Kyley Schultz is a digital editor for WUSA9. While her roots may lie in the hot Arizona desert, she is no stranger to the hustle and bustle the DMV has to offer.
Kyley took an unconventional journey into the world of journalism. While she started college majoring in graphic design and loved how visuals can impact a wide audience, she quickly realized that she wanted those visuals to tell more meaningful stories with a wider social impact. And thus, a love for journalism was born!
She is a graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, where she was a National Press Club Award recipient and a New American Scholar. Her time at Cronkite greatly sharpened her reporting skills as well as her love for all aspects of storytelling.
Whether it's reporting, strategizing or photography, Kyley has a diverse and extensive background in the digital media industry. She has helped run public relations and artist bookings at the Chandler Center for the Arts, attended Phoenix Fashion Week as a social media coordinator for the Chic Daily, and was a credentialed Capitol Hill reporter for Arizona PBS: Cronkite News, an award-winning daily broadcast program. Her time as a reporter for the Washington bureau exposed her to not only the ins and outs of breaking news, but also the importance of the DMV community and the stories within it. By her senior year, she had interned three times in Washington - for MSNBC, USA Today and yes - even WUSA9!
After graduation, Kyley was a brand strategist for USA Today, where she helped brand positioning for the paper as well as USA Today Network's 109 local properties across the country. There, Kyley worked on long-form editorial campaigns like the NFL 100 and Country Mile and used analytics and design to understand audiences and discover new ways to get people to think of the news as something worth paying for.
Kyley's passion for people and their stories has lead her everywhere from the Capitals locker room to the Supreme Court. She has covered student walkouts for the March for our Lives, driven to the border to see how immigration policies impact Arizonans and even reported live from the State of the Union in 2017. Above all, Kyley is excited about the intersection between digital, design and accessibility and hopes to continue giving a voice to those who need it.
When she is not curating all things digital or writing, you can find Kyley listening to Taylor Swift on repeat, cheering on the Capitals at Capital One Arena or trying some of the many new restaurants that D.C. has to offer.