Profiles of Tenacity: Christian Conte

Profiles of Tenacity: Christian Conte

September 06, 2023

Third-year journalism major Christian Conte found his “why” at Grady College and has leveraged every opportunity to cultivate a sense of community at the University of Georgia. He is involved with the Morehead Honors College, the Student Government Association, and the UGA Career Center

What does tenacity mean to you?

Roadblocks are inevitable in life. Tenacity is all about how you encounter those roadblocks. Do you turn around, or do you try to push that roadblock out of your way? It’s about embracing an attitude of gratitude to learn immensely from those moments.

Why did you choose your major? 

I have always had an interest in the news, so I am the type of person who listens to an AJC or NPR podcast in my car. In high school, I wrote and edited for my high school’s student newspaper (fun fact: it is the oldest high school newspaper in Georgia!) and eventually became editor-in-chief my senior year. Giving a voice to members of our school community and telling stories across campus led me to Grady College to pursue a journalism career.

Conte interned at NewsNation Network in the summer of 2023.

What are you passionate about? 

I’m passionate about storytelling and passing the microphone to marginalized communities. I grew up performing on stage and falling in love with theater because I love telling stories. It looks a little different now, but as a journalist, I’m looking for how we can use our skills to give a voice to people and let them tell their stories. I always say a person’s voice is more than their vocal cords; it’s their identity, their power and their place in society.

What motivates you?

Conte poses with his Student Government Association small group, called Connect, where he previously served as a peer leader.

The gift of mentorship and teaching is what motivates me. From being a co-director for first-year students in SGA’s Connect, to coaching students on resumes and personal statements at the Career Center, to teaching first-year and transfer honors students, it’s a joy and a privilege getting to know them and serve as a mentor.

Who is your favorite Grady professor and why? 

Lori Johnston is an asset to all journalism and PR students. In her reporting class last semester, her enthusiasm and commitment to my individual growth made the biggest difference in my work. She is someone I can place my trust in, and I’m so thankful for her support and fearless coaching.

Conte smiles alongside fellow Grady students at an alumni networking event in Chicago, Illinois.

What is your most memorable Grady experience? 

Participating in the inaugural Grady Chicago Field Study and Internship Program this summer was unforgettable. In addition to working in cable news as an intern at NewsNation, I made some incredible friends and got to explore all the Windy City has to offer.

Where’s your favorite place on campus and why? 

I would be doing this university a disservice if I did not say the Einstein’s at the Main Library. It’s the perfect spot to grab a coffee and a bagel and grind on work for a few hours.

What is one piece of advice that you would give to other Grady students? 

You must know your “why.” That’s true for anything, but for a career like journalism, at least, you are not doing it for fame or fortune. Journalists are tasked with defending the truth in sometimes tumultuous situations. College isn’t the easiest, so when you encounter tough times and fail, that “why” is the thing that keeps you going.