Amanda's background is a mix of journalism-based education and years of digital marketing experience. She's currently the Branded Content Manager at Fractl, a boutique content marketing company, in addition to being the founder and head editor of DCFiction.com in her spare time.
When the 2016 Election revealed the clear divisions in this country, she decided to take to her writing roots and explore why and how people all around America think about the state of the country and share their stories to generate more empathy across the country.
Alexandra Shashkevich works as a writer at Stanford University. She has covered gun violence and breaking news at the Chicago Tribune, where she has worked for about four years. An alumna of the University of Florida and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism program, Alex has also written for The Moscow Times, The Gainesville Sun and The Ocala Star-Banner. Alex hopes The Stories of America can help people understand the wonderfully complex and diverse people of the United States and the things they care about.
Ashley Arnold works as a reporter for KCTV5 in Kansas City, Missouri. She has covered topics ranging from education and same sex marriage to gun control and equal pay. She graduated from the University of Florida where she studied at their College of Journalism and Communications. Ashley hopes to see The Stories of America lead to conversations that will help others understand opposing positions and motivate them to question their own understanding of various issues.