Mauro Whiteman is a journalist, a volunteer, and a student living in the heart of Phoenix, AZ. Currently attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, Mauro is earning both a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a Master’s in Mass Communications over four years, as well as Certificates in Religion and Conflict, Human Rights, and International Studies.

While he isn’t studying, Mauro volunteers for a number of causes. This year, he will be “adopting” a refugee family in the Valley in order to help them acclimate and grow accustomed to the United States. The focus of his work with Community Outreach and Advocacy for Refugees is to help ease the transition of a foreign family to a new lifestyle. Mauro also volunteers for the Be A Leader Foundation as a mentor for high school seniors, including some for whom English is their second language.

As a journalist, Mauro has had a number of professional experiences and continues to work for a hyperlocal online publication, the Downtown Devil, as a night editor and digital media specialist. Mauro also has worked as an intern for the Great Falls Tribune in his hometown of Great Falls, MT, reporting for the print product (circulation of more than 30,000) and heading video content production for the online product (which receives more than 5,000,000 hits per month). Mauro has also spent time working as a multimedia reporter for the State Press at Arizona State University before being promoted to a producer of a weekly podcast for the State Press online product, managing multimedia reporters and recording the final podcast.

Mauro also plans on working on a number of journalistic side projects throughout the year aimed at combining the power of journalism with the spirit of service to create change. This site will be one of those side projects.

Mauro also makes time for a healthy social life and enjoys taking time to read, listen to music, and write (outside of his journalistic works). He also can be found playing a game of soccer or racquetball, learning to play guitar, or attending a film or concert at the Phoenix Symphony.