Tey-Marie Astudillo is a freelance multimedia journalist with a passion for travel currently backpacking Latin America.
While out exploring, she contributes to a wide variety of media sources, news outlets and publications around the world.
She also shoots, edits and produces videos for newswire services, private businesses and non-profit organizations.
The longer version.
Since finishing graduate school, Tey’s been driven by one main goal: To travel, experience and document as much of the world as possible.
With this focus in mind, she secured a journalism residency in Brussels, Belgium as a production assistant for Associated Press Television News.
At that time, the European debt crisis was spiraling out of control, along with the growing anxiety over the Libyan Civil War, which had only recently begun and would soon overflow into Egypt.
Such being the case, Tey would regularly attend European Commission heads of state, finance and foreign minister meetings, assisting producers with capturing, editing and delivering footage to clients around the globe.
After Brussels, Tey had a yearning to experience the Far East. She moved to Seoul, South Korea where for three years she taught English while freelancing for various local and international media outlets.
During her time in Korea, she was selected by the Korean Overseas Culture Information Service as an official Worldwide Korea Blogger for Korea.net, the government’s website to promote Korean culture and tourism.
For her undergrad, Tey attended Florida Atlantic University where she majored in Multimedia and Communication Studies with a minor in Political Science.
There, she wrote for FAU’s student newspaper, the University Press, created a short video documentary about the homeless in Boca Raton, one of Florida’s most upscale neighborhoods, and produced an audio story about controversies surrounding the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport expansion.
She was also selected as one of a few students chosen by the schools Communication Department to work with MSNBC during the 2008 Republican Presidential Debates held on FAU’s campus.
This unique opportunity granted Tey the invaluable experience working on live television news production alongside some of the biggest names in media today such as Chuck Todd, Chris Matthews, Dave Shuster and the late Tim Russert.
Once Tey graduated from FAU, she immediately applied and was accepted to the Medill Graduate School of Journalism at Northwestern University, one of the top J-schools at one of the most prestigious universities in the country.
At Medill, Tey focused on politics and videography, covering urban affairs in Chicago before heading to Washington, D.C. to report on national security issues.
She now travels the world with the skills she learned, writing and recording along the way.