Medill News Service Reporters

Aishwarya Airy

Aishwarya Airy is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications, where she is specializing in reporting on Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. Hailing from India, she covered conflict and human rights issues in the state of Kashmir as an independent documentarian. While working at the Times of India, a national Indian daily, she covered elections in her country, working mainly with data. Prior to joining Medill’s Washington D.C., bureau, Aishwarya gained more reporting experience in Chicago.

Shirin Ali

Shirin Ali is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she specializes in magazine writing. She is also currently interning at The Fulcrum, reporting and writing on political news related to American democracy, as well as writing about politics for Medill News Service. During her time at Medill, she has focused on political reporting, writing extensively about the 2020 democratic primaries. Shirin is a graduate of DePaul University and a Chicago native.

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Samone Blair

Samone Blair is a graduate student at the Northwestern Medill School of Journalism, where she is specializing in video & broadcast. Currently she is covering politics for Medill News Service. Samone is a graduate of Princeton University, where she concentrated in Near Eastern Studies and received certificates in African Studies and The History & Practice of Diplomacy. Prior to Medill, Samone worked at Qualtrics by SAP as a Customer Success Consultant, where she advised customers and produced webinars. Samone aims to make political news accessible through video.

Kelly Cannon

Kelly Cannon is a journalist and lawyer based in Washington, D.C. She is currently a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a production intern for “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” at ABC News. Kelly’s reporting took her to Lebanon and Chicago before she joined Medill’s Washington, D.C. bureau where she covers politics, policy and foreign affairs. Kelly is a graduate of Boston College (B.A.) and Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D.). She most recently received a master’s degree (LL.M.) with high honors from King’s College London for her dissertation on issues of U.S. policy in international law.

Nicole Girten

Nicole Girten covers politics for Medill News Service. She is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in the magazine specialization. She previously worked as a photo producer and entertainment writer for United Press International. She graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University in 2016.

LaTesha Harris

LaTesha Harris is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications where she specializes in investigative reporting and social justice. Her work has taken her across the globe, having reported on entertainment in Los Angeles, racial justice in cannabis as well as immigration in Chicago, gender-based violence in South Africa and the international student experience in China. Currently, she is covering housing and transportation for Medill News Service.

Hannah Farrow

Hannah Farrow has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa; while in school she interned for the Tampa Bay Times. She now is enrolled in the master’s program at the Medill School of Journalism. She is interning at Education Week and also covering education for Medill News Service.

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications, where he has written about transportation and will write about politics. He is specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs at Medill, and he will join Medill’s Washington, D.C., bureau in late September 2019. Brian graduated with Highest Distinction from Indiana University in May of 2019, where he majored in history and political science and minored in economics.

Alyk Kenlan

Alyk Russell Kenlan covers national security for Medill News Service. Born in Western North Carolina, Alyk is a master’s candidate at Northwestern University. Alyk completed his B.A. at Carleton College in Minnesota. During college, Alyk worked for KRLX 88.1-FM, a Northfield, Minnesota, radio station. After graduation, he worked as a photographer in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Taipei and Kigali. And he was the art director for a marketing startup in Hangzhou before enrolling at Northwestern. He speaks Chinese and has a particular interest in Chinese foreign policy and international business.

Silvia Martelli

Silvia Martelli is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing where she is specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. Her reporting took her to Italy, the UK, Sweden and Chicago before she joined Medill’s Washington, D.C., bureau. Silvia graduated cum laude in July 2019 from Cardiff University, where she studied journalism and politics. She works as a freelance for the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, where she interned duringthe summer of 2018.

Anabel Mendoza

Anabel Mendoza is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism specializing in social justice and investigative reporting. As a former Northwestern undergraduate, Anabel double-majored in journalism and Latinx Studies and conducted independent research on Latinx immigration as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Before joining Medill’s Washington program, she covered immigrant rights issues in Chicago and will continue reporting on immigration and demographics for the Medill News Service.

Henry Ren

Henry Ren covers business for Medill News Service. He is a graduate journalism student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. In 2019, Henry graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, where he studied Environmental Engineering and Economics. His wide knowledge in different disciplines enables him to cover topics including business, science and environment with depth. Henry will join Bloomberg News as a news intern in September.

Megan Sauer

Megan Sauer grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and developed a passion for journalism that led her to Adrian College, where she wrote for the college newspaper, marketing department and development office. Since becoming a graduate student at Northwestern University, she has written about a wide variety of topics like disparities in automatic voter registration, international travel during COVID-19 and synchronized skating. Now she is covering business for Medill News Service.

Joe Snell

Joe Snell is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs with a focus on the Middle East. His reporting has taken him across the world to Texas, California, Chicago, D.C., Germany and Iraq covering Middle East communities including the Assyrians and Yazidis. Joe graduated from the University of Southern California, where he studied film and business law. He is the founder and editor of The Assyrian Journal, an online news site covering the global Assyrian community. Most recently, Joe worked as a reporter for a newspaper and magazine in Texas. This fall, he joined Medill’s Washington, D.C., bureau.

Amy Sokolow

Amy Sokolow is a master’s student at the Medill School of Journalism, set to graduate in August. She currently covers health and science for Medill News Service and Stat News. Prior to Medill, Amy was a fellow at The Atlantic magazine. She received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, where she studied film and media studies, sociology and entrepreneurship. In addition to health reporting, Amy is also interested in covering technology, education, media and social justice.

Xurui Tan

Xurui (Echo) Tan is from China and has a background in Chinese Literature. In the graduate program at the Medill School of Journalism, she is in the magazine specialization and mainly covered arts and culture for her first three quarters and is interested in data analysis, video editing and audio editing. She is covering health and science for Medill News Service.

Sara Wilson

Sara Wilson is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill
School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications. She
is specializing in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs and intends to write
about national politics and Congress. She grew up in Thousand Oaks,
California. Sara graduated summa cum laude in 2019 from The University of
Alabama, where she studied political science and journalism. She was a
member of the University Fellows Experience and researched the state of
Alabama scholastic journalism for her culminating senior project in that
program. She has held internships at the office of Member of Parliament
Chuka Umunna, the office of Senator Kamala Harris and with the San Diego
County Democratic Party.