Vanessa Montalbano      Journalist


American University; Washington, D.C.

Masters in Journalism and Public Affairs: Investigative Specialty Candidate, May 2022

Bachelors in Journalism and Sociology Candidate, May 2021       

GPA: 3.77

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

Achievements: Dean’s List (Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020)

American University Madrid; Madrid, Spain

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


Voice of America; Washington, D.C.

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

  • Assists the Central News Division with identifying subject matter experts for field and studio interviews
  • Researches and investigates cutting-edge stories and transcribes interviews
  • Works with producers to storyboard and craft six film proposals
  • Received a production credit on VOA’s Turkey: Breaking the Silence documentary

The Tempest; Remote

The World Senior Editor; January 2021-Present

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

  • Collaborated with vertical editors and the managing editor on pitches and marketing techniques
  • Rotated every two weeks through unique verticals while writing 5 drafts per week at 700+ words, bylines can be found on my authors page

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


Computer: HTML, CSS, WordPress, Weebly, SEO Scores, I-Movie, Power Point, Excel, Twitter, Instagram, Clubhouse, Webinar Creation, Adobe Audition

Editing: Research, Grammar, Clarity, Creativity, Attention to Detail, Organization, Rhetoric, Style