Hello! Hola! Ahlain! I’m Dominique Bonessi. I was born in the U.S. but I consider myself a world citizen.
I am currently 88.1-WYPR’s city hall reporter in Baltimore, MD. Not only do I cover city hall, but the Baltimore metropolitan area at large. Prior to this I was a 2016 International Center for Journalist Fellow in Turkey to produce radio segments on lack of mental healthcare and educational resources for Syrian refugees children. I was formerly a Broadcast News Assistant with PBS News Hour. I worked mainly with the foreign affairs beat in pre-interviewing, researching, and producing segments for the nightly news show. As a graduate of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., I completed a double major in Journalism & Mass Communications and Arab Language & Culture. I am the first generation daughter of a Cuban-immigrant mother and an Italian-Irish American father. Growing-up in a bilingual home, I have always had an ear for languages and communication.
During the summer of 2009, I traveled to Egypt where I first learned about the Arab culture and language. To enhance my knowledge of international issues and utilize my communication skills, I returned to the Middle East during the summer 2012 to visit Morocco for a four week intensive Arabic course. There, I blogged about my travels and experiences. In spring 2014, I returned to the Middle East to the Middlebury Intensive Language Program in Amman, Jordan for four months. While in Jordan, I researched how social media plays a dynamic role in the conversation on Jordanian women. These experiences have prepared me to research and write about various cultures and communicate with others in multiple languages.
Prior to my full-time career, I worked as the Social Media and Multimedia Intern for NPR Generation Listen. As an NPR intern I have the chance to engage younger audiences via social media, multimedia presentations, and events such as Listening Parties. I also worked as a Breaking News and Homefront Team Intern for USA Today. I had the opportunity to write stories, assist in updating the website, and garner SEO. I have also had the opportunity to work with Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D. and The Wise Latina Club as the Social Media Strategist. The Wise Latina Club has given me a hands-on understanding of personal branding, website and visual design. Finally, summer 2014 I was an Editorial Intern for Al Jazeera America’s America Tonight program. The team I worked with took part in pitching segment ideas, researching stories, interviewing potential guests, and contributing to online content. Finally, as Senior Staff Videographer for the GW Hatchet, I have created videos about healthy food options on campus, the LGBTQ community and the Supreme Court, and women in business and leadership positions.
I love the humanities because it is a window into the way humans and cultures express themselves. As a girl, I sang for 10 years in an all-girls choir and as a soloist, played piano, danced, and acted in various high school and college plays. Off-stage, these experiences have equipped me with fluid presentation and interpersonal speaking skills.
Ten years from now I see myself as a foreign correspondent for an American news network, working in of various countries. International news and stories affecting minorities tend to go unnoticed by many Americans. I would like to change this as a foreign correspondent. My long-term goal is assisting with awareness and relief efforts for those suffering from human rights violations worldwide. Some of my biggest idols are:
Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D.
As a resident of D.C., I am a foodie with the goal of eating at every tapas restaurant. I also enjoy the running and biking routes of the city. I don’t think there is ever a dull moment.