My name is Meghan Holloran; I was born and raised in Texas. I moved up north to attend Drake University in the beautifully cold Des Moines, Iowa. I’m majoring in Multimedia Journalism and Magazine Media and minoring in Environmental Science, Sustainability, and Resilience (a mouthful, I know). I’m looking to develop my storytelling and investigative journalism skills further, and I am open to any internship opportunities. You can find my most recent work in Drake Political Review’s Fall 2022 Issue. I also work part-time as the Digital Editor for the Times Delphic.
I love cultivating houseplants and practicing my nature photography skills in my free time. When it’s not frigid, I drive to the award-winning Laurisden Skatepark in Des Moines. On the weekends, you’ll find me meticulously watering my favorite houseplant, an anthurium named Moira, or meandering around Downtown, stopping into local businesses and cafes.
It’s no secret I grew up down south: In a lovely little suburb, Allen. People rag on Allen because we spent 60 million on a high school football stadium—which doesn’t seem so crazy to me anymore. Despite Allen trying to cosplay as Permian Highschool from “Friday Night Lights,”: It was a great place to grow up. Close to good ol’ Kroger, the local Texas Presby hospital, and of course, my elementary school was steps away from my house (Seriously, I crossed the street and was on school property). In elementary school, my mother helped found an environmental club, which piqued my interest in the environment from a young age.
It wasn’t until I hit high school that I pursued that more seriously. I helped rebuild a dilapidated rain garden behind Allen High school. It was overgrown with switchgrass, a native species that belong in prairies. I coordinated a back-breaking but successful transplantation of these grasses into Connemara Conservancy in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, I wrote fervently for our high school newspaper, The Eagle Angle: which I credit with making me want to pursue a career in journalism.
Now that I’m in college not only has my love for the environment and writing grown: I’ve found an intense passion for music—listening to it that is. I have no musical bone in my body. Watching live music is another hobby of mine and I can definitely see this site morphing into a music blog because I doubt I can flip-flop between writing music and environment beats and still get paid a fair wage. There are too many things I want to write about! Argh! I can’t specialize!
Regardless of what I find to captivate my attention and time: I’m a jack of all trades. Please drop me a line on my contact page and feel free to follow me on my socials, listed below. I do genuinely love speaking with anyone and everyone I meet: It’s part of what makes journalism so fun.