Brandi Bottalico is a general assignment reporter at the Capital, a daily newspaper covering Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Md.
She writes about subjects ranging from politics to community events to crime.
She holds a journalism degree with a minor in Spanish from Towson University. Bottalico was senior editor for the university's independent, student-run paper, The Towerlight. She also studied in Spain to work toward language fluency and traveled to Honduras on a service trip to help build a school in San Pedro Sula.
She won two Mark of Excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. One was for news coverage of a proposed white student union at her college, which gained national attention. The other recognized her Bad Luck Brandi column for The Towerlight.
Bottalico grew up outside of Washington, D.C. and now lives in Annapolis.