Name: Michelle Lanz
Hometown: Lancaster, California
School(s): University of California-Santa Barbara, Alum. Major: English, Film Studies
University of Southern California, MA in Journalism (In Progress)
NPR Internship: Digital News Intern, NPR West - Los Angeles
City-bred, but (unfortunately) desert-raised, West Coast Digital News intern Michelle Lanz survives on a steady diet of rock shows, film screenings and just about any cultural to-do Los Angeles has to offer. After receiving a double BA in English and Film Studies from UC Santa Barbara, Michelle spent three years writing about film, music, and pop culture for publications including Mean, Soma, Picture, and Teen People magazines. She also reported on local news for the Santa Monica Daily Press and Canyon News. Her most recent position was as a freelance, contributing editor for the music section of Metromix Los Angeles—an online city guide and weekly print publication. She is also an avid photographer who loves shooting live concerts and prefers to take her own photos when working on a story. She has never eaten an oyster, but if she had to walk the green mile, her final meal would be an all-you-can-eat buffet so she could just keep eating for eternity. Her first love is of the printed medium, but she has come to appreciate and master the art of a well-built multimedia article. Since interning at NPR she has come to love—and hopes to do more—radio reporting in the near future, when she’s not playing the accordion.
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