Name: Ahnalese Rushmann
Hometown: Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
School(s): School(s): University of Minnesota, Alum '08. Major: Journalism, Mass Communications
NPR Internship: Office of the Ombudsman
Ahnalese was raised in the Midwest on Prince, amateur stamp collecting, and the Green Bay Packers. A John Stuart Mill/utilitarianism-themed media ethics essay (not to mention its pleasing grade) helped her realize just how much she loved the subject, which eventually led her to the Office of the Ombudsman. Prior to NPR, Ahnalese worked at her college newspaper, The Minnesota Daily and interned at two magazines, NEED (a global humanitarian aid quarterly) and METRO (her favorite Twin Cities lifestyle monthly). After graduation, Ahnalese moved to D.C. and interned on Capitol Hill, where she mastered the humble arts of fielding constituent calls, seeking out free lunch briefings, and being broke. She’ll aim for law school and a future in media policy, but if she loses interest in a J.D., she'll try her hand at pastry school and open her own bakery (perhaps inspired by Georgetown Cupcake — her other part-time job that allows her to shower her fellow interns with free cupcakes). As for now? She's just happy she survived her first summer of D.C. humidity.
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