Alejandra Armstrong is a 2016 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in digital journalism and a master’s degree in mass communication from Arizona State University. She was an investigative reporter and digital content producer for Cronkite News, and her work can also be found in The Arizona Republic, Phoenix magazine and the Downtown Devil.
Taylor Gilmore is a senior broadcast journalism and political science double major at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She has previously worked at WBIR-TV and WATE-TV and as a reporter/anchor for her campus news station UT Today.
Sean Holstege is a master’s degree student at Arizona State University and will graduate in December. He was an investigative reporter at the The Arizona Republic, the Oakland Tribune and during a 30-year print journalism career, was part of a team that produced two Pulitzer Prize finalist submissions in breaking news and won a Sigma Delta Chi award for Investigative Reporting.
Sarah Elizabeth Pitts
Sarah Pitts is a 2016 graduate from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She has previously worked at The Oklahoma Daily, Red Dirt Report and was most recently the web designer and managing editor for Oklahoma Routes.
Sami Edge is a 2016 graduate from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication. She previously worked as the editor-in-chief at the school newspaper and a campus solutions journalism magazine and has interned at Portland’s Willamette Week and The Seattle Times.
Rose Velazquez is a senior at Louisiana State University where she is pursing a double major in journalism and creative writing. She has worked for The Daily Reveille for the past four semesters and will be serving as the paper’s co-managing editor beginning this fall.
Roman Knertser is a photojournalist with a degree from University of Westminster in London and a current graduate student at Syracuse University. He has reported in three countries.
Pinar Istek is a doctoral student studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She previously worked in Turkey, Guatemala and Costa Rica as a visual journalist.
Phillip Jackson is a senior at Hampton University where he is pursuing journalism degree with a focus in online writing and a minor in leadership studies. He spent the last two semesters serving as his campus newspaper’s web editor and has written for The Washington Post Magazine, Politico, The Root and The Hampton Script.
Pam Ortega is a senior at the University of Oklahoma, pursuing a double major in journalism and political science with an emphasis in broadcast and online journalism. She is a reporter for Routes TV and Oklahoma Routes, executive producer for OU Nightly en Español, contributing reporter for the Huffington Post, associate producer for Mitchell in the Morning Radio Show and has interned for KTUZ-TV, KRIS-TV and OETA-TV.
Nicole Cobler is a journalism senior at the University of Texas at Austin. She previously worked at the San Antonio Express-News, Austin American-Statesman and The Texas Tribune.
Natalie Griffin is a 2016 University of Maryland graduate with degrees in journalism and Arabic studies. She previously worked as a multimedia journalist at Bethesda Magazine, Capital News Service and The Diamondback.
Mike Lakusiak is a journalist based in Vancouver with a master’s degree from the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 2016. He has worked in various roles at print and broadcast outlets across Canada, most recently for Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and VICE News.
Michael Olinger is a journalism student at the University of Nevada, Reno. He recently was a reporter for The Fresno Bee in California.
Max Garland is a 2016 Elon University graduate with a degree in print and online journalism. He’s written for the Burlington Times-News, Bleacher Report and The Pendulum.
Marianna Hauglie is a 2016 graduate of Arizona State University with dual bachelor’s degrees in journalism and conservation biology. She has previously worked for KPHO/KTVK in Phoenix, various video investigations and the U.S. Forest Service as a Student Conservation Association Americorps intern.
Lily Altavena is a graduate student at Arizona State University. She’s previously worked at MSNBC, NBC News, The New York Times, and was an editor at her undergraduate school’s newspaper, the Washington Square News.
Lian Bunny is a senior journalism and mass communication student at St. Bonaventure University. Previously, she has interned at The Hamburg Sun, WBFO-FM Buffalo and Tri-State Christian Television station and currently works for the Buffalo Bills and her campus newspaper, The Bona Venture.
Kate Peifer is a graduate of the University of Portland in Oregon with a double major in English and French and is a current graduate student at Arizona State University. She has worked as a reporter for Portland’s alternative weekly Willamette Week, The Beacon, Render: Feminist Food and Culture Quarterly and AboutFace Magazine.
Jimmy Miller is a senior at Kent State University, majoring in multimedia news with a business management minor. He’s had bylines in the Akron Beacon Journal, Amico Hoops, NCAA.com and the campus newspaper, The Kent Stater, where he will be editor-in-chief this fall.
Jeffrey Pierre will graduate from Florida International University this fall. He has reported in Miami-Dade County and Washington, D.C., has served as the assistant news director and entertainment director for the university paper, music director for WRGP-FM and has done work for the Miami Herald, WLRN-FM, Scripps Howard Foundation and Real Professionals Network.
Hillary Davis is a 2016 graduate of Arizona State University with a master’s degree in mass communication. Before returning to school, she spent nine years as a reporter and newsroom utility player at daily and weekly newspapers in Flagstaff, Yuma and Tucson, Arizona.
Erin Fox is a graduate student at Arizona State University. Previously, she was an associate producer at Fox News Channel’s Washington, D.C., bureau and her experience includes working with the channel’s White House unit, traveling with the press pool, covering presidential events and being a show producer for the bureau’s weekend program “America’s News HQ.”
Emily Mills is a 2016 Kent State University graduate with a degree in multimedia news and political science. She was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Kent Stater, for two semesters, and she previously worked with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Emily L. Mahoney
Emily L. Mahoney recently earned her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and is returning in the fall as a master’s degree student. She has reported on international issues from Mexico, Hungary and Slovakia, and her work has been published by USA Today, The Arizona Republic and other local publications.
Elizabeth Campbell is a junior journalism and political science double major at Texas Christian University. She has previously worked at the CBS station in Fort Worth, multiple student publications, including PolitiFrog.com and the109.org, and as an intern for the Capitol Partners Lobbying Firm.
Courtney Columbus is a master’s degree student at Arizona State University. She has reported internationally from Hungary, and her work has been published in the Arizona Capitol Times.
Andrew Clark is a senior at the University of Oklahoma majoring in online journalism. He is currently the news managing editor of The Oklahoma Daily and has served as a staff reporter and sports reporter along with being a contributing writer for the Huffington Post.
Amber Reece is a senior at the University of North Texas pursuing a degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in African American studies. Reece has worked as a reporter for her campus news station NTDaily TV.
Ali Schmitz is a 2016 graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in telecommunication news. She most recently worked as a senior radio producer, reporter and anchor for WUFT News, North Central Florida’s public media stations and has contributed to NPR and the Independent Florida Alligator.
Alex Amico is a senior at Syracuse University. He has worked at the Smoot Tewes Group in Washington, D.C., and hosts a public affairs show on CitrusTV at Syracuse called Talking Points.