COVERING SCOUT SCHULTZ

September 2017

While I was completing my fall internship with GPB's newsroom, tragedy struck (quite literally) a few feet from my door: Scout Schultz, a Georgia Tech student — and an LGBT figurehead on campus, no less — was shot and killed by campus police officers during a mental health crisis. As the resident Georgia Tech person at GPB, my first-ever field assignment was to cover the vigil students organized to commemorate Schultz. The protests that ensued turned violent, and harrowing for me both in my capacity as a reporter and as a student.

In the end, I went on-air for a special local All Things Considered segment to break down what had happened. 

And when I thought the furor had finally died down, the Poynter Institute interviewed me for a feature about my experience. 

 

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