Alicia Pellegrin grew up in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Emerson College in 2010 with a degree in Journalism and Political Science. Before coming to Columbia, she worked for different political campaigns .She is interested in reporting about social justice and immigration. @pellegrin_a
Anastassia Chrisman Olmos
Stassy Olmos was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. She is pursuing a career as reporter in broadcast journalism with the ambition of telling longer form stories for a television news magazine. If you let her, she would sleep for 15 hours. Twitter:@stassyolmoslive
Aria Hangyu Chen was born and raised in Guangzhou, China, one of the Chinese with the most liberal environment for journalism. Prior to Columbia Journalism School, she studied psychology and journalism at the University of Hong Kong and researched on cognition and brain activities. She cannot imagine a career without using cameras to tell stories and hopes to become a video producer or a photographer for news organizations. She is always on the hunt for the best bowl of ramen wherever she goes. Follow her on Instagram @ariachenphoto and Twitter @aria_chy
Assil Frayha is an M.S. candidate at Columbia Journalism School. Originally from the Middle East, Frayha grew up in Lebanon and graduated from the American University of Beirut with a B.E. in mechanical engineering and a minor in creative writing. She later moved to Dubai, UAE, where she worked in oil and gas for two years. She is interested in covering social, political and environmental issues. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed at @assilfrayha.
Beatriz Vernon worked as a food critic and Time Out Mexico‘s Restaurant editor for more than two years. She has used food and culture as a vehicle to reveal untold stories about immigration and social justice in New York City through video and investigative pieces. Beatriz is on the never-ending search for the best taco al pastor in New York. Send her your tips to: email@example.com or @beausted.
Chris Cirillo is from a small town called Moonachie, N.J. He graduated from Manhattan College in May 2015, where he was the sports editor of his school newspaper and held local internships at News 12 the Bronx and The Riverdale Press. Ever since Pampers and pacifiers, he’s been obsessed with the game of basketball. Nearly 22 years later not much has changed, and he decided to pursue sports journalism. His first big assignment at News 12 was to get NBA star Lance Stephenson on camera at halftime of a high school basketball game he was watching in the stands. Chris was rejected. Twitter:@chriscirillo_
Daniel Litke’s journalism career is guided by the desire to tell stories from around the world. His reporting on the Syrian refugee crisis has appeared on CNN Money, CNN International, and the BBC. He also interned at Chinese Central Television and ABC News in their respective DC bureaus. While working in the nation’s capital, he covered a range of political beats from the Pentagon to the White House. Daniel is also a 2015 graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Twitter: @litke_d.
Erika Glass is a Master of Science documentary student at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She graduated with university honors and a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Miami in May 2015. There Erika was executive producer for the school’s award-winning sports news broadcast and and managing editor for the campus newspaper. She also interned for CBS News, at the Foreign Desk and 48 Hours. Erika was born in Caracas, Venezuela and now lives in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Twitter: @erikaglass_.
Kajsa Lundman is a video and print journalist. Originally from Sweden, she graduated with a degree in history from Stockholm University. She moved to New York in 2014 to pursue journalism, and is currently a graduate student at Columbia University School of Journalism. Lundman has interned as a New York correspondent for the Swedish business paper Dagens Industri, and has also written articles for the magazine of the non-profit organization A Free Bird. Twitter: lundman_kajsa
Kelsey Megan Grey
Kelsey Grey grew up in Selma, California on a raisin farm. She graduated from the University of San Diego (USD) with a BA in Communication Studies and Political Science. She is focused on video journalism and conflict reporting at Columbia Journalism School, hoping to one day travel the world reporting. Twitter: @kels_aye_
Ishika Gupta majored in Multimedia and Mass Communication from the University of Delhi, India before coming to Columbia Journalism School. Ishika is studying to be a multimedia journalist, with an interest in short documentaries and videos for social media. Ishika has trekked through the Everest Valley, Nepal to reach the Mount Everest Base Camp, 16,900 feet about sea level. Twitter: @ishikagupta
Samuel Steinberger grew up in South Dakota but moved to Queens almost five years ago after living in St. Louis and South America. His videography contains elements of business reporting, religion, politics, and culture. He’s excited to be a part of Columbia Journalism School’s first foray into 360° immersive video and plans to combine video storytelling with business reporting. Twitter: @worldsboro
Growing up in the Iranian immigrant community of northern California, Sanaz was drawn to journalism and international reporting from a young age. Before coming to Columbia, she studied development with a Middle East concentration at UC Berkeley, and spent a year living in Cairo. At the Journalism School, Sanaz is focusing on Middle East affairs, human rights, and video production. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @sanazrizlenjani.
Sneha Antony is a documentary filmmaking student at Columbia Journalism School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas Christian University and spent a year working as a digital content producer for KVUE, the ABC-affiliate in Austin, Texas. Sneha has interned for CBS Denver and was selected as one of the 2015 Online News Association Newsroom Interns in Los Angeles. She has lived in Asia, Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Her international upbringing drew her to journalism where she aspires to tell the stories of people around the world through her reporting and videography. Twitter: @Sneha_Antony
Sue-In was born in South Korea and has been wandering about ever since. Before coming to Columbia Journalism School, she studied Political Science and Film at UCLA. She hopes to tell stories and inform the public through broadcast news. Suein moved 9 times throughout her life and doesn’t ever want to settle. Follow her on Twitter at @sueinoh and Instagram at @suein.oh
Has an undergraduate degree in media studies and international relations, and an honors degree in journalism from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. This is her first time in the United States. She is pursuing an M.S. degree from the Columbia Journalism School. Prior to attending Columbia, she worked in South Africa as an online reporter for the national newspaper and a year later she moved to work at a women’s interest magazine where she curated multimedia content. At Columbia she hopes to improve both her writing and multimedia skills – so she can better present stories that are focused on women’s issues in Africa and the diaspora. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Instagram @Thuls11 or on Twitter @Thuls11.
Lorraine Abadilla Ustaris
Lorraine Ustaris began her love affair with multimedia production on her sixth birthday when she received her first camera and recorder. After 25 years of practice, she is finally at the J-School pursuing video journalism and documentary film. Before moving to New York, she was a high school English teacher and an indoor rock climber in Philadelphia–two skill areas that have made her a stronger journalist. Twitter: @lorraineustaris
Margaux Emma Moores-Tanvier
Margaux Moores-Tanvier is video reporter born and raised in Nice, France. She majored in politics and produced award-winning student films at UCLA, where she was first exposed to American culture. She uses her camera to capture overlooked stories with a social or political twist. Her hope is to push the limits of cinematography in documentary as a way to reach more audiences. Twitter: @MargauxMT
Valeria Ramírez Siller
Motivated to change society’s understanding of crime and violence in Mexico, Valeria Ramírez Siller decided to pursue a career in journalism. More than five years experience in public policy encouraged her to cover stories about socioeconomic inequality in urban redevelopment and the Mexican immigrant community of New York City. This fall Valeria will focus on International Security Policy at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs to continue illuminating the drug-related conflict in Mexico. You can follow her at @valer_si.
Lisa R. Cohen
Lisa R. Cohen is the Director of Prizes administering the duPont-Columbia Awards, and an adjunct Professor teaching broadcast and video journalism. Cohen is also an Emmy award winning former network television news producer, documentary filmmaker, and book author.
She was the Director/Producer/Writer of the verité documentary “Serving Life,” in collaboration with Executive Producer Forest Whitaker, which aired as part of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Documentary Club in July, 2011. She authored “After Etan” published by Hachette.
Previously, Cohen worked for over twenty years in network news, including long stints producing for ABC News “PrimeTime Live” and CBS News “60 Minutes.” Twitter: @lisarcohen
Most recently multimedia producer for UN Women, Jeca has also produced long-form documentaries for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and HBO and news and features at VH-1. She has written for websites and magazines and is the author of MySpace/OurPlanet: Change is Possible, an award-winning guide for youth on how to live eco-friendly lives and change the world. Twitter: @jecataudte
Tom Mason is a documentary filmmaker, and founding partner of the New York-based production company Redglass Pictures. He has worked on long-form documentary projects for HBO, PBS, OWN, and ARTÉ, and shorts for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and The Sundance Channel among others. A graduate of Syracuse University, he has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism since 2007. Twitter: @tomlbmason
Matt Bockelman is an independent documentary cinematographer and director. Through his company, Fly’s Eye Films, Matt has directed and/or shot films for New York City Ballet, Madison Square Garden, MTV, ESPN, and Sesame St. In 2015 he created an 8-part documentary campaign for Sesame Street called Sesame St. & Autism: See Amazing in All Children. Matt has created award-winning documentaries that have been shown internationally at film festivals including, Sundance, DOC NYC, HotDocs and Big Sky Int’l Film Festival. In addition, Fly’s Eye Films is actively involved in creating original content and short documentaries for non-profit organizations around New York City. Twitter: @flyseyefilms