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  • Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017
  • Arizona State University, Journalism, '17
  • Host Institution: GeekWire
  • Mentor: Emily Calandrelli

Chelsey Ballarte is a Public Affairs Office intern at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, a masters degree student at Arizona State University, and alumna of ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She became interested in space as a career when she went night sky observing with her high school astrophysics class and saw a satellite. Since then, her mission has been to help break down science and make it something people could understand through video, animation and journalism.

While an undergraduate at ASU, Chelsey was an officer in both the ASU chapter and the national organization of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, an Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus ASU, and a reporter and videographer for various campus newspapers, labs, and departments. She is a recipient of the Edward J. Sylvester Memorial Scholarship for Science Writing recipient. Chelsey also worked for the City of Phoenix, Medical Marketing Solutions, University Sustainability Practices, and Crowd 2 Space International (now called SpaceVault).

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Chelsey worked at GeekWire as an aerospace reporter, writing articles and providing photography and videography for stories covering local aerospace companies and events.  

After completing her Fellowship, Chelsey worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center before starting her current position at NASA Wallops. She is also a full time student at Arizona State University, where she is getting a master's degree in graphic information technology.