Medill News Service Reporters
Rashida Sherie Anderson-Abdullah is a graduate of Des Moines Area Community College and the University of Illinois—Chicago, graduating in 2019 with a B.A. in political science. In her reporting, she covers education, public safety, and arts and entertainment. She is currently a graduate student journalist at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she specializes in politics, policy and foreign affairs.
Joslyn Lopez-Richardson is a graduate student at Northwestern Medill specializing in the Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs program. Before her time at Medill, she graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Political Science and Economics. She also spent time working as a Constituent Service Representative in immigration from the United States Senate.
Kaila Nichols is a senior in the accelerated master’s program at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Upon graduation, she will receive both her bachelor’s in journalism as well as her master’s in journalism with a specialization in politics, policy and foreign affairs. She covers the politics beat for the Medill News Service. Her past experience includes anchoring and producing the Northwestern News Network and writing for The Daily Northwestern. This summer, she interned at Good Morning America where she wrote scripts and produced stories.
Dante Nieto (Erik Dante Nieto) is a graduate of Goddard College with a concentration in global politics, Journalism, and Economics. Now a graduate student at Northwestern University, they cover politics and immigration as a reporter for Medill News Service.
Emma Ricketts is a graduate student at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where she specializes in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. Prior to Medill, she practiced as a lawyer in New Zealand focusing on climate-related risk and public law issues. She earned her undergraduate degrees in law, history and French at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington.
Grant Schwab is a government bureaucrat turned journalist. He has a Master’s degree in public policy and previously worked as a state budget analyst in North Carolina. He currently covers demographics for the Medill News Service.
Christina van Waasbergen
Christina van Waasbergen is an accelerated master’s student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, completing both the final year of her bachelor’s degree with a double major in journalism and political science as well as a master’s in journalism with a specialization in politics, policy and foreign affairs concurrently. Christina covers politics for the Medill News Service. She previously reported for The Daily Northwestern, spent a quarter covering immigration for the Medill News Service as an undergraduate and completed a journalism residency in Phoenix, Arizona covering health issues for The Arizona Republic.
Pingping Yin is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in the Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs program. Prior to Medill, Pingping was a reporter from the News Features Department at Xinhua Daily Telegraph, a newspaper owned by the China State News Agency, Xinhua. There, she covered feature stories related to policy changes in various areas, including healthcare and education.