Medill News Service Reporters

Enes Calli

Enes Calli, a Master’s Candidate in Medill School of Journalism specializing in Politics and National Security. His works focus particularly on National Security and Middle East politics. He grew up in Izmir, Turkey, before moving to Kocaeli to receive his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration at Kocaeli University in 2012. He recently worked as an editor and reporter in the Turkish media. After he completes his M.A. at Medill, he hopes to work as an international journalist in the United States.

Kate Cimini

Kate Cimini is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she is covering the environment, politics and national security, and more. While in D.C. she is working as a fellow at the Washingtonian. While at Medill she traveled to Houston to embed with the Army and Army National Guard, covering their relief and recovery efforts post-Hurricane Harvey.

A former public school Spanish teacher, she earned a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in Spanish and Portuguese, and a Master’s from New York University in Spanish and Latin American Literature and Culture. Now a journalist and photographer, her work has appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, VICE and VICE Sports, The Athletic, Remezcla, the Hartford Courant, and others.

Casey Egan

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

Oyin Falana is a national security reporter and a Master of Science 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 summa cum laude in 2016. Her work has appeared in Military Times and United Press International.


Yingjie Gu

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

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).

Jinitzail Hernandez

Jinitzail Hernandez is a graduate student in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and is specializing in Politics and National Security. She has a B.A. in Media Studies with a minor in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hernandez formerly worked as a news coordinator and editor at Telemundo, an associate producer on Judge Mathis and an assistant director at WGN in Chicago. While at Medill she traveled to Texas to report on the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Hernandez also recently traveled to China and met with government officials and journalists to better understand and cover U.S. – China

Clarissa Jones

Clarissa Jones is a master’s candidate at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism with a concentration in broadcast reporting. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College and a master’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University. Prior to attending Northwestern University, she worked in advertising as a media planner.

Joey Mendolia

Joey Mendolia is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he specializes in health, science and environmental reporting. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Boston University. During his final semester at Boston, he reported for the Boston University News Service and served as an editorial intern at Boston Magazine. Following graduation, he was selected for a digital editorial internship at The Hollywood Reporter where he published over 40 stories and interviewed many notable celebrities. He is passionate about wildlife and plans to use his studies and experience to become a wildlife documentary filmmaker.

Jasmine Khayami

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.

Kevin Schmidt

Kevin Schmidt is native of St. Louis and graduate of Indiana University Southeast with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Prior to coming to Washington, he worked as a desk assistant at WLKY-TV in Louisville, Ky., and as the managing editor of Vital VOICE Magazine, a life and style publication in St. Louis. He is currently a master’s candidate and political reporter at the Medill News Service, covering Capitol Hill and working as a news intern at DC’s NewsChannel 8. His interests lie in digital media and television, with a long-term goal of reporting and producing for a major broadcast network.

Elizabeth Strassner

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, 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

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.

David Thill

David Thill is a master’s candidate in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, reporting on health and science. He has written about topics such as opioid addiction treatment, new technology in health care delivery, and evolutionary biology.

Prior to attending Medill, he wrote for several trade magazines, where he covered topics including medical education reform, hospital responses to mass casualty incidents, and health care legislation. He also wrote for the Chicago-based newspaper Windy City Times. David earned his bachelor’s degree in dance from Ohio State University in 2013 and is scheduled to earn his master’s degree from Northwestern in 2018.

Ricky Zipp

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.