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  • Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017

  • Arizona State University, Journalism, '17

  • Host Institution: GeekWire

  • Mentor: Emily Calandrelli

Chelsey Ballarte works in the Office of Communications at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. She is a public affairs specialist who creates videos, news articles, multimedia, and social media content. During her career, she has supported numerous commercial resupply launches and spent 3 weeks in the field alongside NASA scientists to tell their story.

She recently graduated with a master’s degree from Arizona State University and is an 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 fly by in the sky. Since then, her mission has been to help break down the 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.

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 in the newsroom at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center supporting the Hubble Space Telescope before starting her current position at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.