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The purpose of Knight CUNYJ’s program is to address underrepresentation in U.S. newsrooms by helping build a stronger pipeline of academically excellent and digitally trained minority journalists

2016 Knight CUNYJ Fellows

Nicole Acevedo graduated in May with bachelor’s degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism and a minor in Religion from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Over the summer, Nicole iinterned with Starfish Media Group. She is now earning her master’s degree in journalism in the Spanish-language program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

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Brittney Bennett graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma in 2015. She is a member of the Native American Journalists Association. Brittney interned at USA Today.

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Senait Gebregiorgis received her bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She interned at Harlem Focus. After the program, she joined FOX Illinois WCCU TV Channel 27 as a news reporter.

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Reynaldo Leaños Jr. graduated from Texas State University in San Marco, where he studied journalism and international studies. He interned at NPR’s Latino USA.

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Charlie Perry attends the University of Kansas where he’s earning his bachelor’s degree in News and Information. Charlie is a graduate of Haskell Indian Nations University, where he earned an associate’s degree in Media Communications. He is a member of the Native American Journalists Association. This summer, Charlie interned at the Queens Courier and its digital publication, QNS.com.

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Vianey Alderete earned her bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Journalism with a minor in Creative Writing in May 2015 from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She is a member of National Association of Hispanic Journalists and won an award for her bilingual, digital interactive piece, Lucha Libre Dallas,” which was published by Al Día/The Dallas Morning News. Her Knight CUNYJ internship was at the Mott Haven Herald in the Bronx.

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Sophia Alvarez Boyd graduated in May from Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Spanish. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Sophia’s internship was with NPR’s Latino USA.

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Jonathan Gomez is a recent graduate of Brooklyn College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Journalism. He is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.  Jonathan’s internship was with The Marshall Project.

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Jessica Mejia attended Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Ga., and graduated in May 2014 with a bachelor’s in English-Creative Writing. She is a member of the National Association for Hispanic Journalists. Jessica’s internship was with Hearst Magazines, joining Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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Paolo Uggetti graduates in May from the University of Southern California. He is a member of National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Online News Association. He interned at the sports department of The Wall Street Journal.

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Alex Ayala earned his bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. His Knight CUNYJ internship was at Voices of New York.

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Christina Cardona is earning her bachelor’s degree at Queens College of the City University of New York. She is a Media Studies major and Journalism minor. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and interned at NY1 News.

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Kalen Goodluck earned his bachelor’s degree at Bard College in Human Rights with a concentration in Latin American and Iberian Studies. He is a member of the Native American Journalist Association. This summer, he is interning with The Nation.

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Clifford Michel is senior at CUNY’s College of Staten Island. He is majoring in Communications.  He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and interned at ProPublica last summer.

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Arriel Vinson is a senior at Indiana University Bloomington. She is majoring in Journalism and has a minor in Apparel Merchandising. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Arriel interned at Voices of New York.

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Haddy Badjie received her bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University, where she majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Political Science. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Lesbians and Gay Journalists Association. Haddy interned at WNYC Public Radio.

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Mia Chism is a rising senior at University of Oklahoma, majoring in Print Journalism with a minor in Psychology. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Mia’s internship was with Hearst Magazines, where she joined Oprah.com for the summer.

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Kiki Intarasuwan graduated cum laude from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. Kiki is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Her Knight CUNYJ internship was with Democracy Now!

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Miesha Miller is a rising senior at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she was a Broadcast Journalism major. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and is interning this summer with Thomson Reuters.

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Reece Williams graduated in May from the University at Albany, SUNY, with a bachelor’s in Journalism. Reece is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. He interned at the New York Daily News.

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