Crissinda Ponder, multimedia journalist, is a native of College Park, Ga., who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in May 2012. Ponder has known since the second grade she wanted to be a writer, and her passion for journalism was confirmed when, as a high school senior, she saw her byline for the first time while interning with Atlanta-based VOX Teen Newspaper. Her work has appeared in Creative Loafing, UGA’s independent student paper, The Red and Black, on AtlantaMagazine.com, LikeTheDew.com, Patch.com and Bankrate.com. Additionally, her personal narrative essay, “My Father’s Absence,” was published in the 2010 national anthology, Souls of My Young Sisters.
Ponder aspires to work her way up to editor-in-chief of a renowned publication and eventually develop a publication of her own. She also wants to start a nonprofit for high school students of color in at-risk areas who want to study journalism. She lives by the Bible scripture, “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied” (Proverbs 13:4). Dedication and passion are qualities that define her character, and she affirms a lifelong and rewarding career in journalism.