A Place in the News
BBC job keeps Morgan Gisholt Minard ’17 in the thick of things
by Paris Wolfe

When Morgan Gisholt Minard ’17 chose an international relations major she didn’t expect it would lead to a journalism career.

“I chose that major because I loved the idea of learning how the world works,” she says. “I didn’t have a real plan for what to do with it. Most people work for government agencies or NGOs or in academia. Those all seemed like they would make a difference in people’s lives.”

Portrait of Morgan Gisholt Minard ’17
Photo: Emily Paine
Morgan Gisholt Minard ’17 is making her way at the BBC in Washington, D.C.

The question of her major was out of the way, but she still felt a bit lost at the beginning of her first year. So she sought familiarity. She’d been on her high-school newspaper, which led to joining The Bucknellian as a layout editor. Eventually, Gisholt Minard would serve as the paper’s editor-in-chief her senior year. The enthusiasm she discovered for journalism led to meeting Sarah Svoboda ’10, a producer for the BBC’s Washington bureau, at a University career panel. That, in turn led her to an internship at the bureau and on to a job as a picture/desk producer at the British network after graduation.

“I am asked to do a range of tasks and projects,” says Gisholt Minard. “I’ve only appeared on air once, very briefly. I was sent to ‘doorstep’ the then-U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd just outside of D.C. about the alleged corruption of another top U.K. official. I nearly fumbled my one line when I stepped up to her door, but we managed to get an on-the-record answer.”

In September she worked with the BBC’s Arabic Service correspondent at the United Nations to cover a Security Council meeting on Syria. Shortly after, she traveled to Texas for a feature about the 10-year anniversary of the subprime mortgage crisis.

Still determined to make a difference, Gisholt Minard says, “I feel lucky to work with grade-A individuals to tell important stories that inform and impact people around the world.”