Featured Journalist: Kristi Eaton

Today's featured journalist is Kristi Eaton with the Associated Press.

A reporter stationed in Oklahoma, Eaton reports she is "fascinated by rural America and indigenous cultures." She adds, "I also enjoy writing travel pieces and quirky feature stories." In addition to these stories, Eaton also covers Native American tribes, all things Oklahoma, and ... tornadoes!

Taking a peek at her portfolio, it's clear Eaton doesn't shy away from heavyweight stories with headlines such as "Dispute over Cherokee girl's adoption intensifies as father turns self in" and "Gunfire, chants mark Wounded Knee anniversary." But as for what article was her greatest achievement, she had this to say: "I'm most proud of a story about two brothers convicted of killing and sentenced to die in two different states decades apart."

Eaton didn't get her journalistic start in high school (she says she was a yearbook kid) but rather as a reporter covering the public school system governor's office and legislature on the island of Saipan, the largest island of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and an unincorporated territory of the US (which is just fascinating). Her advice to aspiring journalists? "Read A LOT. Be persistent and work hard."

Sound advice. We'll take it.

Remember: if you also want to be featured here, you should a) set up your own journalist portfolio and 2) let us know by emailing delia at muckrack dot com.

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