2016 Grad Named National Journalism Fellow
Matthew Housiaux, a 2016 Augustana graduate who majored in journalism and history, has been named a Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow by the National Press Foundation.
Housiaux, a native of Brookings, South Dakota, currently serves as a reporter for Kiplinger Washington Editors.
He is one of only 21 young journalists to receive the prestigious fellowship, which runs from September through June. The honor is designed to give print, online and broadcast journalists from top news organizations an intensive – and lively – overview of reporting in the capital. Over the course of nine months, fellows will visit the Pentagon, the Supreme Court, the Capitol and other key Washington institutions where they’ll discuss politics with policymakers, top experts and the best reporters in the business.
As a student at Augustana, Housiaux served as an editor for the Mirror, the Augustana student newspaper, and was also involved in Augie Green, a campus organization dedicated to environmental sustainability. He was a Sophomore Honors award recipient, earned one of two prestigious David Kranz-Argus Leader Media Journalism Scholarships in 2015, and received the Covenant Award for Excellence in 2016.
The hands-on experience he gained through his journalism coursework and through his work on Augustana's student newspaper helped him earn an internship with Kiplinger after his junior year. During the spring of his senior year, Kiplinger offered Housiaux a position in Washington – to begin after graduation – covering the White House as well as state and local government.
"Matt's award recognizes his skills as a writer and a reporter, to be sure, but also as an interpreter – someone who has the knowledge and ability to understand the facts and then organize and present them in a way that they make sense of a very difficult world," Miller said.
Dr. Janet Blank-Libra, professor and director of journalism at Augustana, agreed.
"Matthew’s mind is frequently set afire by ideas. He is always in pursuit of knowledge and truth, always reading, always researching. He possesses the spirit of a journalist and the heart of an Emerson or a Thoreau. Matthew’s curiosity compels him to think, to learn, to care, and to write. His mind is never idle, his ideas engaging.He is a responsible, trustworthy individual who possesses a strong moral compass. He’s edgy, though, willing to push the proverbial envelope."
Miller also said Housiaux illustrates the significant role Augustana's experiential learning opportunities play in post-graduate success.
"Matt is one of several students we have had in recent years whose ability in their journalism classes and whose experience in working on the Mirror and the Edda [Augustana's student-run yearbook] have led them to excellent jobs straight out of Augie."
One such graduate is Kaeti Hinck, a journalism major from the class 2007 who leads the data team within the graphics department at The Washington Post. Learn more about Hinck and her career in journalism.