Sophia Timba | August 21, 2023
Shape the Conversation
Nick Reynolds ’15 found his passion for journalism with our student newspaper, and is now a Senior Politics Reporter at Newsweek.
Before attending college, Nick Reynolds ‘15 had zero interest in politics or writing.
“I’ll admit I was kind of a meathead coming out of high school,” Reynolds joked. “I came in as a business major. I wanted to come to college, play some football, and get a degree that will make me a lot of money.”
Reynold’s soon realized he was not going to find an easy job with a comfortable salary in a field he was not invested in. He needed to find his passion. During his sophomore year he decided to quit football, switch his major to journalism and broadcasting, and join the student-run newspaper, the Stylus.
Within a few weeks, he was the editor of the paper.
“I probably spent more time at the newspaper than in my classes, and my professors can probably attest to that,” Reynold’s said. “It’s a kind of field where you don’t really learn how to do it unless you’re doing it.”
Reynolds is now writing articles on high-profile political stories unfolding on both a national and global scale as a Senior Politics Reporter for Newsweek.
“I’ve interviewed everyone from Mark Meadows to Bill Barr. I covered Liz Cheney after January 6,” Reynolds said. “I’m always trying to keep my ear to the ground.”
“You’re keeping your neighbors informed and helping to shape a conversation in a community you live in and you’re a part of.”
While Reynolds’ current work consists of high-level issues and big names in the world of politics, his career did not start there. His first job in the field was for his hometown paper reporting on milk prices and derbies— a level of reporting he has grown more and more to respect.
“What I really love most about it is the sense of ownership you have over your community,” Reynolds said. “You’re keeping your neighbors informed and helping to shape a conversation in a community you live in and you’re a part of.”
While Reynolds is unsure where his career will go next, or even if there will be a place for him in the field, he will always remember where it started – alongside a close-knit team writing for a school paper.
“Journalism’s a really fickle industry and I feel kind of blessed every day that I’m still in it,” Reynolds said.