Peter Sessum is a junior at the University of Washington. A journalism major, he is busy writing for The Daily, as well as various freelance projects.
An Army veteran, Peter feels that some of the attributes that he utilized in the military will help him be successful as a journalist. Initiative, integrity and dedication to the task at hand are traits in the military that translate well into the journalism field.
Despite the current state of journalism, Peter is confident that there will always be a need for objective and accountable people to bring the stories to the American people. He also does not feel that he needs compete with all other college graduates for a job next year. Instead, he just has to find one editor who is looking for someone like him. Taking Arabic classes in the fall to make himself more competitive, Peter wants to go back overseas and bring back the stories that aren’t being told.
Peter is a recipient of regional and national awards and scholarships. He attributes much of his success to the members of the Seattle chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA). Through their mentoring his skills as a journalist have improved and he looks forward to his next step.