Medill News Service Reporters

Alex Whittler

Alex Whittler has four years of experience working in national and network owned local television newsrooms. She’s pursuing a Master’s of Science at Medill. Alex juggles the masters program and a job as a field producer at ABC 7 Chicago, WLS TV– the city’s number one news. There, she scored an exclusive interview with a 94-year-old grandmother who was beaten and robbed. Alex was the only journalist in the Chicago market to speak with the woman on camera after covering the assailant’s court case.

Aside from assisting ABC’s local coverage, Alex’s work has been published on NBCNews.com, NBC’s TODAY Show Digital and in Cosmopolitan Magazine. Her Today.com articles are often shared thousands of times. Some stories even make air as segments on TODAY. Alex earned a bachelor’s of journalism with minors in political science and dance from Loyola University Chicago, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and in the top four percent of her class in 2016. While there, she won the school’s “Best Broadcast News Feature” award and received an Illinois Broadcaster’s Association scholarship. 

Alex is especially passionate about covering economic development and social justice issues in underrepresented communities. At Medill, Alex has reported extensively on anti-gun violence initiatives in Chicago and hosted a talk show focused on the positive efforts taken to curb the city’s violent stigma. The 30 minute news magazine aired on Chicago’s CAN-TV network. Alex is always in search of a story, so please feel free to send your story ideas to awhittler77@gmail.com.

Alexis Wainwright

Alexis Wainwright is a broadcast and print reporter focusing on politics and general assignment stories. Currently a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s, the Medill School of Journalism, Alexis is also a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University with a B.S. in journalism and mass communications. A native of the D.C. area, she has covered various events throughout the city, and traveled to Chicago, as well as a reporting project to South Africa. 

David Jordan

David Jordan is a master’s candidate at the Medill School of Journalism with a concentration in Politics and National Security. Prior to entering journalism he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Habitat for Humanity in Virginia and Wisconsin. He received his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Art History.

Jasmine Minor

Jasmine is a former NCAA Division 1 tennis player. She began her broadcasting career in sports eventually leading her to cover news and politics. She has been aired in places such as ABC 6 News and KVRR local news. She is a sideline reporter for ESPN 3 college tennis.

Jingnan Huo

I am a Chinese and Cantonese multimedia storyteller currently getting my master in journalism degree in Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism. During my time in Medill, I reported on general affairs and business in Chicago, did live broadcast at Obama’s farewell address for Tencent and Caixin, two Chinese media, and is currently doing policy reporting on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.. 

Before coming to Medill, I received a bachelor of law in China, and spent time in Egypt, Canada and France.

Karys Belger

Karys Simone Belger is a Master of Science candidate the Medill School of Journalism Northwestern University with a Social Justice and Investigative Reporting Focus. Prior to Medill Karys was an English Major and a Drama Minor at Spelman College where she worked for four different campus publications. She also studied at Queen Mary University of London where she researched the presence of African descendants in Britain. After Medill, Karys wants to travel globally, reporting on international affairs and conflicts.

Marianna Brady

Marianna Brady is a journalist and media innovator. After leaving Emergency Management consulting, Marianna was the Media Director for BEYOND 7/2. She approaches journalism from a mobile first perspective and tailors her storytelling to different social media platforms.

Marianna has appeared as an Adventure Journalist on Snapchat Discover and leads Snapchat workshops for seasoned journalists. In Winter 2017, she started Medill’s first Snapchat reporting team, and reported live from the Inauguration in D.C., President Obama’s Farewell Speech in Chicago, and the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Her work has appeared in Public Radio International, Colorlines, U.S. News & World Report, and many other outlets. Marianna will earn a master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with a focus in mobile journalism and multimedia storytelling. 

Nia prater

Nia Prater is a native of Philadelphia, PA and majored in journalism at Temple University. She graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She has interned at Philadelphia magazine and the Philadelphia City Paper. Currently, she is a graduate student at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. There, she is pursuing a Master of Science in Journalism degree where is she is focusing on politics on the local and national level.

Nicole Kelly

Nicole Kelly is currently a Master of Science candidate at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. Before entering Medill, Nicole traveled the country speaking at schools and universities about disability issues. In her time at Medill, Nicole hopes to cultivate expertise within the disability community and report on pressing topics within its community. 

Wen-Yee Lee

Wen-Yee Lee is a master’s candidate at Medill School of Journalism. Born and raised in Taiwan, she is a video and broadcast journalist focusing on immigration and national security. She has reported in Taiwan, China, South Africa and the U.S. After Medill, she hopes to be an international journalist.

Yarilet Perez

Yarilet Perez is a bilingual on-air and print reporter with over five years’ experience in the communications field. She is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Yarilet is a native New Yorker, who acquired her Bachelor of Arts from The City College of New York, CUNY, majoring in International Studies, concentrating in culture and communications and international law/relations. Yarilet has traveled various times outside the U.S., and previously worked for a legacy news media outlet, and other television networks. Currently she is focusing her work on law and policy (immigration), education, and public health.