Alumni spotlight - Ally Marotti

Alumni spotlight - Ally Marotti
Posted on 02/28/2018
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Alumni Spotlight 

Name:  Ally Marotti 

Parents Name: Bonnie Linville and Anthony Marotti. (Twin: Mike Marotti) 

HS Graduating Class: 2009 

College(s)/Degree’s Held (Yr): Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Ohio State University, 2013. 

Current occupation: 

Business reporter at the Chicago Tribune 

I’m a general assignment business reporter at the Chicago Tribune. That means I don’t have one set beat that I cover, but instead get to tell stories about a variety of different topics and people, as long as they’re business related. And in Chicago, there are a lot of stories to tell. I write about seemingly everything from medical marijuana to Amazon’s search for a new headquarters.  

Journalism is a wonderfully rewarding career. It’s also really hard, as many jobs are, but I love every minute of it. I get to learn about something new almost every day, and then get to teach readers what I learned. I get to tell people’s stories, and more importantly, they trust me with them. That’s what I love most about this job: Being gifted with someone’s story and being able to tell it in a way that can make an impact on others. 

What activities were you involved with as a student at Bellefontaine High School? 

I played soccer (and indoor in the off season), was in colorguard and took AP and honors classes. I was in Interact Club, Key Club, Agape, Ohio Model United Nations, Spanish Club Drama Club, National Honors Society, Club 09, the newspaper, and I’m sure I’m forgetting something. 

What are some of your favorite memories of growing up in Bellefontaine? 

I feel like my brother and I had the perfect childhood. We grew up outside of town and had a ton of land, a woods and a lake to play in. My mom, Bonnie Linville, teaches 5th grade at BIS. She started teaching when we were in elementary school, so we’d ride to school with her, effectively avoiding waiting for the bus in the cold. Then my grandma, Nurse Nancy, took us to school in middle school, when she was school nurse. It was also great having a twin, too, and we’re still close with all the friends we grew up with, even as we’ve dispersed throughout the country. 

What about Bellefontaine City Schools helped prepare you for your post HS endeavors? 

The education gave me a really great foundation to go out into the world and learn more. By challenging myself with classes and being involved in as many activities as I could, I was able to discover what makes me come alive. I still play soccer, for example. It also taught me the vital skills of multitasking and prioritizing. A few teachers I had throughout my career at BCS, like Janet Fulton, Rachel Lang and others, helped me fall in love with reading and writing, and in doing so laid the foundation for my journalism career. Lisette Hiatt started teaching us Spanish in 6th grade, and I’ve used that skill in travels around the world, though I’m still not as good as I’d like to be. Art teachers like Sandy Winter helped me embrace my creativity, another vital part of writing professionally. 


Bellefontaine made me who I am and growing up there, all I learned and the impact people had on me, has helped me succeed on this crazy career path I chose. I loved living in Bellefontaine and miss it and the people there all the time. I still feel like the community supports me and cheers me on, and for that I will always be grateful.  



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