STORYTELLER * PRODUCER
Madison is a compassionate journalist who seeks out the untold. She's willing to do what it takes to tell the important stories. Her life is organized with to-do lists and labels and highlighted with her devotion to the planet and obsession with sea turtles. Madison is a team player with drive and a sense of humor.
In 2016, a Michigan girl traded in her winter coat for a rain jacket and headed to New Orleans, set on earning her English literature degree from Loyola University. The city had different plans for her, and by her sophomore year, Madison added a journalism major to her plate. Loyola gave her the skills to share stories with photo and video elements, though she realized quickly she would much rather be behind the camera. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with two degrees and a full-time producing job at WVUE-Fox 8.
Madison uncovered her passion for storytelling as she uncovered and relocated dozens of Olive Ridley sea turtle nests in San Pancho, Mexico. The summer before her senior year at Loyola, Madison created a role as a journalism intern for The Science Exchange program. She spent days combing through 28 years of data from a sea turtle conservation camp— while at night, she rode along the beach in a buggy with a beer keg for a gas tank, searching the sand for turtle tracks. She talked daily with the president and founder of the group, taking notes on his unique methods of conservation. In the months after the excursion ended, Madison worked tirelessly on a chapter about those methods that is now published in a book about sea turtle conservation. This experience also drove her to apply for a science writing graduate program at Johns Hopkins University, where she is currently a part-time student.
At Fox 8, Madison was known for being calm under pressure, and handling snags with ease. She worked through breaking news and severe weather, including 12+ hour days through Hurricane Ida. When Fox 8's station generator failed after the storm hit in August of 2021, Madison and a team of editors, anchors a meteorologist and producers drove to a sister station in Baton Rouge, where they quickly gathered content from social media and email while trying to communicate with reporters in the field at a time when there was no cell service. Madison ran in slips of paper to the anchors with information and sent photos and more details through Microsoft Teams and were able to stay in wall-to-wall coverage.
In April of 2022, Madison packed up and drove back north. This time, she landed in Asheville, North Carolina, where she's bringing her drive and experience to WLOS News 13. Within three months, Madison was promoted to help lead the morning show and produce the 6 a.m. newscast.
In her off time, Madison is working to establish herself as a freelance journalist, with pieces forthcoming in The Revelator and LSU's Alumni Magazine. As Saint Ignatius of Loyola would say, Madison is ready to set the world on fire.