Emily Ewing Hays loves combining data and multimedia journalism to tell the stories that matter. She started her work in journalism in India with the solo podcast Struggle for a Name about the women who drove caste and education reform in India in the 1980s. She graduated in 2016 from Yale University with a double major in History and South Asian Studies. She is a Charlottesville native and a graduate of Charlottesville High School.
What makes Charlottesville-Albemarle special to you?
Charlottesville is a small town with a cosmopolitan character. We have outsized concert halls, restaurants, and dreams.
Most looking forward to about working at Charlottesville Tomorrow?
I am excited to learn and write about my hometown in this moment of change.
Ultimate Charlottesville Saturday?
My ultimate Charlottesville Saturday starts with weight-lifting at the new YMCA. Afternoon plans would vary by season: tea at Java Java with friends (winter), hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway (spring), kayaking in the Rivanna (summer), or eating apple donuts at Carter's Mountain (fall). The day would end with a concert at The Jefferson - preferably Johnnyswim, Kishi Bashi, or a revived Trees on Fire.
Favorite arts and culture venue in Charlottesville and away from Charlottesville?
In Charlottesville, I love the array of art, film, and book club events at The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Outside of Charlottesville, I love light installations at the Spruce Street Harbor Park in Philadelphia.
Most interesting trip away from Charlottesville?
I'm a little in love with Guangzhou, China for its pastries, pedestrian bridges, and new immigrant influences.
What’s still on your bucket list?
I want to learn more about bubbles within Charlottesville - particularly the ones I'm not a part of. I also want to share the Blue Ridge Parkway and Carter's Mountain with a friend who hasn't been yet.