Chips Quinn Alum on Inside Media

James Wagner

James Wagner, The Washington Post’s Nationals beat reporter and a Chips Quinn Scholar, chats with Inside Media host Patty Rhule in the Newseum’s Knight TV Studio. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

By Amy Rosenthal

Update: Audio of James Wagner’s interview can be downloaded from our Inside Media Podcast page.

Saturday, Aug. 1, is Nationals Family Day at the Newseum, in celebration of the opening of Newseum’s newest exhibit, “Nationals at 10: Baseball Makes News.” A special taping of the Newseum’s Inside Media podcast at 2:30 p.m. will feature The Washington Post’s Nationals beat reporter, James Wagner, who is an alumnus of the Newseum Institute’s Chips Quinn Scholars program (Summer 2007 class).

During his time in the Chips Quinn Scholars program, Wagner was an intern at The Courier- Journal in Louisville, Ky. Within the first few weeks of his internship, a 4-year-old boy disappeared in the area and was found murdered 8 days later. Wagner became lead reporter because the parents of the murdered boy were from Guatemala and spoke little English, and Wagner is fluent in Spanish. While covering the ongoing investigation, Wagner forged a connection with the parents and reported on the challenges they faced as undocumented immigrants who wanted their son to be buried in Guatemala but wanted to be able to return to the U.S.

After completing his internship at The Courier Journal, Wagner graduated from the University of Virginia and worked at The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and The San Gabriel Valley (Calif.) Tribune before landing at The Washington Post.

The Chips Quinn Scholars program gives aspiring journalists like Wagner invaluable experience and exposure within the journalism field. Funded by the Freedom Forum and operated by the Newseum Institute, the Chips Quinn Scholars program provides training and mentoring support with the goal of bringing greater diversity to the newsrooms of the United States. The program, which includes an orientation and multi-media training in Nashville, Tenn., matches qualified candidates with paid internships at participating news organizations across the country.

Other activities on Nationals Family Day at the Newseum include indoor batting practice, a chance to win two tickets to a Nationals game, a Front-Page Frenzy race and gallery talks in the new exhibit “Nationals at 10: Baseball Makes News.” Adult and senior tickets will be just $10 all weekend! Plus, take advantage of Newseum’s Summer Fun Deal where kids 18 and younger visit free now through Sept. 7.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *