Meet the Reporters 2017

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Andrew R. Calderon is a journalist from New York City who graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He is finishing his M.S. in data journalism at Columbia Journalism School while covering urban agriculture, food, and health for the Midtown Gazette. Prior to arriving at Columbia he freelanced as a tech and business book editor and copywriter.  You can reach him at arc2226@columbia.edu or at Twitter or Instagram @andrewrcalderon.


Lindsay Cayne is an M.S. candidate at Columbia Journalism School. She is originally from Washington, D.C. and received her B.A. from Cornell University. She was a staff writer, anchor, and reporter for the Cornell Daily Sun and has interned for the CBS News show 48 Hours and NBC4 Washington. She can be reached at lnc2127@columbia.edu or on Twitter @lindsaycayne.



Rohini Chaki
was born in Calcutta, India, arrived in the U.S. in 2009, and received her Ph.D in theatre and performance studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an M.S. student at Columbia Journalism School, where her interests encompass women’s health, immigrant cultures, arts criticism and the racialization of Muslims. Reach her at rohini.chaki@columbia.edu, or @rohini_chaki on Twitter.



Sarah Kim
is an M.S. candidate at Columbia Journalism School. She graduated from Barnard College in 2017, where she studied political economy, sociology, and women’s leadership. During undergrad, she worked with the University Senate on making campus more wheelchair-accessible. Her work has appeared in Teen Vogue, HuffPost, Thought Catalog and The Mighty. Contact her at sarah.kim@columbia.edu.


Jinsol Jung has written for television, radio, news sites and a wire service. She has a degree in psychology and communications from the University of California, San Diego and has lived in Southern California for most of her life. She is pursuing an M.S. degree at Columbia Journalism School. Contact her at jj2933@columbia.edu or via Twitter at @JinsolJung.


Madis Kabash is a student at Columbia Journalism School working towards her M.S. degree. Originally from Kazakhstan, she studied history at Queen Mary University of London. Before writing for The Midtown Gazette she worked as a new media advertising researcher. She produced and directed ‘Steppe Mothers’ – a documentary about gender inequality in Kazakhstan – and has worked as a freelancer, covering urban culture. Madis.ka@gmail.com


Yulong Li is a reporter and M.S. student at Columbia Journalism School, in the data concentration. Originally from China, Yulong graduated in 2016 from New York University, where he studied journalism and communications. During his undergraduate career, he interned at various news outlets, including PBS NewsHour Weekend, Foreign Affairs and CNN. He is interested in covering breaking news, and legal and social issues related to small businesses and start-ups. Contact him at yulong.li@columbia.edu.


Marsha McLeod is a graduate fellow at the Toni Stabile Center of Investigative Journalism and a Brown Institute Scholar at Columbia Journalism School. She is particularly interested in covering mass incarceration, urban-rural divides, and climate change. Hailing from Canada, Marsha holds a dual B.A. in peace and conflict studies and visual arts from the University of Toronto. Reach her on Twitter @marshamcleod_NY or at mlm2322@columbia.edu.


Sierra Moreno-West is an M.S. candidate at Columbia Journalism School. She received her B.A. from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she studied Arabic and Middle East studies. She has previously worked as a photojournalist in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. She can be reached at sw3205@columbia.edu.


Yuhong Pang is an M.S. documentary student at Columbia Journalism School. Born and raised in China, she earned her B.A. in film translation. Before coming to Columbia she interned at China’s state television channel CGTN and The Wall Street Journal. She is passionate about incorporating visual storytelling in stories related to immigrants, education and gender inequality. She can be reached at yp2456@columbia.edu.


Siraphob Thanthong-Knight is an M.S. student in investigative journalism at Columbia Journalism School. He received his B.A. in communication management from Chulalongkorn University. Over the past four years, he has reported from Thailand for NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation and dpa German Press Agency, and worked for Reuters as an editorial assistant. You can reach Siraphob at st3114@columbia.edu, on Twitter @siraphobknight, or visit siraphobknight.com.


Robert Tokanel is a journalist and documentary filmmaker pursuing an M.S. at Columbia Journalism School. He has previously produced documentaries about the Holocaust and the Reconstruction era and reported from Jordan and Turkey. His work has been published on The New York Times Learning Network and The Boston Globe. He can be reached at rt2669@columbia.edu.


Amanda Williams is an M.S. student at Columbia Journalism School. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Montclair State University, where she worked as a reporter and features editor for The Montclarion. Her interests include long-form magazine journalism. She is also studying French as a second language. Contact her via email at abw2161@columbia.edu or on Linkedin at linkedin.com/in/abwilliams1.


Tiffany Wong is an M.S. candidate at Columbia Journalism School. She graduated from Amherst College, where she studied literature, law and political theory. She made the pivot from law to journalism when she realized she wanted to inspire thought and conversations through illuminating stories. Her interests include surveillance, the prison industrial complex, and mental health. Contact her at tw2615@columbia.edu or follow her on Twitter at tiffwong.m