Medill News Service Reporters
Casey Egan is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he is specializing in politics and national security. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in Political Science and Communication. He has spent the last four years working in energy and environmental policy.
Oyin Falana is a print and broadcast reporter focusing on the military, foreign policy, and national security. She’s currently a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
She studied media studies and political science at the City University of New York where she graduated in 2016.
Yingjie Gu is a graduate student at the Medill School of Journalism, specializing in politics and national security. She reports on current U.S. foreign policy issues around Asian countries bilingually in English and Mandarin. Before Medill, she interned for Chinese Radio Seattle, her hometown newspaper, and Seattle nonprofits.
Gerald Harris is a graduate reporter at Northwestern University. He reports on Politics and National Security for Medill News Service. Gerald has interned at local News stations in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, ABC WKRN News 2 and CBS News Channel 5. He has received 3 student Emmy Awards from the National Association of Science and Technology (Mid-South).
Jasmine Khayami is a graduate student at Medill studying journalism, concentrating on broadcast and multimedia reporting focusing on politics and national security reporting. She graduated from Cornell University in 2017 with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and minors in Law & Society and Applied Economic Management. She interned at the Howie Carr Radio Show and previously worked on Massachusetts Charlie Baker’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign.
Tacuma R. Roeback
Tacuma R. Roeback is a writer, editor and educator from Brooklyn, New York. He has an undergraduate degree in journalism from Florida A&M University and an M.F.A. in literature and creative writing from Chicago State University. His feature stories and articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sun-Sentinel, Tennessean, Phoenix New Times and Slant News, Inc. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Downstate Story, Warpland and SAGE: The Encyclopedia of Identity.
Kevin Schmidt is native of St. Louis and graduated from Indiana University Southeast in 2010 with Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Prior to coming to Washington, he worked as managing editor for Vital Voice Magazine, a LGBT life and style publication based in St. Louis. He is currently a master’s candidate working as a political reporter at the Medill News Service. His interests lie in digital media and television, with a longterm goal of working as a national correspondent for a major broadcast network.
Elizabeth Strassner is a politics and national security reporter with the Medill News Service and an MSJ candidate at Northwestern University. She has previously worked for Bustle.com, ABC News, and the BBC. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University in 2015 and is originally from Saint Louis, Missouri.
Matt Sussis is a Master of Science candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, in the D.C. bureau. He focuses on print and broadcast journalism and his reporting beats are immigration and tax policy.
Previously, he worked as a financial analyst for Credit Suisse in New York, in their Equity Research Division. As an investment banker, he covered packaged food and agribusiness stocks. His research included analysis of complex regulatory and policy issues affecting his coverage universe, such as Mexican tariffs, agricultural subsidies, immigration visas, and potential changes to U.S. corporate tax policy.
A New Jersey native, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University in 2016.
Ricky Zipp is a master’s candidate for the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, specializing in Politics and National Security. While in Washington D.C., he will be focusing on Middle East foreign policy and national security topics. Ricky graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History.