Mary Meisenzahl is a 22-year-old student journalist studying history and religion at Wellesley College. She has focused her studies on the 20th century and United States history. She graduates in May 2019.
Mary hopes to work as a journalist, and she has written about a variety of topics so far. As an intern with a digital concentration at Boston Magazine, she writes about culture, food, and travel for their website. She also contributes reporting on the Boston area to Curbed Boston. She writes weekly articles for The Streamable, a website that covers news about television streaming business.
This summer, she will work as a research assistant to Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi publisher and writer.
As an editorial intern at The Index on Censorship, a freedom of expression NGO, she covered protests and trials of human rights activists around the world from their London office. She has also worked as a research assistant on the Internet Monitor project at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, where she blogged about Internet access and freedom of expression online. She produced weekly reviews and interviewed Berkman Klein fellows about their experiences with Internet censorship.
For the past 3 years, Mary has served as the Managing Editor of the Wellesley News, Wellesley College’s weekly newspaper. As Managing Editor, she proposes story idea, researches, edits, and mentors new writers.
Mary has always been an animal lover and enthusiastic pet owner. She grew up with two dogs from the same litter, a lab and an Irish wolfhound mix, who inspired her love for dogs. In 2012, her family adopted a red Siberian Husky, whom they named Dixie. She also has a pet tortoise, Shelly, and a hedgehog, Lola.