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Grayson Schmidt

Grayson Schmidt is a writer and multimedia journalist with USC News. He comes to USC with news experience in print, radio and television. He also worked as a crime reporter for three years in Iowa, and is well aware of the irony.

Stories by Grayson Schmidt:

USC black lives matter vigil George Floyd
The vigil observed 8 minutes, 46 seconds of silence — the amount of time a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck until he died. (USC Photo)

Saying their names: USC hosts online vigil for Black lives lost

The Trojan Family honors George Floyd and the other Black lives lost to racism and oppression. The vigil included 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence — the amount of time a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck until he died.

Isabella Hauptman Valedictorian
Isabella Hauptman plans to continue her studies at USC, where she will obtain her master‘s degree in applied biostatistics and epidemiology from the Keck School of Medicine of USC‘s Department of Preventive Medicine. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Valedictorian Isabella Hauptman focuses on health in ways big and small

Since she was 11 years old, Isabella Hauptman wanted to be an epidemiologist. Now, as she prepares to graduate during the COVID-19 pandemic, USC’s 2020 valedictorian sees that field becoming more important than ever.