Born in the English town of Watford, Nick Jardine’s writing career began out of tragedy. In suffering a horrific knee-injury his amateur sports career abruptly ended. Rather than being disheartened by this, Nick turned to writing about the games he loved but could no longer play. After becoming sports editor of the UK’s oldest independent student newspaper (Oxford University’s “Cherwell”) he later worked on the sports desk of the nationwide Daily Express newspaper before attending Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Despite his writing background, Nick branched out considerably after arriving in New York. Concentrating on issues concerning the gentrification of the city, he has written stories ranging from rapping to renovations. Hungry to succeed, his love for knowledge is only surpassed by his love for Arsenal Football Club. A keen sports fan, he adores baseball and soccer and can often be found shouting at a TV screen when his team is losing. In love with contemporary music, Nick plays a mean guitar, often supplemented with his bluesy harmonica. His singing is not spectacular, but tolerable.
Kate is originally from Connecticut where she also attended Sacred Heart University for her B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish. During undergrad she was editor in chief of the university’s student magazine as well as the managing editor for the student newspaper. Prior to moving to New York to attend Columbia Unviersity’s Graduate School of Journalism, Kate was an intern for General Electric’s corporate division in global communications. She is a freelance writer for EContent Magazine, a digital content publication, and has an interest in covering business, technology, social media and web ventures.
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Arvin Temkar is a writer working toward a master’s degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Since graduating from Boston College in 2008 he has lived in Boston, Berkeley, Hawaii, Tokyo, and New York City, and worked as a barista, daycare attendant, after-school program assistant, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer manager, and journalist.
He has written for Boston’s Weekly Dig, Hawaii’s Molokai Times, and Brooklyn’s Daily Eagle. He hopes to someday fly airplanes, or at least travel on them frequently.
Pauline is a freelance international journalist, blogger and photographer currently based in New York City. She has freelanced for The Guardian’s society pages, The Epoch Times and various French publications. She has also worked as a reporter and photographer for cultural magazines in London, as well as for Vice Magazine in Paris, where she became editorial assistant. Last summer, she interned at The International Herald Tribune in Paris, as well as at the AFP bureau of London, where she reported on breaking news. She writes about international news, politics and human rights. Pauline has a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from the University of Westminster in London, UK, and is currently enrolled in a dual degree MS program with the School of Political Sciences of Paris and Columbia University’s Journalism School.
Simone is currently earning her M.S. at Columbia University’s School of Journalism. In 2005, she graduated from New School University’s Eugene Lang College, and has since bounced between her native San Francisco, New York City, and Annapolis, Maryland. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including the Tremont Tribune, Autograph Magazine, and Bay Weekly, the Chesapeake region’s independent newspaper. An avid traveler, she gains and loses language skills yearly, and longs to make it back to the rain forests of Indonesia.
Huini Gu is a full-time student in the magazine concentration at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is also a New York correspondent for China’s Caijing magazine. Before she came to Columbia’s J-school, Gu contributed to investigative reports for Caijing magazine and published stories on public health for Southern Metropolis Daily, Guangzhou, China. She started her journalism journey by founding FOCUS, an independent student-run newspaper, which was shut down by school authorities after six issues due to “inappropriate opinions.” As an undergraduate, Gu was a volunteer teacher for 6th graders from migrant worker families, a bilingual tour guide in the Summer Palace, a cafe waitress and a company receptionist. She also backpacked 21 of the 34 provinces in China and was a volleyball player for eight years. Gu received her B.A. in communication from the University of International Relations, Beijing.
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A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ryan Maye Handy attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She has interned in the Digital Media department of National Public Radio, and has worked as staff reporter for the Georgetown Hoya and the Georgetown Voice. Now earning her M.S. at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she has been published in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
Since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006, Nathan has been an adventure bicyclist, raised endangered birds and was an Ultimate Frisbee national runner-up. Each experience is an opportunity for Nathan to tell a story, from blogging his way through Africa to recording his life raising baby Whooping Cranes and teaching them to migrate across the United States. Nathan incorporates a science background with an ongoing education in journalism at Columbia University. Currently, he freelances and contributes to Narrative NYC from his home in Manhattan.
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Meghan is a journalist pursuing her Master’s degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. She is passionate about politics and freelances for The New York Observer’s blog, PolitickerNY. A recent graduate of Georgetown University, she is originally from London, England, which sparked her interest in travel and international relations.
TJ is a writer originally from Michigan, which means he can show you where he was born, where his family lives, and where he went to high school all on his hand. After finishing his undergrad at Kalamazoo College (yes, there really is a Kalamazoo), he moved to New York to pursue his journalism dreams and maybe play a little music. He’s written for The Los Angeles Times, FADAR, and The Tripwire, runs a music blog, and can play more instruments than you have limbs.
Laura Rena Murray is a freelance journalist with a background in social justice and human rights issues. She is pursuing her master’s degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, with a focus on investigative reporting. Before arriving at Columbia, she spent eight years working in public health advocacy. Laura completed her bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. As an undergraduate, she also studied abroad at Kings College in London and the Université François-Rabelais in Tours, France, experiences that sparked her interest in covering international politics and human rights abuses.
Albert has written for online and niche publications since 2007, coving topics ranging from politics and urban policy to sports and music. He is passionate about covering social justice issues, such as poverty and class inequality. Samaha graduated from the University of San Diego in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies. During his three years at USD, he covered sports, news and music as a staff writer for the campus newspaper, The Vista. He also played two years of Division-I football at USD. During his third and final year at San Diego, Samaha retired from football to focus on writing, trading in Muscle Milks for Mochas and 5am workout sessions for 5am writing binges. He interned as a columnist at College Fanz Sports Network before working as a reporter for Examiner.com, where he covered the Sacramento River Cats, USD college sports and then New York Urban Policy. He also worked as a contributing features writer for Philippine Headlines Newspaper, where he wrote long-form stories on boxing and Filipino politics. Samaha is currently a student at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He was born in Vallejo, California and lives in New York City.
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Tatiana Sanchez was born and raised in Daly City, California. She attended Santa Clara University, where she worked as Opinion editor for her school newspaper, The Santa Clara. She graduated Santa Clara with a BA in English and minors in Spanish and communication. Tatiana also worked as a reporter for SFAppeal, an online San Francisco newspaper that reports on local Bay Area news. She is currently attending the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with a concentration in magazine journalism. Tatiana is the treasurer for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Columbia chapter. She enjoys reporting on human interest stories and ultimately hopes to build a career in print journalism.
Born in Oslo, Norway, and brought up in London, England, Marium Sattar developed a passion for writing early in her life. She studied comparative literature at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia and is now pursuing her master’s degree at Columbia Journalism School with a concentration in print. Marium reports in Long Island City, NY, where she has written articles on a myriad of subjects, from the closure of a nursing home to profiles on local businesses. She enjoys reporting about local New York communities and hopes to write for publications with an international audience.
Ina Sotirova is an international journalist and photographer with a passion for travel, culture, music and the arts. She began her career in 2006 freelancing for various lifestyle magazines in her native Bulgaria, while living in Barcelona and later Amsterdam. In 2008, she returned to Bulgaria to take her first editorial position, simultaneously taking on three roles, as Managing and sole Editor of the local edition of The Economist’s quarterly lifestyle magazine Intelligent Life, as well as Lifestyle and Visual Editor of Business Magazine, a monthly publication, also under partial license by The Economist UK. In 2009 and 2010, before coming to Columbia University, where she is currently completing a Master’s in Journalism with a Magazine concentration, she travelled to West Africa, documenting life in Mali and Burkina Faso. Her story about the Tuareg tribes in Africa’s Sahelian semi-deserts was published, along with her photographs in the Bulgarian Edition of GEO, Europe’s equivalent of the National Geographic. After graduation, she wants to work in Latin America.
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