A promising journalism career that already has Patrick Kelley ('13) covering the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, D.C., was launched in a dank campus basement.
"During my senior year," says the CQ Roll Call reporter, "I covered Illinois’ club hockey team for The Daily Illini and interviewed players and coaches after each game in the Ice Arena’s musky, subterranean locker room.
“Having the opportunity to regularly interview and write about the team was the first step toward my dream career. Now, as a congressional reporter, my interview settings are decidedly more posh. But I first learned the fundamentals of the trade under the ice in Champaign.”