Haley Velasco '15


Journalism, sports

ILR Experience

Editor-in-Chief, The Cornell Daily Sun
Editorial Page Intern, USA Today
Entertainment Intern, Yahoo!
Senior New Member Educator, Alpha Epsilon Phi
Haley, who considers herself a nontraditional ILR student, discovered her passion for journalism at Cornell. “I love to write and report, and I love working with people,” she says. “News changes someone’s day, every day.”

She is an External Affairs and Development Specialist at Whistle Sports Network.

The Cornell Daily Sun

I had never done anything in journalism before I got to Cornell—it wasn’t even on my radar-but I wanted to take a chance and try something different. I was an athlete in high school and thought The Sun offered a good opportunity to experience sports in a different format. As a freshman, I joined The Sun’s sports department and became a staff writer.

After writing for a semester, I became an assistant sports editor. The following year I became sports editor, and then I was elected editor-in-chief, responsible for day-to-day operations and special projects. What I love about The Sun is that it’s a community, and on a big campus, it’s nice to find something to really get involved with.


During my sophomore summer, I interned with the Yahoo! entertainment team. I got to write some really cool stories and attend events like the MTV Video Music Awards. I was even able to interview a bunch of celebrities, including Nick Lachey and Ed Sheeran. I attribute my passion for different types of journalism to this first internship, because it opened my eyes to so many possibilities in the world of news coverage.

USA Today

The summer after my junior year, I interned with the editorial page department of USA Today. That team writes all of the paper’s editorial pieces and manages other opinion content. That was a very different experience from Yahoo!, but it was just as interesting.

During my time at USA Today, I was given the opportunity to write my own editorial. I pitched the idea—on NCAA concussion guidelines—and then researched and wrote the editorial, which was published in print and online.

Alpha Epsilon Phi

Through AEPhi, I've made amazing friends and memories. I’ve served as senior new member educator, alumni chair, and am on the Standards Board.

I love being part of the Greek community—it was something I always wanted to do. My mom was president of her social sorority in college. As I grew up, I saw that she remained friends with people who were part of her organization, so I rushed here at Cornell, joined AEPhi, and it’s one of the best decisions I ever made. The sisters in my house are the greatest supporters and friends I could have asked for.