Medill News Service Reporters

Caty Buchaniec

Catherine Buchaniec is a graduate student at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where she specializes in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. She interned with The Capitol Forum and the Medill Investigative Lab. She covers national security for the Medill News Service.

@caty_buchaniec

Courtney Degen

Courtney Degen is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a part of the Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs specialization. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an undergraduate student, she also worked as a reporter for the Madison Commons, a local news source centered on community issues. She covers education for the Medill News Service.

@c_degen725

Cristobella Durrette

Cristobella Durrette is a graduate student at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where she specializes in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the University of Houston and interned with Houston Public Media, the city’s NPR affiliate. She covers national security for the Medill News Service.

@crist0bella

Ariel Gans

Ariel Gans is a graduate student at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs reporting. Ariel interns for OpenSecrets, where she reports on money in politics and investigates its effect on elections and policy. She received a BA in Political Science and a BS in Society & Environment from the University of California, Berkeley. She covers business and finance for the Medill News Service.

@ArielRGans

Katherine Huggins

Katherine Huggins is a graduate journalism student specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. She graduated from The New School in New York in May, where she earned a Bachelor’s in Journalism + Design. She previously worked as an editor and producer for Public Seminar, and as an editorial intern for uPolitics. She works as a part-time writer at Mediaite and she covers business for the Medill News Service.

@katherinehuggi

Jay Shakur

Jay is currently a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism specializing in Politics, Policy, and Foreign Affairs. Jay is a native of Chicago and a graduate of Howard University where he earned a BA in Journalism and a minor in Political Science. He is a part-time freelance journalist. He is covering education for the Medill News Service. 

@iamjayshakur

Annie Klingenberg

Annie Klingenberg is a graduate student at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism specializing in politics and broadcast. She recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a double major in political science and communication. She covers politics for the Medill News Service.

@itsanniekling

Jeannie Kopstein

Jeannie Michele Kopstein is a graduate student at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. She recently graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing with a minor in Communication Studies. She has considerable experience with video reporting, documentary film and campaign communications. She covers politics for the Medill News Service.

@Jeannie_Michele

Jonathan Lehrfeld

Jonathan Lehrfeld is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism specializing in Politics, Policy & Foreign Affairs. He is based in Washington, D.C. Jonathan received his undergraduate degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University. He also works with Mosheh Oinounou, the former Executive Producer of CBS Evening News, for his news Instagram account @mosheh. He covers national security and foreign policy for Medill News Service.

Andrew Marquardt

Andrew Marquardt is a graduate student at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. Andrew graduated from Northwestern University, where he studied journalism and history. He has experience in journalism covering oil and natural gas markets for Bloomberg News, and breaking news for Fortune Magazine. He covers health and science for the Medill News Service.

Isabel Miller

Isabel Miller is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with a focus on Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. Before coming to Medill, she was a journalism student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale with experiences in photojournalism and media. She focuses on how political issues affect rural communities for the Medill News Service.

Zoya Mirza

Zoya Mirza is a graduate student at the Medill School of Journalism. She specializes in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. Zoya received her undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College, with a year spent abroad at the University of Oxford, concentrating in Political Science, Global History and Journalism. Her past experiences include news reporting and writing, editorial work in book publishing, and conducting political analysis for NGOs and think tanks. She covers national security for the Medill News Service.

Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. She earned her BA in journalism from the University of Oregon Clark Honors College, with minors in French, English and creative writing. She was managing editor and co-author of the investigative reporting book, “Classroom 15,” published this January and featured in the New York Times. She covers politics for the Medill News Service.

Allison Novelo

Allison Novelo is a graduate student at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where she specializes in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. Prior to coming to Medill, she attended the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign where she studied economics and political science. Additionally, she is currently serving in the National Guard as a Public Affairs Specialist. She covers health and science for the Medill News Service.

Hannah Schoenbaum

Hannah Schoenbaum is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in the Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs program. Prior to Medill, Hannah earned her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Boston University and worked as the Massachusetts State House Correspondent for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. She is a proud member of NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists. She covers housing and transportation for the Medill News Service.

Julia Shapero

Julia Shapero is a graduate student at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs reporting. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in neuroscience from UCLA. She covers politics for the Medill News Service.