Orion Rummler is a Name to Watch

Posted by Monica Hoel
Orion Rummler changed his major after the 2016 election.

He had been studying English and mass communications at Emory & Henry, but his curiosity about politics won out and he switched to a political science – mass comm double major. “I wanted to better understand how Trump made it successfully to the White House. In retrospect, I’m so grateful that I was in college during that time.”

Orion says it was a gift to be surrounded by thoughtful faculty members like Dr. Sarah Fisher, Dr. Krystin Krause, and Dr. Mark Finney as well as a community of fellow students who were eager to talk through issues during such an interesting political era.

What he couldn’t have known is that before the Trump administration ended he would be a journalist covering news from the White House.

Shortly after graduating in 2018, he started his professional work with the Public Religion Research Institute where he did research on the evangelical support of President Trump. Soon, he found himself at a National Association of LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA) job fair. Orion says members of the organization leave behind any urge to be competitive with each other in favor of helping fellow members of the LGBTQ community thrive and succeed. So he not only found a new professional opportunity there, but he also found encouragement from fellow professionals.

After visiting the job fair booth for Axios, Orion landed a job there and is now a news desk reporter for the fledgling news outlet. Axios only launched in 2017, and already it has millions of followers around the world. The organization’s mission is to offer breaking news in a timely fashion and in a format that is succinct and considerate of the reader’s time.

Orion does a lot of research for stories, and jokes that he sometimes feels like he has a job where he does homework every day. But he quickly adds that it’s really exciting work. “It’s very cool! I get to learn about new things every day, and it’s amazing to learn from other talented professionals who know so much.”

He continues to hone his professional skills, participating in the NLGJA 2018 Student Journalism Training Project, the Investigative Reporters and Editors/NICAR Mentorship Program, and the 2018 New York Times Student Newspaper Editor’s Workshop.

His career has barely begun, but it is already full of exciting experiences. He got to anchor coverage of the January 6 Capitol attack. And he also got to do the research for two stories about former President Trump that were featured on “Axios on HBO.” You can read more about his professional highlights on his website.

You can enjoy a conversation with Orion in the WEHC archives (listed in alphabetical order). Also, very exciting, he was just interviewed for NPR’s All Things Considered.

  • Orion Rummler, E&H Class of 2018.

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