When our newsroom decided to drop everything to focus on COVID-19 coverage, we knew that we couldn’t do it alone. Two young journalists with ties to our community have decided to help our small team report on the pandemic and what it means for life in the Charlottesville area.
Kate Hidalgo Bellows, from Fairfax City, is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia majoring in English and political philosophy, policy and law. Upon arriving at UVa in 2016, she fulfilled her lifelong goal of becoming a reporter for The Cavalier Daily, a role she continues to hold today. A member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Kate attended the New York Times Student Journalism Institute in 2019 as a copy editor and reporter and interned at PennLive in Harrisburg in 2019. “I have learned so much about Charlottesville that goes beyond UVa, which is my primary focus as a reporter for The Cavalier Daily,” Bellows said. “I have really enjoyed learning from the other journalists at Cville Tomorrow about their work.”
Marie Ungar grew up in the Charlottesville area and is now in her second year at Harvard University, studying English and psychology. Her career includes her current roles as arts writer for The Harvard Crimson, poetry editor of The Harvard Advocate, a DJ at WHRB Cambridge 95.3 FM, co-founder and editor of Sooth Swarm Journal and a peer counselor with Room 13 Peer Counseling. Previously, the Albemarle High School graduate was the academic residential assistant at the School of the New York Times and editor, social media manager and workshop leader of the Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center. We’re grateful that these two college students have carved out time in their academic careers, which now are online, to join us in working for you through this time of uncertainty.