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Austen Macalus

Media Relations Specialist

"If I'm an advocate for anything, it's to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else's shoes or at least eat their food, it's a plus for everybody.”

Anthony Bourdain

As a Media Relations Specialist, Austen executes media outreach, develops content and secures top-tier coverage for his B2B clients. His work includes crafting pitches, high-quality writing and monitoring trends in the world of technology.

Prior to joining Walker Sands, Austen worked as a journalist at newspapers in Washington State and Minnesota, where his stories appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Associated Press and USA Today.

Originally from the Twin Cities, Austen graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science. When he’s not reading the news, you can find Austen on the Pacific Northwest’s many trails or in his kitchen trying a new recipe.


  • Reporter relations
  • Data analysis
  • Creativity
  • Speechwriting
  • AP Style


  • Writing & editing
  • Storytelling
  • Research
  • Media strategy
  • Pitching


  • Hiking & camping
  • Cooking
  • Improv comedy
  • Long-form journalism
  • The Minnesota State Fair

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