DistrictGPS’ popular “Young Alumni Series” spotlights TFAS alumni working in the DC area.
In this edition, DistrictGPS is featuring Nicholas Ballasy the senior video reporter for “The Daily Caller” where he covers Congress and national politics. Ballasy has interviewed a wide range of political leaders and celebrities including former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Sen. John Kerry, former Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, and many more. His work has been featured by CNN, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, The Drudge Report, Washington Post, The New York Times among others.
Ballasy graduated magna cum laude from Rider University where he doubled majored in communications and political science. He has volunteered as a mentor to Institute on Political Journalism (IPJ) students and is currently part of the inaugural class of TFAS Journalism Fellows.
- What has Ballasy done to get to where he is today? Ballasy worked as a video journalist in Washington, D.C. for CNS News primarily covering Congress. He interned at ABC-7 in New York City, ABC’s World News Tonight and CNN’s White House Unit. During his time at Rider University, Ballasy created, produced and hosted a public affairs show called On the Issues on public access television, which was awarded “Best Public Affairs Show” by the National Broadcasting Society in 2007. Furthermore, his sit-down interview with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace won a Telly Award in 2008. He is also a member of the honor societies Alpha Lamda Delta, Lambda Pi Eta (communications) and Phi Sigma Alpha (political science).
- How did participating in IPJ prepare Ballasy for his current position? According to Ballasy, much of his work today at The Daily Caller hinges on the extensive knowledge he gained through his classes as a student in the Institute on Political Journalism. “The economy is a common thread in a lot of my reporting from Capitol Hill, so these classes have served as an excellent asset in my professional life.” Ballasy began his career in journalism during his 2007 IPJ internship at CNN’s White House Unit. It was his summer with IPJ that allowed him to make an easy transition to a full-time job in the city after graduation. IPJ helped him become familiar with the inner workings of Washington through the professional connections he made at his internship and through the TFAS alumni network. Student events at places such as the National Press Club and U.S. Capitol were also beneficial to his career.
For more information about Nicholas Ballasy, please visit his website: http://nickballasy.com/. To learn more about the Institute on Political Journalism and to begin an online application, please visit www.DCinternships.org?IPJ.