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Lauren Leone

Lauren Leone

I am incredibly honored and excited to join the Park Scholar community as a recipient of the Rising Junior Award! I spent my summer interning remotely with National Public Radio member station WBFO in Buffalo, where I produced news content about the Black Lives Matter movement and the local impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. I was also a member of WICB Radio’s summer reporting series, covering Cornell University’s divestment and the fall outlook for the Ithaca economy.

This semester, I am continuing my involvement with The Ithacan newspaper as proofreader to ensure that the paper is accessible to all readers. I am co-leading WRFI Community Radio’s “Which Way Forward” group service project, which will explore how community stakeholders are changing the form and practice of policing in Tompkins County. I am thrilled to engage in individual service at a food preparation program in Batavia, New York, that combats food insecurity by distributing free meals to local students. I am truly grateful for these opportunities to hone my media skills and serve amazing community organizations!