Andrew Zaleski is the reporter for Technically Baltimore and a freelance writer. He is a 2011 graduate of Loyola University Maryland, having earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature and minors in journalism and African and African American Studies.
Andrew has published work in several venues, including such magazines as Richmond Magazine, College, Urbanite, and The Big Issue: South Africa, as well as in the books Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles and Music at the Crossroads: Lives and Legacies of Baltimore Jazz. He is a former contributing writer for Patch.com.
In 2011, he won a first place Region 2 Mark of Excellence Award for feature writing and a second place Region 2 Mark of Excellence Award for non-fiction magazine writing from the Society of Professional Journalists.
At Loyola, Andrew served as the editor in chief of its student-run newspaper, The Greyhound, a job that was simultaneously arduous, annoying, and fulfilling. While there, he was responsible for initiating a website redesign, implementing social media strategy, and restoring the paper to profitability, which included leaving behind an $8,000 budget surplus when he finished his tenure as editor in chief in March 2011.
More recently, at the behest of the print advertising gods, he has begun to dabble in graphic and web design, website copywriting, social media marketing, and web programming.
“As former Editor-in-Chief at College Magazine, I’ve read many of Andrew’s stories over the years and have been continually impressed by a maturity that belies his years. He has an intuitive knack for telling a memorable story, firm control over his narrative and language, and an ambition that promises even greater things to come. I eagerly look forward to reading his next work!”
- Brian Cognato, Development and Communications Associate at PeacePlayers International
“Juniors and seniors generally enroll in the editing course I teach at Loyola. Andrew Zaleski took it as a sophomore and was easily the best student in the class that semester. In fact, he is one of the best students I have taught in the past sixteen years. He has just completed an internship on The Baltimore Sun‘s copy desk, demonstrating that there, too, he was a quick learner. He was pulling his own weight on the desk within a couple of days. If I had had the offer of a job in hand, I would have snatched him up for the copy desk and used him like a borrowed mule for a couple of years, until, having learned all we had to teach, he moved on to greater endeavors. He is smart, ambitious, and energetic. He is serious about writing and editing. He will, I think, make a mark.”
- John McIntyre, Night Content Production Manager at The Baltimore Sun
“Andrew proved to be a hard worker who was eager to learn and grow as a writer and reporter. He was up for any task we asked him to do and was always agreeable and easy to work with, often volunteering to do work in his spare time. During a school break, Andrew volunteered to take our voluminous and detailed “green living” guide home, where he picked over it, sentence by sentence, checking facts, and handed it in the following week. Overall, Andrew was one of the finest interns we’ve had at Urbanite.”
- Marianne Amoss, former Managing Editor of Urbanite magazine
“Just read your CM cover story and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. I felt that I was sitting in the room with Annmarie and fully fell in love with her personality and aspirations. The article was well-written and colorful; you’re an extremely talented writer. I’m looking forward to what you’ll do in the future!”
- Anna Kowalczyk, former public relations director for College magazine
“I had the privilege of working with Andrew for the past 3 years as a part of The Greyhound, Loyola University Maryland’s Student Newspaper. In our Junior and Senior years, Andrew was the Editor in Chief and I was the Business Manager, so we were in constant contact everyday of the week to make sure the paper was properly funded and put together. Without Andrew there would not be a newspaper at Loyola University Maryland. We inherited a substantial debt, and without Andrew’s excellent organization skills and savvy business strategy, we would have lost the paper. He is by far the most organized person I know, as well as an excellent writer. Andrew would be a great asset to any company he works for and I hope to work with him again some day.”
- Joseph Morelli, former business and advertising manager for The Greyhound newspaper