Keara Shannon was born in Chicago Heights, IL and lived in the neighboring town of Matteson for 13 years. She moved to Plainfield, IL in 2013 and attended Oswego East High School. Her interest in journalism started during her junior year of high school and she committed the following year after watching the film “Spotlight”.
She attends MU as part of the class of 2023 and majors in Reporting and Writing with minors in Spanish and Black Studies. In the spring of 2020, she added the CASE Marketing Team to her resume and her other experience includes writing for the Maneater and Columbia Missourian.
Keara also wrote for ABC News in her spring 2022 semester after being the first recipient of the Curtis B. Hurley scholarship to live in Washington, D.C. as part of the School of Journalism’s D.C. program.
Though her career aspirations are not yet decided, she wants to give a voice to the voiceless and inform people of the injustices happening around the world, no matter how big or small.