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About davidpreut

Currently, I am senior at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, majoring in broadcast journalism and Spanish. I'm interning at Media General, under the Digital Marketing division and loving it! My life has taken me across the globe, as I've lived in Mexico and China and visited plenty of other countries. I speak English and Spanish fluently. Basically, my heart is caught in a constant state of flux between different cultures and geographic spots on a map. In any case, I love animals, I always have since childhood. I hope someday to be a videographer or writer for Nat Geo. Until then, and if that's where God eventually takes me, I say lead on God, lead on. I will not and cannot write a little bio section of myself without including a bit about the One who has loved me from all eternity. Jesus Christ is the only reason to live and He is the only life. I love God and love that I am loved by Him! Finally, I'm the second oldest of seven siblings, and have found that life in a big family is nothing to be embarrassed about. Be proud! We have more fun in bigger families!

Commonwealth ‘Pothole Blitz” A Success

By David Preut
VCU InSight

March was pothole “blitz” month in Virginia after Gov. Bob McDonnell ordered the Virginia Department of Transportation to focus on repairing the thousands of potholes pocketing the Commonwealth’s roads.

A record-setting winter left Virginia’s roadways in particularly bad shape this spring. After the first few weeks, V-DOT reported having repaired more than 43,000 potholes statewide, with over 4,000 fixed in Richmond alone.

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VCU Professor Is A Silver Screen Effects Wiz

By Phil Karstetter and David Preut
VCU Insight

RICHMOND,Va.- Wizards may be the stuff of Canterbury and the Round Table, but Virginia Commonwealth University has one right on its campus. Matt Wallin, an assistant professor of Communication Arts, works his magic on the big screen.

Wallin began his career in special effects as a lowly intern at the legendary special effects company Industrial Light and Magic while studying at San Francisco State. Since then he’s had an extensive and lucrative career, having worked on a host of major blockbuster films including “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”, “King Kong”, “Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace”, two of the “Matrix” films, and “I Am Legend.”

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VCU Official Talks About Haiti Relief Efforts

By David Preut
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — During an in-studio interview Dr. Catherine Howard, Vice Provost of Community Engagement, talks with VCU InSight about Haiti relief efforts at Virginia Commonwealth University.

She talks about a VCU professor‘s recent trip to Haiti and the successes and difficulties he experienced after the Caribbean nation experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12.

While many students might want to travel to Haiti themselves, Dr. Howard says there is plenty that students can do for Haiti right here in Richmond. InSight also finds out what student organizations have already been doing to help relieve the situation in Haiti and where people can go to stay informed about continuing VCU efforts.

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Hookah May Be As Harmful As Cigarettes, Study Shows

By Juliette Delp and David Preut
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–  A recent two year-long study conducted by a professor from Virginia Commonwealth University revealed that smoking hookah could be just as harmful as cigarettes.

Led by Dr. Thomas Eissenberg, a VCU professor of biopsychology, the study’s results were featured in the December 2009 issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

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