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DSC_3379Texas-based journalist and photographer, finishing up a master’s program in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism.

Previously, I worked as a reporter at a daily newspaper in Tennessee. There I won the Associated Press of Tennessee’s Malcolm Law Award for Investigative Reporting in 2018, for a series I wrote about how Wall Street machinations were wreaking havoc on local mom and pop pharmacies. My coverage of the ongoing opioid crisis also won recognition from the Tennessee Press Association.

Other experience includes photography work for the Texas Tribune, cultural coverage at the Austin Chronicle and Texas Observer, and a year I spent as the sole reporter at a small weekly for a rural community outside Austin. Being the only writer meant juggling city hall coverage with the homestyle cooking column.

Outside of writing, I enjoy playing the banjo and cycling.

waylonwc@gmail.com / (903) 253 – 6473


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