Journalism Meets Transportation Planning
Kimley-Horn’s Lydia Statz Details Her Decision to Pivot from Journalism to Transportation Planning
In an interview with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Lydia Statz explained how her start in journalism at the school led to a career in Urban Planning. After working as a reporter for the Daily Jefferson County Union, Lydia decided she wanted to receive her master’s in Urban Planning, guiding her to Kimley-Horn as a Transportation Planner. This change allowed Lydia to work closely on projects that helped her to realize her passion for sustainability, including projects like Hennepin County’s Vehicle Miles Traveled Reduction Study.
Though she pivoted her career path, Lydia says 85% of her job is still communication, telling the narrative of how she and her team can enhance the way neighborhoods are built. She’s found her journalism degree and experience to be extremely useful in the design and planning of each project she touches.
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