Rock star says journalism was his 'backup plan'

Before he became a rock star, Andrew Dost of the group fun. studied journalism at Central Michigan University. “I wasn’t even particularly interested in journalism until I took an intro class," he tells Katherine Ranzenberger.

I loved the professor and I loved the challenges journalism brought, so I figured if I needed to study something as a backup plan, I might as well do something that fascinated me and had great professors.

Given the two career fields Dost focused on, we can probably all agree he may have been under-advised in high school -- and that his band's name probably drives copy editors crazy. Fun.'s record sales are doing well, and the band has been nominated for six Grammy awards.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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