Carrie Porter

Director, People Operations at Seven Bridges Genomics
Carrie Porter

After working at the Wall Street Journal for three years, Carrie Porter (BSJ09) is now the director of people operations at Seven Bridges Genomics.

“At Seven Bridges, I work inside a fast-growing company to better understand and nurture people, culture and learning,” Porter said. “We can accelerate breakthroughs in genomics research for cancer, drug development and precision medicine.”

Ms. Porter reported out of the Los Angeles bureau of the Wall Street Journal where she covered U.S. news and education under her byline Caroline Porter. She previously was an adjunct professor at Northwestern University and has produced news for GlobalPost, ABC News, and Patch. She started her journalism career on the seat of a bicycle, when she wrote, filmed and reported about affordable housing issues during a cross-country bike trip from Providence, R.I. to San Francisco, CA. through a Medill School grant. She studied journalism, international studies and business at Northwestern University and receivd her master's degree through the U.K. Fulbright Alistair Cooke Journalism Award at the University of Ulster in Northern Island. During her Fulbright year, she researched the role of media in post-conflict zones.

Upon graduation in 2009, Carrie worked in the Chicago bureau of The Wall Street Journal. She reported on everything from garbage fights in Gary, Ind. to a firecracker-performer in Fowlerville, Mich. The value of storytelling, learned at Medill, was in the ink of every story.

It was during her time at Medill that Carrie Porter learned the value of storytelling.  She learned to think, to question and to synthesize information at Medill, which served her well as a reporter at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver and later as a reporter at WIBW, the ABC affiliate in Topeka. Most of all, the faculty, students and staff fostered an appreciation for reporting stories - in print, broadcast and online - as testaments to our shared humanity. The writing, reporting and video skills that Medill espouses come into practice often, whether it’s covering a breaking news story or a long-form feature. The methods may vary, but the value of storytelling does not waver.

Medill's emphasis on multiculturalism led her to study at Sciences Po in Paris for a term, to Rome for an externship and later to Doha for the dedication of Northwestern's satellite campus in Qatar. These international experiences incited a curiosity that took Carrie to Northern Ireland for a Fulbright scholarship.

Upon landing in Northern Ireland, she quickly discovered her understanding of her new home was textbook paper-thin. While in Northern Ireland, Carrie interviewed former IRA and security agents, fed cows with farmers, patrolled the night shift with police officers, and debated in government corridors with politicians.  Her experience gave her a greater understanding of Northern Ireland's political realities years after the peace agreement between Protestant Unionists and Catholic Nationalists. As Carrie honed the subtle craft of international journalism, Medill faculty and administrators continued to be sounding boards for her. Across the Atlantic Ocean, they answered questions and offered the support, insight and generosity she knew as an undergraduate.

The faculty, students and staff fostered an appreciation for reporting stories - in print, broadcast and online - as testaments to our shared humanity.