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Cristobella Durrette

Multimedia Storyteller





Washington, D.C.

References available upon request.

Relevant Work Experience 

Fall 2021

Fall 2021

Fall 2021


Fall 2020

Wisconsin State Journal/Medill Contributor

Washington, D.C.

  • Report on how the Wisconsin congressional delegation voted on legislation and nominations each week as part of Medill's media partner arrangement

  • Analyze and explain complex legislation in accessible language for a general audience

UPI/Medill Contributor

Washington, D.C.

  • Cover congressional hearings and breaking environmental news as part of Medill's media partner arrangement

  • Photograph lawmakers at hearings to accompany written coverage

USA Today Election Day Stringer

Richmond, VA

  • Interviewed people on the ground at polling places, including voters, volunteers and election officials

  • Wrote several posts for the USA Today Election Liveblog on voter motivations and key issues 

The Cougar News Editor

Houston, TX

  • Past positions: Managing Editor; Life and Arts Editor; News Assistant Editor

  • Wrote at least one article per week while overseeing a team of 20 reporters and designers, planning weekly news coverage and editing approximately ten pieces of print and digital content per week

Houston Public Media Production Intern

Houston, Texas

  • Pursued and developed stories independently and for assignment, covering COVID-19 and local government

  • Produced audio pieces to air on the Morning Edition broadcast using Adobe Audition

  • Created custom illustrations to accompany stories on digital platforms

Relevant Project Experience

Winter 2022

Winter 2022

Fall 2021

Week in Congress podcast

Medill News Service, Washington D.C. 

  • Interview one reporter and one expert on the biggest headline of the week

  • Produce one five- to seven-minute podcast episode per week using Adobe Audition

Urban Native American Nutrition

Native News Online

  • Interviewed health care providers and patients at the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center about the clinic's Work Out Low Fat Elders (WOLFE) program

  • Produced an audio piece about the program 

Tik Tok video explainers series

Medill News Service, Washington D.C. 

  • Researched, scripted, shot and produced video explainers on asteroid research and on COVID-19

  • Used relevant hashtags to optimize video traffic



Proficient: Audition, Lightroom

Intermediate: Photoshop, Premiere Pro

Beginner: Pro Tools


Proficient: illustration, digital photography

Intermediate: audio production, video production


Intermediate: French

Beginner: Spanish


Proficient: AP style

Intermediate: HTML, Wordpress, Canva

Beginner: Datawrapper


Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism


Master of Science in Journalism, specialization in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs

University of Houston, the Honors College


Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, minor in Studio Art

Summa Cum Launde

Senior Honors Thesis Award recipient

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