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.

Alexis Shanes

Alexis Shanes is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications, where she writes about the political and legal issues surrounding environment and health. Her reporting took her to Chicago, China and Israel before she joined Medill’s Washington, D.C., bureau.

Alexis graduated summa cum laude in 2017 from Oklahoma State University, where she studied agricultural communications, animal science and music. Prior to Medill, she was a fact-checker for an Oklahoma travel magazine and an equine reporter. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and training for marathons.

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.

Camille Erickson

Camille Erickson is an investigative journalist reporting on the economy, labor, housing and transportation through a social justice lens. Her writing has been featured on In These Times, The Chicago Reporter, Social Justice News Nexus and Indian Country Today, among others. She received a degree in International Studies from Macalester College and is a Senior Fellow of Humanity in Action. Before diving into journalism, she worked for various art nonprofit organizations and she still has a passion for contemporary art.

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.

Dwight A. Weingarten

Dwight A. Weingarten covers government and national security for the Medill News Service. Before Medill, Dwight taught 8th grade American history in Washington, D.C.

Eric Frazier

Eric Frazier is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he is focused on the Sports Media Specialization. During his time at Medill, Frazier has had the opportunity to work on the Media Relations team for the Chicago Bulls, sideline report Northwestern University games as well as host the Sportsvoice sports talk radio show and broadcast Northwestern University basketball games for WNUR. He also covered events at NBA All Star Weekend in Charlotte this past February. Prior to Medill, Frazier was a Sports Producer for 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis, MN for a year. Frazier graduated from Arkansas State University with a master’s in mass communication where he was focused on video sports production including working on student-produced ESPN 3 telecasts. Before that, Frazier graduated from the University of Tampa with a bachelor’s in communication where he was focused on sports radio. During his time as an undergraduate, he worked at University of Akron and University radio stations broadcasting games and hosting sports radio shows. Frazier also Interned at 620 WDAE in Tampa, FL for the Ron and Ian show. Frazier is also a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served six and half years stationed in California, Korea and Delaware.

Jessica Floyd

Jessica Floyd is a business and technology 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.