Rachel Dodakian is from Connecticut and holds dual undergraduate degrees in biology and journalism.  Before attending Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she freelanced for the Milwaukee Post, a weekly paper serving Milwaukee’s south side.  She is interested in covering health, education, and consumer affairs issues.  
   
  Susana Ferreira is a writer and radio producer from Toronto. She speaks four languages, holds two passports, and as a kid aspired to become a scientist, an ESL teacher, or a b-girl. She specializes in covering immigration, diversity, human rights, urban issues, and youth culture. She audited the Covering Education class, and it was life -changing.
   
  Danielle Gaines grew up in Roscoe, Illinois.  After high school, she attended Rock Valley College and started became involved in education public service as student trustee there.  She also served as chairwoman of the Illinois Community College Board and Illinois Board of Higher Education student advisory committees.  She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and abandoned desire for a law degree after joining The Daily Illini.  After Columbia, she plans to enjoy California's fresh sea air.
   
  A native of Chicago, Lana Gersten graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in political science in 2005.  She moved to Israel shortly thereafter where she was an intern at the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.  After graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Lana looks forward to an internship at the Forward in New York.
   
  Brenda Iasevoli grew up in Waterbury, Connecticut and now lives in Manhattan.  She taught fourth grade for four years at P.S. 128 in Washington Heights. Today she is a senior editor for TIME For Kids, where she writes the kindergarten-first grade magazine and teacher’s guide and is a regular contributor to the TIME For Kids upper-grade magazines and website.  She is a part-time student at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
   
  Lisa Lacy was born in Berkeley, California, but has lived in many places, including Brandon, Mississippi; Marietta, Georgia; and Fairbanks, Alaska.  She graduated from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England with a BA in English and has covered venture capital for Dow Jones and mutual funds for a start-up that was recently acquired by the Financial Times.  After graduating from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, she will intern at Martha Stewart Living.
   
  Erin Macbeth is a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  She has worked as a page at NBC and as a script coordinator at ABC's Good Morning America.  She graduated from the University of North Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2005.  Currently, Erin is a part-time student at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and she works as a campaign coordinator for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team In Training.
   
  Julie Onufrak grew up in Massachusetts and attended Boston University, where she majored in International Relations.  She worked as a paralegal for an immigration lawyer before switching to journalism and coming to Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.  After graduation, she is looking forward to working as an intern for Boston Magazine.  
   
  Katherine Santiago grew up in New York City; she has lived in Manhattan, Brooklyn, attended high school in the Bronx, and now resides in Queens.  She has worked for The Arizona Daily Wildcat, Hunter's The Word, and Metal Edge magazine as both a reporter and an editor. After graduating from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she is looking forward to working as a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund copy editing intern at the New York Times.
   
  After graduating from Middlebury College in 2005,
Lindsey Whitton
taught sixth and seventh grade social studies in Washington Heights as a Teach for America corps member. Throughout college, she worked at several different publications, and in the future, she hopes to continue to write about education, schools and youth.
   
  Julie Zeveloff hails from Tenafly, New Jersey.  She graduated from Cornell University with a BA in American Studies in 2007.  While working towards her masters’ degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she interned at Zagat Survey.  She has also interned at Women’s Wear Daily and the Cornell Alumni Magazine.  In her spare time, Julie enjoys cooking and crossword puzzles.
   
    Elena Cabral is a freelance writer based in New York City. Her magazine work has appeared in VIBE, Marie Claire, Commonweal and PODER. Formerly, she was a staff writer at the Miami Herald, where her beats included several South Florida cities and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Elena was a staff writer at the Ford Foundation’s quarterly magazine, the FF Report, when she completed the part-time M.S. program at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her work for the magazine included stories about teacher training on the Navajo reservation, domestic violence and a variety of youth programs.
   
    LynNell Hancock is a reporter and writer specializing in education and child and family policy issues who has taught journalism at Columbia J-School since 1993. In addition to contributing to Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The Nation, and The New York Times she covered education for The Village Voice, the New York Daily News, and Newsweek, and has served on the National Advisory Board for Journalism Fellowships in Child and Family Policy. She is author of Hands to Work: The Stories of Three Families Racing the Welfare Clock (2002), the upcoming Prairie Fires (2007) and contributed to The Public Assault on America's Children: Poverty, Violence and Juvenile Injustice (2000), to America's Mayor (2005).  Hancock holds an M.A. in East Asian Languages and Literature and and an M.S. in Journalism, both from Columbia.