Journalism student earns reporting fellowship with New York Times
Tyler Blint-Welsh’s co-ops, internships, and fellowships at newspapers across the country have prepared him for a career as a reporter. He’s written lengthy features on Maine’s public education system for the Bangor Daily News, profiled professional athletes for the Los Angeles Times, and investigated the decline of yellow cabs in New York City for The New York Times’ Student Journalism Institute.
But his next job, he says, will be his most plum assignment yet: Earlier this week, Blint-Welsh, AMD’19, was named a James Reston Reporting Fellow for The New York Times. From June to August, he’ll work for the paper’s metro desk, reporting stories and learning from some of the world’s best journalists. He hopes to cover the city’s homeless crisis, a topic that, he says, has been widely ignored by mainstream media.
Blint-Welsh, a fourth-year journalism major, is the second Northeastern student in as many years to receive a Reston Reporting Fellowship. The fellowship is named in honor of James Barrett Reston, a giant of journalism who worked for the Times from 1939 to 1989, serving as a columnist, Washington correspondent, and executive editor. During his highly decorated 50-year association with the paper, he won two Pulitzer Prizes, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the George Polk Memorial Award for national reporting, among many other honors. When he died in 1995, the Timescalled him “perhaps the most influential journalist of his generation.”“I’m looking forward to picking the brains of talented journalists and coming away with tons of new knowledge,” says Blint-Welsh, a Brooklyn, New York, native who grew up reading the Times on the city’s subway. “To find my byline in the paper will be really cool.”
Blint-Welsh hopes to follow in Reston’s footsteps, often telling his friends, colleagues, and mentors that he would love to become the Times’ executive editor. But his primary goal as a working journalist in the here and now, he says, is to “meet new people, see new places, and document what I find.