Shaffer is earning her M.A. in journalism at Emerson College and graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in communications and film studies in May 2013. She is an aspiring reporter, director, and videoeditor. Alyssa has had a passion for journalism since she joined her high school newspaper. Since then, she has reported for The Boston Neighborhood Network, GalTime.com, Boston College’s student paper The Gavel, and Little Rock Air Force Base’s newspaper The Combat Airlifter. She also has experience in filmmaking as a production assistant, director, editor, and screenwriter. She interned for documentaries and PSAs as well as produced her own short films. Alyssa grew up as an Air Force brat, frequently moving all over the United States. She was also an exchange student in Amsterdam and has visited Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Monaco, Austria, Croatia and Slovenia. She loves that journalism and filmmaking gives her a chance to travel and meet diverse people with unique stories.