My name is Katie Gagliano and I’m a reporter in south Louisiana. I graduated summa cum laude from LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in May 2018. I currently work for The Acadiana Advocate in Lafayette, Louisiana as a breaking news and education reporter.
My love for journalism is driven by curiosity and an interest in lifelong learning. I can’t imagine a more dynamic, engaging and fun career path than one that allows me to constantly broaden my perceptions of my community, state and nation.
As a young journalist, I’ve worked to challenge myself and step outside my comfort zone. I’ve rubbed elbows with presidential candidates in Iowa, chased down politicians in the Louisiana State Capitol, and staked out sources while reporting on transportation inequities and their effect on health care access for low-income communities in the Coachella Valley. I’ve also expanded beyond hard news and worked in entertainment and features reporting.
I’m interested in local government reporting, civil rights and equity issues, and explanatory journalism. I’m a collaborative worker who aims to foster strong communication skills and a positive work environment. I’m organized, detail-oriented, and a diligent fact checker and researcher.
On the personal side, I love to ski, swim, read books, horde magazines and visit art museums. I have a burgeoning interest in red wine and a fledging hand-lettering hobby.
Journalism has made me more courageous, reflective and forward-thinking. It pushes me to grow each day. What more could you ask for in a profession?