Staff

Bunni_Elian-Reporting-Portaits_1Courtenay Brown covers Park Slope for The Brooklyn Ink, where she also co-manages the site’s social media efforts. She graduated from New York University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Africana and Latino Studies. Courtenay spent a few months as a page at NBCUniversal (channeling her inner Kenneth). While attending Columbia Journalism School, she works as a producer for CNBC, booking and producing tech and entrepreneurial-focused segments.
@courtenay_brown // courtenay.brown@columbia.edu

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Thomas Caramanno co-manages social media for The Brooklyn Ink, where he covers Bensonhurst. Thomas was born and raised in Astoria, and can identify with the gentrification befalling Brooklyn. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Adelphi University in 2008, as well as a Master of Science in Educational Psychology from CUNY Queens College in 2013. Thomas works as a staff writer for BORO Magazine and also contributes to The Huffington Post and Elite Daily. After graduating from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism he aspires to be an international news correspondent.
@ThomasCaramanno // tc2837@columbia.edu

Francis_001Francis Carr covers Coney Island and Brighton Beach for The Brooklyn Ink while attending Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. A Manhattan native, he has lived all over the U.S. and holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. As a staff writer for The Hour newspaper in Norwalk, Connecticut, Francis covered an array of topics ranging from crime to the arts. Several of his stories have been circulated nationally by The Associated Press.
@fpcarrjr // f.carr@columbia.edu

Andy_002Andrew Craft covers Bedford-Stuyvesant for The Brooklyn Ink. Born and raised in Michigan, he studied Political Science and Economics at the University of Michigan. While there he anchored and reported for WOLV-TV. He has formerly interned at C-SPAN and is employed at Fox News as an associate producer for daytime programming. Andrew is focusing on broadcast news at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.
@arcrafty // craftandrew4@gmail.com

Bunni_Elian-Reporting-Portaits_2Sheila Dang covers Gowanus for The Brooklyn Ink. A Dallas native, Dang graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Texas at Dallas, where she was the managing editor of the student newspaper, The Mercury. She covers investing and stock market news for GuruFocus.com while attending Columbia Journalism School. Dang previously conducted socioeconomic research as an intern at the Institute for Urban Policy Research.
@Sheila_Dang // sd3078@columbia.edu

Bunni_001Melissa Bunni Elian reports from Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill for The Brooklyn Ink, where she is also the photo editor. Bunni exposed her first roll of film in 2008 while studying Human Biology at the State University of New York, Albany, and the next year she shifted from science to journalism. Bunni’s personal work focuses on experiences within the Pan-African Diaspora. She works as a multimedia editor for NBCNews.com while attending Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.
@bunnisays // bunni.elian@columbia.edu

Bunni_Elian-Reporting-PortaitsHillary Flynn covers Brooklyn Heights and downtown Brooklyn for The Brooklyn Ink. She graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 2012. Before coming to Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism she reported for The Bond Buyer and Politico. She is currently a reporter at Thomson Reuters IFR.
@hflynncorpbond // hf2326@columbia.edu

 


20160709-Elisabeth_001Elisabeth Gawthrop covers Sunset Park for The Brooklyn Ink. A native Hoosier, she has degrees in environmental and climate science from Indiana University and Columbia University. She communicates for the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and is a contributor to The Daily Beast. Elisabeth is a Stabile investigative reporting fellow at Columbia.
@egawthrop // e.gawthrop@columbia.edu

 


Kasiana_001Kasiana McLenaghan covers DUMBO, Vinegar Hill, and the Navy Yard for The Brooklyn Ink. A graduate of Stanford University’s economics program, Kasiana was a Fellow with the California Energy Commission and held positions in business development and product management at clean tech startups around Silicon Valley before coming to Columbia Journalism School.
@KasianaMac // kjm2186@columbia.edu

 


Bunni_Elian-Reporting-Portaits_3Mitty Mirrer covers Williamsburg for The Brooklyn Ink. She is also an independent documentary filmmaker. Mitty produced and directed Gold Star Children, about child survivors of war casualties, and founded the nonprofit organization Gold Star Children in 2008 to raise awareness about American child survivors whose mothers or fathers died while serving in the U.S. military. Mitty has worked as a reporter in New Orleans, Philadelphia, and various markets along the way to Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.
@MittyMirrer // pem2124@columbia.edu
 

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Erica Pishdadian covers Bushwick for The Brooklyn Ink, where she is also the site’s web editor. She graduated in 2013 from the University of Rhode Island, where she studied politics with a focus in American foreign policy in the Middle East. She spent a year as a news editor at International Business Times and has free-lanced for VICE, xoJane, and the Daily Mail. She is a M.S. candidate at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
@ericapishdadian // elp2149@columbia.edu

20160709-Shemar_001Shemar Woods covers Crown Heights and Prospect Heights for The Brooklyn Ink. He has worked at ESPN and the New York Daily News. A Hampton University graduate, Shemar works at MLB.com and attends Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Srw2162@columbia.edu

 

 


Bunni_Elian-Reporting-Portaits_4Yeong-Ung Yang covers Fort Greene and Clinton Hill for The Brooklyn Ink. He is also an independent photojournalist and a contributing reporter and translator for The New York Times. His regular photo clients include Newsday, The New York Times, and the New York Daily News.
@yheroable // yy2721@columbia.edu

 

 

 

 

(Photo credits for this page: Yeong-Ung Yang, Melissa Bunni Elian)
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