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Anna Schmidt

KCUR Studios intern

Anna Schmidt is the fall 2023 intern for KCUR Studios. She recently graduated from Kansas State University, where she was the Opinions Desk Editor for the Collegian student newspaper and took over the role of podcast host.

She has also served as assistant editor-in-chief for Manhappenin’ Magazine, where she co-created the “What’s Happenin?” podcast, and was a contributor to the Manhattan Mercury MHK Music Scene and the Royal Purple Yearbook. This year, on the day after her 23rd birthday, she ran her first marathon with her mother.

You can email her at anna.schmidt@kcur.org.

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