Austin Fast

Austin Fast

Austin Fast

Email:
austin.fast@wcpo.com

Phone:
(513) 852-4069

When it comes to social media, you can find me:
Twitter: @a_fast

Position:
Web editor

When did you start working here?
January 2016

Where else have you worked?
I spent five years teaching English and working for nonprofit organizations with the Peace Corps in Macedonia. Besides that, I’ve worked for Oxford’s NPR station WMUB and the Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, Calif.

Where did you go to college?
Miami University

What are you most proud of when it comes to your work?
The stories I love the most are those where I get to meet passionate people making a difference in their community and spread the word about their efforts. Bonus points if I get to use audio to tell their story.

What are you most proud of in your own life?
I’m proudest of learning to thrive in a foreign country, gaining fluency in another language and creating lifelong bonds with people from a vastly different culture. The most gratifying elements of my time overseas in the Peace Corps were seeing my high school students progress in their English abilities and enroll in college. Some even pursued a reporting career because of our student journalism club. 

What do you love about living in the Tri-State?
Friendly people, a festival or event every seemingly every weekend and plenty of good restaurants I can walk to from my home in Walnut Hills.

What are your favorite local hangouts/places, sports & cultural institutions?
Kofenya Coffee in Oxford – I practically lived there my last two years of college.
The Blind Lemon on Mount Adams for live music and campfires.
Son of a Preacher Man in O’Bryonville for tasty chicken and waffles until its untimely demise in August 2016.
Now, Roll On In's sushi burritos and Nada's fish tacos are at the top of my list.

All-time favorites:
Favorite movie:
Back to the Future; The Butterfly Effect (yes, they’re both about toying with time)

Favorite TV show:
The Golden Girls; Grace and Frankie (yes, they’re both about profane old women)

Favorite Book:
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer; The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Favorite music:
As long as it’s live, I’ll listen. At home, I’ll reach for something folksy and acoustic. Or Kesha.

Apps I can't live without:
As a longtime smartphone skeptic, I held out against them until August 2015. That said, I now use Google Maps and my iPhone’s Podcast app daily.

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