Christian Britschgi is Watchdog’s latest addition, writing for our newly launched Arizona Watchdog bureau. He began his journalism career in college, writing for the College Fix and The Lens. After graduating from Portland State University, he interned at Reason Magazine’s D.C. Office, where he wrote extensively on everything from public transit to pop culture.
As a reporter for Arizona Watchdog, Christian will report on a wide variety of issues, including cronyism, school choice, regulations and occupational licensing. Get to know him in the interview below:
1. Where are you from? Tell us about yourself and how you found yourself in Arizona.
I’m from a military family, so I guess you could say I’m not really from anywhere. Because of my dad’s job with the Air Force I moved around a lot as a kid, living in places are far apart as Alabama and Australia. I ended up in Arizona thanks to Watchdog.org hiring me to be a reporter down here.
2. What do you do when you aren’t being a journalist?
When not being a journalist, I enjoy reading history, listening to heavy metal, and jogging.
3. Why did you choose a career in journalism?
I started freelancing articles for the College Fix while still in school, but for the longest time never seriously considered working as a journalist. That changed when I got accepted for a journalism internship with Reason Magazine. Having the opportunity to write about government abuses and the movement for liberty around the country really opened my mind to a possible career in journalism, and by the end of my internship that was all I really wanted to do with my life.
4. What is your favorite part of working in journalism?
My favorite part of the news business is the detective-like aspect of it all. Every story starts as a sort of mystery, and it’s my job to uncover the facts, talk to the right people, and then connect all the dots in a way that is both interesting and informative. It requires a lot of enterprise and hustle, and there is honestly never a dull moment.
5. What does watchdog journalism mean to you? What sets Watchdog.org apart?
Watchdog journalism represents a real opportunity to hold those in power accountable and inform the public of how their lives are shaped by forces they might not even be aware of. Few outlets cast a more skeptical or penetrating eye on how our state and local governments operate, and I’m honored to be part of that effort.