Cortlynn Stark


Pulliam Fellow / The Indianapolis Star – Indianapolis, Indiana    8/2019 – 11/2019

  • Responsible for writing and pitching stories on City Hall and public safety, two of the top issues in the city, going into the November election.

Local Intern / The Washington PostWashington, D.C.      6/2019 – 8/2019

  • Wrote and pitched stories related to D.C. government for both daily deadlines and longer enterprise stories; interviewed politicians, adults with memory loss, underserved kids and more; covered violent crime and Trump’s Fourth of July spectacle; wrote feature stories about city residents; took photos to accompany stories.

Enterprise News Intern / The Kansas City Star – Kansas City, Missouri             5/2018 – 8/2018

  • Wrote feature stories and breaking news on a strict deadline; took photos and videos to accompany most stories, live-tweeted events; covered the impact of homicide vigils, an FDA decision on cannabis-based medicine, and new businesses; worked on breaking and follow-up coverage of the Branson duck boat tragedy.

Editor-in-Chief / The Standard – Springfield, Missouri                                        5/2018 – 5/2019

  • Managed a staff of almost 40 editors, reporters and photographers under a weekly deadline; worked with digital editor to plan social media posts; worked with section editors to create budget; worked to implement a beat system for reporters.
  • Previously worked as news editor from May 2017 to May 2018: Wrote breaking news, features, and sports stories, including stories on domestic violence, net neutrality, and the rise of mass shootings; managed a team of reporters, created a budget for the news section, posted stories to social media, spoke on camera for a weekly news show.
  • Previously a reporter from Jan. 2016 to May 2017.

Web Producer/Assignment Editor / KOLR – Springfield, Missouri     3/2017 – 2/2019

  • Wrote breaking news and news releases for the web within an immediate deadline; managed Facebook and Twitter feeds to drive tens of thousands of page views, used Google Analytics to post content, clipped video; created weekend assignment budget.

Reporting Intern The Christian County Headliner News – Ozark, Missouri 1/2018 – 5/2018

  • Wrote feature and news stories for a weekly deadline; took photos to accompany stories; copy edited each newspaper before publication; wrote social media posts.


Bachelor of Science in Journalism 8/2015 – 5/2019

Missouri State University – summa cum laude

Cortlynn Stark Resume