Medill News Service Reporters


Carolyn Cakir is currently a Master of Science candidate at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, specializing in politics and national security reporting. Prior to Medill, she worked at Health magazine as production coordinator, blog writer and editorial assistant. She attended the University of St Andrews in Scotland as an undergraduate student. After graduation, Carolyn hopes to continue travelling internationally, reporting on global affairs and foreign conflicts.

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.

Fariba Pajooh

Fariba Pajooh has worked as a journalist for the past 15 years, traveling across the globe to report on contemporary conflicts and issues.

In 2003, Fariba went to Iraq to cover Saddam Hussein’s fall after the U.S. invasion. She reported from Lebanon and Syria during the 2006 Lebanon War. In 2007, Fariba traveled to Belgium, Italy and France to write about relations between the Islamic world and the U.S. government. She was the original correspondent for Tehran Bureau, the online news magazine now in partnership with PBS Frontline. Fariba also worked with Radio France International (RFI) and Spain’s El Mundo, serving as their correspondent in Iran.

The Iranian government jailed Fariba in 2009 and 2013 because of her reporting. Her time in prison included four months of solitary confinement.

Fariba will earn a master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with a focus on international news. She has bachelor’s degrees in architecture and journalism.


Guy King

Guy King is currently a Master of Science candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Guy graduated from Jackson State University in spring of 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. While at Jackson State, Guy had the opportunity to serve has a legislative intern in the office of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, as well as a communications intern for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. He has a passion for public relations and strategic communication. Guy will be graduating from Medill June of 2017 with the hopes of working as a public affairs or corporate communications professional.

Jasmine Minor

Jasmine Minor is a former Division 1 tennis player for the University of Oregon and 3-time Academic All-American. After she finished her athletic career, she chose to pursue political and sports journalism as an on-air broadcaster. Her work has been published in the Huffington Post and on FanSided, the sister site of Sports Illustrated.

Jingzhe Kelly Wang

Kelly Wang is a graduate student specializing in social justice and investigative reporting at Medill. Born and raised in China, she is an audio/visual storyteller covering immigration and national security issues for the Medill News Service. Kelly has reported in Beijing, Aix-en-Provence, Milwaukee and Chicago.

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.

Maryam Saleh

Maryam Saleh is a graduate student at the Medill School of Journalism, where she is specializing in politics and national security. She holds a law degree and an undergraduate degree in mass communications, and she is licensed to practice law in Florida. She has many interests, including immigration and asylum, civil rights, and American foreign policy vis-à-vis the Middle East. As a journalist, she hopes to produce informed, nuanced reporting on issues pertaining to Muslims and Arabs in America and abroad.

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.

Nona Tepper

Nona Tepper is a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Slate, Vice, Quartz and many other outlets. She is a Masters of Journalism: Politics and National Security candidate at Medill- Northwestern University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and English from Indiana University in 2012.


Shahzeb Ahmed is currently a Master of Science candidate at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. His focus is on national security and foreign policy. Shahzeb started his career in journalism with The Express Tribune, a daily newspaper in Pakistan. He worked on the Karachi desk for three years, where he was second-in-charge to the City Editor and managed shift in her absence. In this role, he managed a team of 15 daily beat reporters and photojournalists as well as six copy editors. The role also envisaged liaising with the web and national desks on stories, implementing story ideas along the lines of the paper’s editorial policy and ensuring deadlines were met each day.

Shahzeb has also reported on a range of issues in the fields of health, science, politics, crime, urban issues etc, besides special reports during elections and budget announcements. His published work can be found on The Express Tribune’s website and in Youlin magazine.   Most recently, he worked for Dawn, Pakistan’s largest circulating English-language newspaper, on the national desk where he was part of the core team responsible for bringing out the front, back and international pages. Apart from that, he briefly worked on the business pages in an attempt to learn more about commerce and industry. Shahzeb graduated with a Bachelors of Science (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences from Anglia Ruskin University (UK).

Taylor Goebel

Taylor Goebel is a multimedia journalist and a Northwestern MSJ candidate. She reports on national security and the environment for Medill News Service. Some of her photography work has been published in Vice, and she worked as a freelance journalist/photographer for a year at Cape Gazette.

Yu-Ning Aileen Chuang

Yu-Ning Aileen Chuang is currently pursuing a master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism with a focus on politics and national security. Before coming to Medill, she worked as a business reporter at an English-language daily newspaper, and as a copy editor at a political-economic magazine in Taiwan. She has grown massive interests in multimedia storytelling and the intersection between business and politics ever since. With a double-majored bachelor degree in diplomacy and journalism, she believes that the world will benefit the most from increasing people’s understanding of each other and that journalism is one of the best ways to do so.