Austin’s first passion is telling stories—through music, journalism, tall tales, and college applications alike. Ask him about the time he shook the Pope’s hand for a good one. He graduated from Columbia University with a BA in American Studies. His academic work focused on literature and culture of the 20th century with a specific eye toward rural communities and country music. Austin was selected to join the ranks of NPR’s Kroc Fellowship, whose alumni include Alisa Chang and Sam Sanders. In addition to NPR, Austin has held internships at multiple news organizations across the country.
At Cambridge Coaching, Austin works with high school students as they prepare for the ACT. In college, Austin served as a college mentor for students in Harlem through Columbia’s Double Discovery Center. There, he helped students decide where to apply and honed their applications for optimum success.
Hailing from Kentucky, Austin is also an experienced bluegrass and indie musician. At Columbia, he played in the Bluegrass ensemble and started his own band, Patches, which has an EP out now.