Hi. I’m Abigail, a journalist. (I use A.W. in bylines.) I’m a journalist by trade, a listener and watcher by nature.
An editor once told me a good question to start an interview: What's your story? Over time, I grew to see it as an enlightening question not only in interviews but in everyday life. For everyone has a story. But not all worthy stories get to be told – and those are the ones I'm interested in.
With this in mind, I've helped solidify a reporting stream on Colombia’s complex past, present and future, an underrepresented topic in English language media; I've written original analyses on the increase in depression among teen girls, the number of immigrants and children of immigrants in Congress and Americans’ awareness of gender-neutral pronouns among others; I've written about an innovative BMX team in Pennsylvania from the 80s that was never covered in the local paper; among other examples. And as a fierce advocate for helping other journalists, I'm currently assisting on Missed Pitches, a newsletter that helps freelancers place rejected pitches and I'm also reviving a project to help young journalists navigate the industry.
I received bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science and a minor in history from the University of Missouri in 2014. I’ve since worked in a variety of places – including The New Humanitarian, Pew Research Center and the York Daily Record among others – and written and reported for others.
I’m currently working on a freelance basis, primarily in the written word and soon in photojournalism. I also work in data visualization and digital strategy; I’m available for commissions in both.
I'm currently based in Orlando, Florida. Please reach out at email@example.com.