Mary Andom

Mary Andom is a 2007 graduate of Western Washington University located in the Pacific Northwest. She majored in print journalism with a minor in political science. Andom is originally from the north east African nation of Eritrea and credits her parent�s harrowing journey escaping the war-torn country and growing up in her culturally diverse neighborhood in Seattle for her inspiration to become a journalist. In high school and early college, Andom penned columns for The Seattle Times youth section NEXT. She was also involved in her school newspaper, The Western Front, as a reporter and later as a columnist. Last summer, Andom interned at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Andom hopes to become a newspaper reporter either covering education or immigration/refugee issues.


Personal Narrative – Mary Andom

“Ay yo, lil’ mama.”

A candy-apple green Oldsmobile with shiny chrome wheels pulled up beside me.

“Shit,” I whispered under my breath. I kept walking, flashing an uneasy smile.

“How old you be,” he said in his syrupy Southern accent.… Read more

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Pride. Through our eyes

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Pride through their eyes: Five stories

St. Pete Pride parade has grown from a small event into a celebration noticed by the entire city.

One of the largest gatherings for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in Florida, the event has more than doubled in … Read more

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Keeping the beat

Kids nervously tap drumsticks on the Seventh-day Adventist Church steps in St. Petersburg, Fla., rehearsing the beats in their heads. The cymbal players swivel and rotate their wrists with their imaginary instruments.

Inside the whitewashed church, is chaos.

Musicians scramble … Read more

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Historic spot takes center stage — all over again

On a busy strip of 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg’s Midtown neighborhood, the smell of fried catfish from Lorene’s Fish House spills into the street. A souped-up Cadillac zooms past, bumping rap music. At a nearby stretch of public … Read more

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Welcome to East of 34th!

The beat we’ve fashioned into “East of 34th Street” spans the area north of Boyd Hill Nature Park all the way up to 9th Avenue North. It’s bordered by Maggiore on the east and south and by the West of Read more

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