Brandi Bottalico is an award-winning multimedia journalist that currently attends Towson University in pursuit of a degree in mass communication with a double track in journalism and public relations and a minor in Spanish.
At Towson, Bottalico is senior editor for the school’s independent, student-run paper, The Towerlight. She has volunteered with Word on the Street, a street paper written by those that are homeless in Baltimore, and began a column with Indypendent Reader focused on Baltimore youth issues.
Bottalico began her career in high school with her school paper as news editor and opinion editor. She attended several Washington Post workshops and covered the Marine Corps Marathon for a sports writing workshop with them. During her senior year an education blogger for The Washington Post linked to an article she wrote about Facebook changes on the website. Later she was a guest columnist for the blogger, writing an opinion piece about the changes.
She has won two Mark of Excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. One award was for news coverage of a proposed white student union at her college, which gained national attention. The other recognized her Bad Luck Brandi column for The Towerlight.