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Flagler alumna connects to students through retelling of path to NPR

Feb 11, 2019
by Jayda Barnes, '20

Abby Wendle, ’07, recently visited Flagler College to speak with students about her post-graduate experience. While on campus, she visited two classes, hosted a coffee chat with students, and held a workshop on handling uncertainty.

Wendle spoke of her experience in journalism. Currently, she works as a producer with NPR’s podcast “Invisibilia,” a seasonal form of documentary radio that according to Wendle, explores “the invisible forces that shape individual behavior.

“’Invisibilia’ is the marriage of long form narrative storytelling and social science research to try to understand the stories we live,” said Wendle at the coffee chat. 

But even more impressive than her career with a national news organization was Wendle’s ability to connect with students. She met each student at the coffee chat with interest. While most students were within the political science discipline, the conversation fostered communication among everyone in attendance. Wendle related her experiences with uncertainty in her career, which also served as the topic of her workshop. Her varied career path from Stogies in St. Augustine to the Americorp, New York and beyond served as evidence that even a student without a clear plan can find success.

Wendle brought not only NPR to campus but also her personal experiences. By connecting with students, she served as an example of the relationships Flagler fosters among both current students and alumni. Wendle's interview for the Trailblazer podcast will be available soon.

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