Lucy Chumbley on Muck Rack

Lucy Chumbley

Washington, D.C.
Covers:  interfaith, cross-cultural issues, middle eastern issues, arts and culture, politics, religion, lifestyle


What was your first job as a journalist?

Internship at the Bury Free Press in Suffolk, England.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Oh yes.

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe. Though he's a detective, not a journalist, the principles are the same.

What does it mean to be a journalist?

Long hours, little pay, lots of satisfaction.

What's the funniest news-related #hashtag you've seen?

What's your favorite social network?


Who do you wish followed you?

Anyone interested in interfaith, cross-cultural or Middle Eastern issues, as those are my primary areas of focus.

Why did you become a journalist?

I witnessed the First Intifada, where I saw many journalists at work. I learned how much the first draft of history matters.

Did you work for your high school newspaper? If so, what did you do there?

I was the literary editor of the yearbook.

What story are you most proud of writing or working on?

My contribution to an award-winning series, Faith in the Shenandoah Valley, an in-depth look at the many ways people practice their faith.

What advice can you offer to aspiring journalists?

Focus on structure over style. Perfect your leads. Never write anything you don't fully understand. Read your edited work.

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