My name is Natalie Anderson. I cover politics, COVID-19 and city government for the Salisbury Post, a local newspaper outside of the Charlotte area in North Carolina. I was raised in Louisiana and am a proud alumna of Louisiana State University. #GeauxTigers
I began reporting for the Salisbury Post in January 2020. As a politics reporter, I covered local races in the primary election and continue to cover candidates ahead of the general election. As the city reporter, I reported on the controversial decision among city staff to relocate a Confederate statue from downtown following the surge of nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality after George Floyd’s death. And as the COVID-19 reporter, I’ve provided daily updates in addition to extensive reporting on local nursing home outbreaks — one of which was the site of the largest COVID-19 outbreak in the state of North Carolina.
From January to August 2019, I investigated natural disasters across the U.S. as a fellow for the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. I worked with 36 other student journalists to report and produce a multimedia package of in-depth articles, podcast episodes and a documentary series for national media. I also worked with two teams to manage the News21 Facebook page and Twitter account. The full project can be viewed here.
For three years, I served LSU’s award-winning student newspaper, The Reveille, in various editorial roles, including editor in chief, managing editor and news editor. I also wrote as a news reporter for two semesters, and spearheaded coverage of the hazing death of a freshman pledge in 2017 that made national headlines. As editor, I oversaw a rebrand of The Reveille‘s print and digital product and the launch of a sports podcast. I also was involved in decisions regarding funding cuts from the university.
As a young journalist, I’ve led a newsroom and worked with editors to transition from a daily publication to a weekly print product while working to strengthen a daily digital presence. While in college, I covered politics and legislative sessions at the Louisiana State Capitol for the state’s Pulitzer-winning newspaper, The Advocate, obtained and analyzed public records and interviewed both experts and victims of natural disasters.
I pride myself on maintaining a genuine curiosity and desire to learn something new everyday, which fuels my drive as a journalist to keep asking questions and broaden my perspective of the world.
I graduated from LSU in December 2019 with a bachelor of arts in mass communication from the Manship School of Mass Communication, with minors in political science and psychology. I hope to travel to as many places as I can to keep learning more and telling the stories of the world around me. I’m particularly interested in covering news and politics, but my long-term goal is to be an investigative reporter.
Journalism has increased my confidence, leadership skills and courage. I’m excited to work in a field that challenges me each day to tell the truth and be a voice for the people around me.