Meet the Reporters 2013

AmmianoKimberly Ammiano is an aspiring broadcast journalist from Verona, New Jersey. She received a B.A. in English literature from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey last year, with minors in writing, sociology, and women’s studies. Kimberly was the features editor and lead reporter for her campus’ publication, the Acorn and has held internships with hMAG, a community based Hoboken, NJ publication, Lucky Magazine, The Daily Record newspaper, and most recently, the Fox Business Network. After graduation, Kimberly hopes to work as an anchor at a local news network. She covers arts and entertainment for the Midtown Gazette. Contact Kimberly via e-mail at or via Twitter, @kimberlyyyyx.
BenaimRachel Benaim covers the economy – and any story about unusual aspects of life in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen – for the Midtown Gazette. Hailing from South Florida, Rachel received her B.A. in English literature and Middle Eastern studies from Yeshiva University last spring, and is currently pursuing an M.S. degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Contact Rachel with tips or questions, or at or @rdbenaim.
DavilaAlejandro Davila covers crime and quality of life for the Midtown Gazette, after reporting for two years for the Imperial Valley Press. In 2013 the California Newspaper Publisher Association awarded him an Honorable Mention for his piece “Slab City, The Last Free Place in America.” He wrote and produced “El Field,” a documentary film that was an official selection at the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico and MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, where it had its U.S. premiere in 2012 and went on to have a theatrical release. Dávila has a B.A. in political science and international relations from the University of California, San Diego. He is a student in the M.S. program at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and wants to become a writer and photographer for National Geographic. Reach him at or follow him on Twitter @ADavilaFragoso.
HarperAveri Harper is a native New Yorker covering health and environmental issues for the Midtown Gazette. She is a Master of Science candidate at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. Averi has contributed to newsrooms at ABC, NBC and CNN and served as an on-air reporter on MTV’s college channel, mtvU. She has won awards from the Hearst Journalism Foundation, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. You can reach her by email at and follow her on Twitter @AveriHarper.
Hubbard Alex Hubbard is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and an MS student at Columbia Journalism School. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in May 2013 with a degree in journalism and minors in political science and history. Alex worked for MTSU’s campus newspaper, Sidelines, for three years, serving as sports editor and then news editor. While there, he covered everything from an NCAA women’s basketball tournament to the 2012 presidential election. He also covered Nashville’s federal courts for The Tennessean. Before journalism, Alex worked for a number of political campaigns, which made him realize that he would rather ask questions than answer them. His passions include ice hockey and classic country music. He aims to write about government, politics and sports for a living, and he hopes never to have to choose between them. Alex covers politics and community boards for the Midtown Gazette and can be reached at or followed on Twitter at @alexhubbard7.
LahlouKarim Lahlou grew up in Finland and Morocco. He has lived in the United States for five years and continues to be fascinated by New York and its people. He graduated from Marlboro College in Vermont, where he studied literature and psychology, and has worked for Microsoft’s advertising department and as a freelance Finnish to English translator. He is currently developing his reporting skills at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and hopes to cover electronic sports, including competitive cybergaming; his other interests include technology and online media. Karim covers housing and industry for the Midtown Gazette. You may reach him via Twitter @Karimou or by e-mail at
NeddAlexis Nedd graduated from Columbia University with a degree in anthropology. As an undergraduate, she worked as a staff writer and day editor for Inside New York, where she covered theater, dance and food. She also contributed to Inside New York’s annual guidebooks. A yearlong editorial internship at Martha Stewart Living solidified her desire to write about food and travel. Before arriving at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, she was a summer contributor to Guest of a Guest, a New York-based nightlife website. She covers food and culture for The Midtown Gazette. Reach her via email at or on Twitter @seloftheearth
RosasGiselle Rosas was born in Brownsville, Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border, and her cultural identity has been defined by a lifetime spent moving between the two countries. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 with a degree in urban studies. Since then, she has lived in Paris and rural areas of Thailand, where she taught English and wrote about cultural issues for Latinitas, a non-profit dedicated to empowering young Latinas through writing, reporting and technology. Giselle speaks English, Spanish and French. A student at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she covers urban design and development for the Midtown Gazette and can be reached at or via Twitter @rssgiselle.
SinhaSmriti Sinha was born in Lucknow, India and studied English literature at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, graduating in 2010. She worked the last three years as a sports correspondent for an Indian national English-language daily newspaper, The Indian Express, where her beats included tennis and golf. She also interned at the Hindustan Times, another national paper, and at a bi-monthly magazine, Outlook. Smriti believes in the power of social media, which has helped her transcend geographic barriers and gain access to top international athletes. A former tennis player, she is also a passionate sports fan. A master’s student at the Columbia School of Journalism, she covers education for the Midtown Gazette, and responds to Tweets @SmritiSinhas or emails at
WashchyshynMarika Washchyshyn is a reporter from Toronto, Canada, pursuing an M.S. degree in journalism at Columbia University. In 2012 she received an undergraduate degree in journalism with a double minor in French and Psychology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Since then she has worked as a contributor and associate editor for The Gal’s Got Game, a sports site supporting women’s advancement in the workplace, and freelanced for a number of Toronto-based publications. While at Columbia, she hopes to concentrate on broadcast, photography and digital journalism skills. Washchyshyn covers urban planning and development for the Midtown Gazette, and can be reached at or on Twitter @mwashchyshyn.
WolfeRob Wolfe is a narrative journalist covering transportation for the Midtown Gazette. A Maine native, he graduated in 2012 from Dartmouth College with a degree in French. Wolfe spent the past year on postgraduate exchange in Lyon, France, taking classes, bartending, and writing for The Huffington Post UK. He is an avid student of literature and language; he speaks at varying fluency French, Spanish, German, Russian, and of course, English. He can be reached at his Columbia email,, or on Twitter @RMPWolfe.
ZhouWinni Zhou was born in Shanghai, China. She came to New York five years ago and in 2013 got a bachelor’s degree with a double major in economics and communications and media studies from Fordham University. She attends the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and covers business in Midtown West. Winni speaks English, Chinese, and conversational Japanese and has completed internships in both Shanghai and New York; these experiences gave her a good understanding of cultural differences in the business community. You can reach her at or follow her on Twitter at @winnnni.
 The Midtown Gazette’s editors are Karen Stabiner and Vanessa Gezari.
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