Jacquee Petchel Executive Editor of Carnegie-Knight News21 Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Arizona State University Room 369 (602) 469-5164 Relationship: Jacquee Petchel was Ben’s executive editor at News21, a reporting fellowship based at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Carolyn Edy, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Journalism Dept.Continue reading “References”

Climate Change “Tells” in the High Country

By Ben Sessoms Ben Sessoms produced this story for a class at Appalachian State University. BOONE, N.C. – While human-caused climate change has not had any significant effects on the region surrounding Boone, future projections estimate that the earth warming is inevitable, creating the potential to alter the second largest Christmas tree industry in the country,Continue reading “Climate Change “Tells” in the High Country”


Here is a pdf of Ben’s resume. Experience Carnegie-Knight News21 | 10-week national reporting fellowship at Arizona State University Phoenix, Arizona Reporting Fellow, May 2019–August 2019 One of 37 hand-selected journalism students from across the country to cover local and federal responses to natural disasters in the U.S. Traveled to nine counties across eastern NorthContinue reading “Resume”