Vabessa A. AlvarezVanessa A. Alvarez was born in New York City, but grew up in Miami, Fla. and South America. She is a graduate of Florida International University and George Washington University. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, a bilingual assignment editor in local television, and a writer and associate producer for network television news and documentary film. Alvarez is the president of Columbia’s National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Follow her on Twitter @VanessaAReports and email her at

Salma AmerSalma Amer has a B.A. in broadcast journalism from the American University in Cairo. Amer produced an award-winning political investigation “Gas Wars” for ONTV Egypt, where she worked as an investigative television producer since 2012. Amer also worked on “The Square,” a film shot over the course of the revolution which won multiple foreign awards. She has also worked with Corriere Della Sera, the New York Times, and Al Jazeera English. Follow her on Twitter @Salmaamer or email her at

Jerome BaileyJerome Bailey is a multimedia journalist from Houston, Texas and a recent graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans, La. Bailey has won numerous leadership awards including a prize for best male all-around student. He assisted in the rebirth of defunct college radio station WDUB, wrote for and Dillard’s newspaper, the Courtbouillon. Follow him on Twitter @anightinRome or send an email to

Matt ColletteMatt Collette, a Connecticut native, has worked as a reporter and writer across New England, living in Boston until this summer. He has worked as a news reporter at The Boston Globe and The Day of New London, Conn. and as a staff writer at Northeastern University. His work at Columbia Journalism School focuses on radio and data. Find him online at or on Twitter @matt_pc. Email Matt at

Kurumi FukushimaKurumi Fukushima, born in Tokyo and raised in New Jersey, received a B.A. in international affairs, economics, and business from Lafayette College. She discovered her passion for television news through an internship at CBS21 News in Harrisburg, Penn., where she worked as an associate producer for morning news. She is currently a freelance writer for, a sports site for women. Follow her on Twitter @RumiMori26 or send an email to

Renny GrinshpanRenny Grinshpan is a Canadian writer interested in social issues and international relations. An NYU graduate with a B.A. in art history and Asian studies, she has worked in the arts, reported on Asian culture, policy and business, and reviewed art exhibits and plays for online publications. Follow her @rennypercy or email

Kenley HargettKenley Hargett was born and raised in Louisville, Ky. He graduated from Morehouse College and was the executive producer for Morehouse College TigerTV. Kenley has interned for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, WXIA 11Alive Atlanta, and several other media outlets. Kenley loves to meet new people and learn interesting stories. Follow him on Twitter @Imthenewz or feel free to email story ideas to

Gretchen MalaladGretchen Malalad is from the Philippines. She worked for six years as a broadcast reporter at ABS-CBN in her home country. She also hosted and produced a travel segment airing in multiple countries on The Filipino Channel. Malalad won three consecutive gold medals in karate at the Southeast Asian Games, the most ever achieved by a Filipino karate athlete. Follow her on Twitter @gretchenmalalad or email at

Marisa MarcellinoMarisa Marcellino is a journalist in New York City. She has light blue running through her veins with a B.A. in urban studies from Columbia University. Marisa loves covering all aspects of city life including sports. She has played and coached college lacrosse in the U.S. and England. She has also worked at ESPN in television advertising sales. Follow her on Twitter @MarisaM23 or send an email to

Nicholas NehamasNicholas Nehamas grew up in New Jersey and worked as a reporter at Latitude News in Cambridge, Mass. for almost two years before coming to Columbia Journalism School. He is interested in city government, sports and Brooklyn’s changing neighborhoods. Follow him on Twitter @NickNehamas or email him at

Ashley PapagniAshley Papagni is a journalist specializing in news production. Papagni has worked for NBC stations in Orlando and Fort Myers before moving to Manhattan. She has also worked as a public affairs officer at the Pentagon. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in broadcasting. She loves the Miami Dolphins. Follow her on Twitter @AshleyPapagni or email her at

Nicola PringNicola Pring is a graduate of NYU, where she held various writing and editing positions at its daily student paper, The Washington Square News. She has interned at The New York Observer and VH1. Pring currently serves as managing editor at NKD, an online music and entertainment magazine. You can reach her @nicolapring or

Priscilla Riojas

Priscilla Riojas is from Houston, Texas and graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in communication and journalism where she was co-founder and host of “In The Game.” Riojas also worked as a host and reporter for “Video Workshop,” which aired on Houston’s PBS channel. She has interned at KPRC Local 2 and ABC 13. Recently, she wrote, reported and produced live well segments for “College Smart Series,” which aired online and on CNN iReport. You can reach her @PriscillaRiojas or

Chen WuChen Wu comes from Shanghai, China and graduated from Shanghai International Studies University with a B.A. in broadcast journalism. She covered sports as an intern at the Shanghai Morning Post and F1 Express. She has also interned at Dragon TV and L’Oreal China. Follow her on Twitter @Carolcoolkop or send an email to

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