Medill News Service Reporters


Rosie Langello is a native of Lebanon, PA and graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. She is currently a broadcast reporter focusing on sports and general assignment stories. Rosie is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s, the Medill School of Journalism. She is also a part-time multimedia producer for, For The Win at USA Today Sports. Rosie spent nine months in Chicago extensively reporting on Chicago high school basketball and Special Olympics in Chicago. She even produced, anchored and reported a 30-minute talk show on Special Olympics that aired on Chicago’s CAN-TV network.


Misha is a Pakistani-American radio maker. She is the creator of Beginner, a podcast about learning to belong as an immigrant in America. Beginner has been featured as one of Spotify’s “Buzzworthy Podcasts,” on NPR and in The Guardian. Misha’s byline has also appeared on NPR stations and in the Wall Street Journal.

She’s currently pursuing her Masters in Journalism at the Medill School at Northwestern University. There, she has reported on policing in Chicago, the 2016 election, the Senate and Congress. In 2016, she was a White House Correspondents’ Association and Asian American Journalist’s Association scholar. Misha is an alum of Sirius XM, WNYC and Transom.

Although she has worked in DC, New York, and Chicago, she calls Los Angeles home.

Mengjie (Jessie) Jiang

Mengjie (Jessie) Jiang is a graduate student at Northwestern University studying journalism, where her area of concentration is business reporting. She’s covered manufacturing, international trade and Asian-American issues. Before enrolling at Northwestern she received her undergraduate degree in finance and financial English at Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing. She’s interned at CNN and China Daily Business, in addition to writing for Chicago Business Journal.


I am a reporter covering international affairs. I’m originally from Greer, South Carolina and hold a Bachelor’s degree in English and History from Presbyterian College (Go Blue Hose!). I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world, including a year teaching English to kindergartners in Hong Kong. My love of all things international continues to influence my work.

During my time in journalism school, I’ve done stories about the homelessness at the World Series, covered Loyola basketball, the business of CrossFit affiliates and reported on migrant issues in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am currently in Washington, D.C. reporting on foreign policy and national security, while also interning with the D.C. United communications team. I love telling stories using video and audio. And Clemson Tiger Football, that’s a big one.


Jenna West is a master’s candidate at the Medill School of Journalism Northwestern University with a concentration in Sports Media. She previously earned a Communications degree at Anderson University in South Carolina. After Medill, she hopes to cover Major League Baseball.


Eric Englert is currently a Master of Science candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Before entering Medill, Eric taught high school and college English. Eric has an M.A. in English from Northern Illinois University.

Eric’s reporting beat is business and politics with a concentration in Agriculture policy.


Kara is a writer focused on higher education. She graduated from Vassar College in 2011 with a degree in American Studies, and spent her undergraduate years interning at NBC Connecticut and “The CBS Evening News.” After college, Kara spent five years working in software development and design. Her work has been published by The Atlantic and Nieman Storyboard.

Beixi (Bessie) Xu

Beixi (Bessie) is a Washington D.C.-based freelance journalist and master’s candidate at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. She is currently working as a business and market reporter for Medill News Service, covering tax, consumer and national security.


Grace Austin is a graduate student at Medill focusing on video and multimedia journalism. She worked as a senior editor and writer at Profiles in Diversity Journal, with a focus on corporate diversity, after graduating cum laude from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism and minor in history. As an undergraduate, Austin worked as a writer for Thread magazine, writer at Compass in University Communications and Marketing, and as an associate at WOUB-PBS in Athens, Ohio. After Diversity Journal she worked for three years as a copy editor and editor at Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, with a focus on diversity in higher education.

Her interests are politics, social justice, women’s and minority rights, and environmental issues, as well as fashion, culture and beauty. She is currently working at CQ RollCall for her practicum.

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Katie Watkins is a master’s candidate at the Medill School of Journalism with a focus in magazine and audio storytelling. Originally from San Diego, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (May ’12) with a major in Communication and Public Service and a minor in Hispanic Studies. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Katie moved to Santiago, Chile, where she worked as a reporter for four years covering business, architecture, and culture.


Haley Velasco is a reporter in Washington, D.C., by way of New Jersey. Currently, she is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she has focused on reporting news stories, writing long-form features and incorporating video and multimedia elements into her storytelling.

Haley is a graduate of Cornell University, where she served as the Editor in Chief of The Cornell Daily Sun, as well as covered collegiate wrestling for The New York Times, and spent her summers interning and writing for USA Today Opinion and Yahoo Entertainment. After her graduation from Cornell in 2015, she worked as the Communications Coordinator for Whistle Sports — a sports community based around social influencers and professional athletes who create videos that live on social media.


Ritu Prasad is a graduate student at Northwestern University, focusing on magazine journalism. She studied English and biology at the University of Chicago, graduating with a BA in 2014. In her time at Medill, she has reported on women’s rights and culture in Chicago, and is currently focusing on science, housing, and rural/urban issues. Ritu was born in Bangalore, India and grew up in North Carolina.


Darnell Pearson is a master’s candidate at the Medill School of Journalism. His focus is sports broadcasting and print reporting. He’s also a former football athlete at Hope College where he received his bachelor’s degree in communication. After Medill Darnell wants to pursue a career covering his favorite sports team the Chicago Bulls.


Kaylah Jackson is a current master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s, Medill School of Journalism. Although a native of the Los Angeles County area, she has no problem traveling and received her B.A. in Editing, Writing, and Media from Florida State University where she worked as both a staff writer and social media strategist for Her Campus FSU, the #1 media brand for collegiate women, contributing to making the Florida State Her Campus page consistently ranked as a top chapter among universities throughout the United States. While in Florida, she also enlisted in the Florida Army National Guard as an electrical engineer and has transferred her military knowledge to focus her reporting on military and veterans affairs amongst other general topics.

Yemeng Yang

Yemeng Yang is a business reporter and multimedia producer. Currently a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she received a bachelor of journalism in China. She has covered transportation – rail, aviation and auto – in Chicago during her time of Medill, and written about Chinese stock market and tech companies in Beijing. She is currently doing policy reporting related to transportation and banking in Washington D.C.

Yarilet Perez

Yarilet Perez is a bilingual on-air and print reporter with over five years’ experience in the communications field. She is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Yarilet is a native New Yorker, who acquired her Bachelor of Arts from The City College of New York, CUNY, majoring in International Studies, concentrating in culture and communications and international law/relations. Yarilet has traveled various times outside the U.S., and previously worked for a legacy news media outlet, and other television networks. Currently she is focusing her work on law and policy (immigration), education, and public health.

Alexis Wainwright

Alexis Wainwright is a broadcast and print reporter focusing on politics and general assignment stories.

Currently a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s, the Medill School of Journalism, Alexis is also a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University with a B.S. in journalism and mass communications.

A native of the D.C. area, she has covered various events throughout the city, and traveled to Chicago, as well as a reporting project to South Africa.


Stephanie Rothman is a broadcast reporter focusing on general news with a highlight on political stories. Currently finishing up her master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, in the DC bureau. Last year she also graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in journalism. Currently interning at ABC 7 DC and reporting for Medill News Service, she plans to be a reporter in the coming years after completing her master’s degree.


Katherine Hyunjung Lee is a Washington-based business reporter focusing on U.S.-East Asia relations. She is currently working toward her joint bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism at Northwestern University. Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Katherine moved to Chicago in 2013 and spent four years reporting and writing stories on the diverse communities in North Side Chicago before she moved to Washington, D.C.


Astasia Williams is currently a Master of Candidate at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who acquired her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Dillard University in New Orleans. She is a part-time writer and full-time LeBron James enthusiast. Astasia has covered sports from the high school to professional levels from previous internships and schoolwork. After her time at Medill, she plans to cover sports on all levels for a plethora of platforms. Feel free to contact Astasia.

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Brent Schwartz is a sports reporter focusing on both broadcasting and print at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where he will receive his Master’s degree in August. Brent also attended North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Sport Management. After that, Brent spent over a year with The David Glenn Show, a sports radio show in North Carolina, as an assistant producer, as well as interning for Football Outsiders, dealing with databases. Currently, in addition to reporting for Medill News Service in the nation’s capital, Brent also interns with 98.5 The Sports Hub, producing sports web content for CBS Boston.  Brent is also originally from the Boston area, and would like to let everyone know that Tom Brady is the G.O.A.T.


Hannah is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, where she focuses on print business reporting. Prior to Medill, Hannah pursued a bachelor’s degree in international studies at the University of Michigan. Hannah’s interest in international relations and economics has brought her to Tokyo, Buenos Aires, London and Tel Aviv, among other places.


Christine Huang covers health and science for Medill News Service. Her work has also appeared in Huffington Post, Chicago Business Journal, Civil Eats and Edible Brooklyn, among other publications.


Jane Bodmer is a video reporter focused on documentary and long-form video work. Prior to enrolling at Medill for her master’s in journalism, the Chicago native worked in the nonprofit sector in Chicago and Evanston. She hopes to continue her passion for social justice after school.


Alan Suriel is a bilingual on-air sports reporter. He is a master’s candidate in the Medill School of Journalism. Alan came to Medill straight from undergrad where he received his bachelor’s degree in Communications at Pace University. Alan is currently focused on stories regarding minor league baseball, the NBA, and the NFL. He is also one third of the B.A.D. Topics sports show.


Lauren Baker is a broadcast and print reporter focusing on politics and general assignment stories. Currently a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s, the Medill School of Journalism, Lauren is also a graduate of Northern Illinois University where she received her B.A. in journalism with a minor  communication and a certificate of production. Originally from DeKalb, IL, she has covered various events throughout the Chicagoland. Lauren’s future goals are to become an anchor for a major network and continue to serve her community to her best potential.


Angel Idowu is Master of Science candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. As a broadcast and print reporter, Angel is specifically interested in reporting on issues for women and people of color. She is native Chicagoan, who acquired her Bachelor of Arts from Beloit College where she studied journalism and political science. Angel has over five years of reporting experience that has lead her from Janesville, WI to London, England. Long term, she hopes to take her reporting skills to the web as an online correspondent.

Fatemeh Jamalpour

Before coming to the Medill, I was the journalist at Sharq newspaper, the most prestigious, reformist paper in Iran. I wrote stories on women’s rights issues, human rights, abnormalities and I covered city council meetings.

Before that, I got my masters degree in journalism from Allameh Tabatabai University in Tehran, Iran and worked at ISNA and covered welfare issues about people at the lowest support levels.

During that time I won awards such as The Plaque of Recognition for outstanding achievement in Media 2012, The Javan-e Bartar award is annually given by the Ministry of Sport and Youth to recognize top students in different majors and Best interview in the field of abnormalities; 2016

Best interview in welfare issues 2016

From my journalistic ambitions in Iran to a journalism student at Medill, I have burned the midnight oil to become independent, showing how resolute I can be.

After starting the Medill program, I wrote stories about issues surrounding Chicago-area about minorities and Muslim immigrants and refugees.  After that, I focused on multimedia storytelling.

Recently I completed a documentary about an Afghan refugee family who moved to Chicago on the day President Trump signed his Executive Order banning travel by Muslims. I tried to show how political decisions effected  ordinary people.

I am in D.C now, and my focus is on international relations and foreign policy. Regarding my familiarity with Iran and the broader Middle East, and in the midst of all conflicts in the region, I want to provide fresh and nuanced perspectives on political and cultural life in the area for media.


A social-justice reporter, Katanga Johnson covers the impact of legislation on communities around the U.S. Before Medill, he embedded within Ecuadorian villages on the faith beat. He anticipates using his Masters of Science in Journalism to produce content within long-form magazine feature writing and mini documentaries. Katanga hails from the Islands of The Bahamas.

Xufei Geng

Xufei Geng is a bilingual broadcast and video journalist with concentrations in social justice, politics and human-interest stories. She is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.  During her time in Medill, she has reported on various issues, including a documentary story and news show about Alzheimer’s disease. She also traveled to South Africa and did a series of stories about Chinese immigrants there. After Medill, she wants to be a bilingual storyteller.