Hi, I'm Molly.
Nothing is more gripping than a well-crafted story. That’s why my lifelong goal is to tell stories left untold and bring change to those who need it.
I’m Molly Horak, a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism, political science and Hispanic studies. I have experience working for newspaper publications, managing digital websites, running social media campaigns and working with multimedia.
While in college, I’ve worked as a reporter in three newsrooms, spent a summer in Washington, D.C. working for a nonprofit, and helped launch a podcast. My classes have taken me to Sevilla, Spain, Des Moines, Iowa and Placencia, Belize, pushing me out of my comfort zone and teaching me to become a better communicator. The multidisciplinary focus of my journalism education has prepared me to thrive in today’s digital-first news landscape, where accuracy and speed matter just as much as strong sourcing and compelling interviews.
My work has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer, the Charlotte Observer, USA Today, Asheville Citizen Times, Mountain Xpress, WRAL and the Greensboro News and Record, among others. I’ve been recognized as a top-10 enterprise reporter in the Hearst Journalism competition, and was named a Stembler Scholar, Sharoky Fellow and recipient of the Eugene L. Roberts Prize from the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC Chapel Hill.
In my free time, you can find me training for my next marathon, hiking through the Appalachian Mountains, testing out a new recipe, adding travel destinations to my bucket list and cheering on the UNC basketball team.
My resumé can be found here.