I became I journalist because I needed a way to channel my social justice. I entered college a gender studies major with little hope of ever finding a job in that field. After taking a journalism class, I realized I could help people by shedding light on corruption while making a living. I never imagined in my freshmen year that, by the time I graduated, being a journalist would be so important. I never thought that the president would attack journalists for printing facts. Freedom of the press was founded on the idea that the people should be able to openly discuss and critique their elected leaders. If publications are scared to publish information for fear of being attacked by the new administration, can we still call ourselves a democracy? If nothing else these attack have encouraged me to fight harder for the oppressed people, to lift the veil and reveal what's happening in the shadows of government. My feminism is intersectional. My reporting will be too.

~ Angel Gierisch