Medill News Service Reporters

Loumay Alesali

Loumay Alesali is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She earned two Bachelor of Arts from University of Arkansas at Little Rock in French language and mass communication. She interned at ABC-KATV Channel 7 and at Our House, a non-profit organization.

At Medill, Loumay worked on different print, photo and mainly video stories for Medill Reports and worked on a short documentary with her teammates. Currently, she reports on national security for Medill News Service in D.C. and works as video intern for Military Times.

Basma Amer

Basma Amer is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she focuses on health and science reporting. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a major in Biology. Prior to Washington, she was a copywriter intern for an SEO company, taught ESL students in Egypt and worked as a freelance writer for an online magazine, Truly Love Egypt, where she published more than 60 articles. She is passionate about wildlife and filmmaking, and recently received a grant from PBS to produce a documentary about eagle aviaries in the Native American Zuni Tribe.

Brian Baker

Brian Baker is a graduate student at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and is focused on business reporting. Prior to Medill, he worked in equity research at Diamond Hill Capital Management in Columbus, Ohio. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Michigan State University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Kiara Brantley-Jones

Kiara Brantley-Jones is a reporter for the Medill News Service specializing in politics in Washington, DC. She is a master’s degree candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and has produced news stories covering sports, business, social activism and health in Chicago. Prior to Medill, Kiara earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University where she majored in Public Policy and Global Health while also receiving a certificate in Policy Journalism and Media Studies. She participated in a selective undergraduate program which enabled her to live in New York for a semester and complete an advanced television journalism course at NYU in the university’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute where she anchored and produced the hour-long student news show titled, “NYU Tonight” that aired on campus every week. Kiara also served as the weekly on-air host for Duke University’s news show, “The Week at Duke in 60 Seconds” and completed an internship with the Marketing Department for the NBA Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center. She is an avid newsreader who is passionate about broadcast journalism and plans to pursue a career as an anchorwoman.

Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she specializes in immigration and demographics reporting. She is also currently an intern with Vox Media. Her focus is in television and digital media, and she previously worked as a reporter for the Georgia News Lab and the Medill Justice Project. A Georgia native, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing from Emory University. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Holly Honderich

Holly Honderich is a politics reporter and a Master of Science Candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She is currently writing for Medill News Service in Washington D.C. and serving as a fellow at BBC North America. Prior to Medill, Holly earned a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University in political science and worked as a reporting intern at the Toronto Star. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in political reporting and will make her first stop at the San Francisco Chronicle to complete a reporting fellowship.

Minghe Hu

Minghe Hu is a technology and business reporter for the Medill News Service and a master’s candidate and for the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, specializing in business, money and market. She produced stories on derivatives market for Medill News Service in Chicago. She studied journalism of technology and business at Illinois institute of Technology where she graduated Cum Laude in 2016.

Anna Kook

Anna Kook is a graduate student in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and is focused reporting on national security and foreign affairs. She graduated from Cornell University in 2017 with two degrees in Government and China and Asia-Pacific Studies. She is currently interning at the DC NewsChannel8 station. Most recently, she has worked as a freelance journalist for AJ+ and at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. She has previously interned at CNN and VOA.

Jinman Li

Jinman Li is a master’s candidate for the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she specializes in business reporting and covers finance and technology. She graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University with her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communication and English Literature. Prior to Medill, Jinman interned for CNN Beijing Bureau, Reuters Pictures, Xinhua News Agency and China Central Television Documentary.

Athena Liu

Athena Liu is a master’s candidate at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, reporting on sports and living. She covered the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend, the NFL, the WNBA and collegiate tennis and volleyball in multiple cites including Chicago and Los Angeles. Before coming to Medill, she got her bachelor’s degree in Chinese Literature at Peking University and has worked in TV, publishing and digital media industries. She was also a freelance sports writer in China.

Xin Liu

Xin Liu is a master’s candidate in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a specialization in business, money and market. She is currently interning on The Hill’s video team. Prior to Medill, she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia and worked at KOMU 8 News and Missouri Business Alert as digital producer and multimedia reporter.

Yanchun (Roxanne) Liu

Yanchun (Roxanne) Liu is a candidate for the Master of Science in Journalism program at Medill, Northwestern University. She covers business and pharmaceutical news for Medill News Service in Washington D.C and interns at American Banker. She wrote about Illinois-based pharmaceutical companies for Medill News Service in Chicago. Liu contributed news briefs and social media contents for B2B magazine Inside Unmanned Systems in spring 2018. Before coming to Medill, she interned at Wall Street Journal and Reuters.

Giulia Petroni

Giulia Petroni is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she has been reporting on criminal justice and international politics. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Literature in Rome, Italy, in 2017. She previously freelanced for Italian online news outlets and worked in radio broadcast. She is currently interning at the DC News Channel 8 station.

Gabrielle Phifer

Gabrielle Phifer is an education reporter for Medill News Service in Washington D.C. Prior to D.C., Gabrielle reported in Medill’s Chicago program and spent a week in South Africa covering the country’s state of politics and its impact on the youth. Before Medill, she recieved her Bachelor of Science in Journalism in 2016 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and worked for a nonprofit youth organization thereafter. Gabrielle is currently working with the Military TImes in D.C. and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Juliette Rocheleau

Juliette Rocheleau is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she specializes in visual journalism and covers national security and foreign policy. After graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Ohio University, she served as a proud AmeriCorps Member with City Year Baton Rouge in Louisiana. She went on to join the City Year staff and worked in nonprofit communications before moving to Chicago for graduate school. While at Medill, she has attended a foreign correspondent training program in China, reported in Japan on tourism trends and studied business, money and markets reporting tactics. She now works as a video intern at Roll Call and serves as the inaugural media fellow at the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation.

Xiaozhang (Shaw) Wan

Xiaozhang (Shaw) Wan is a graduate student at the Medill School of Journalism, specializing in multimedia reporting. She is passionate about social justice, arts and culture issues. She covers immigration and demographics at Medill News Service. She also interns at the International Women’s Media Foundation as a visual editor. Before coming to D.C., she has worked for Medill News Service in Chicago, Daily Northwestern, People’s Daily Online and Southern Weekly.

Charlene Zhang

Charlene Zhang covers telecom and business for Medill News Service in Washington D.C. She is currently interning at CQ Roll Call, reporting on cybersecurity and technologies. Charlene got her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Prior to Medill, she worked at a financial public relations consultancy Newgate Communications and a New York-based public interest law NGO PILnet in Hong Kong.