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The following writers are Masters Degree candidates
at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism







Ryan Auer is a contributing editor for The Bloomsbury Review. He has written for The Patriot Ledger, The New York Times and The Boston Globe.

Ana Elena Azpurua has a degree in mass communication from Andres Bello Catholic University in Caracas, Venezuela. She worked as a staff reporter for a Venezuelan national newspaper and has interned at Newsweek International and the New York Times Syndicate.

Leslie Barrie earned her B.A. from UCLA with a major in communication studies and a minor in English. She previously worked as an online editor at SavvyMiss.com, an online women’s magazine, and freelanced for Campus Circle, where she wrote features about food, fashion and entertainment.

Danielle Blundell graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in media studies and art history in May 2008.

Sarah Breger earned her B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania. She is constantly doing battle with her curly hair.

Jodi Broadwater graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in history. She has interned with The Hook, a weekly newspaper, and NBC-29 News in Charlottesville, Va.

Lauren Cameron graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, in 2007, and later did an internship at CFO Europe in London.

Candy Cheng is an associate producer for CNBC’s “Mad Money with Jim Cramer.” She grew up in Tustin, Calif., and graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in international relations. Cheng is a swimmer and loves eating fish tacos.

Jill Colvin is a New York-based writer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and the New York Press. She graduated from Columbia University in 2007 and holds a master’s degree in sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mikaela Conley earned a B.A. from Fairfield University in 2006. In 2005, she founded the Afghan Children’s Project, a nonprofit organization that seeks to raise awareness and funds for Afghanistan’s children. After Fairfield, she taught English for one year in Changzhou, China, at Jiangsu Teachers’ University. She has written for The Granite State News, NewtoNYC.org and other small publications.

Edmund DeMarche is a freelance reporter for The New York Post. Previously he was the editor of the Brooklyn View, a newspaper. He graduated from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Jonah Engle grew up in Montreal with stints in China, Indonesia and Scotland. His favorite things are music, food and listening to people’s stories.

Holly Fletcher has interned and written for the Boston Globe foreign desk, World Policy Journal and the Council on Foreign Relations’ news Web site, cfr.org. She earned a B.A. in international affairs from Northeastern University in Boston.

Danielle Friedman worked for five years as a nonfiction-book editor for Hudson Street Press and Plume, two imprints of Penguin Group (USA). She earned a B.A. in English from Duke University in 2003.

Katy Hall graduated from Princeton University and has worked at People magazine and as an advertising copywriter.

Brenda Iasevoli has a degree in English from the University of Connecticut, and is currently an editor for Time for Kids.

Mirela Iverac is a freelance writer based in New York. She has a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and writes about national politics and international affairs.

Yoree Koh is from New York City. Since graduating from Colgate University in 2004, she has worked as a legal assistant in Manhattan and lived in China.

Brent Lang has worked in politics, university development and journalism. His work has appeared in The Providence Journal, The Block Island Times, Forbes.com, Forbes magazine and The Huffington Post. He has an undergraduate degree in history and English from Brown University.

Scott Olster received a bachelor’s degree in history from Columbia University and is a freelance writer based in New York City

Daniele Pinto was a news assistant with The New York Times in Italy; he previously worked for The Associated Press and AP Television News. Born and raised in Rome, where he earned a degree in communication studies, Pinto has also lived in France, Ireland and Nebraska, where he was an exchange student in 2001.

Laurie Rich has worked for magazines and newspapers throughout the Chicago area. Most recently, she led public relations for the NBA Referees and Major League Umpires unions, and from 2003-2005 was a Peace Corps volunteer in Uzbekistan.

Jake Sherman, a Connecticut native, holds a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University. He has interned for The Journal News and in the Washington bureaus of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Newsweek.

Richard Solash studied English at Harvard before returning to New York. He has written for magazines, Web sites and radio both in the United States and abroad, including time spent at Radio Free Europe in Prague.

Abigail Spindel is a freelance writer, photographer and documentary producer who has worked in print, film and television. She is a graduate of Williams College and in 2004 she won a Fulbright Fellowship for photography. She has also lived in Russia and Pakistan.

Joyce Tang has written for Mother Jones magazine, MotherJones.com and the Palo Alto Weekly. She has also worked in editing for an academic publisher, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in English and psychology.

Amy Tennery is a Maryland native, and an intern with Slate.com’s The Big Money. Before moving to New York City, her work was featured in Ms. magazine and on Washingtonpost.com, among other places.

Gayathri Vaidyanathan is a freelance journalist based in New York. She has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from McMaster University and writes about the intersection of science, technology and society.

Amy B Wang, a former travel editor, holds a degree in psychology from Yale University. She is originally from Texas.

Isabel Wilkinson, a native New Yorker, earned a degree from Princeton University in art and archaeology. Her work has been published in Women’s Wear Daily, The Villager and New York Magazine.

James Yolles has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from the University of Wisconsin. A Baltimore native, he has worked at the “NewsHour With Jim Lehrer” and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. His work has appeared in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the Queens Chronicle and the Online NewsHour.









Erline Andrews has a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of the West Indies and has worked for seven years as a journalist in Trinidad and Tobago.

Amanda Angel graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s in philosophy. Her work has been published in The Ithaca Journal, The East Hampton Star and The Baltimore Sun.

C. Onur Ant was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. He holds a bachelor’s in social and political sciences from Sabanci University and has worked as an intern/correspondent at the Associated Press bureau in Istanbul.

Andi Balla is the former managing editor of Tirana Times, Albania's weekly English-language newspaper. He is a graduate of the University of Wyoming. His freelance work has appeared in the New York Daily News.

Ashley L. Battle graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in African-American studies. She has been the editor-in-chief of GUMBO Magazine, a general assignment reporter for The Hartford Courant and an intern for Essence Magazine.

Sarah Brown graduated from Harding University in Arkansas, where she wrote for the alumni magazine and the local newspaper, The Searcy Daily Citizen. She has also interned at The Hartford Courant.

Aaron Cahall is a Maryland native and a graduate of Long Island University. He previously worked for the Times-Shamrock newspaper chain in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Ibby Caputo graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Art History.  Her work has appeared in AM-New York, the Chicago Tribune, South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com, and The Villager. 

Heather J. Ciras, from Boston, Mass., graduated from Eastern Nazarene College with a degree in history. She worked as the book editor for Science & Theology News and now freelances.

Annie Correal graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in comparative literature and has worked at the Athens News in Greece and as a freelance reporter for Time Out New York, Outside, Cool'Eh and Vice.

Peter Cox, a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., spent the last four years working at daily papers around Minnesota, most recently at the St. Cloud Times, where he covered business.

Michael Dang grew up in Los Angeles and studied English and film at the University of California, Irvine. He is a former writer for Event Solutions Magazine and a reporter at Talk Radio News Service.

Adam Edelman graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in political science and journalism. He interned at the Wisconsin State Journal and Cosmopolitan, and his freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, Reuters and USA Today.

Reuven Fenton graduated from Yeshiva University and is metro editor at Hamodia, a Jewish daily in Brooklyn. His work has been published by The New York Times, Reuters and Daily News.

Ben Fleming, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., graduated from Williams College, majoring in art history and economics.  He is a former sports editor of the North Adams, Mass., Transcript.

David Fusaro is a native of Boston and graduated from Brown University with a degree in public policy and classics.  His broadcast work has aired over public radio and ABC affiliate KGO in San Francisco. He lives in New York.

Neha Singh Gohil, a Los Angeles native, a graduate of the University of Southern California and Yale Law School. She spent two years as a corporate lawyer in New York and London for the law firm Allen & Overy.

Andrew Goldberg graduated from Yale University with a degree in political science. He has worked for members of the British Parliament and U.S. House of Representatives. His articles have appeared in The New York Sun.

Joe Gould, a graduate of Brooklyn College with a BFA in creative writing, is a freelance reporter in New York. His work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, Interview, Men's Fitness and Muscle & Fitness Hers.

Julia Gronnevet graduated with a bachelor’s degree in modern history from the University of Bergen, Norway. She interned at The American Prospect magazine and the Center for American Progress. She has written for The American Prospect and Campus Progress.

Deena Guzder graduated from Oberlin College. She is a freelance reporter whose articles on human rights issues have appeared in the New York Blade, Arab American News, Indian Express and National Geographic Traveler.

Devon Haynie, from Fort Wayne, Ind., graduated from Colgate University with a degree in peace studies. She has worked at Amnesty International and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.

Denise Heckbert is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with an honors degree in urban and economic geography and English. Before pursuing journalism, she worked in public relations and advertising at a telecommunications company.

Beth Hillman, a native of Los Angeles, graduated from University of California at Berkeley and spent four years in Japan teaching English.

Nicholas Hirshon, a graduate of St. John's University in Queens, N,Y., is a part-time writer for The New York Daily News. His work has also appeared in The New York Amsterdam News, The Hockey News and on Yahoo! Sports.

Peter Katona graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in film and philosophy, and later earned a master’s degree in education from the College of Staten Island. He teaches eighth grade history in Brooklyn, N.Y., and is a freelance journalist.

Molly Rose Kaufman, from Jersey City, N.J., graduated from Hampshire College.

Melissa Korn, a native New Yorker, is a graduate of Cornell University. She has written for Fast Company magazine and the Financial Times.

Claire Levenson was raised in Paris, France, where she studied philosophy and international relations at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques. Before moving to New York, she worked for Reporters Without Borders and interned at the Associated Press bureau in Paris.

Kevin Livelli graduated from Dartmouth College and holds a master’s in philosophy from Trinity College Dublin. He spent four years as a supervising investigator at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board and is currently an intern with the NBC News Investigative Unit.

Elizabeth McGarr attended the University of Texas at Austin where she covered women's sports for the Daily Texan. She taught middle-school English for two years through Teach for America.

Sheya Meierdierks-Lehman grew up in San Diego and studied English and German Literature at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She interned at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Mass., and wrote freelance ballet reviews for online publications.

Ken Millstone studied literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He spent two years at the Potomac Almanac near Washington, D.C., where he won awards for writing and photography.

Justin Nobel, a graduate of Duke University is currently pursuing a master’s degree in earth and environmental science journalism at Columbia University.

Emily Rauhala holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Queen's University and a master’s in international relations from the University of Toronto. She has interned at Journalists for Human Rights and is now an intern at the BBC in New York City.

Amanda Rivkin, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, has freelanced for The Slovak Spectator, Prague Post, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Baltic Times.

Sion Rogers attended the University of Nottingham in England, receiving a degree in biochemistry and genetics. He has held positions with BBC News, Natural History Magazine and Dartmouth Medicine Magazine.

Rebecca F. Rosenberg attended Yeshiva University in New York. She has interned and freelanced at the Cape Times in South Africa.

Carmen Russell studied international relations at Boston University. He spent six years in Asia, where he worked for the The China Post and freelanced for asia! Magazine.

Ernest Scheyder graduated from the University of Maine with an English degree. He was a copy editor at the Bangor Daily News for two years, and now freelances for the New York Daily News and Downtown Express.

Shradhha Sharma is a graduate of Panjab University in India. She has worked as a senior correspondent for three of India's biggest English language dailies: The Times of India, Hindustan Times and The Indian Express.

John Soltes, a New Jersey native, graduated from Rutgers Universitywith a degree in journalism and political science. He has writtenfor The Hollywood Reporter, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and The Daily Targum.

Katie Strang received her bachelor's degree in journalism and international relations from Michigan State University, where she wrote for the campus magazine and was a sports anchor for the student television station.

Howard Swains is from London, England, and is a former sports writer for The Times of London. He has an M.A. in English from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Candace Taylor graduated from Amherst College. She has worked as a staff reporter for the New Haven Register and has written for The New York Sun and The Riverdale Press.

Tennille Tracy is a graduate of University of California at Santa Barbara and works as a reporter for the newsletters division of Dow Jones and Company.

Anja Tranovich, a Santa Barbara native and graduate of New York University, has worked at the United Nations bureau of InterPress Services and United Press International. She has published work in Clamor, The New York Press and The Internationalist.

Christopher Twarowski spent four years reporting for the alternative weekly the Long Island Press, where his investigative work earned him local and national recognition. He also wrote weekly columns on food and local folklore. He lives in New York.

Eddie Vega  has a bachelor’s in English from Brooklyn College and an MFA in writing from Columbia University. He is a freelance writer for Reuters.

Cassandra Vinograd received a BA in Political Science from Northwestern University. She interned with the Associated Press in West Africa and London, and her stories and photos have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post and Miami Herald.

John Wendle graduated from Denison University, majoring in history. He served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Kazakhstan and worked as a reporter and photographer in Azerbaijan.









Rupali Arora is a graduate of Dehli University and worked in London and India as a business reporter. Her freelance work has appeared in the New York Sun and the Daily News; currently she is an intern at the international edition of Newsweek.

Karla Bruning, an Amherst College graduate with a degree in religion, worked as an actor in New York City before becoming a journalist. She is now a researcher-reporter for the international edition of Newsweek.

Juli Steadman Charkes graduated from Barnard College. She was a news producer for the New York bureau of the British Broadcasting Corporation and is now a free-lance writer.

InSung Cho, from Brooklyn, N.Y., attended Dartmouth College and began her journalism career at Allure Magazine. She has also written for Money, Budget Travel, and New York Magazine.

David Cohn grew up in Los Angeles and studied philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has written for Wired News, Seed Magazine and the New York Times.

Sarah Feightner graduated with a bachelor’s degree in critical theory from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She works in publishing and has freelanced for Publisher’s Weekly.

Marcelle Hopkins, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a freelance reporter and producer for Pacifica radio. She has published articles in the Village Voice and the New York Post.

Bess Kargman, from Boston, Mass., is a graduate of Amherst College and began her journalism career as an intern at WNYC Public Radio. She is a freelance journalist, working in both print and radio production; her work has appeared in the Washington Post.

Eric Krangel is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in international relations. He now interns as a reporter for the New York Sun.

Elizabeth Kim was raised in Queens, N.Y., completed her undergraduate education at Columbia University and received a master’s in economics from New York University.

Meisan Lim, an economics and Spanish graduate from Middlebury
College, has interned at Bridge News in Madrid, Bloomberg News and BusinessWeek. She currently works as an analyst at a hedge fund.

Aleksandra Michalska graduated as a journalism and political science major from Warsaw University in 2003 and worked for print and broadcast outlets in Poland. She also worked at Voice of America in Washington D.C., and is currently an intern at Anderson Cooper 360.

Caitlin Moscatello is a graduate of Boston University, where she was a columnist for The Daily Free Press. She currently works for Sports Illustrated.

Christy Nicholson, from Nova Scotia, graduated from Dalhousie University with a degree in philosophy and science. A new media producer and freelance writer, she contributes to THEME Magazine, Popgadget.net, and the Observer Magazine.

Kristina Parker was raised in Utah and graduated from Amherst College with a degree in English. Before pursuing a career in journalism, she worked in public health.

David Ressel, from Buffalo, N.Y., earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations and has worked as a consultant for Deloitte & Touche, Viacom and MTV.

Brooke Sopelsa holds an economics degree from Bucknell University. She was a reporter for a TV station in New Jersey and currently works as a Web video publisher at CNBC.

Nola Weinstein received her bachelor’s in American studies from Emory University and was a fashion and beauty intern at Modern Bride magazine. She is currently a freelancer, whose work has appeared in Women's Wear Daily, Elegant Bride, YM and Seventeen.

Daniel Weiss is a native New Yorker and graduate of Reed College in Portland, Ore. He has worked as a freelance editor for literary agents and taught high school math and English as a second language.

Stuart Winchester graduated from University of Michigan and holds a master's degree in education from Pace University. He has taught high school English in New York City since 2003.









Raphael Ahren, who hails from Cologne, Germany, holds a BA in sociology and an MA in modern Jewish history from Yeshiva University.

Katia Bachko earned a BA from New York University and covered health, business and education for five years as a senior editor at a dance trade magazine

Katherine Bindley received a BA from Georgetown University, where she majored in English. She spent two years working in the fashion industry before interning at Washingtonian magazine.

Pilar Conci is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and earned a degree in communication science at the University of Buenos Aires. Previously she worked as an international news writer and sports reporter for the national Argentine newspaper La Nación.

Manuel Cortazal is a native New Yorker who graduated from Florida State
University with a degree in political science.

Amy Crawford, a former Smithsonian magazine staff member, has a degree in English from Cornell University.

Mary Cuddehe is a graduate of the University of Iowa.  Before coming to Columbia, she interned at the Miami Herald and is currently interning at Wired Magazine.

Lisa Cupido majored in English and anthropology at Hunter College in New York City and held an internship at Marie Claire magazine.

Lawrence Delevingne, a graduate of the Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, has written for CNN.com, Inter Press Service, the Diplomatic Courier and the Watertown Daily Times.

Tomás Dinges has a BA from Tufts University. He worked as a reporter for the Chilean magazine Siete Más 7 and has written for The Miami Herald and Americas Magazine.

Snejana Farberov, who has a BA in journalism and Italian from St. John’s University, is a former intern and freelance writer for the New York Daily News and Courier Life in Brooklyn

Jessica Freiman is a graduate of Brandeis University where she majored in history. She has reported from Israel and Canada. 

Danielle Gaines is a political science graduate of the University of Illinois.

Lana Gersten graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in political science and has interned at the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Zachary Goelman, a graduate of the University of British Collumbia, covered politics and society in Israel and the Palestinian territories for the Jerusalem Report.

Michele Hoos graduated from Cornell University and taught English
for four years at The Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., where she now
serves as the assistant director of communications. She also writes as a
freelance for The Trenton Times.

Alexandra Horowitz is from Minneapolis and graduated from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison.

Nicole Ireland, a psychology graduate of Wilfrid Laurier Unviersity in Waterloo, Ontario, worked as a communications officer for UNICEF in Asia and the Mideast before coming to Columbia.

Jeremy Jacobs graduated from Stanford University and has written for the Congressional journal The Hill and the Alexandria Times.

Matthew Kennard graduated from the University of Leeds in England and has written for the Guardian, New Statesman and Bulb magazine.

Andrew Kersey received his BA in English literature from UC Berkeley. After graduation he taught English in Japan, interned at The Commonwealth magazine and wrote for the music magazine Performer in San Francisco.

Jane Kim graduated from Harvard College and has worked at the Strand Bookstore and at Poets & Writers. Currently, she writes for the education section of the Korea Daily.

Beth Kowitt received a B.A. in English and sociology from Bowdoin College in Maine and has interned an the Platts Oilgram News, The Jersey Journal and Port City Life Magazine.

Jessica Leber graduated from Columbia University with B.A. in environmental chemistry and worked as a geologist for a consulting company in New York City. She is currently working toward a dual Master’s degree at Columbia in Earth and Environmental Science Journalism.

Madeline Lewis received a BA from Columbia University, where she worked as an arts programmer at the radio station WKCR 89.9 FM for three years.

Cassandra Lizaire graduated from Cornell University in 2005. She has written for various publications, including The New York Beacon and the Norwood News, and she currently works in television production on the PBS news magazine, NOW.

Matthew Lynch received a BA in communications from Fordham University

Sarah N. Lynch, a Spanish/English graduate of Barnard College, worked as a reporter at the East Valley Tribunein Mesa, Ariz., the Daily Record in Parsippany, N.J., and the Jersey Journal in Jersey City.

Matt Mabe was raised in New Orleans and earned a BS in civil engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He served five years in the Army as an engineer officer, during which he was stationed in Germany and served two combat tours in Iraq.
 
Zehra Mamdani graduated from Barnard College and earned a master's degree in middle eastern studies from Cambridge University. She works for HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

Robert McDonald graduated from California State University at Northridge with a double major in history and journalism.

Dara L. Miles earned a BA from Washburn University and a law degree from the Univerity of Kansas. She has worked as a television news anchor and trial lawyer.

Sarah Morgan, a graduate of Vassar College, worked in the Washington, D.C., nonprofit world for several years before starting at Columbia.

Emily Muhlhausen graduated from Drew University and worked as a reporter for the Echoes-Sentinel in Stirling, N.J.

Neil Munshi graduated from the University of Minnesota and has written freelance for The Boston Globe, Esquire, The St. Paul Pioneer-Press, City Pages and The Brooklyn Paper.

Alex Nunes, a graduate of Rhode Island College, worked as a newswriter and reporter for the NPR affiliates WRNI in Rhode Island and WCAI on Capde Cod. 

Maura O'Connor is a graduate of Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Mass., and the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Denise Oliveira, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, graduated with a BA in psychology from Cornell University and a law degree from Georgetown University Law School. She has worked in a variety of legal areas and is a news intern at WNYC, the NPR affiliate in New York City.

Julie Onufrak graduated from Boston University, where she studied international relations and French.  She has worked as a paralegal for an immigration attorney in Boston.

Olga Pierce earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a BS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She has covered national health policy for United Press International in Washington, D.C.

Ben Protess, a graduate of Northwestern University, worked as an investigative reporter for The North Lawndale Community News in Chicago and as part of the Medill Innocence Project, which investigates wrongful convictions. He has also worked for CBS News in Chicago.

Vidya Rao received her BA. from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in political science and African-American studies. She served as an editor at Teen Voices, a journalism mentoring program for teen girls of color in Boston, and has been a contributing writer for the Bay State Banner, Hyphen and Brookline magazine.

Craig Rothstein, born in Flatbush, Brooklyn, earned a BA at the University of Binghampton and an MA in humanities from New York University. He spent five years writing about science for a NASA-funded project before venturing into
freelance writing and web design.

Neanda Salvaterra, a political science graduate of the City University of New York, was born in Angola, raised in Sweden, and speaks Portuguese, Swedish, Spanish and French. She has worked as a press and information officer at the Embassy of Angola in Stockholm.

Erik Shilling graduated from The College of Wooster in Ohio and has been published in the Village Voice and the New York Press.

Erin Schultz, who received her BA from Michigan State University, has been a singer/guitarist/bassist for a touring rock cover band, a music store manager and a freelance writer, published in the Lansing State Journal, Grand Rapids Music Revue, and the New York Daily News.

Gabriele Steinhauser was born in Germany and graduated with an MA degree in international relations from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She interned at several magazines and newspapers in Berlin and Munich.

Alex Sundby received a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from the University of Washington. He has written for the Rio Grande Sun in New Mexico, Stateline.org in Washington, D.C., and The Olympian in Olympia, Wash.

Christian Taske, a communication graduate of Notre Dame College in Ohio, is an international student from Vechta, Germany, where he worked as a freelancer in the sports department of a local newspaper for four years.

Yvonne Villarreal is a native Californian and a  graduate of California State University at Fullerton. Her work has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Costa Mesa, Calif., Daily Pilot and Chelsea Now in Manhattan.

Laurence Witherington was born in England and received a bachelor's degree in history at Oxford University, where he was a sports reporter and editor for the student newspaper.

Josh Zembik, from Marietta, Ga., has a degree in political communication from George Washington University and has worked as press representative for Sens. Joseph Biden and Max Cleland.

Julie Zeveloff graduated from Cornell University and has interned for Women’s Wear Daily.









MiHi Ahn a journalism student at Columbia, she has worked as an editor at Bookface.com and in development at Mother Jones magazine. She has served on the board of Media Alliance, and is currently a board member of the feminist, pop culture magazine Bitch.

Petra Bartosiewicz a former reporter at the New York Observer, was a recipient of Columbia University's Lorena Sullivan Fellowship for business and investigative reporting in 2003.

Nicole Bergot native of Vancouver, British Columbia, received her Bachelor's degree in communications from Simon Fraser University, where she was a staff reporter for the student newspaper, The Peak. She moved to New York City and worked as an associate producer and editor of cable television promos before coming to the Columbia Journalism School.

Mark Binks graduated with a BS in Social Policy from the University of Bristol, UK, and worked in an asset management house in London. He moved to New York City in 2002 and worked in admissions and marketing for Columbia Business School's Executive MBA program. He plans to cover politics and international affairs after completing his MS at Columbia Journalism School.

Ryan Blitstein, a Chicago native and graduate of Stanford University, is a Master's student in newspaper journalism at Columbia. He was previously a literary agent and a children's book editor.

Paul Burkhardt was born in Milwaukee, Wis., and lived in Chicago before attending the Columbia Journalism School. Paul has written for various magazines, including Metropolis, Milwaukee Magazine and TenbyTen. He has also been a frequent contributor to Chicago Public Radio.

Jessica Carsen graduated with a first class Master's degree in politics from the University of Edinburgh, where she was president of the student newspaper. Before coming to Columbia she spent three years in management at the Financial Times in London. After graduating in May she hopes to become a political correspondent.

John Celock is a student at the Columbia Journalism School and a 2003 graduate of Niagara University with a Bachelor's degree in political science. John interned as a staff writer with Worrall Community Newspapers in New Jersey and with Big Apple Parent and Queens Parent magazines in New York City. The winner of a 2000 award for community reporting from the New Jersey Press Association, John plans on working in corporate or political public relations after graduation.

Patrick Cliff, a Detroit native, is completing his Master's at the Columbia Journalism School. He worked at online advertising and marketing firms in New York City for three years. Armed with his journalism degree, Cliff plans to cover politics and the courts for a daily newspaper.

Katharine J. Crane, a journalism student at Columbia, was an environmental affairs manager at the American Forest & Paper Assn. in Washington, D.C. Crane also has an MS in natural resource policy from the University of Michigan and a BA from the College of William and Mary. She and her husband live in western Massachusetts.

Emily Crawford, currently a journalism student at Columbia, has worked as a freelance writer out of Santa Fe, N.M., whence she contributed travel and adventure stories to Paddler, Outside and Canoe & Kayak magazines.

Tara Crosson, a graduate of Fordham University, writes about health, culture and social issues, and her work has been published in the Daily News in New York. A part-time journalism student at Columbia, she will receive her Master's degree next year

Ranajit Sankar Dam, a Master's student at the Columbia Journalism School, has worked at the High Court at Calcutta, India as a litigation attorney, specializing in corporate law and intellectual property rights. He plans to cover national business trends for a newspaper or wire service.

Joelle Farrell, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and a journalism student at Columbia, earned a BA in biology from Macalester College in 2001 and plans to cover health and medical issues as a print reporter.

Mark Fass is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer. He received a B.A. from U.C.L.A. and a J.D. from Hastings Law School. He will receive an M.S. from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism in May 2004.

Kristen Fountain is a student in Columbia University's Earth & Environmental Science Journalism program. After college, she spent two years at Oxford University studying philosophy and has worked for environmental groups writing about subjects ranging from aquaculture to rapid transit.

Liz Fox, a graduate of Oberlin College, has lived and worked for the last eight years in Bangladesh, Russia, Venezuela, Madrid; Mexico City, Washington D.C., and San Francisco. She speaks Spanish, French and Russian and, somewhat less fluently, Arabic, Farsi and Bangla.

Kristel Halter received her Bachelor's degree from Reed College, and Master's from Harvard Divinity School, and worked for the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs in Washington, D.C., and in Beirut, Lebanon, as a freelance feature writer for The Daily Star. In May she will graduate from the Columbia Journalism School.

Kristen Haunss earned a Bachelor's degree in communication from Cornell University, where she was a sports reporter and columnist for the Cornell Daily Sun. She has also written for Inside Lacrosse. She will graduate from the Columbia this May.

Aron Heller, a graduate student of journalism at Columbia University, previously worked as a freelance journalist, based in Israel, for NBC News, The Los Angeles Times and Ha'aretz.

Michael Jalili was born in Iran, which he fled from in 1987 at age 14. He came to the U.S. where he grew up in northern New Jersey, then majored in History and Economics at Rutgers University. He worked as a programmer in the computer industry, spending four years at Dow Jones providing technical support to editors and reporters before coming to the Columbia Journalism School.

Avery Johnson graduated from Yale in 2001 and recently returned from studying on a Fullbright Scholarship in Russia, where she freelanced articles and worked at The Moscow Times. Johnson likes to write about the former Soviet Union, international affairs, national politics and animals.

Neil Katz holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and computer technology from New York University. He founded and managed several digital design firms before leaving the computer business to become a journalist. He will graduate from Columbia in May 2005.

Alex Kingsbury, who comes from Eliot, Maine, was the metro editor of the George Washington Hatchet and a writer for the Washington bureau of the University Wire. He also has worked for WNYC Radio in New York and the Washington bureau of the Dallas Morning News.

Kathleen Kingsbury, a graduate of Georgetown University in international affairs, covered local and state government for the daily Boston Metro newspaper. She plans to receive her Master's degree in print journalism in May and hopes to write for a daily newspaper or wire service covering foreign affairs.

Jessica Kirshner graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in classics and worked in the editorial department of Random House before attending the Columbia Journalism School. She hopes to pursue a career reporting on the arts, entertainment and culture upon receiving her Master's degree in May 2003.

Sam Knight came to New York from the UK to study journalism after working as a documentary researcher and an intern at the Royal Institute of International Affairs and at Demos, two think tanks in London. He has written for The World Today, a foreign affairs magazine, and The Independent on Sunday.

Virginia Langum grew up in Birmingham, Ala., then moved to Ireland where she earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English literature at Trinity College, Dublin. She worked in Irish radio before moving back to the United States.

Zach Lowe grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1999. He taught high school social studies for two years and earned an M.A. in history from William and Mary.

Abigail Moses graduated from the University of Michigan in 2001 with a Bachelor's degree in political science and a concentration in international affairs. Before coming to Columbia Journalism School, she worked as an editorial assistant for The Washington Quarterly and as managing editor of Political Science Quarterly.

Patrick O'Connor, a Seattle native, graduated from Northwestern University in 1999. He was on the original staff of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" and has also reported for The Hill newspaper in Washington, DC.

Martin Patience has worked for The Glasgow Herald, The Sunday Herald, The Scotsman and The Scotland on Sunday. He won an Overseas Press Club fellowship this year for his reporting in Egypt, and was named Scottish Student Journalist of the Year in 2001.

Marianne Reid graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in nursing in 1996. She worked as an emergency room nurse for seven years on the West Coast. Marianne is a print major at Columbia and hopes to work at a daily newspaper upon graduation.

Linda Rodriguez, a native of Dallas, Texas, graduated in 2002 from Davidson College with a degree in English and expects to earn a Master's degree in Journalism in May.

Joel Rothstein is a business and financial journalist. He has written for Crain's New York Business and TheStreet.com and is currently a journalism student at the Columbia. Prior to becoming a journalist he worked for Ernst & Young, Netscape Communications and Cisco Systems from 1992 until 2003. He holds an MS in Accounting and MBA in Finance degrees from New York University's Stern School of Business.

Ethan Rouen is a 2001graduate of the University of Wisconsin where he majored in history and English. Currently a student at the Columbia Journalism School, he has worked as a reporter, writer and editor, as well as a martial arts instructor, a creative writing teacher and a librarian.

Kerry Savage worked as an editor at a publishing company before coming to Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. She is a graduate of Emerson College, where she earned her Bachelor's degree with a concentration in writing. After graduation in May 2004, she hopes to work as a reporter for a daily newspaper.

Tristan Schweiger, a Delaware native, graduated in 2003 from the University of Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate, he was managing editor of the student newspaper, wrote for the Philadelphia Business Journal, and interned at The Florida Times-Union. After earning his masters from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in May, Schweiger hopes to write for a daily newspaper or wire service.

Simon Shifrin graduated from the University of Chicago in 2003 with a Bachelor's degree in history. He has interned at the Chicago bureau of the New York Times; Worldview, an international news analysis program on Chicago Public Radio, and the Evanston Review, a weekly newspaper in the Chicago suburbs.

Lisa Spinelli, a citizen of both the United States and Italy and a journalism student at Columbia, started her writing career as a copywriter for TMP Worldwide, Inc. after graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English. Moving into journalism, Lisa and a few friends helped start and write for Innerloop Magazine, a monthly in Washington, D.C.

Gillian Wee was born in Singapore and grew up in London. After working as an intern for Bloomberg, she edited her college paper, freelanced for a local TV station and interned for Reuters and the AP. She speaks French and Mandarin and aspires to be a foreign correspondent.

Angie Wong was born and raised in New York City. In 1998, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University, where she studied film and television production. She is currently pursuing her journalism degree at Columbia University.

Regina Woods is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, where she received her Bachelor's degree in art history. She has worked for the Getty Museum, The Guggenheim Museum and the Walker Art Center. Before coming to Columbia she was the fine art books editor for Black Issues Book Review magazine.





 

 

 

     
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