EDITED waxing gibbous moon oct. 24 2020

CHELSEA

ZUKOWSKI

Journalist | Historian

 

About Me

I'm a journalist and historian whose curiosity and hunger for knowledge and experiences led me to pursue a career in storytelling and historical research. I've been a reporter since college and have covered everything from theme park openings and rocket launches to local politics and two presidential elections in a major battleground state in the south.

Through my ten years covering nearly everything under the Sunshine State, I've found the stories I enjoy telling the most focus on history, space exploration, popular culture, and entertainment. These passions are also reflected in my academic work, including my master's thesis on the impact of Walt Disney's Tomorrowland television series on the early American space program. 

I am currently a freelance journalist and historian writing feature stories about space, history, and entertainment -- many combining all three. I am also an adjunct instructor of journalism at the University of South Florida, my alma mater.

Find more of my work

Creative Loafing // Supercluster // Looper // Dork Side of the Force

Winter Is Coming // Attractions Magazine

 

Work Experience

June 2021 - Today

Adjunct Instructor of Journalism, University of South Florida

Advisor, The Crow's Nest campus newspaper

December 2020 - Today

Freelance writer covering space features, history, theme parks, and popular culture and entertainment.

Bylines: Creative Loafing, Supercluster, Looper, Dork Side of the Force, Attractions Magazine

Managing Editor, The Saber and Scroll Journal

The historical journal at American Public University and American Military University

2018 - 2020

Digital producer and reporter with 10 Tampa Bay, the CBS affiliate in St. Petersburg, Florida. My beat was general assignment, but I specialized in covering history, theme parks, and the space industry. 

2014 - 2018

Reporter and copy editor with the Tampa Bay Times, Florida's largest newspaper. My beat was local features, entertainment, and television criticism. I also helped copy edit and design the daily tbt* tabloid.

 

Education

2020 / OCT

American Public University

Master of Arts, History 

Thesis: Walt Disney and Space in the American Imagination: 1954-1969

2014 / JUNE

University of South Florida

Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communications and Media Studies

 

Contact Me

chelseatatham@gmail.com
Tel: 727-871-3115

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