About Us

New York Globe is an online news site produced by 15 students at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, during the period between September and December 2009.

The Reporters:

Tala Al Ramahi

Tala Al Ramahi
Tala Al Ramahi

After graduating with a degree in Economics from Stanford University in 2007, Tala Al Ramahi applied to numerous jobs in financial consulting in her home country, the United Arab Emirates. But her passion for social change and writing trumped the lucrative paychecks of the business sector, so she switched gears. She worked as a journalist with The National newspaper in the UAE, where she reported on women and youth issues. She also wrote a weekly column about this thing called life (as she sees it). After she graduates from Columbia University, Tala hopes to travel and write a book about women in the Arab world.

Diego Aparicio

Diego Aparicio
Diego Aparicio

Diego Aparicio was a soccer beat writer for The Dallas Morning News and its Spanish language paper, Al Dia. He’s been a Dallas Mavericks beat writer and has covered amateur and professional boxing, baseball, gymnastics and varsity sports. Aparicio was a sports rewrite editor at Rumbo newspapers; he began in daily news rewriting Latin American soccer news for TEAMtalk.com.

Victor Li

Victor Li
Victor Li

Victor Li (B.A. Amherst College, J.D. Tulane University Law School) was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a criminal prosecutor in the Bronx County District Attorney’s office for three years and a legal recruiter before enrolling at Columbia. He enjoys writing and is especially passionate about sports. He has worked as a freelance sports writer, covering the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League

Clair MacDougall

Clair MacDougall
Clair MacDougall

Clair MacDougall was born in Melbourne, Australia. She graduated with Honours in political theory from Monash University in 2007 and then became a reporter at the Indian Express in Delhi and the editor of an agricultural weekly based in an Australian country town called Wagga Wagga. Her main interests include politics, political movements and violence, criminal justice and law. She hopes to become a foreign correspondent in the future.

Katie Moisse

Katie Moisse
Katie Moisse

Katie decided to build on her training as a scientist and become a science and health reporter after recognizing the need for better communication about medical developments to the ultimate stakeholder – the public. She finished her PhD in pathology and arrived at the J School a week later. She hopes to use her passion for science to write investigative stories from the world of medical research and healthcare that are eye opening, heartwarming or even blood boiling. For RW1, she is reporting on West Africans living in Harlem and the Bronx. She lives in New York with her husband, Duane, and their dog, Daisy.

Paula Neudorf

Paula Neudorf
Paula Neudorf

Paula Neudorf was born in British Columbia, Canada, and raised in Reno, Nevada. She received a B.A. in English from Cornell University, and worked in New York as an editor for the Oxford English Dictionary and the Rough Guides. She has written for Limewire’s Music Blog, Chief Magazine online and The Bangkok Post, an English-language newspaper in Thailand. Her favorite poet is John Berryman and her favorite dog is Luca, a chocolate-colored mutt from Brooklyn.

Susie Poppick

Susie Poppick
Susie Poppick

Susie Poppick was born in Brooklyn, New York. As an undergraduate studying Cognitive Science at Yale University, Susie wrote and edited for the Yale Daily News and held summer internships at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and the Brussels bureau of the Dow Jones Newswires and Wall Street Journal. A lover of travel and language, Susie spent two years in Shanghai, China, teaching biology and English at an international school and studying Mandarin Chinese, before enrolling at Columbia.

Bayan Raji

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Bayan Raji

Bayan Raji grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, but was lucky enough to spend two years in Ramallah, Palestine. Her experiences in Palestine sparked her interest in journalism. Bayan was a staff writer for her college newspaper. Last December she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the school of communication at the University of Houston. She currently attends Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein
Caroline Rothstein

Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Caroline Rothstein is a nonfiction writer and spoken word poet. A 2006 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she was both a member and the director for Penn’s award winning spoken word group – The Excelano Project. Rothstein has self-published two books of poetry: “What I Learned In College,” 2006, and “This Book Wrote Itself,” 2009. She hosts a YouTube video blog promoting eating disorder recovery and positive body image, and has been writing her blog “I took the [road] less traveled/” since 2006.

Sommer Saadi

Sommer Saadi
Sommer Saadi

Sommer Saadi graduated in December 2008 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she majored in history and business journalism. She was named a William O’Neil Business and Journalism Scholar and a Belo Foundation Scholar. Saadi has worked in media since middle school, contributing to school newspapers and serving as editor in chief of the school yearbook. Last year, she served as an editorial intern with D Magazine’s business journal, D CEO, and she has worked as a stringer with The Dallas Morning News.

Scott Sell

Scott Sell
Scott Sell

Originally from Orange, Conn., Scott Sell received his B.A. in English with a concentration in Writing from Goucher College in Maryland. He spent a graduate semester with the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, writing about a small Maine island. Through the Island Institute, he worked for two years as the William Bingham Fellow for Rural Education on the island of Frenchboro in Maine. Most recently, he taught creative writing to San Francisco high school students. Scott received the Kratz Center for Creative Writing 2005 Summer Fellowship and The Bomb 2004 Fiction Prize. More than anything, he loves trains, Otis Redding and New Haven pizza.

Jonathan Shia

Jonathan Shia
Jonathan Shia

Jonathan Shia is a graduate student at Columbia University, where he is currently pursuing a master’s in journalism with a concentration in magazine writing. He has a bachelor’s in history from University College London. Jonathan’s interests include the arts, fashion, culture and urban design. His work has appeared in V magazine, VMAN magazine and The Last Magazine.

Derek Simons

Derek Simons
Derek Simons

Derek Simons worked in broadcast for 20 years in Italy and other European countries. As a music journalist for the Italian network “Videomusic,” he served as presenter, producer, director, editor and author. He also produced a weekly news magazine for public radio station KKFI in Kansas City and was editor-in-chief for two years at the University News at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He speaks English, Italian and French.

Zachary Sniderman

Zachary Sniderman
Zachary Sniderman

Zachary Sniderman is a graduate student at the Columbia School of Journalism. Born in Toronto, Canada, his family originally emigrated from Russia during the pogroms at the turn of the 19th Century.

Ian Thomson

Ian Thomson
Ian Thomson

Ian Thomson arrived at Columbia following a 13-year career in finance. A qualified accountant, he has worked mainly for multinational energy companies in the U.K. and U.S. After developing a classic case of “office boreout”, Ian is now following his passion—writing and talking about sports. His goal is to be one of North America’s preeminent soccer writers. Ian is from Aberdeen, Scotland, and is a regular contributor to Aberdeen Football Club’s magazine.

The Editors:

Professor Ruth Padawer

Professor Ruth Padawer
Professor Ruth Padawer

Prof. Ruth Padawer has been teaching at Columbia’s journalism school since 1992. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, New Jersey Monthly, USA Today and MSBNC Online. She was also a senior writer at The Record in Bergen County, N.J., covering gender and social issues. She has received several awards for her writing, and her work has been featured on the PBS television show “Media Matters” and the NPR show “On the Media.”

Professor John P. Martin

John P. Martin
John P. Martin

John P. Martin has been a reporter and editor for two decades and adjunct professor since 2006. A graduate of the journalism school, his work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, on Foxnews.com. He most recently spent eight years at the Newark Star-Ledger, where he covered federal courts and law enforcement, served on the paper’s enterprise team, and was a member of the staff that earned the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News.