As a backpack journalist and freelance writer, Tey-Marie Astudillo has traveled to various locations around the world including Egypt, Amsterdam, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas documenting important human issues.
Born and raised in South Florida, Tey-Marie graduated cum laude in 2009 with her B.A. in Multimedia Studies from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, where she wrote for her school newspaper The University Press.
In January 2008, MSNBC selected Tey to assist them with the Republican National debates. During that week, she worked with prominent media figures such as Brian Williams, Chris Matthews, Chuck Todd, David Shuster and Tim Russert.
Since then, she has produced and edited all of her works including video documentary on the homeless in Boca Raton and a broadcast documentary focusing on controversies surrounding the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood airport expansion.
She has interned as a web producer for WPTV NewsChannel 5, an NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, and has done freelance work for The Stuart News, a daily newspaper part of The E.W. Scripps Company.
Tey-Marie is currently getting her masterís degree at Northwestern University and is a reporter forMedill News Service, covering community issues in downtown Chicago.