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Cassidy McDonald is a visual journalist living in Beijing, China, where she works as a video producer for TechNode, a China-focused technology news organization. 

Her goal is to tell the stories of the most voiceless as they interact with the world’s most powerful, rigid systems. First, it was the American criminal justice system; now, she focuses on the technology industry’s effect on Chinese society.

In 2016, she wrote for the New York Times as Nicholas Kristof’s “Win-a-Trip” winner, and she and the columnist traveled together to report on American poverty, mass incarceration and drug policy. She has also produced videos, articles and photo essays for SupChina news, worked entirely in Mandarin to help produce a documentary series at Tencent and was a visiting scholar at Nanjing University’s school of journalism. She has interned at 60 Minutes, the CBS News Digital Journalism Unit, the Wisconsin State Journal, WMTV NBC15 and Wisconsin’s Madison Police Department. 

At the University of Notre Dame, she studied marketing and journalism and was Editor-in-Chief of the student news magazine, Scholastic. She speaks intermediate Mandarin and rusty Spanish.