Ashley Nagaoka Boylan started her career as a journalist. A reporting internship got her interested in politics and led her to Washington, D.C., where she now works as a press secretary for her home-state Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.
Boylan contacted news directors in D.C. but never found a good fit. In 2010, the year Hanabusa was elected to Congress, Boylan worked as press secretary for a cancer advocacy nonprofit. She also volunteered for the campaign in D.C. doing opposition research and press work. When Hanabusa won, Boylan became her press secretary, leaving behind her days as a reporter but not entirely changing her outlook.
“Being a reporter is public service, and I’m still doing a public service here as a press secretary,” she said. “One of the benefits that I have is that I was a reporter, so I know what they want and I know how they want information because I was on the other side.”
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American flags decorate the hood of an antique Ford car in the 4th of July Parade in Ripley, W. Va., on July 4, 2014. The parade is billed as "the USA's largest small town Independence Day Celebration."