Former Staff 2010-11

Find information about the current Uptowner staff here.

Jason Alcorn speaks digital fluently after five years leading web projects for UNICEF, eBay and other clients. A Columbia dual-degree student enrolled in both the School of Journalism and the School of International and Public Affairs, Jason also speaks Spanish and has written for Americas Quarterly. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and plays soccer on far-flung fields around the city. They’ll be moving to southern California this summer.

Sulome Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in theater at New York University. The daughter of two journalists, she has interned at the Committee to Protect Journalists and is currently a reporter, book critic, and managing editor at the Times Square Chronicles, a local New York City newspaper. Sulome has lived in TriBeCa for the last seven years. She is a Led Zeppelin enthusiast and enjoys people who don’t take themselves too seriously.

Zaheer Cassim grew up in South Africa but finished his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was news director at the university radio station. Back home, he continued to work in broadcasting. After graduating from the University of Witwatersrand in journalism and interning at Thomson Reuters’ online desk, he returned to the United States to enter Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Dewi Cooke has worked as a newspaper journalist in Australia for the past six years, predominately covering welfare, social and urban issues. She was a co-editor of her student newspaper at RMIT University in Melbourne and had a short-lived career as a radio reporter. Born in the Philippines, she grew up in sub-tropical Queensland but now spends most of her time exploring uptown Manhattan.
Born in Boston to Iranian parents, Farhod Family grew up attending a French-American bilingual school. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii, where he studied history and French. After completing graduate coursework in international affairs at Boston University, he moved to Iran where he covered the 2009 presidential elections for Press TV. He lives in Brooklyn.
Ksenia Galouchko grew up in Moscow, Russia, and came to the United States for college in 2006. At Stanford University, Ksenia wrote for the Stanford Daily and took a leave her senior year to work for the largest Russian-English newspaper, The Moscow Times.  While in Moscow, Ksenia covered arts and culture, as well as government corruption cases. She also freelanced for the Russian supplement to the Daily Telegraph and the Washington Post, Russia Now. She graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in history in June and now lives three blocks from Columbia Journalism School. In her free time, Ksenia enjoys exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, reading the New Yorker and walking Convent Avenue.

Krishn Kaushik grew up in New Delhi, India. After earning an undergraduate degree in mass communication from Amity University near Delhi in 2009, he worked with United Nations Development Programme, India in the communications department. He has traveled widely across India covering poverty and developmental issues. He has also interned with a national investigative magazine in his country, named Tehelka.

Marina Kolobova graduated from University College London a year ago. Before coming to Columbia University, she worked in London as a culture and arts reporter. She has contributed features and cover stories to west London magazines The Green and WestSide and film reviews to Time Out London.

Tahiat Mahboob grew up in Bangladesh’s bustling capital, Dhaka, where she reported for The Daily Star and worked as a sustainable fashion designer. She moved to New York City to study fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and, after graduating, became a community organizer in Astoria, Queens. When she’s not staking out her Uptown beat, she experiments with baking new recipes and explores the city sampling different cuisines.

Gianna Palmer, born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with majors in English and sociology. At Wesleyan, Gianna was editor of The Blargus, the online section of the student newspaper, The Argus. Gianna has written for the Wall Street Journal’s Hire Education blog, the New York Daily News, and Preservation, the Magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Born in Toronto, Canada and a resident of Maryland, Medina Roshan attended American University in Washington, D.C., and studied print journalism. After graduating in 2007, she wrote for a community newspaper in Maryland. Her interests include reading, writing and travel. She currently lives on the Upper West Side.

Paula Rogo received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia, where she wrote for the student newspaper and helped launch the university’s first digital magazine, called switch.  She has also interned with NBC29 in Charlottesville and PBS’ “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill,” where she later worked as a temporary assistant producer.  Originally from Kenya, her family is now based in Washington, D.C., She looks forward to exploring the new restaurants popping up all over Harlem. Yum!

Andrew Seaman grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania. He’s a freelance writer for USA Today’s national desk, and has had various other print and broadcast internships. Andrew graduated with a B.A. in communication studies from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. At Columbia, Andrew is a Stabile Scholar and wants to focus on investigative journalism after graduation. Andrew lives in Morningside Heights and enjoys trying out unique restaurants in upper Manhattan.

Makkada B. Selah has been a freelance contributor to the Village Voice, Nashville Scene, Baltimore City Paper, Seattle Weekly, Vibe and Oxford American Magazine, among other publications. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and was a James A. Michener fellow at the University of Miami, where she earned an M.F.A. in creative writing. She lives in Harlem.

Maru Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Florida, then graduated from Harvard Law School.  In college, her outside concentration was in journalism and after practicing commercial litigation for two years, she has returned to the field with a focus on legal and political issues. She lives on the Upper West Side.

Jason Tomassini comes to upper Manhattan from Maryland, where he worked as a hyperlocal community news reporter for The Gazette newspapers in Montgomery County. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Wilmington News Journal, the Philadelphia City Paper and other publications. He lives in central Harlem and is, fortunately, surrounded by Manna’s Soul Food restaurants.

The Uptowner’s editors are Paula Span and Carla Baranauckas.

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