Caroline Kenny

COMM alumna Caroline KennyCaroline Kenny (COMM and POLI, 2015) is working in the Washington, D.C. bureau of CNN as a digital producer for CNN Politics. In this role, she contributes to the social media pages for CNN and CNN Politics, designs the pages and news stories for the web and writes up breaking news stories about the 2016 presidential election.

Since graduating from the College in May 2015, Caroline has been studying for her master’s degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and will be graduating with a master’s in journalism this August. The intensive 12-month program allowed her to fully throw herself into reporting on a topic she is very passionate about from all angles.

For a politico like Caroline, the timing of this program perfectly coincided with the presidential campaign so she traveled the country following the candidates and writing, recording and taping their rallies and speeches. She began her journey on the campaign trail by traveling to snowy Des Moines, Iowa in January to cover the Iowa Caucuses. There, she covered the Donald Trump veterans rally that he held instead of participating in the Fox News debate across town, interviewed Martin O’Malley and his entire family right before he dropped out of the race, and even scored a one-on-one interview on-camera with Hillary Clinton where the two discussed her affordable college education plan. From Iowa, Caroline traveled back home to South Carolina where she followed Hillary Clinton around the state for three days leading up to the South Carolina Democratic Primary.

In addition to reporting on the rallies and speeches, Caroline also wrote an in-depth investigative piece on the implementation of voter identification laws in South Carolina. Her interest in this topic came out her senior year Bachelor’s Essay at CofC, where she studied the effect of demographics and voter ID laws on voting habits.

For her fourth and final quarter at Medill, Caroline moved to Washington, D.C. to work out of the Medill DC newsroom and extensively cover politics. She was at the Capitol for the gun control sit-in held by House Democrats and later traveled to Cleveland and Philadelphia for the Republican National Convention (RNC) and Democratic National Convention (DNC), respectively.

At the RNC, Caroline interned with the Associated Press video team. Accompanied by an AP cameraman, Caroline spent the entire convention on the floor interviewing notable speakers such as Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the Trump children about their speeches and the tone of the convention. In addition to work, she even got to meet up with three other CofC alums who were all working at the convention in a variety of roles.

A week later, Caroline and her Medill colleagues drove up to Philadelphia where they covered the DNC. This time around, she interned for USA Today and had the opportunity to write stories for publication in their network newspapers located around the country. She wrote stories for both the Greenville News (S.C.) and Asheville Citizen-Times (N.C.) about their young delegations and what Democrats are doing in both states to ensure they turn blue this November. After the conventions, Caroline was right back in the swing of things. She started her full-time job at CNN and is preparing to receive her diploma from Medill. But, she is still in full campaign coverage mode and doesn’t see the excitement ending until Election Day.

See more of what Caroline was up to while at Medill here.
Follow Caroline on Twitter @carolinerkenny