Ali Schmitz

Reporter in Charleston, West Virginia

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I'm a staff writer and reporter at the Charleston Gazette-Mail in Charleston, WV. I primarily cover Putnam County, a suburban community west of Charleston, and general assignment stories.
Before that I was a News21 Fellow at Arizona State University. I covered new voting laws enacted in the south that primarily affected poor African-American voters, and voting rights for former felons.
I'm a graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communication, where I was awarded the prestigious Doris Bardon Award for Excellence in News Broadcasting during my senior year. While in college I worked as a producer, reporter, and anchor for WUFT News, North Central Florida's Public Media stations, and served as a teaching assistant in UF's Innovation News Center.
I've contributed to multiple outlets including NPR, NBC and the Center for Public Integrity.
My work has been picked up by outlets across the world, including BBC, AP, and ESPN.
I'm passionate about watchdog journalism and mobile reporting.
When I'm not at work, I'm likely getting lost in the mountains of West Virginia. Only half of the time is it accidental.

  • Work
    • Charleston Gazette-Mail
  • Education
    • University of Florida