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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Marisa Larson

Marisa Larson

Adjunct Instructor
Office: KSU Foundation | 532-7648 | larsonm@ksu.edu

Marisa Larson has more than 20 years of experience in journalism and writing through various means — newspaper, radio, TV, documentaries, magazine and web. Her first job after graduating from Kansas State University with a degree in journalism and political science was as a television Statehouse reporter in Topeka. Later, she joined the Peace Corps and served in rural Morocco as an animal husbandry volunteer. After the Peace Corps, Larson went to work at National Geographic, where she stayed for twelve years. First she worked for National Geographic Channels International as a researcher and then transferred to National Geographic magazine where she was a research editor and the Middle East editor. In 2010, she moved back to Kansas and is now the editorial manager at the KSU Foundation, where she is responsible for telling the story of philanthropy’s impact at K-State and writing fundraising proposals. Larson lives in Manhattan with her 10-year-old son, Jake, and their cat, Oreo. She is involved in the community through 4-H, coaching parks and rec baseball, and serving as president of the League of Women Voters of Manhattan and Riley County. She enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, watching crime dramas (especially foreign ones), sports, music, traveling and learning about cultures from around the world.