Medill News Service Reporters
Elizabeth Beyer is a multimedia political reporter for the Medill News Service and master’s candidate at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, with a focus on visual and interactive storytelling. She has contributed reporting to the New York Times, The Columbus Dispatch and worked for tronc, Inc (the company formerly known as Tribune Publishing). She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus on news writing and reporting from Columbia College Chicago in 2012.
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.
Cailin Crowe is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, reporting on housing and transportation. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Prior to Medill, she worked in public relations and wrote contributed content for B2B technology companies.
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 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.
Shelby Fleig covers health care and environment for Medill News Service in Washington D.C. She previously covered environment and energy for Medill Reports and Social Justice News Nexus in Chicago. Shelby studied journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been published in Fast Company, the Chicago Tribune and the Omaha World-Herald.
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 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).
Xinyi(Ethel) Jiang is a graduate student at the Medill School of Journalism, specializing in business, money and market. She produced weekly video stories for Medill News Service in Chicago. While in D.C., she reports on technology and international trade for Morning Consult and Medill News Service. Before Medill, she interned for the Wall Street Journal, Caixin Global and People’s Daily.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a politics and national security reporter with the Medill News Service and an MSJ candidate at Northwestern University. She has previously worked for Bustle.com, 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.
Em Steck is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University in Film and Media Arts and previously worked as a freelance writer and content marketer. She is currently working as an intern in the Perspectives vertical at Vox.
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.
Caroline Tanner is a magna cum laude graduate of Mizzou, where she received a Bachelor of Journalism in 2014. Prior to Medill, Caroline worked in strategic communications in both Washington and New York. She is currently a master’s candidate and political reporter at the Medill News Service, covering Capitol Hill and interning on the political desk at USA TODAY’s Washington bureau.
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.
Jessica Villagomez is a graduate student at Northwestern University where she focuses on immigration reporting. Currently she is a digital intern at PBS Newshour. She has worked for In These Times Magazine, The Better Government Association and HOY where she covered issues affecting the Latino population in Chicago. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Hannah Wiley is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she is specializing in investigative reporting and covers national security and education. She graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts from Saint Louis University in Political Journalism and Italian Studies. She spent two years as a middle-school English teacher in Nashville before moving back to her home city of Chicago. She attended a foreign correspondent training program in China and received a grant to report in Puerto Rico on the effects of changing education policies.
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.