Martha Elson

Degree and Year: 
BA 1974
Professional Title: 
Staff writer, The Courier-Journal/courier-journal.com
Employer: 
Gannett/The Courier-Journal

Professional Background: 
Intern at Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch newspaper, staff writer Newport News (Va.) Times-Herald, staff writer since 1977 at (past) Louisville Times and Pulitzer Prize-winning Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?: 
I use the writing, research and analytical skills I learned as an Engish major every day in my work as a writer/history columnist. My English credentials, combined with my work as a writer and editor on The Chronicle, have been an advantage every step of the way in pursuing my professional goals, given Duke's standing as one of the finest universities in the country.