Maeve Fishel: Musical, outdoorsy, and passionate about writing

By Erin Ye
Huntington High School

Maeve Fishel is drawn to the world of storytelling.

The rising senior at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn is joyful, enthusiastic and delighted to share her love for journalism. When asked about the kinds of topics she enjoys covering, Maeve’s answer was straightforward: “everything.”

Mdaughter of Ian Fishel, a psychiatrist originally from South Africa, and Deirdre Fishel, a professor of documentary filmmaking at City College and a filmmaker herself who currently working on a project about the female police commanders in the Minneapolis Police Department.

According to Maeve, her mother’s work in capturing the truth through powerful stories has encouraged her to do the same. For Maeve’s future, Ms. Fishel said she hopes for her daughter to continue in journalism “with compassion and ethics.”

Maeve was born and raised in New York City. She’s a twin, younger than her sister Lucia by two minutes and named after her two grandfathers, as per Jewish tradition. Ms. Fishel describes both of her daughters as strong-willed. “They’ve been going toe-to-toe at the dinner table every night,” she said.

Unlike her sister, though, Ms. Fishel said Maeve is “outdoorsy” and enjoys going on long walks with her during their summers upstate. Maeve also loves her dog, a puggle named Moon, who is the “center of their lives.”

Even though she’s a creative soul, performing in shows like “Legally Blonde” and “South Pacific” as a pianist in the pit orchestra, Maeve is also pragmatic and practical. When aked what she would do if she won the lottery, she said that she would easily invest in her college education.

Having transferred to Murrow her sophomore year, Maeve was first introduced to the world of reporting through a rewarding journalism class she took her first semester. After applying to join her school’s newspaper, The Murrow Network, she quickly took it upon herself to uncover stories and events taking place within the hallways. When her classmates had objections to the school’s lack of athletic teams, Maeve helped make their voices heard. When a beloved math teacher passed away suddenly in June of 2019, Maeve shared her story, honoring the legacy the teacher, Teresa Leibovits, left behind.

It’s all about “raising awareness,” Maeve said.

At a high school renowned for its theater and performing arts departments, Maeve has flourished as a musician, saying that being part of a “like-minded community of people who share a passion” has brought her some of her best memories during high school.

The Murrow Network was the catalyst for Maeve’s interest in journalism, and she intends to major in the field once she’s off to college next fall.

Through the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists, she said she hopes to learn how to structure stories that will resonate with readers. She’s also interested in broadcast media, hoping to produce her own podcast using the skills she gains during Greene week.

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