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Mary Walrath is an award-winning journalist and Arts Journalism master's student at Newhouse School of Syracuse University. She is the Assistant Executive Producer of The NewsHouse and freelancer for a number of publications including Rochester CITY Newspaper, Syracuse.com, The Stand and 585 Magazine.

Champion of racking up internships, the latest of which was at Syracuse.com, she spends her free time being a sort-of musician and doting on her cat. She is a Nazareth College alumn with a degree in communications media and sociology and, more than anything, she is interested in the power of good storytelling.

Her past areas of focus and expertise include homelessness and poverty, education and mental health, social issues, tech, media and internet/pop culture, theatre, and music. Beyond the newsroom, she has experience telling stories for non-profits through social media, communications media management and field research. She would also like everyone reading this to tell their pets that she loves them.