Medill News Service Reporters

Amanda Horowitz

Amanda Horowitz is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications where she covers consumer affairs, business and politics.

From 2012-2018, Amanda wrote the monthly feature The Consumer Connection for The Costco Connection magazine. Before that, she was an associate news producer at The Dr. Phil Show. Amanda holds a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from The University of Santa Monica.

Andre Earls

Andre Earls is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications, where he writes about sports and political issues in Washington D.C.

Andre graduated summa cum laude in 2018 from Wiley College in Marshall, TX, where he received his B.A. in Mass Communications. Prior to Medill, Andre interned with the Washington Redskins editorial department in Richmond, VA and served as a National Board Member for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

Apoorva Mittal

Apoorva Mittal is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she writes about Human Rights and International Relations and reports for the Military Times. She had reported in Chicago, the Netherlands, India, China, and South Africa before she joined Medill’s Washington, D.C., bureau. She is a Medill-Foley Summer-Fall fellow.

She graduated with a BBA in finance and worked in India for three years consulting for government agencies and education technology organizations. She wrote stories of refugees from Middle-East and sub-Saharan Africa, who were living in Europe, under the book titled “Refugee Changemakers.”

Ariana Puzzo

Ariana Puzzo is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications, where she writes about education. Her reporting took her to Chicago, China and South Africa before she joined Medill’s Washington, D.C., bureau.

Ariana graduated cum laude in 2018 from Fairfield University, where she studied digital journalism, history and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She works as a social media manager for Clifton Merchant Magazine, a monthly publication about Clifton, New Jersey. Ariana is currently a reporting intern at Military Times.

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.

Ebony JJ Curry

Ebony JJ Curry is a native of Detroit, MI with a B.S. in Communications Media from Alabama A&M University where she interned at WAFF-48 Huntsville. Ebony is currently a master’s candidate at Northwestern Medill University specializing in Video and Broadcast. During her time in Chicago her focus was on black entrepreneurship and the historic culture within the African-American communities. Ebony took the same interests to South Africa, Johannesburg as she completed a one-week residency reporting on South Africa’s black entrepreneurship climate.

During her time here at Medill’s Washington D.C. bureau her beat will be life and culture where she is in high hopes to shed a light on the culture and hidden gems within D.C., confidently bringing lifestyles to the forefront.

In addition, Ebony will be a part of the Military Times practicum where she will be reporting and video producing. Eager and hungry to capture human-interests stories, Ebony’s passion does not go unnoticed.

Holly Barker

Holly Barker is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she covers healthcare and science.

Prior to attending Medill, Holly was a senior associate at a global law firm where her legal practice focused on civil and white-collar criminal defense in the healthcare and life sciences industries.

Holly graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a B.A. in economics. She later obtained her juris doctorate from American University’s Washington College of Law, where she graduated cum laude. She is a licensed attorney in Washington, D.C. and the state of California.

Josephine Chu

Josephine Chu is a graduate video journalism student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications, where she covers health and science at Medill’s Washington, D.C., bureau.

Josephine graduated from Cornell University in 2018, where she studied psychology and film while working as news editor of The Cornell Daily Sun. Prior to Medill, she interned at USA Today, MSNBC and Arianna Huffington’s health and wellness company, Thrive Global.

Kelly Rissman

Kelly Rissman is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she writes about immigration and demographics. She also works as a social media intern at the BBC. She previously reported in Chicago, writing about women’s issues, politics and housing before joining Medill’s Washington, D.C. bureau. Before coming to Medill, Kelly graduated from Vassar College in 2018 with a degree in psychology.

Kimberly Jin

Kimberly Jin is an investigative reporter and a candidate for master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University. Her reporting focuses on marginalized communities and population. She previously reported in Singapore, Hong Kong SAR, South Africa, Chicago, before she joined Medill’s Washington, D.C., bureau.

Her work has been featured on Block Club Chicago, TechSoup for Libraries, Social Justice News Nexus, and Medill News Service, among others. She graduated with a double major in sociology and China Studies from The University of Hong Kong in 2018.

Lu Zhao

Lu Zhao is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she focuses on living issues surrounding homelessness and culture.

Lu graduated in 2018 from Wuhan University in China, where she studied Chinese Language and Literature. At college, she founded a digital publication covering stories on campus and served as a producer for a talk show at the college television station for almost two years. Prior to Medill, Lu wrote about legal issues and culture at the Paper, one of the most popular online news publications in China, covering in press conferences, court trials and book launches.

Matt Reynolds

Matt Reynolds is a candidate for a Masters in Science in Journalism at Northwestern University covering politics and national security. Before graduate school, he covered several high-profile criminal and civil trials in Los Angeles for Courthouse News Service, including the Grim Sleeper serial murders and the Blurred Lines copyright case. As an undergraduate, he studied filmmaking at the University of Westminster in London. He was born in the United Kingdom and has lived in the United States since 2004.

Noah Broder

Noah Broder is a journalism graduate student at Northwestern University and is currently reporting in Washington, D.C. In Washington, Noah is covering environmental and political issues for the Medill News Service, and he is also working with the National Investigative Unit at Hearst Television.

For the first part of his graduate program, Noah worked in Chicago covering local and Illinois politics. His reporting took him across the city and state and to Puerto Rico for a weeklong social justice reporting trip.

Prior to Northwestern, Noah graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied Journalism and Political Science. He is a former Dow Jones News Fund intern, and has worked for various news outlets in the past. You can find his work from Washington and beyond on his website.

Priscilla Zhu

Yuru (Priscilla) Zhu is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she covers immigration. Her reporting took her to Chicago and China before she joined Medill’s Washington, D.C., bureau.

Prior to Medill, Priscilla was a full-time intern reporter for a major news organization in China, producing in-depth reports on various social issues, and a freelancer for a podcast app covering culture and food in Chicago.

Sruthi Darbhamulla

Sruthi Darbhamulla is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she specializes in long form writing. She completed her degree in law from India in 2017, and is interested in covering law, policy, socio-cultural aspects of identity and the environment. She currently covers immigration and demographics for the Medill News Service in Washington D.C.

Thomas Ilalaole

Thomas Ilalaole is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications, where she writes about LGBTQ+ stories covering gender, sex and sexuality. Her reporting took her to Chicago and South Africa before she joined Medill’s Washington, D.C., bureau where she covers LGBTQ+ related policies.

Thomas is Native Hawaiian and was raised on the island of Oahu in Hawaii where she attended the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She graduated magna cum laude in 2016 majoring in Communications and minoring in English. As an undergraduate, she volunteered for LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations like Equality Hawaii and the Hawai`i LGBT Legacy Foundation. She also helped coordinate events and programing with UHM’s LGBTQ+ Center. She’s worked with Olelo Community Media and has been seen on PBS in Hawaii as well as NBC 9News in Denver. Prior to Medill, she interned for Denver Life Magazine and the online publication, 303 Magazine.

Thomas is also an active actress, singer, dancer, drag performer and model where she finds creative ways to integrate LGBTQ+ activism and ways in which to help facilitate stories of her community.