Annie Rees's Profile

Reporter at the Columbia Missourian.
Graduate student, Missouri School of Journalism

Twitter: annielrees

WHAT DO YOU DO AT THE MISSOURIAN? I am a reporter primarily working in education, with a special focus in the arts.

WHAT KIND OF JOURNALISM KEEPS YOU GOING? The kind that makes me learn something about myself that I had no idea I needed to learn. The kind that humanizes a complex issue or makes me empathize with someone I couldn't be more different from. The kind that shows me how cruel, surprising, kind and perplexing people are.

WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND? I grew up in Columbia though spent the last eight years in Minnesota (yes, it is as cold as you imagine) where I attended Carleton College. At Carleton, I majored in English was student director of the Semaphore repertory modern dance company. After graduation, I worked in Minneapolis for four years, primarily as the Marketing & PR Coordinator at Children’s Theatre Company, the largest and only Tony Award-winning theater for youth and families in the country.

I loved my time at CTC and immersed myself in the arts scene in Minneapolis (I'm a big theater goer) but realized I wanted to be on the "other" side of the stories I was pitching, getting a chance to more broadly cover my community rather than focusing on just one organization.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COLUMBIA? I think Columbia has a lovely energy. This energy is certainly aided by Mizzou and the other colleges in town but generally speaking, I think Columbia is a place where interesting, humble people do compelling things. I think the sense of ownership and neighborliness in this town is strong. (Though I'm one of those people who actually likes striking up the odd conversation in a coffee shop.) I love seeing movies at Ragtag, biking and running on the trail and enjoying craft beer in town.