2010 Brooklyn Ink Staff Contacts

bethAfter graduating from the University of Pennsylvania magna cum laude with a degree in Communication, Elisabeth Anderson worked as a corporate strategy consultant at Changing Our World, a philanthropy-focused consulting firm. This native New Yorker currently serves as a trustee of her high school alma mater, Marymount School. She spends her free time checking things off her wedding to-do list; her big day is in October this year.

Melanie Brisbon is a native of Sumter, South Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Carolina. She is currently studying at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Her journalistic interests include writing, reporting and video production. Melanie enjoys working on camera. Her other interests in Politics and various forms of performance art, including acting and dance.

Screen shot 2011-02-11 at 5.21.34 PMAmaris Castillo studied magazine journalism at the University of South Florida, where she wrote for The Oracle, the student daily newspaper. She also freelanced for FL Trend’s NEXT Magazine, St. Petersburg Times, nocheLatina, and ChickSpeak. Castillo has also worked as an assistant publicist for the NY International Latino Film Festival and as a marketing intern for El Museo del Barrio. Email Amaris, or follow her on Twitter. Read her stories on the Ink. Email her:

_MG_3553In 2008, Joe Deaux received a B.S. in International Relations and Diplomacy at Seton Hall University with a double major in Asian Studies. He reported at the United Nations covering poverty, disease and hunger for a year. This past May, he graduated with an M.A. in East Asian Studies at Columbia University having written his thesis on soccer culture in Tibet. Deaux was born and raised in beautiful Jacksonville, Florida.

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Bilal Lakhani was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and spent eight years of his life in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Bilal wrote his first book at the age of 17, which is currently being translated into Urdu. He is now working on a book charting his personal experience as an aspiring Muslim journalist in America, focusing on what it means to be a Muslim in America today and the influence of U.S. media on Muslim identity. Bilal plans to specialize in coverage of religion, politics and international relations.

Kim Chakanetsa grew up in sunny Zimbabwe. She studied journalism in Paris before moving to the UK to read African Studies at Oxford. Kim also worked for a business consultancy firm in London. She has freelanced for the BBC and the Guardian. When not navigating the streets of Brooklyn for the Ink, Kim is trying to survive her first winter in the city, which is coincidentally one of the coldest on record.

_MG_3566Evan MacDonald was born and raised in Lynn, MA, and graduated last year from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in print and multimedia journalism and a minor in photography. His work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Daily Item and The Berkeley Beacon.

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Ivana Kottasová is from Prague, Czech Republic. She first stepped her foot into a newsroom when she was 19. Since then, her work has appeared in The Guardian, the Financial Times, Czech business-focused national daily Hospodářské noviny, Czech weekly news magazine Respekt, public service broadcasting news-only station Rádio Česko, Trinity Mirror Merseyside publications and, of course, the Brooklyn Ink.


Lillian Rizzo was born and raised in Brooklyn and still lives there. She graduated from Baruch College in June 2010 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in journalism. As an intern for the New York Daily News she worked in the Your Money business section and as a high school sports reporter.

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_MG_3558Abigail Ronck is a native of Texas, and has lived in nine states throughout the country in her growing years. She attended Brown University and earned a B.A. in English literature, and graduated with honors in creative writing. A towhead blonde from birth, Abigail spent nearly five years in California thereafter, where she crossed the border and volunteered at an orphanage in Tijuana for a year. She then worked as the managing editor for two professional photography magazines in Los Angeles. Now in New York City, she covers Sunset Park and desperately needs to buy a winter coat.

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Jeremy B. White has written about politics for Roll Call and, currently, the New York Observer’s Politicker blog. A Washington, D.C. native, White is a baseball fanatic (and hapless Nationals fan) who reads a lot of books to compensate for trying to be a journalist instead of a novelist.

Louis Imbert is from France. Prior to the Journalism school, he lived in Paris and traveled to Iran, Central Asia and Afghanistan as a freelance writer and radio reporter.

Audrey Yoo lived in various parts of the U.S. and Korea before coming to New York. After graduating from Emory University with a degree in history, Audrey worked as a reporter and newscaster in Seoul, which she believes has one of the world’s best public transportation systems. Her passions include global health, travel, and afternoon tea.

Screen shot 2011-02-11 at 5.20.40 PMBefore coming to Columbia Journalism School, Aliza Moorji worked for NY1 News, CNN New York and Queens Courier, among others. She grew up in Tanzania, East Africa and now resides in Queens. Aliza enjoys writing local feature stories. She acquired a Bachelor of Science in journalism at St. John’s University. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and spending time with family and friends.

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Screen shot 2011-02-11 at 5.21.11 PMTatiana Sanchez was born and raised in Daly City, California. She earned a B.A. in English from Santa Clara University, where she worked as Opinion editor for the student weekly newspaper, The Santa Clara. Tatiana also worked as a reporter for SFAppeal, an online San Francisco newspaper that reports on local Bay Area news. Since moving to the Big Apple, her work has been featured in the Queen’s Chronicle and the Bronx Free Press. She enjoys reporting on human-interest stories and ultimately hopes to build a career in print journalism, though she is also passionate about multimedia journalism. She enjoys sleeping and spending time with her baby niece, Sammie.