as MU’s hometown. Before coming here, I lived in a couple cities in Ecuador and Argentina. Although I am an international student who loves learning about languages and other cultures, I am greatly interested in American politics. My goal is to one day become a political reporter, hopefully here in the United States.

WHAT'S YOUR LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK LIKE? As someone who’s neither an extrovert nor an introvert, I enjoy a wide arrange activities. Some days I will stay home, watch movies, read, clean my room, and just be by myself. Some others I just can’t wait to get out of the house and see my friends, with whom I do everything from dancing to discussing current political events. I like being outdoors, specially during spring and summer, but also enjoy staying inside. I’m pretty unpredictable in that sense.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COLUMBIA? Just about everything. I love that it is the home of the flagship university in the state, that it hosts the True/False film festival, that it is so open to newcomers and that all sorts of people seem to comfortable here. I definitely enjoy the open-minded environment and the vibrant atmosphere of downtown Columbia.