Kurt Wagner ’12 has been writing almost daily for the past four years. "It’s somewhat funny to think that, despite all I’ve learned in the four years since graduating from SCU, my most memorable story was one I wrote as a Santa Clara junior in my Journalism Capstone (COMM 196) class with Senior Lecturer Barbara Kelley. The story was called "Dreamers" and documented a little-known scholarship program that Santa Clara’s Jesuits offer to undocumented immigrants looking for a college education. The story was tough to report—not many people talked openly about the scholarships—but it was incredibly rewarding.
"Looking back now, I think what makes the story so special to me is that I was writing about something that truly mattered to people. Students who were part of the program trusted me with their personal stories. It was a chance to talk openly about something that few people even knew existed."
Wagner served two years as the editor-in-chief of The Santa Clara. He is now a senior editor at the business and tech publication Recode, where he covers social media, including companies like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and LinkedIn.