Michelle Hackman | Journalist

Michelle Hackman is a journalist living in New Haven, CT. She is a
senior at Yale University with a particular interest in politics on
all levels, crime and mental health.

Essays


Writing About Myself

This is the sort of writing exercise that, outside of my inbox, I have taken pretty extreme measures to avoid. For the most part, I prefer conveying others’ facts over espousing my own “take.” But, mostly because I was being commissioned to do so, here are a few of my thoughts, mostly on being blind. 

Where I explain this whole gambit; there’s a lot on journalism here:

“Introducing Myself” – American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Blog 

“In Defense of Taking Photos (Even Though I Can't See Them)” – AFB Blog

“Why Do People Fear the Blind?” – AFB Blog

“Moving into College: Friendship and the Transition to Independence” – AFB Blog

“Invisible: Disability at Yale” – Yale Daily News Arts and Living Supplement, Cover
In this part-reported piece, part-autobiographical essay, I attempt to chronicle - and understand for myself - what it's like to move through a college social environment such as Yale with a noticeable physical disability. (This story is also posted under the 'Written Clips' tab of this website; I thought it was equally fitting to display it here, as much of the essay draws directly on personal experience.)


Michelle Hackman | michelle.a.hackman@gmail.com