Rae Hodge

2016 Fulbright Scholar

Rae Hodge

Rae Hodge

Rae Hodge has earned a Fulbright Study/Research grant to Cardiff University in the United Kingdom. She will study journalism and take part in Cardiff’s MSc Computational Journalism program, which prepares early-career journalists to lead data-driven news startups.

The U.S. Student Fulbright Program, a federally sponsored international, educational and cultural exchange, recognizes academic merit and leadership potential. The program promotes mutual understanding between U.S. residents and people in more than 155 countries worldwide. Fulbrights are among the most prestigious awards in higher education.

“I'm grateful for every opportunity I've had, this one included, to strengthen my reporting chops through real-world practice. But what I'm most excited about with this program is finally slowing down long enough to examine the theory underpinning the practice.”

Collegiate experience

  • Areas of study:
    A non-traditional student, Hodge began classes at Jefferson Community and Technical College in 2009 and transferred to UofL in 2011. She worked with faculty to craft a specialized liberal studies degree in political journalism, believed to be the first of its kind at the school.
  • Other recognition and honors:
    Earned competitive Kentucky State Government internship

Inspired By

“As editor of the student newspaper, The Louisville Cardinal, Hodge worked with Professor Ralph Merkel, College of Arts and Sciences. She says: “I was equipped with rudimentary training and whatever tools I could scavenge, dashing from subject to subject, learning as I went and trying not to hurt anyone. Most of my articles would have ended up looking like Frankenstein's monster, were it not for Saint Merkel. He truly embodies the innovative, D.I.Y. spirit that has U of L’s Arts and Science faculty has come to be known for.”

Hometown information

  • Hometown:
    Bardstown, Ky
  • High school:
    2003 graduate of Nelson County High School
  • Parents:
    Granddaughter of Martha Hodge and daughter of William Ray Hodge, both of Taylorsville, Ky.