LaVendrick Smith, a junior at the University of Washington, is our reporting intern for the 2015 legislative session.
Smith works in the The News Tribune’s and The Olympian’s joint statehouse bureau on the Capitol campus. A week into the job, he’s already written about an anti-abortion rally and a bill proposing a “silver alert” system for missing seniors who suffer from dementia-like ailments, as well as contributed our daily roundup of what’s happening around the Capitol.
Smith is from Everett and graduated from Mariner High School, where he was editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. He says he became interested in journalism after his third grade teacher told him about her prior career as a news reporter.
A security guard at his high school offered further encouragement when Smith won an essay contest the guard had organized after a trip to the Northwest African American Museum. The guard told Smith he could be a successful journalist and urged him to get involved with the high school newspaper.
Smith was an intern at the Mukilteo Beacon in high school. In college, he’s worked as a reporter and assistant development editor for The Daily at UW, and was a features intern for The Seattle Times last fall.
He has yet to decide on what type of reporting he wants to do after graduation, but says he wants to work for a print publication “covering issues that have an impact on peoples' lives.”
You can reach him at lavendrick.smith@thenewstribune and 360-943-7240. Or follow him on Twitter, where he tweets as @LaVendrickS.