Medill News Service Reporters

Julia Benbrook

Julia Benbrook is a graduate student at the Northwestern Medill School of Journalism, where she specializes in politics, policy and foreign affairs reporting. Before joining Medill, Julia worked as an anchor and reporter at the CBS affiliate in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then as a special events reporter for Oklahoma State University’s Brand Management team. Julia has conducted on camera interviews with Joan Lunden, formerly of Good Morning America, Michael Che and Kenan Thompson of Saturday Night Live and Daymond John of Shark Tank. She has also interviewed Broadway stars, members of the New York Philharmonic and national business leaders. Julia graduated Summa Cum Laude at Oklahoma State University in 2017.

Cheyanne M. Daniels

Cheyanne M. Daniels is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she is specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from North Central College, where she served as News Editor at The Chronicle News Magazine and NCClinked. In her time as a reporter, Cheyanne has interviewed congresswomen, gubernatorial candidates and community organizers. Cheyanne is currently working as the Research Scholar in the inaugural class of Notre Dame’s Journalism, Ethics and Democracy Institute.

Alicia Diaz

Alicia Diaz is a master’s student at the Medill School of Journalism, where she is expected to graduate in June 2021. Alicia is specializing in Politics, Policy, and Foreign Affairs, and she is currently covering education and business for Medill News Service. She is also interested in reporting on immigration, politics, healthcare policy, and social justice. Prior to Medill, Alicia received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in May 2020, where she studied marketing and business analytics.

Dalia Faheid

Dalia Faheid is a graduate student specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She covers immigration and demographics for Medill News Service. Dalia graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2017, where she majored in Emerging Media and Communication. As an undergraduate student, she interned at Dallas City Hall and the Muslim Legal Fund of America. After she graduated, she worked as a technical writer for a financial software company. Most recently, she was an editorial intern at People Newspapers, where she authored articles for two monthly newspapers in the Dallas communities of Park Cities and Preston Hollow.

Karli Goldenberg

Karli Goldenberg is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. Currently, she covers immigration and demographics for Medill News Service. Her reporting has taken her from Chicago to Argentina and the West Bank. Karli graduated in June 2019 from Northwestern University, where she studied journalism and English literature. Prior to joining Medill’s D.C. bureau, she investigated Chicago’s criminal justice system with Injustice Watch, fact-checked former President Mauricio Macri with Chequeado, and made her audio debut with WNIN’s ¿Qué pasa, Midwest? podcast, an NPR affiliate station that serves the tri-state area. Karli is passionate about global affairs, bilingual reporting and trauma-informed reporting.

Hangyun Kim

Hangyun Kim is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. Hangyun majored in international affairs at George Washington University and worked at a think tank, human rights organization, law firm, accounting firm, and embassy in Seoul, Washington DC and Montevideo, Uruguay. Aside from Korean and English, Hangyun is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese and is learning Japanese. With Medill’s comprehensive training, Hangyun hopes to develop career paths in South Korea’s news industry and be the first correspondent stationed in Pyongyang once North Korea opens the door.

Kathleen Livingstone

Kathleen Livingstone is a graduate student in the Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs specialization at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Currently the Health and Science reporter for Medill News Service, she is originally from Florida and brings over a decade of writing experience to the team along with a global perspective on important issues of the day. She graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Italian Studies in 2009 before moving to Italy to teach English for several years. She eventually earned a Master’s in Gender Studies from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where she spearheaded public awareness campaigns for gender equality and presented her research on gendered immigration across Europe. Later, she became a Fulbright Fellow who directed a social theater and public awareness campaign in Albania with the help of the U.S. embassy and international organizations. Before joining Medill, Kathleen focused on learning how to communicate with an impact by providing cause marketing and other services through her independent marketing company Sassovivente. She speaks Italian fluently and has a working knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese and Albanian.

Arnab Mondal

Arnab Mondal is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications where he specializes in Social Justice & Investigative reporting. Before Medill, he completed his Masters degree in English from Jadavpur University, India, and was working as social justice reporter at the Eastern Chronicle, an English daily, where he reported on crime, civil rights violations and protests. At Medill, Mondal has reported on public safety issues in Chicago and human rights violations in Puerto Rico. He was also part of the Medill Investigative Lab where he reported coronavirus stories for the Washington Post. He worked on two hate-crimes investigative projects with the Chicago Reporter and on another long-term investigative project with prominent journalists Gary Marx and David Jackson.

Madison Muller

Madison Muller is from Chicago, and won’t let you forget it. She is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism specializing in social justice and investigative reporting. As an undergraduate student at Northwestern, Madison studied journalism and reported on racial disparities in Chicago. Since graduating, she has worked as the assistant editor for Better Chicago and as a freelance photojournalist covering local/community news. She will cover social and racial justice during the fall for the Medill News Service, focusing on the importance of equitable, non-parachute journalism.

Nico Portuondo

Nico Portuondo is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications, where he specializes in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. He recently completed a media internship at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and now covers Environmental Policy at Medill’s Washington D.C. bureau. Nico graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in May of 2019, where he majored in Environmental Science and Policy.

Amanda Rooker

Amanda Rooker is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. As a former Northwestern undergraduate, Amanda double-majored in journalism and political science with a focus on video and broadcast. Her work has taken her across the globe, having reported on environmental issues in Cuba, the Iowa Caucus in Iowa City, and local politics, immigration and legal affairs in Chicago. During college, she also conducted research on education as a Farrell Fellow and studied the European Union in Paris. Currently, Amanda covers politics for Medill News Service.

Augusta Saraiva

Augusta Saraiva is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she specializes in politics, policy, and foreign affairs. A multilingual journalist, she has reported in English, Portuguese and Spanish for publications in the U.S., Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. She has also covered the business of international education in China and has held internships at the trade bloc Mercosur and the Organization of American States (OAS). In addition to covering immigration for Medill News Service, she is currently an intern at Foreign Policy magazine.

Jay Silver

Jay Silver is a Masters candidate from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with a concentration in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. He graduated in May 2020 from Marist College with a Political Science major and Journalism and Music minors. At Marist, he worked for the Marist Institute for Public Opinion as a media assistant where he covered the 2020 Democratic New Hampshire Primaries. He is currently freelancing at stropsE and is the host of a weekly podcast, The Election Show: A Podcast for the New Voter.

India Walton

India Walton is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications where she specializes in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs with a focus on education. India graduated from Dillard University where she served as Editor-in-chief for the university’s newspaper, The Courtbouillon. She interned with the New Orleans City Council and for the Committee on Homeland Security under U.S. Rep. Congressman Bennie G. Thompson.