Meet the Reporters 2014

ChancellorChancellor Agard is an arts reporter for The Midtown Gazette. He’s from Maryland and is pursuing an M.S. in journalism from Columbia Journalism School. In 2014, he graduated from Columbia University where he studied political science and music. As an undergraduate, Chancellor worked for the Columbia Daily Spectator as both an associate design editor and as an arts and entertainment senior staff writer and blogger. In the summers of 2012 and 2013, Chancellor worked as a congressional intern. He’s currently a freelance writer for the entertainment section of The Daily Beast and writes weekly TV recaps for Entertainment Weekly.You may reach him via Twitter @chancelloragard or by email at
Trachtman AlroyTal Trachtman Alroy covers innovation for The Midtown Gazette. Having spent nine years in Israel, Tal received her M.A. in Middle East History from Tel Aviv University and her B.A. in Government from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Tal has contributed to the Forward’s “The Jew and the Carrot” food blog and worked as a Staff Writer for Israel’s “Haaretz” newspaper. Contact Tal with tips or questions, at or @taltrachtman.
DawsonLonna Dawson, a Bronx, New York native, is pursuing an M.S. degree at Columbia Journalism School. Before becoming a reporter for The Midtown Gazette, Lonna worked as a climate science educator with the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) in Atlanta and New York where she educated more than 60,000 students on global warming. She later became the organization’s communications manager with a focus on using media to popularize and sustain climate change interest and action in one of the most dynamic newsrooms around— high school cafeterias. Lonna has had communications experience at HBO, Atlantic Records, Fox Broadcasting Company and as a Teach For America corps member. She has also contributed to Good Magazine and TakePart and covers a variety of topics at The Midtown Gazette. Send Lonna your questions and comments to
GollayanChristian Gollayan is an M.S. candidate at Columbia Journalism School. Born in Manila, Philippines, he graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in news-editorial journalism. Prior to attending Columbia, Christian was an intern at Details magazine and an accessories assistant at American Vogue. Contact Christian at or @heyxtian.
HacobianCeline Hacobian is from Boston, Massachusetts, where she lived before moving to New York. For The Midtown Gazette, she is covering education and literacy. She graduated from Brandeis University last May with a B.A. in creative writing and Italian studies. At Brandeis, she was very involved with The Justice, the campus newspaper, starting on the copy staff and becoming the editor of the features and online sections before becoming an associate editor. She is currently pursuing an M.S. degree at Columbia Journalism School. She enjoys feature writing, magazine writing, and profiles. Contact her by email at or on Twitter at @celihac.
LevineAlexandra Levine covers the underclass and business for The Midtown Gazette. A New Jersey native, Alexandra graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a B.A. in English literature. She worked in digital marketing at American Express for two years, and it took just one step in that direction for her to rediscover that her greatest strength and most genuine interest was in writing. She has been writing sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York for nearly two years and is now pursuing an M.S. degree from Columbia Journalism School – she aspires to be both a journalist and a humorist. She can be reached via email at or via Twitter, @Ali_Lev.
AarthiAarthi Manohar writes about law and legal services for The Midtown Gazette. She was born and raised just outside Philadelphia. She received her B.A. in English and creative writing from Bryn Mawr College and her J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law, where she was an associate editor for the Moorad Sports Law Journal. Her work has appeared in Philadelphia City Paper and on the blogs Feministing and Thought Catalog. She is currently working toward an M.S. degree at Columbia Journalism School. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in legal journalism and constitutional litigation. Contact Aarthi at
MendezAna Graciela Mendez, who usually goes by Annie, covers social projects and low-income communities for The Midtown Gazette. She’s half American and half Panamanian but grew up in Ecuador and Panama. She graduated from Haverford College in 2011 with a B.A. in political science, and is currently pursuing an M.S. from Columbia Journalism School. She spent the last three years working in varied journalistic endeavors in Panama, and hopes to focus on print journalism after graduate school.  You can reach her at or @agmendezpty.
MortonJustin Morton is an M.S. candidate at Columbia Journalism School, where he is focusing on broadcast journalism. He is interested in reporting stories that are self-empowering and inspirational, and hopes to combine his interests in journalism and business to create a media entity that contributes to the way news is distributed and consumed. Justin was an investment analyst at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley in New York City, serving financial institutions and high-net worth individuals and families. He is an alumna of the Summer Venture in Management Program at Harvard Business School and a graduate of Morehouse College with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Justin can be contacted via email at
NeroCharmaine Nero is originally from Long Island, New York. She is currently pursuing her M.S. degree at Columbia Journalism School. She received a B.A. in journalism from Brooklyn College and attended a one-month intensive course in broadcast journalism at the New York Film Academy. As an undergraduate, she reported and edited her own articles for the Brooklyn Excelsior newspaper, Brooklyn News Service and In the summer of 2012, Charmaine realized she had a passion for broadcasting and producing while interning at Fox 5 in New York City. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career as a general assignment reporter, news anchor and sports correspondent. Follow her @carmenjones0722 or email her at
RaudenbushRachel Raudenbush is a journalist and M.S. student at Columbia Journalism School. A Pennsylvania native, she graduated from Drexel University in 2011 with a degree in Design and Merchandising. Since then, Raudenbush has been working for global fashion and cosmetic brands in New York City. When she is not crisscrossing the city as a runner, she is covering it for The Midtown Gazette. She can be reached at, or on Twitter @babyraudenbush
ShankChadwick Shank —a true Virginian at heart—is an aspiring political journalist and commentator. After graduating from the College of William & Mary, he wrote political opinion articles as a freelancer. He is ecstatic to be studying for his M.S. at Columbia Journalism School here in New York. He covers the business community and anything political for the Midtown Gazette. You can reach him at or follow him @ChadwickShank
Shelbourne copyMallory Shelbourne covers religion for The Midtown Gazette. A native of New Hope, Pennsylvania, she graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a B.S. in communications and a concentration in French. Mallory is currently an M.S. student at Columbia Journalism School. She spent the last year in Washington, D.C. working for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank focusing on national security and foreign policy, and pursuing an M.A. in Middle East studies at American University School of International Service. Upon completing her degree at Columbia, Mallory will be returning to D.C. to finish her degree at American. Contact Mallory via email at or on Twitter @MalShelbourne.
TehEmilyn Teh is an M.S. student at Columbia Journalism School. She covers fashion and retail for The Midtown Gazette. Her interest is in fashion and entertainment news, and she hopes to be an on-air talent when she graduates. She has previously covered Miami Fashion Week, the Met Gala and the CFDA Awards. She graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a B.S. in communication and applied economics and management. She is a former Teen Vogue intern and freelancer for Women’s Wear Daily. She currently contributes to Lady Code Blog, a fashion and lifestyle blog. During her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling and meeting new people. Contact Emilyn via email at or via Twitter @EmilynTeh.
WeissmanAlanna Weissman is a native of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. She recently received her B.A. from Colgate University, where she double majored in English with an emphasis in creative writing and art and art history with an emphasis in studio art. An aspiring arts writer, Weissman is currently pursuing her M.S. at Columbia Journalism School and covers arts and business for The Midtown Gazette; she was previously an editorial intern at Parentguide News and a writer and editor for the Colgate Maroon-News. She can be reached at

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