Abigail Crutchfield Arzoumanov
Thesis Title: Mirror to a City: A Reinterpretation of George Balanchine's "Abstract" Ballet Agon as a Reflection of 1950s New York City
What Now: I am now a producer in CNN’s political unit covering the 2016 presidential election. I work primarily with Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash and field produce interviews, cut television packages, and help shape editorial direction. I have also had a great time this year getting to work on the teams for 6 of CNN’s primary debates.
Follow Me: @acrutchfield14
The approach to history that I learned during my studies in History and Literature has been invaluable to my current career in media / journalism. The ability to view a particular event or work of art within the framework of its surrounding cultural and societal forces has helped give depth to the way I see and tell the news. On a practical level, my time in the History and Literature department developed my research and writing skills, which I use every day in my current job. And, working on my thesis helped me realize that I love interviewing people and learning about an event or experience through firsthand perspectives. I feel very grateful to work in a field where I get to utilize the skills and passions I learned during my time in Hist and Lit and hope that I continue to do so moving forward.