Keeley is a writer and editor in St. Petersburg, Fla., and an M.A. candidate at USF St. Petersburg in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies. She graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in June 2010 with a B.A. in anthropology and English, and a certificate in journalism. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Crow’s Nest, the student newspaper at USF St. Petersburg.

Keeley grew up in Western New York. She had a love for writing and literature, and during her sophomore year of high school, set her sights on becoming a high school English teacher. She attended Niagara University after graduation to pursue this goal, but after a year of failed lesson plans and awkward essays about education, it was time for a change.

Keeley transferred to UB at the beginning of her sophomore year of college because of the sheer number of academic degrees available. Though she wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to do, UB seemed like a decent place to explore the options.

Keeley worked for The Spectrum, the independent student newspaper at UB, for four semesters — two as a staff writer, one as an assistant news editor, and in fall 2009 as the executive editor, writing about high-profile campus speakers, campus politics, and arts and culture in around Buffalo. She also interned at The Union-Sun and Journal in Lockport.

Keeley was the managing editor for Generation Magazine at UB during her final undergraduate semester, and a stringer for The Buffalo News for a little over a year, where she grew to love writing about school budgets and local politics.

When she’s not geeking out over news/media, she enjoys reading (Shakespeare, Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, chick lit, stuff like that…), painting and keeping her dog and cat fed and happy.

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