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Lauren Anderson, reporter, The Waukesha Freeman


Lauren Anderson’s early interest in a journalism career was sparked when she joined her high school newspaper staff at age 15, and it was later solidified by multiple viewings of All The President’s Men.  Anderson graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a journalism and history degree in the spring of 2013. She began her first reporting job two weeks later at two Madison-area newspapers, the Lodi Enterprise and DeForest Times-Tribune. In 2014, she became associate editor of the Times-Tribune and worked to redesign the paper, increase its social media presence and bolster education coverage. Anderson currently covers K-12 and higher education for the Waukesha Freeman, where on any given day she can be found chatting with kids about school, state lawmakers about education-related legislation and school board members about district finances.


Brooke Bechen, assistant editor, The Dodgeville Chronicle


Brooke Bechen, 26, was thrilled when she was hired as a reporter at The Dodgeville Chronicle in 2012. She had just earned her degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and had jumped at the chance to work at the small town newspaper in the community she had grown up in.

In 2014, Bechen was promoted to assistant editor at The Dodgeville Chronicle, continuing her duties of reporting on news, local government, school boards and features in the dozen communities across Iowa County. With the new title came new responsibilities – layout, managing press releases, overseeing a part-time reporter and maintaining the Chronicle’s Facebook page. In July of 2015, Bechen took on another role as the interim editor of the Democrat Tribune, The Dodgeville Chronicle’s sister paper in Mineral Point.


Scott Girard, reporter and photographer, Unified Newspaper Group, Verona


Scott Girard began working at Unified Newspaper Group in September 2013 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s journalism program in May of that year. He’s since covered the Verona Area School District, business in all four of Unified Newspaper’s communities (Verona, Oregon, Stoughton, Fitchburg) and helped to put the Fitchburg Star back in print after the publication existed online-only for five years. Girard has also picked up photography and layout skills while at UNG. In college, he was the editor in chief at The Daily Cardinal after working in the newsroom for two years.


Michael Gouvion, sports editor, The Milton Courier


Mike Gouvion is the sports editor of The Milton Courier, where he covers Milton High School sports through writing, photos and video. He is a Wauwatosa native and a 2012 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he received a degree in print journalism and minored in multimedia and Spanish. Gouvion worked for the student-run weekly newspaper, the Royal Purple, at UW-Whitewater for more than two years, including serving as the editor-in-chief. His professional background includes an internship with NOW Community Newspapers in the Milwaukee area and working as a staff writer for The Edgerton Reporter before joining the Courier in September 2012.


Brittany Seemuth, editor-in-chief, Arches Magazine, Mount Mary University, Milwaukee


Brittany Seemuth is a senior at Mount Mary University, studying English with a concentration in writing for media and communication with an emphasis in public relations. As editor-in-chief of Mount Mary’s only student-run publication, Arches News, she has won dozens of awards for her leadership and journalistic efforts. After completing a competitive internship with the Campbellsport News and Kewaskum Statesman this past summer, she transitioned to the public relations industry, attaining an internship at Buzz Monkeys, a communications firm in Wauwatosa. She carries the values of journalism with her daily and looks forward to her next adventure in the industry.