Austin Fast

I'm a freelance journalist based in Phoenix with a decade of radio, TV, print and web experience. I talk with all sorts of people and report what I learn through audio, visual and written media. I adapt quickly, work well solo or with a team and won’t buckle under pressure.

I'm currently pursuing a master's degree in investigative journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

My past roles include reporting news from the world's largest wild salmon fishery in Dillingham, Alaska (KDLG Public Radio); covering breaking news and social media as web editor at the ABC affiliate (WCPO-TV) in Cincinnati, Ohio; teaching English and journalism for the Peace Corps in Eastern Europe (Macedonia); and copyediting at the Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, California.

Through a decade of journalism, I’ve produced multimedia and print content with: KDLG Public Radio | WCPO-TV | WMUB Public Radio | The Dayton Business Journal | Indian Country Today | The Center for Investigative Reporting | Crooked Media | The Arizona Republic | KosovaLive | The Miami Student | | | European Youth Media Days


  • 2019 - Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship to obtain a master's degree in investigative journalism at Arizona State University
  • 2018 – Cincinnati SPJ Excellence in Journalism award for best health/medical story
  • 2018 – Regional Edward R. Murrow awards for best website and excellence in social media
  • 2016 & 2017 – Ohio AP Media Editors awarded Best Digital Presence to
  • 2013 - Earned grants to report on LGBT rights in Athens, European Youth Media Days in Brussels, and Croatia's accession to the European Union in Zagreb  
  • 2011-2013 - Secured three grants from the European Commission and organized workshops to train eastern European youth in journalism techniques
  • 2010 – Dow Jones News Fund Copyediting Internship
  • 2010 - Graduated summa cum laude with bachelor's degrees in journalism and international studies from Miami University (Ohio)
  • 2010 – President’s Distinguished Service Award for contributions to Miami University as editor of The Miami Student newspaper
  • 2009 – Selected to cover the Online News Association's annual conference as part of its Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab
  • 2009 – Reid-Heckler Scholarship to support my reporting overseas with KosovaLive360, Kosovo's premier wire service.
  • 2009 – Named a John S. Knight Scholar by the Akron Press Club
  • 2008 - Cincinnati Society for Professional Journalists Collegiate Hall of Fame
  • 2008 – Memorial Tournament Scholarship from Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Golf Tournament

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