Malachi Petersen is a graduate student at the University of South Dakota getting his master's degree in public administration. He received his bachelor's degree in May of 2017 from USD, majoring in political science and journalism. Malachi worked at The Volante from August 2013 to January 2017 in various capacities, including as the 2016 editor-in-chief, before leaving the editorial side of the publication to run for Student Government Association to represent the graduate school. He's worked as an intern at the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company in Vermillion, SD; the Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, MN; Argus Leader Media in Sioux Falls, SD; the San Antonio Express-News in San Antonio, TX, and as a freelance writer for the Sioux Falls Business Journal. His articles have been published by multiple news organizations across the United States, including The Associated Press and USA Today. Malachi is from Lawton, IA.