My name is Ali Schmitz, and I’m a multi-skilled journalist available for hire. I’m passionate about breaking news, investigative reporting, and politics.
I’m a proud graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, where I was awarded the Doris Bardon Award for Broadcast News. Go Gators!
I was last seen at Carnegie-Knight’s News21 investigating voter disenfranchisement and access issues, and being the newsroom’s resident #FloridaWoman. My stories mainly focused on Shelby County v. Holder, Voter ID laws, and African-American voting rights. Our website is launching August 20, and we’re so excited to share our work with you. Until then, you can see some our work here.
Before that, I was a producer, reporter, and anchor at WUFT News in Gainesville. I worked on all platforms in the newsroom: radio, web, and television. I started off by helping launch the newsroom’s social media strategy, and ended my time there managing radio producers and reporters, anchoring local segments of NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and reporting for all platforms. During my time at WUFT I was one of NPR’s youngest contributors, and lead statewide coverage for local NBC and CNN affiliates for breaking news stories based in North Central Florida.
If you want to know a little bit more about what I’ve done, my LinkedIn is here.
When I’m not in a newsroom (which is rare), I’m probably exploring new places, or at home reading and (let’s be honest) watching videos of dogs.