Emily Ramshaw (BSJ03) is the editor of The Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that reports on statewide public policy, politics, and government. In addition to managing day-to-day operations, she also oversees major projects of the 20-person editorial team, art department, and News Apps team.
Medill’s curriculum provided Ramshaw both the inverted pyramid fundamentals and the real-world reporting experience — from Journalism Residency to summer internships — that got her hired after graduation. The shoe leather reporting she learned working with the Innocence Project serves her well to this day. “There isn't anyone I won't approach or lob a tough question at,” she says.
She has fond memories of spending countless weekends with her investigative reporting team in Wisconsin, working on the case of a young offender serving a life sentence for murder. It was real-life reporting: gritty, tough, gut-wrenching. It was exactly what she had spent the previous three years at Medill preparing for.