From Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Party to Inside Climate News

In the picturesque city of Portland, Maine, The Forecaster comes out once a week to keep area residents informed about the latest news and sports happenings. But there’s also room for other topics.

To wit, The Forecaster currently has a wonderful profile of 30-year-old area native Sabrina Shankman (pictured). After undergraduate journalism studies at NYU, she did her graduate work at UC Berkeley, where she made time for a very unusual detour:

During grad school, Shankman did a summer internship with the South African bureau of the Associated Press in Johannesburg. She covered stories ranging from Nelson Mandela‘s 90th birthday, to violent elections in Zimbabwe, to the burgeoning South African snowboarding scene.

“I was there for just two months, but it was a hell of an experience,” Shankman said.

We can only imagine. After graduation, Shankman interned at the LA bureau of the Wall Street Journal before moving to New York to work for ProPublica. Shankman has since joined the Pulitzer Prize winning non-profit Inside Climate New.

The Forecaster profile has some great info about what she has been doing at her latest journalistic home. Our compliments to article author Brendan Twist for a feature job very well done.

[Photo courtesy: @shankman]