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Keister’11 staying busy – and warm – in D.C.

June 24, 2011

Mary Keister, last year’s Round Table editor and a May 2011 graduate, is spending her summer interning at the hip and venerable Washington Post—a choice journalism appointment that landed her on the Post’s website last week and even nabbed her a mention (that’s Mary, fourth from the left). Currently a web producer on the Style desk, it was Mary’s Pippa Middleton gallery that landed her some kudos in the Post and produced, as the author put it, “a ton of hits.”

Mary was kind enough to respond to the Terrarium’s plea for more details and reported she’s currently compiling and writing captions for numerous such photo galleries and penning “the occasional blog post, etc.” Next month, she’ll trade assignments and be updating the Post’s home page on the night shift.

Though she and her fellow interns are quick becoming one with the news organization they serve – they have even lunched with the paper’s executive editor, Marcus Brauchli – it’s not all fun and games. As the blog post outlines, there are roof top reporting gigs at high noon, a sprawling newsroom to traverse, and even routine D.C. life interruptions (like water outages) to contend with.

But that’s not all. As Mary reports: “It is so hot here, especially compared with Beloit temperatures!”

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In recent days we’ve been uncovering news about two recent Fulbright awardees among the classes of 2011 and 2010, tracking current students on prestigious research assignments at universities around the country, and been meeting Beloiters summering in town while hammering out research projects with faculty. What are you doing? Check in with us on Facebook or email us at with your updates. We miss you!