Success Stories: Class of 2007

Melanie Mason

Melanie Mason (SFS ’07) took her first journalism course during her senior year at Georgetown and has been working in the field ever since. After graduating with a degree in Culture and Politics, Melanie interned at a number of Washington-based outlets, including The New Republic, PBS NewsHour, Politico and the Washington bureau of the Dallas Morning News.

Melanie received her master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley in 2010, with a focus on print and multimedia journalism. She is now a staff writer with the Los Angeles Times and covers money and politics for the Los Angeles Times/Tribune Washington bureau.

Moises Mendoza

I came to Georgetown with dreams of being a politician or a diplomat. I graduated with dreams of being a journalist.

How? When I was a freshman, I started writing for The Hoya because I always thought reporters were cool, although I had never seriously considered a journalism career. I took a few journalism classes, had a few internships and jettisoned my previous ambitions – for the time being, at least.

Somehow, I ended up at the San Antonio Express-News, where I’m having great fun as a reporter right now.

When you’re in college, experiment with new things. Write for the newspaper, dance in a troupe, go out for the hula-hoop team. You might find something to fall in love with – something new and different that you’d never thought you’d love.

I found that in journalism.

Moises Mendoza graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 2007 with a degree in Regional and Comparative Studies.

Amanda Silverman

Amanda Silverman graduated from Georgetown in December 2007 with a double major in English and history and a minor in Spanish. She was a member of the Pearl Project team during the fall of 2007, occasionally writing for The Hoya, and interning at Rolling Stone and the lifestyle-luxury magazine Capitol File. After graduation, Amanda interned at and The New Republic, before becoming a reporter-researcher at The New Republic. After about two years in journalism, Amanda moved into political consulting and is currently working as an analyst at the Benenson Strategy Group.

Mary Katherine Quinlan (Stump)

M.K. Quinlan (formerly Mary Katherine Stump) (SFS, ’07), a Culture and Politics major with an emphasis in journalism, took Media Techniques and Investigative Reporting at Georgetown, and worked for The Georgetown Voice during her four years at the university. She has taken her print skills to the web. M.K. is currently senior style editor at Garden & Gun magazine. Formerly, she was employed by The HealthCentral Network, Inc., a web health company based in Rosslyn, where she helped to build HealthCare ’08 (now, a web tool that helped compare one’s views on health care to those of the ’08 presidential candidates.

Features of the site included animated “PoliGraphs” that plotted candidates’ platforms on major health care issues and short quizzes that allow users to immediately see how their views match up with candidates’ on each issue. The site also offered information about key health care issues, explaining the controversy behind stem cell research and the nuances of universal health care.