Medill News Service Reporters

Aishwarya Airy

Aishwarya Airy is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications, where she is specializing in reporting on Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. Hailing from India, she covered conflict and human rights issues in the state of Kashmir as an independent documentarian. While working at the Times of India, a national Indian daily, she covered elections in her country, working mainly with data. Prior to joining Medill’s Washington D.C., bureau, Aishwarya gained more reporting experience in Chicago.

Alec Bose

Alec Bose is an MSJ student at Northwestern’s School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. Alec has worked in communications for health care policy in
Washington, D.C. and done local, special assignment reporting for the Fairfax Times in Northern Virginia. Alec graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015 with B.S. in political science with a concentration in public policy and administration.

Nikola Boskovic

Nikola Boskovic works at Medill News Service as a politics reporter while pursuing Masters of Science in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. When he is not reporting or in the classroom, Nikola advises international students on their U.S. college applications through Crimson Education, a New Zealand-based admission strategy agency. Apart from political reporting, Nikola has expertise in business reporting stemming from his work with Northwestern Business Review and Inc. magazine. His passion for broadcast industry comes from his involvement with the award-winning Northwestern News Network and a number of video related courses at Medill.

Sam Cabral

Liyanamohottige Cabral (Sam) is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications. He is specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. He previously worked in communications in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. before he joined Medill’s Washington, D.C., bureau. Sam graduated in 2017 from the University of California – Berkeley, where he studied political economy. Most recently, he worked as the communications associate at Ranking Digital Rights, a nonprofit research group headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Soram Cheon

Soram Cheon is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. She was born in South Korea and came to the United States in 2014. Soram graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2018, where she studied communication.

Piper Hudspeth Blackburn

Piper Hudspeth Blackburn is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications and is specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs.
Piper graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California. She majored in journalism and history focusing on past and present intersections of policy, race and mass media. She hopes to cover health care and education policy for a national audience in Washington, D.C.

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications, where he has written about transportation and will write about politics. He is specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs at Medill, and he will join Medill’s Washington, D.C., bureau in late September 2019. Brian graduated with Highest Distinction from Indiana University in May of 2019, where he majored in history and political science and minored in economics.

HyoJung Kim

HyoJung Kim is a graduate student at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications, where she is specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. She reported in South Korea as a print reporter, Panama as a multimedia journalist and Chicago as a broadcast journalist. She interned at Chicago's WGN-TV before she joined Medill’s Washington, D.C., bureau. HyoJung graduated from Northwestern in 2019, where she studied journalism with a concentration in broadcast and multimedia, and theatre with a concentration in performance. She was a part of a nationally-recognized investigative journalism project, the Medill Justice Project, and executive producer of college Emmy-winning Northwestern News Network.

Silvia Martelli

Silvia Martelli is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing where she is specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. Her reporting took her to Italy, the UK, Sweden and Chicago before she joined Medill’s Washington, D.C., bureau. Silvia graduated cum laude in July 2019 from Cardiff University, where she studied journalism and politics. She works as a freelance for the Italian newspaper La Republica, where she interned duringthe summer of 2018.

Mark Satter

Mark Satter is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, based in Washington, D.C., where he specializes in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. Previously, Mark worked as a reporter for the Ukraine Business Journal, based in Kyiv, and as an intern for Scoop News Group, where he covered cybersecurity. He graduated in 2017 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a degree in political science.

Joe Snell

Joe Snell is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs with a focus on the Middle East. His reporting has taken him across the world to Texas, California, Chicago, D.C., Germany and Iraq covering Middle East communities including the Assyrians and Yazidis. Joe graduated from the University of Southern California, where he studied film and business law. He is the founder and editor of The Assyrian Journal, an online news site covering the global Assyrian community. Most recently, Joe worked as a reporter for a newspaper and magazine in Texas. This fall, he joined Medill’s Washington, D.C., bureau.

Chiara Vercellone

Chiara Vercellone is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications, where she wrote about public safety in Chicago this summer and is specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. Chiara graduated magna cum laude in 2019 from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied English literature and journalism, specialized in sociology and minored in security studies. In 2018, Chiara interned as a reporter and photography editor at the Washington Diplomat, a monthly publication, in Washington, D.C.,
where she covered U.S. foreign affairs, diplomatic relations and culture, among other topics. In the future, she strives to be a correspondent in the Middle East and Eastern Europe covering the conflict areas.

Sara Wilson

Sara Wilson is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill
School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications. She
is specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs and intends to write
about national politics and Congress. She grew up in Thousand Oaks,
California. Sara graduated summa cum laude in 2019 from The University of
Alabama, where she studied political science and journalism. She was a
member of the University Fellows Experience and researched the state of
Alabama scholastic journalism for her culminating senior project in that
program. She has held internships at the office of Member of Parliament
Chuka Umunna, the office of Senator Kamala Harris and with the San Diego
County Democratic Party.

Bing Xiao

Bing Xiao is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications, where she writes about foreign policy. Her reporting took her to China and Chicago before she joined Medill’s Washington, D.C., bureau. She is specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. Bing graduated in 2016 from Sichuan University, China, where she studied Chinese language and literature. Bing was a reporting intern at People's Daily in 2016. Previously, she worked as an art journalist at Phoenix Satellite TV Corp. in Beijing. Additionally, she worked as a political and economic reporter for China Newsweekly, a weekly publication about in-depth investigations in China.