My name is Bailey and I’m a freelance writer based out of Anchorage, Alaska. Since moving here in 2015, I’ve traveled around the state writing human interest stories for various publications, including 61°North Magazine, Anchorage Press, and showmealaska.net.
I graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in May 2014. There, I triple majored in news/Internet journalism, magazines, and international relations (say that three times fast), served as senior editor for Think Magazine, and competed on the Division I women’s rowing team.
I’m a devout Packers fan, antique store enthusiast, avid runner, and full-time coffee junkie. When I’m not interviewing sources or writing articles I can be found exploring art galleries, hiking, cooking, or spending a lazy day people watching with a cup of coffee.
My passion is for print journalism. It always has been. During my junior year of high school I applied and became the youngest ever intern at the culture and entertainment magazine Volume One. There I researched and wrote more than 100 articles ranging from art and music to local events and dining, conducted interviews with professionals, pitched story ideas, and fell head-over-heels with the written word.
From there I went on to write for the quarterly magazine Downtown Ink, acted as online assistant editor for Drake Magazine, spent two summers serving as a staff writer for The Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, wore the hat of news editor for The Times-Delphic, interned for Spirit Magazine, the in-flight magazine for Southwest Airlines, was senior editor of Think Magazine and spent the summer post-graduation working the news desk for The Wisconsin State Journal.
Above all else, I’m a lover of travel. While I’m a Wisconsin native, I’ve traveled extensively within the States, Europe, Australia, South America, and Asia and have developed an unquenchable thirst for exploring new places and learning about the culture.
It’s because of that wanderlust that I took a job teaching English writing at a university in Guilin, Guangxi, China the school year following graduation. While initially, the position was taken primarily as a means to travel more, in the end, it and the 200+ students I instructed, taught me more than I could have ever taught them. During my tenure in China, I implemented lesson plans that had students creating their own class newspapers, which pushed them to think about different ways to write and to look at a topic from a myriad of angles. In turn, it taught me how to be a better editor and coach.
You can find my professional work under the Portfolio tab or you can read my blog about teaching and life in Asia on The Token Laowai.