Riane Roldan, who served as A&E editor for The Reporter during the 2016-17 school year, has accepted a reporting position at KUT, a National Public Radio affiliate in Austin.
Roldan, 23, will cover suburban growth in Hays County starting on June 1 through Report for America, a national reporting program that employs journalists for local news outlets. The assignment will last a year, but could be extended to two.
“I’m looking forward to getting back into radio and applying the experience I’ve gathered over the years to a hyperlocal beat,” Roldan said.
Last fall, Roldan landed a three-month reporting position at the Austin American-Statesman, a daily newspaper in Central Texas. She also served as a reporting fellow for The Texas Tribune in Austin that summer.
In the summer of 2018, she served as a radio and digital intern with WLRN in Miami, as well as being part of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Student Project.
The previous year, Roldan participated in the Medill Justice Project, an award-winning investigative journalism program at Northwestern University that investigates potentially wrongful convictions. She attended the court hearings of a Miami man who spent 12 years in prison for murder. He was exonerated in October of 2018.
While at The Reporter, Roldan earned two first place awards from the Florida College System Publication Association for in-depth reporting and news writing.
As a senior, she worked as a news editor for The Berkeley Beacon, the student newspaper at Emerson College—where she is expected to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.