The reporters

Spring 2010 Medill Washington class
Students, staff and faculty from Spring 2010 in Medill’s Washington program.

• Natalie Bailey graduated with a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in June 2010. She’s now reporting from Thailand for IRIN, the United Nations’ news service.

• Michael Beller is a sports journalist from Chicago’s northern suburbs. His work has appeared in MarketWatch and McClatchy Newspapers, including the Miami Herald. He earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007 and a master’s from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in June 2010. While journalism school shunned sports, Michael compensated by covering the business of sports throughout his time at Medill. He starts later this month as the sports editor for Patch in Northern Virginia.

• Jessica Binsch holds a B.A. in Communications from the Free University of Berlin. She has completed a number of internships in the media world and is about to return to Medill’s Washington program for a fifth-quarter national security journalism reporting fellowship. Her master’s from Northwestern University will be awarded this year. Follow Jessica on Twitter or visit her website.

• Lauren E. Bohn is a multi-platform freelance journalist and 2010-2011 Fulbright fellow and scholar in Egypt. She will be studying Arabic at the Hedayet Institute for Arabic Studies and Middle East Studies at the American University in Cairo. She has previously worked as an intern at TIME magazine, where she wrote for She also interned at CNN under Soledad O’Brien and Christiane Amanpour, CBS News in New York and Cosmopolitan magazine. She received her master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism in June 2010. For more about Lauren, please see

• Camille Doty graduated with a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in June 2010. In Washington, Camille interviewed members of Congress, military families, and undocumented immigrants pursuing higher education. She’s also had the opportunity to attend press conferences with President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. For more about Camille, please see

• Lauren Drell graduated with a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Medill at Northwestern University in June 2010. A native Californian, Lauren experienced the East Coast as an undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania. She liked what she saw (seasons, snowfall and Gothic architecture) and decided to stay back east after graduation, so she moved to NYC to explore the Big Apple and to write for a living. After a year of freelance copywriting, she came to Medill. She now works at AOL Small Business in New York City, where she reports on small business and shoots and edits video of entrepreneurs.

• Mari Fagel graduated from Medill in June. She got her start in journalism as a reporter for KSNT, the NBC affiliate in Topeka, Kansas. She also worked with NBC on its Decision 2008 election coverage and she has interned for NBC Nightly News and Fox Chicago.

• Max Frumes is a business reporter and multimedia journalist. He is a 2010 graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a master of science, specializing in financial journalism. He earned a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. Frumes has been published in the Wall Street Journal Digital Network’s MarketWatch, Washington Post-owned, and McClatchy Newspapers. He’s starting a full-time reporting job soon with The Deal in New York City.

• Eleanor Goldberg received her master’s degree in June from Medill, concentrating on business reporting. Her undergraduate degree is in English and American literature, with a minor in journalism, from New York University. She also studied and volunteered in Israel for a year between high school and college through the Young Judea Year Course. Most recently, Eleanor covered religion, faith and ethics for Medill and the Religion News Service. Eleanor is now the Israel Project’s Web Advocacy fellow in D.C.

• Graydon Gordian was a reporter for the Medill News Service, where he covered national security. After graduating from Vassar College, Gordian worked in politics, first for a consulting firm in Chicago, and then as a field organizer for the Obama campaign in Michigan. He is the founder of 48 Minutes of Hell, an ESPN-affiliate blog that covers the San Antonio Spurs, as well as a contributing writer for the Rumble, a Sporting News blog about boxing.

• Justine Jablonska covered the political and international policy beats during her time in Medill’s DC newsroom. Her articles appeared in the Washington Post, McClatchy, Politics Daily and Federal Times, and ranged from a three-part series on the Katyn massacre of 1940 and its implications for Russian, Polish and US relations, to live-blogging and tweeting a “Warring Futures” conference at the Army Navy Club. Justine is currently interning with the International Crisis Group in Washington, DC, with a focus on writing and producing podcasts about the organization’s work in – among others – Pakistan, Sudan, Kosovo and Sri Lanka. For more on Justine, visit her website.

• Christina Lee graduated in June 2010 from Medill, with a concentration in financial journalism. She’s currently interning in Washington at Platts, a McGraw-Hill business-to-business publication focused on energy news. For more about Christina, please visit her website.

• John Lund started as a reporter for WILX TV 10 in July 2010. He is a native Michigander, born and raised in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe. John graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history. He earned his master’s degree in June 2010 from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

• Lahaina Mondonedo is a multimedia reporter trained as a one-woman-band journalist. She has experience reporting on a variety of stories in Washington and Chicago, including the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, as well as youth violence and education issues. A recent graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Lahaina’s master’s degree is concentrated on broadcast producing. For more on Lahaina, visit her website.

• Chika Oduah received her master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism in June 2010. Chika has experience in radio, television, newspaper and podcasting. She is interested in international issues and human rights advocacy. As a native of Nigeria, she is passionate about telling the stories of Africans and views journalism as a way to empower the global audience.

• Jeniece Pettitt grew up in Grosse Pointe, Mich. and discovered her love for journalism while studying broadcast news at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After college she worked at Plum TV in Vail where she was a producer, editor, camerawoman, director, host and manager. Jeniece received her master’s degree in June 2010 from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where she studied business reporting and interactive media. She currently works for Bloomberg Television in Washington. For more about Jeniece, visit her website.

• Jacqui Ryan is currently a journalist at Health-e News Service. She’s returning to Medill in Washington this fall for a national security reporting fellowship. She will receive her master’s from Northwestern in 2010.

• Paul Schott graduated in June 2010 from Medill with a master’s in broadcast journalism.

• Abby Sewell graduated in June 2010 from Medill with a master’s degree. While reporting for Medill in Washington, her work was published in McClatchy Newspapers, Politics Daily and The Washington Post. She’s now a reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

• Danny Sirdofsky graduated in June 2010 from Medill with a master’s degree. He reported on sports and the science of sports. Danny will start law school this fall.

• Kelsey Snell assisted the legal team at the Environmental Law & Policy Center in Chicago before entering the Medill School of Journalism. She worked on environmental issues ranging from disinfection of the Chicago Area Waterways to Clean Air Act litigation involving Midwest coal plants. Snell has a background in urban politics and policy. Previously, she worked as an editor and writer covering Chicago politics and the arts for a variety of local publications. Snell has a B.A. in political science from DePaul University with a minor in journalism. She graduated with her master’s from Medill in June 2010. She’s currently interning at NPR.

• Annie Snider has reported on environment, national security and religion in Washington and Chicago while pursuing a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University. She’ll be back in Washington this fall as a Medill national security journalism fellow. Before becoming a journalist, she spent four years working for a national environmental NGO.

• Bree Tracey is a multimedia reporter, trained as a one-woman band. She has worked extensively in Washington. Bree graduated in June 2010 from the Medill School of Journalism, with a concentration in broadcast news. For more on Bree, visit her website.

• Alice Truong graduated in June 2010 from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a master’s in business journalism and a bachelor’s in print and online journalism and political science. She now works for The Wall Street Journal in New York and will soon be joining the Journal’s Hong Kong bureau. While at Medill, her work regularly appeared in MarketWatch and the WSJ. For more about Alice, please see

• Melissa Tussing is a local editor for She graduated in June from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Want to know a whole lot more? Visit

• Janeen Wynn has a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism. During her time at Medill. she reported for various publications including The Northwest Indiana Times, Austin Weekly, McClatchy Newspapers and more. Her work was aired on Chicago station WCIU and TV2 in the Virgin Islands. She also anchored, produced and reported for a weekly 30-minute news program that aired on Evanston’s Channel 6. Visit her website to learn more.

• Danny Yadron covered education for Medill in Washington, writing often for Politics Daily and McClatchy. He graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in June 2010 and now reports for The Wall Street Journal. In the past, he’s done time as a state politics reporter for the Austin American-Statesman in Texas and a city desk reporter for The Buffalo News in New York.