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About cmcolumbus2011

I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 2012 - 2015.

About Me


Hi, I’m Courtney, a freelance journalist based in the Washington, D.C. area. I specialize in writing about global health and development, food and culture, and consumer health.

My Resume

Before getting into journalism, I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 2012 to 2015.  I lived and worked in the southwestern part of the country, a major sugar cane-growing area.

Peace Corps service, a stint as a teaching assistant in Costa Rica, and a semester abroad during college taught me how to navigate foreign cultures and to be comfortable working on my own and as part of a team. I also learned how to get around on many forms of public transportation, from motorcycle taxis to buses piled high with people and packages.

In my free time, I love hiking, running with my dog, and listening to podcasts in Spanish.