Vanessa Montalbano


American University; Washington, D.C.

Master’s in Journalism and Public Affairs: Investigative Specialty Candidate, May 2022

Activities: Contributing writer for The Wash, covering the Downtown, Gallery Place and Chinatown neighborhoods in D.C.

Bachelor’s in Journalism and Sociology, May 2021      GPA: 3.79, Cum Laude

Activities: Spring 2020 and Spring 2021 Dean’s Internship Program

Achievements: Dean’s List Spring 2018-Spring 2021

American University Madrid; Madrid, Spain

Clashes and Alliances of Mediterranean Cultures Study Abroad Program; August 2019-December 2019


The Washington Post; Washington, D.C.

Investigative Reporting Practicum Student; August 2021-May 2022 (Expected)

  • Works alongside Pulitzer Prize finalists and investigative reporters on longterm projects.
  • Credit line in “The Attack: Before, During and After,” an interactive report on the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol, which I contributed data analysis and my own reporting from conversations with state election officials

Voice of America; Washington, D.C.

Documentary and Special Projects Unit Intern January 2021-Present, January 2020-May 2020

The Tempest; Remote

The World Senior Editor; January 2021-July 2021

News & Social Justice Junior Editor; June 2020-December 2020

  • Manages 4-5 fellows each week, accepts pitches, edits drafts and makes publishing decisions
  • Launched an investigative column titled “Media Watch,” a look at free speech and other media issues globally
  • Served as a head editor for 2020 presidential election coverage

Editorial Fellow; April 2020-June 2020

Chrysalis Editorial; Washington, D.C.

Summer Intern; March 2020-August 2020

  • Worked with professional editors and writers to assist their clients in working towards publication
  • Created marketing and self-publishing webinars
  • Modernized the company website via Weebly

Freelance Journalism; Washington, D.C.

Editing and Research Assistant; August 2018-Present

  • Helps conduct, edit, transcribe and analyze research for local author Iris Krasnow

Contributing Reporter for FastCasual; March 2021-Present