Medill News Service Reporters

Adam Barnes

Adam Barnes is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he covers politics. Before Medill, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Illinois State University.

Beverly Banks

Beverly Banks is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she focuses on politics and national security reporting.  She was born and raised  in West Virginia and attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for her undergraduate degree. She graduated Summa Cum Laude as a double major in Journalism & Electronic Media and Political Science. As an undergraduate, she was a reporter, anchor, and digital producer for the hour-long student news show titled, “UT Today.” In 2017, the Tennessee AP Broadcasters and Media Editors awarded her coverage of Tennessee’s state gasoline tax for First Place in the TV News Story category.  While in college, she also interned at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and WBIR-TV in Knoxville, TN. She is currently an intern at  WJLA-TV in Arlington, VA.  She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Kappa Tau Alpha. In her spare time,  Beverly enjoys cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers and trying new dishes at restaurants in the D.C. area. Upon graduation, she aspires to be a TV news reporter or a congressional staffer.

Brock Hall

Brock is an MSJ candidate at Medill. He graduated from Northwestern in 2018 with a BS in Communications and majors in Political Science and Theatre, with a certificate in Musical Theatre. He has written over 20 stories for The Borgen Project, a non-profit fighting global poverty, and covered politics for radio and camera while an undergraduate. He currently covers Politics and Healthcare for Medill News Service in Washington, D.C.

Bryan Wood

Bryan Wood is a Master of Science in Journalism candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with a concentration in national security. He holds a degree from Northwestern University in History and Film, so his interests lie in the intersection of research and storytelling methods. Bryan’s interdisciplinary work experience in Chicago, Bolivia, and Peru in industries such as international development and non-profit has driven his passion to impact the media industry with a focus on information accessibility. His biggest inspiration comes from a combination of Vox Media’s YouTube explainer videos and traditional reporting methods often used to cover issues in politics & national security.

While academics and work are taken seriously, Bryan still fosters long-lasting relationships with friends and family. His free time is usually spent long distance running, playing tennis during the warm months, and exploring the various neighborhoods of D.C.

Daniel Grimes

Daniel Grimes is a graduate student at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government from the University of Virginia where he graduated in 2012. After undergrad, Daniel taught in Brooklyn through Teach for America and then recruited for Uncommon Schools, a network of high performing charter schools. Outside of work, he loves eating cheese, watching horror movies and being inspired by all things Oprah!

Dorothy Mills-Gregg

Dorothy Mills-Gregg graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University, Sacramento in 2015 with a major in Government/Journalism and a minor in French. I have worked under the California Assembly Speaker’s Office writing and summarizing bills for legislators and as a French tutor. Throughout 2016, I freelanced for the online newspaper Capitol Weekly, which covers California state and local politics. The following year, I worked as the city government reporter for The Bakersfield Californian, reporting on pensions and city budgets. I am beginning my second quarter of the Medill Master of Science in Journalism program, and my specialization is in Politics and National Security.

Haiya Kofler

Haiya Kofler is an MSJ candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she covers technology, media and policy. Prior to Medill, Haiya graduated from UC Berkeley with Honors Distinction, a major in Rhetoric and a minor in Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. During her time at UC Berkeley, she served as the Office of the Chancellor Student Emcee, the Mic Woman for Cal Athletics, an in-arena announcer for various NCAA sporting events held at Haas Pavilion, the On-Air Reporter for CalTV Sports and a Chief of Staff as well as Campaign Manager for the Associated Students of the University of California. Haiya has also served as the Host of Pop Hour for KMMT Radio in California as well as a select part of the athlete relations team for the Los Angeles 2028 Bid Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and in 2016, she was named MSBC’s BIG Initiative Winner largely in part for her work with the committee.

Jessica Floyd

Jessica Floyd is an immigration reporter and master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She has interned in the office of Senator Chuck Schumer, the AARP, MSNBC, NBC News and at WNPR in Hartford. Jessica also participated in the POLITICO Journalism Institute 2018 Summer Session. Prior to Medill, she earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in politics and government from the University of Hartford and minored in Africana studies, communications and sociology.

Kietryn Zychal

Kietryn is a graduate of Lehigh University and was a reporter for the Pocono Record and a theater reviewer for the Allentown Morning Call in Pennsylvania. She has written freelance articles about the lawsuit over the Keystone XL pipeline for Prairie Fire and covered local stories for The Reader in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a coauthor of the biography, “Fearless: How a poor Virginia seamstress beat the poll tax, took on Jim Crow and changed her city forever.”

Lucas Robinson

Lucas Robinson is a State and Defense Department reporter for the Medill News Service and master’s candidate for the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He graduated from Indiana University with bachelor’s degrees in English and Political Science. At IU, he wrote for the Indiana Daily Student, and penned weekly dispatches from Argentina while participating in a research program on human rights and social movements. Upon graduation, he reported for the Marion Chronicle-Tribune in Marion, Indiana, where he covered local politics, government corruption and the opioid epidemic.

Patty Nieberg

Patty Nieberg is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism covering national security and reporting for the Military Times. She is from Brooklyn, NY and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University in English with minors in Spanish and global studies. She has covered arts and culture for her undergraduate student newspaper, campus news for the Binghamton University magazine and local news for Kings County Politics. She also produced video stories for WBNG, a CBS affiliate in upstate New York. During college she completed study abroad programs in Spain and London. Her ultimate goal is to go into foreign correspondence.