Hello. I am Princess Safiya Byers, a new reporter at the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.
I was born and raised in Milwaukee. I love the city. And I love its neighborhoods.
I have spent the last four years at Marquette University, where I studied Journalism and Africana Studies. I have known since middle school that I wanted to work in journalism, but Marquette is where I learned journalism as a service.
I originally decided to study journalism because I enjoy telling peoples stories. I still do, but I have learned that sharing and understanding each other’s stories helps connect people and communities.
Throughout college, I worked as an intern for NNS as well as at a local nonprofit, where I served youth and their families by providing resources, planning activities and managing data.
My educational experiences and my work at the Milwaukee Community Journal over the past few summers and my experience as an intern this year at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel have confirmed that I want to be a journalist who serves democracy by covering issues important to the community.
I hope to connect, serve and celebrate Milwaukee communities.
I am excited to share your stories.