Meet the Reporters 2016

taliaTalia Abbas is an M.S. student at Columbia Journalism School. Half Lebanese, half Italian, Talia graduated from the American University of Beirut where she majored in Business Administration with a marketing concentration. She speaks five languages (English, Flemish, Italian, French, Arabic) and worked as a reporter for The Daily Star in Lebanon. You can reach her at

img_9667Keenan Chen is a freelance reporter and M.S. candidate at Columbia Journalism School. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015, where he studied journalism and political science, and worked for the nonprofit investigative news site CU-CitizenAccess. You can reach Keenan at, or follow him on Twitter @CYTKEENAN.

img_9738Kristin Corry is a journalist and M.S. candidate at Columbia Journalism School. After graduating from Howard University with a B.A. in print and online journalism, she freelanced for VIBE and Complex. When she’s not at school she’s building her own site, Rap + Republic, which bridges the gap between hip-hop and politics. She hopes to change the narrative for minorities in the media by giving a voice to those who have been silenced. Contact her at

img_9780Madison Darbyshire is a native New Yorker currently pursuing a M.S. degree from Columbia Journalism School. She studied English literature at the University of Virginia, and since then has worked in publishing for The Economist Group in San Francisco, attended cooking school in Paris, and volunteered with refugees in Lesvos, Greece. She loves telling stories about food, travel, social justice, and human rights. You can contact Madison at, on Twitter @madarbyshire, or through her website,

img_9695Joseph Flaherty is an M.S. candidate at Columbia Journalism School. Originally from Wisconsin, he graduated from Middlebury College in 2015, where he studied history and political science and was the editor-in-chief of the college newspaper. Joseph spent a year on a Fulbright grant teaching English in Turkey, where he also wrote and photographed for several publications, and he hopes to cover Turkey and the region in the future. He can be reached at and @flahertyjoseph.

img_9569Amanda Gomez is a M.S. student at Columbia Journalism School. She has a B.A. in journalism and media studies from Rutgers University, and has covered business news for and The Food Institute. After graduating from Columbia, she hopes to work at an international news organization covering economics, business and food. You can reach her at


img_9580Guanhong Hu is a reporter for The Midtown Gazette and a M.S. candidate at Columbia Journalism School. Originally from China, she earned a B.A. in English and literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Before graduate school, she interned for China’s state media Xinhua News Agency, CNN Beijing Bureau and Reuters Pictures, covering social issues in China for international readers. She is interested in visual storytelling, social injustice and gender inequality, in particular. Contact her at or her LinkedIn page.


Whitney Kimball is a culture reporter covering subgroups outside of the mainstream, including sex workers who service the disabled and members of the furry fandom. Previously an editor for Brooklyn-based publications Hopes and Fears, and Art F City, Whitney has freelanced for Gawker, the Daily Dot, the New York Observer, Slate, VICE, and Curbed. She is currently pursuing a M.S. at Columbia School of Journalism. Contact her at

img_9589David I. Klein is a native of Maryland and a full-time M.S student at Columbia Journalism School. He holds a degree in anthropology from Drexel University and has worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as the Istanbul-based newspaper, Hurriyet Daily News. Klein is interested in covering labor and international affairs. He can be contacted at and on Twitter @daoudalqasir.


img_9650Alex Mierjeski is a general assignment reporter with an interest in social justice issues. He is a M.S. candidate at Columbia Journalism School, and holds a degree in history from The New School. His work has appeared in VICE Media, ATTN:, and Harper’s. Alex can be reached on Twitter @amierjeski, and


img_9674Roda Osman is a Somali native, born in Nairobi, Kenya. She studied communications at the University of the Virgin Islands and earned a degree in English with a focus on creative writing. Fluent in English and Somali, Roda worked in radio at WUVI 1090 AM station for two years. As a graduate student at Columbia School of Journalism, Roda’s primary interests are social injustice and racial tensions. She is also passionate about fiction writing, feminism, and holistic healing. She can be reached at or on Twitter @urrgs.

img_9697Katryna Perera is currently pursuing a M.S. degree at Columbia Journalism School. She is originally from Washington D.C. and received her B.A. from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where she majored in communications and political science. During her undergraduate career she was the news editor for her campus newspaper, The Hawk. She is interested in topics ranging from American politics to international social justice. She can be reached at or on Twitter @katrynajill.

img_9717Rakshitha Arni Ravishankar
is an M.S. candidate at Columbia Journalism School. Born and raised in India, she graduated in 2016 from the University of Delhi with an honors degree in journalism and a post-graduate diploma in conflict transformation and peacebuilding. She has interned at various news media organizations including Bloomberg, Press Trust of India and The Hindu. She is interested in covering issues related to social justice, peace and development. You can contact her at or follow her on Twitter @RakshithaArni and Instagram @rakshithaarni

img_9632Anade Situma is a M.S. student at Columbia Journalism School. Born in Zimbabwe to a Kenyan father and Tanzanian mother, she’s lived in South Africa for 19 years. Anade has a B.Com. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Cape Town and a background in film production, digital print journalism and urban development. She has worked for Monocle Magazine, Monkey Films and Propertuity. Anade’s focus is diversification of the global narrative on Africa. You can reach her at and @anadesituma or her website

img_9610Rebecca Zissmann is a dual degree student at Columbia Journalism School and Sciences Po University in Paris, France. From 2013 to 2015 she lived in Tokyo where she interned for the United Nations Information Center. This year she wrote a news story on young Japanese voters for AFP Tokyo. Rebecca is passionate about visual storytelling and digital media. Her interests include environmental issues and social entrepreneurship. She can be reached at or on Twitter @rzissmann.

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