Amanda Knox, Who Knows a Thing or Two About a Media Circus, Lands Job As a Journalist

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Amanda Knox has first-hand experience of the insanity that ensues as the center of a media maelstrom, and now she's going to experience the flip side of journalism in her new position as a freelance writer.

Knox, the former college student who became a celebrity after being accused of murdering her roommate in Italy in 2007, has just landed a gig as a freelance writer for The West Seattle Herald.

“We approached her originally to give her the opportunity of a normal life,” said her editor, Patrick Robinson.

“Amanda’s a very bright, very capable, highly qualified writer. . . She’s certainly been through as lot and been very easy to work with and very interested and eager in doing stories.”

So far in her budding career as a cub reporter, she has covered local news and written a few theater reviews.

Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were found guilty in 2009 of killing Knox’s roommate Meredith Kercher. Two years later, she was acquitted on appeal, released from prison and returned to her native Seattle.

In an unexpected turn of events, her acquittal was overturned in January in an Italian court and she was once again found guilty.

It is unknown whether she will be extradited back to Italy, where she was sentenced to 28 years in prison.

Italy’s highest court is set to look at the case again next spring.

Until a decision is made on her fate, Knox will continue to work on her degree in creative writing from the University of Washington and work as a reporter.

Pam Wright