“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou
My entire life, I’ve been a storyteller. And I’m ready to turn that passion into a career.
The quality that sets me apart from other journalists is my love for the stories some may consider small. As a young reporter, it’s easy to get caught up in the desire to chase the most impressive story. But I believe that many times, the quietest story is the most important — what an audience needs and wants.
Hannah Webster is a web news editor for WRAL.com in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of the UNC School of Media and Journalism, she majored in reporting with minors in Spanish language and history. She worked as a reporting intern for the Health+Wellness team of U.S. News & World Report based out of Washington, D.C and The Pilot newspaper in Southern Pines, North Carolina. She has also worked as a health media relations intern for Schmidt Public Affairs in Alexandria, Virginia and an editorial intern for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. During her time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Hannah held multiple leadership positions in UNC J-School Ambassadors, Apples Service-Learning and Buckley Public Service Scholars. As a journalism student, she took reporting courses in various media — written, audio and visual. She also completed a Business Essentials Certificate from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. With an academic immersion in digital media and business, she is interested in the business of the industry, online media marketing and ensuring sustainable journalism for the 21st century. She spent a semester abroad studying in Seville, Spain, where she took five university courses in Spanish and earned an advanced proficiency language certification. Hannah has written for several UNC student publications, including the Daily Tar Heel, Synapse magazine and Blue & White magazine. She was consistently involved in the service and social justice community at UNC, where she organized and lead a service-learning trip focused on urban poverty and homelessness in Washington, D.C. and a service-learning trip focused on human rights in Birmingham, Alabama. She plans to pursue a career in health, education and investigative storytelling. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and binge-watching documentaries.