McPike began her career as a political reporter for the National Journal. She has since reported for major news outlets including NBC and CNN. 1776 is an innovation hub based in Washington, D.C. that aims to build a community to provide intellectual, social, and financial capital to startups.
The School of Communication is one of three AU schools partnered with 1776. The partnerships allow AU students to collaborate with 1776 through their campus programming and events. 1776 offers discounted memberships to select students.