Andrew Kennard is responsible for editing, designing and sometimes writing for the News section of The Times-Delphic.

Hi, I’m Andrew Kennard of Green Bay, Wisconsin. I’m a reporter, editor, content creator and Drake University student who is passionate about reporting, sustainability and creative writing. I’m also an Eagle Scout and a budding novelist. I’m an intermediate-level Spanish learner who is working towards fluency in the language, a skill that may well come in use in my chosen field or volunteer work.

During the summer of 2021, I reported on issues of national importance for Native News Online as an intern, and a few of my articles were also published on Yahoo News. After the conclusion of my internship, I took an offer to continue reporting for Native News Online on a freelance basis. This year, I work as the News Editor at The Times-Delphic, Drake’s student newspaper. In this role, I do my part to produce impactful news stories that are relevant to the Drake community and collaborate closely with my reporters.

As a journalist

My career as a journalist began with a two-week workshop at Marquette University, where I wrote an enterprise story about a unionization movement on campus. Following my acceptance to Drake University, I soon began reporting for The Times-Delphic, including articles on thefts of catalytic converters, the GameStop stock spike and an in-depth look at a Drake professor’s US-China relations podcast. My work at The Times-Delphic helped me get an internship with Native News Online, a Native American niche digital publication.

At Native News Online, I reported on the barriers between Native Hawaiians and homeownership, the COVID-19 pandemic, the Assembly of First Nations’ National Chief Elections and the reckoning that followed the discoveries of unmarked graves at Indian residential schools in Canada. Some of my work was also published on Yahoo News. I was responsible for short daily articles, long-form pieces and pitching three stories each week. Since the conclusion of my internship, I have written an article for The Times-Delphic about the history of a boarding school in Tama County, Iowa that performed especially well when it was republished on Native News Online’s site. I have accepted an offer to continue reporting for Native News Online on a freelance basis.

Content creator and budding novelist

At Drake, I have also studied graphic design and currently serve as Drake Environmental Action League’s Communications Chair. In this role, I am responsible for designing and publishing promotional and educational content for DEAL’s events and cause on social media. I have recently started a partnership between DEAL and The Times-Delphic through a sustainability column that will be written by members of DEAL.

Following some reading and outlining, I’m planning to start a new draft of the low fantasy novel I’ve been writing and rewriting for close to 10 years now.

You can find me on LinkedIn and other platforms linked on my Contact page, or check out my resume.