Meet Rex Santus, one of SPLC’s spring interns

I’m Rex Santus, one of three new SPLC interns. I’m super excited to be here after spending most of my life in Ohio, where I’m an all-but-graduated student at Kent State University.  I’ve also interned at The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s most-circulated newspaper, and The Columbus Dispatch.

As a student reporter with The Daily Kent Stater, I often encountered obstacles while covering our campus’ administration. Interviews with the university president or any member of the Board of Trustees were (extremely) rare, so I quickly learned the importance of public records in my reporting.

Working at The Plain Dealer’s capital bureau, I covered Gov. John Kasich and a slew of other state lawmakers. I spent most of my time immersed in tax policy, specifically the governor’s controversial plan to cut income tax while broadening the sales tax. I wrote about science and later education while at The Columbus Dispatch, so my reporting’s kind of been all over the place.

I’m very passionate about free-expression rights, and I’m thrilled to be working for an organization that’s all about greater transparency on high school and college campuses. I also enjoy Dustin Hoffman movies and French toast. You can reach me by email at, or by calling 703-807-1904 ext. 119. Also, if you’d like to follow me on Twitter: @rexsantus