Hey! I'm Michaela.
I originally built this website as a portfolio while looking for work in journalism, but my life took a different direction after graduation from the University of Missouri School of Journalism when I started teaching English in Spain. For the past two years, I’ve worked in Asturias and Canarias teaching students ages 3-18 through a Fulbright Grant. And now, I’m entering into post-Fulbright life by continuing to teach youth and make some audio stories along the way.
I think audio and storytelling are really effective ways to teach English, so in 2018 my secondary students from Langreo, Asturias wrote and recorded This I Believe essays for their end of year project.
On this site you can find my work from my time in Columbia, Mo. I worked at NPR member station KBIA 91.3FM and co-founded Making Waves, a youth radio initiative that empowers high school and college students to tell their stories in their voice.
Working in language education has made me more aware of the need to make narrative audio and radio more reflective of our local and global communities. Hopefully you’ll see some more from me on that theme soon…
Want to get in touch? Contact me!
HEAR some of my work
Election Night 2016: Clinton Supporters Surprised by Election Results
Election coverage from the Ragtag Cinema watch party in Columbia
Columbia Agency Improves Access to Crisis Care for Deaf Victims
This piece aired alongside a profile of the L.E.A.D Institute's Executive Director.
OSHA Investigates Heartland Dairy after Third Death in Three Years
This feature followed up on the dairy after KBIA's investigation of abuse allegations in the community. This piece won the SPJ Mark of Excellence award in Region 7 for Radio News Reporting.
Roots N Blues 2016
Since the festival moved to Stephens Lake Park in Columbia three years ago, the visual components of Roots N Blues have grown.
LA VIDA CUBANA - El Agua Viva
In June 2016, I spent the month recording stories about daily life in Cuba. Clean water is scarce on the island, and Rafael is one person who is trying to change that.
This piece is bilingual, so there are subtitles for Rafael's voice in English.
COLUMBIA ARTIST PAYS HIS WAY WITH 'GIGS'
This piece was produced in collaboration with a Missouri Business Alert project on the gig economy.