TFAS was proud to present Politico Legislative Affairs Editor Aubree Eliza Weaver ’11, PPF ’16 with the 2022 Young Alumnus Award at TFAS’s Volunteer Open House on October 26. Aubree is rightfully deserving of this honor, as the Young Alumnus Award is given to an alumnus/a who has achieved a considerable amount of success in their professional field. This individual inspires TFAS to further its objectives by emulating the goals, values and potential of a TFAS program graduate.
From the minute I stepped foot in D.C., TFAS just felt like a part of my home.” – Aubree Eliza Weaver ’11, PPF ’16
Former award winners include Lauren Crawford Shaver ’04 of Forbes Tate Partners, Remley Flock ’11 of Northern Trust Corporation, Alissa Swango ’00, ’02 of National Geographic, Jessica Taylor ’05 of The Cook Political Report, and Will Weatherford ’02 of Weatherford Capital.
Aubree is a 2011 graduate of the TFAS Journalism + Communications program. She also participated in the TFAS Public Policy Fellowship in 2016 and attended a TFAS Curriculum of Liberty Seminar on Liberty and Responsibility in the Media in 2017. Aubree was recognized for not only her excellence in journalism, but also her commitment to furthering the educational and institutional objectives of TFAS.
She has given back to TFAS in several ways, including as a program advisor for TFAS’s Journalism and Communications program and as a longtime volunteer. She has served as a mentor and speaker for TFAS students, most recently as the opening ceremony keynote speaker for the 2022 TFAS Virtual Summer Program.
Aubree has spent nine years building a successful career with Politico, holding roles as web producer, senior web producer, deputy production director, interim editorial director of production and operations, senior deputy production director, and senior editor of premium. She currently serves as editor of legislative services. In her role, she oversees Politico’s legislative reporters, edits in-depth bill analysis and legislative content and coordinates legislative committee and floor coverage for Politico Pro subscribers.
During her acceptance, Aubree credited TFAS for the reason why she became fond of the nation’s capital and initially wanted to move to D.C. as a recent graduate. She also expressed her gratitude to Joe Starrs, TFAS senior director of Collegiate Programs who served as the journalism program director when she was a TFAS student, for his guidance during her time at TFAS.
“From the minute I stepped foot in D.C., TFAS just felt like a part of my home,” she said. “Joe Starrs and the TFAS family are a big part of that.”
Aubree expressed how rewarding it is to continue to mentor young students and alumni in their career paths as they follow their journey in D.C., as she once did.
“[TFAS] was the reason that I realized I fell in love with D.C. and journalism,” she said. “To be able to help other young workers and young people figure that out and fall in love with the city that I did, is really special.”
Starrs said the TFAS team is proud to call Aubree “one of our own.”
“Her admirable, impressive career is something that TFAS students of the past and future should aspire to,” he said. “We’re grateful for her support as a dedicated alumni volunteer, and we’re thrilled that she has accepted this award.”
The Fund for American Studies is proud to recognize Aubree for her excellence in journalism and her continued support and dedication to TFAS.