Madison Weil is a driven, creative multimedia journalist with a passion for international and feature reporting.
She is currently the digital fellow at ABC News in New York City, where she helps produce video news content across ABC’s national digital platforms. She graduated from USC Annenberg in May 2017 with her M.S. degree in digital and broadcast journalism, and graduated from UCLA in 2016 with degrees in Global Studies and Anthropology.
She is this year’s recipient of the Penny Lernoux Award for International Reporting for her coverage of Brexit from the European Union Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
She is also able to report on camera, anchor and produce for broadcast.
Current Job Title
New York, California, United States
Degree / Major
ABC News National, Digital Fellow June 2017-Present
o Assists in the shooting, editing and overall production of video content for ABC News web, digital and social platforms on a national level
USC Annenberg Media/Television News, Anchor and Multimedia Reporter July 2016-May 2017
o Produced day-of-air news packages and anchored a weekly news broadcast; produced innovative video, radio, and text pieces as well as multimedia/social media content for digital platforms
o One of fourteen American journalists invited to attend the EU Press Conference 2017 in Brussels, Belgium
CBS News San Diego, Production Intern Aug.-Sept. 2015
o Assisted on-site and off-site in the production, filming and editing of news segments
o Conducted independent anthropological research on the ability of the news to create social change
The Generation: UCLA’s Foreign Affairs Magazine, Op-Ed Reporter/Videographer Sept. 2015-June 2016
o Authored articles for online and print publication on various foreign affairs topics
o Conducted interviews with key international speakers and filmed/edited the interview footage to be posted in tandem with written articles
Safe Spot Counterterrorism Campaign, Co-Founder & Videographer Sept. 2015-June 2016
o Created “Safe Spot,” an organization and multimedia campaign to combat violent extremism
o Invited to speak in front of a panel of counterterrorism experts at the U.S. Department of State in D.C.
o Received $2,000 from the U.S. Department of State and worked with the LAPD Anti-Terrorist Unit, LA Sheriffs, U.S. Refugee Council, the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Islamic Center of SoCal
o Conducted and recorded live interviews with experts in the field, including an ex-jihadist turned counter terrorism operative
o Assisted in the creation of social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr) and website for Safe Spot
Kenya Vision Project, Founder June 2011 – Present
o Organized medical mission trip (Summer 2011) to Kenya
o Collected 800+ pairs of eyeglasses and 20+ bins of school supplies in local community and delivered to villages in Kenya
o Conducted eye exams throughout Kenya, delivered glasses and provided medical treatment/care
Law Offices of David J. Weiss, Law Clerk Nov. 2014-July 2016
o Conducted basic legal research and writing pertaining to civil rights cases
o Organized case files and documents; input administrative data