The Miami Planet is a production of the University of Miami‘s Knight Center for International Media and its School of Communication in collaboration with Florida International University and Miami Dade College with generous support from Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. It focuses on South Florida and its environment and is aimed at a worldwide audience.
Gregory J. Shepherd
School of Communication
Joseph B. Treaster
Knight Chair in Cross-Cultural Communication
Kim Grinfeder, Jane Daugherty, Bruce Garrison, Tsitsi D. Wakhisi, Yves Colon, Rafael Lima,
Robert Radziewicz, Ileana Oroza, Fred Blevens, Merwin Sigale
Director of Photography
Deputy Directors of Photography
Adrianne D’Angelo, Natalie Edgar, Katie Sikora
Kateryna Gontaruk, Jeesun Kim, Nicole Collazo, Lauren Janetos, Natasha Tomchin
Alysha Khan, Jordan Coyne, Brenda Krebs, Terence Shepherd, John Hopkins, Kenn Finkel, Rich Bard,
Mel Frishman, Joseph Mann
Reporters and Photographers
Alejandra Acuna is a sophomore majoring in journalism and international studies at the University of Miami. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Acuna speaks Spanish and English and has a strong connection with Latin American issues. She is a member of President’s 100 program and represents President Donna Shalala through her position as an ambassador of the university. As an avid member of the Model United Nations team, Acuna debates current, past and future issues with other university students at national conferences. She hopes to become a writer for an established magazine in the areas of art, travel, food and wine.
Carolina Alcala is a senior at Florida International University, majoring in print journalism. She is currently doing an internship with NBC Universal/Telemundo. Alcala plans to continue her education through a doctorate in sociology, then jump into the world of backpack journalism and documentary filmmaking. She also hopes to conduct research on different societies and explore the possibility of becoming a CNN correspondent or freelance writer.
Andreas Arentoft is an exchange student from the University of Copenhagen and a senior majoring in political science at the University of Miami. He grew up in Copenhagen and graduated from Falkonergaardens Gymnasium, a high school in Denmark known for its sports education program. Arentoff is a former professional handball player and represented his former club in the Handball Players Association. While studying in Denmark he was employed as a human resources consultant at Falck, a large Danish emergency rescue company. Arentoff has worked on research projects elsewhere in Europe.
Allison Baer is a freshman at the University of Miami, where she has a double major in journalism and Spanish. She worked for her high school yearbook, Retrospect, as a writer, photographer and editor of the People Section. She also served as director of business and finance and editor-in-chief. Her photos also have appeared in The Spartana, her high school newspaper, and in Surplus, a monthly supplement to The Spartana. In 2010, Baer created The Darkroom Coffeehouse, a before-school coffeehouse fundraiser for Retrospect. She also established a photography business - allisonbaerphotography.com - based in her hometown, Fort Wayne, Ind. Baer’s photos of of the CNJ 111 student writers for The Miami Planet appear on this website.
Camila Bernal is a junior at Miami Dade College and has been accepted to Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts for the spring 2012 term. She is majoring in fine arts with a concentration in photography and doing the Nexus minor in journalism. She was born in Cali, Colombia, moved to the United States at the age of 7, and graduated from Coral Reef Senior High School. She is currently an intern at Univision WLTV-DT in the news department.
Anabell Bernot is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism and theatre with a minor in French at the University of Miami. She is involved with the Frost School of Music’s Woman Chorale. Her interests include music and environmental studies. She aspires to be an entertainment reporter.
Stephanie Beyl is in her final semester at the School of Communication of the University of Miami, double majoring in public relations and international studies. She is the president of UM’s chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America. She has also participated in the field experience program, including writing a story for the Florida Panthers Web site. She is currently a communications intern for South Florida National Parks Trust and has previously interned with Paramount Pictures Publicity and Terry Hines & Associates.
Alexandra Blaney is a senior majoring in journalism and English literature at the University of Miami. After transferring from the University of San Diego in 2009, she has contributed to the school's newspaper, The Miami Hurricane, and is currently the blog editor for the school's magazine, Distraction. Last fall she wrote for the UM national parks website (http://ournationalparks.us), publishing articles and photographs about kayaking in Biscayne Bay and hiking in the Everglades. She has also spent time interning and contributing to other publications such as Back/Slash Magazine and 944 Magazine. At this time, Blaney is interning at a local radio station.
Jonathan Borge is a junior double majoring in journalism and political science with a minor in sport administration. Borge is from Miami and is interested in lifestyle reporting. He hopes to freelance and edit for multiple travel, leisure, fashion and food-related publications with the ultimate goal of becoming a magazine editor. Currently, Borge is the executive editor of UM’s Distraction magazine and the assistant news editor of The Miami Hurricane. His work has been published in Ocean Drive, oceandrive.com, Distraction, The Miami Hurricane and Grand Avenue News.
Jason Box is an Australian exchange student studying Zoology at the University of Miami. He graduated from Busselton Senior High School in Western Australia and went on to study at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. He transferred to James Cook University in Townsville, on the northeast coast of Australia. He has trapped pythons and poisonous snakes in the bush near Townsville as a research assistant at James Cook University. He is a SCUBA diver with more than 60 dives.
Isabel Brador is a freshman journalism major at the University of Miami. Born in the Dominican Republic, Brador moved with her family to Miami when she was 10 months old. She is a graduate of Florida Christian School in Miami, where she was co-editor-in-chief of the school yearbook, The Patriot. She also was a member of the International Thespian Society. At UM, Brador is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Chip Brierre is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism at the University of Miami. He is from Richmond, Va., and is an active participant and producer on UMTV’s Sportsdesk and ‘Cane Street. Brierre is a sports radio talk show host and sports game day commentator on WVUM and has a blog titled www.allthingsmiamisports.com. He is a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, Alpha Chi Chapter, and works as a student assistant videographer for the University of Miami football team. He was graduated from Woodberry Forest School in 2010. While there, he broadcasted football and baseball games on the Internet and was a writer for the school’s newspaper.
Terence M. Brown is a University of Miami sophomore majoring in journalism and photography. He was born and raised in New York City where he attended DeWitt Clinton High School. Throughout high school, Brown played varsity football and volleyball.
Jack Burrus is a sophomore at the University of Miami. He is from Par City Utah and is studying Public Relations and Political Science. Jack has had experience working with film and photography at Park City Television station.
Rebecca Burton is a senior at Florida International University, majoring in print journalism and minoring in marine biology. She works for South Florida News Service and has completed an internship with NBC Miami in the digital media department, where she wrote online news and updated the website. She currently is interning in the Miami Herald's neighbors section. She hopes to write for an environmental journal or magazine, and pursue her master's degree in marine biology.
Ingrid Castillo is a journalism and international relations student at the University of Miami. She has lived in the Dominican Republic on and off and it was during her time there that she discovered her passion for journalism. Castillo has worked with the UM student newspaper and hopes that her time at the University of Miami will help advance her skills as a writer and reporter.
Vanessa Castillo is a senior at the University of Miami and is studying Visual Journalism with a concentration in Photojournalism and is second majoring in Art. She has been working with the school’s newspaper, The Miami Hurricane as a photographer. She has traveled to Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, South Africa, and recently studied abroad in Spain.
Mari Centeno-Ayala is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism and theatre. She originally from Venezuela and has a passion for radio, television and the entertainment arts. Her past experience in the industry includes interning for radio stations and record labels, entertainment reporting for a daily radio talk show, promotional work for radio stations, and on air co-hosting for an Internet radio show. She also has experience in hosting and reporting on special events, modeling, and has made appearances in music videos. While at UM, Mari hopes to start getting more involved in the campus media and plans to use her bicultural skills and experience to not only deliver entertainment reports, but most importantly, help others achieve their dreams.
Nancy Cermeño is a sophomore at Miami Dade College, studying English education and journalism. She is a volunteer at the Kendall Campus ACCESS services and spends her time taking notes for students with disabilities. She did not graduate from Miami Killian Senior High School but attained her GED. After taking a two-year break to care for her son, she returned to school and has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average. She will graduate next spring and hopes to transfer to the University of Miami next fall.
Adnan Charania is a junior economics major at the University of Miami. He attended Miami Country Day School in Miami Shores.
Brynne Cochran is a senior at the University of Miami majoring in public relations and ecosystem science and policy. She has interned in advertising sales, green marketing and public affairs. She worked as a researcher and editor on the book, The New Rules of Green Marketing by Jacquelyn Ottman, published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers in San Francisco. She grew up in Wellesley, Mass. and graduated from Wellesley High School.
Sarah Cohen is a graduate student in print journalism at the University of Miami. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Her articles have been published in print and online publications, including the Miami Herald, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale and the South Florida Times, which covers African-American and Caribbean issues. Born and raised in South Florida, she works as a copywriter, editor and blog manager for the online division of a marketing firm in Miramar, Fla.
Jesus Colmenarez is a sophomore majoring in mass communication/journalism at Miami Dade College. He is a graduate of Pablo Neruda High School in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He came to the United States at the age of 19 in 2006.
Ivana Cruz is a sophomore majoring in visual journalism and art with a concentration on graphic design at the University of Miami. She is the art director for Distraction, the campus magazine, and is a graphic designer for the School of Law at UM. Her passion is design, but she has loved to write since her early school years in the Dominican Republic, her home country. Her goal is to manage the art department for a well-known publication.
Nathan Currie is a junior studying journalism at the University of Miami. He is an exchange student from the University of Stirling in Scotland and grew up in Campbeltown on the west coast of the country. His main passion is radio and he has presented radio shows since the age of 15 and now is a DJ at the university's radio station, WVUM. He is also learning to work the audio desk at UMTV.
Jessica Daly Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Jessica Daly moved cross-country to study at the University of Miami. Currently a Junior, she is obtaining her undergraduate degree in Visual Journalism and International Studies, graduating with the Class of 2013. She has photographed for a Yahoo! fashion blog and was involved in a weekend workshop for the Society of Environmental Journalists' annual conference. She has an on-campus job working with the University Center, is a member of the Delta Gamma Fraternity, NPPA’s chapter at UMiami, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Jessica is currently looking for an internship, available for opportunities in Miami and San Diego.
Laura de la Fe is a senior at Florida International University, double majoring in journalism and sociology. She has worked for the university newspaper, The Beacon, as a contributing writer and is currently an intern at Telemundo network. De la Fe’s goal is to become an anchor and producer for a major news network.
Dunia Debk is a senior at Florida International University, majoring in broadcast journalism. She recently completed an internship with Univisión and is beginning another one with Telefutura, a network owned by Univisión. Debk has a strong interest in Spanish media and hopes that her internship will someday lead to a permanent position. Ultimately, she hopes to become a general assignment reporter and news anchor.
Lauren DeBow is a sophomore at Miami Dade College, studying English literature and journalism. She grew up in Key Largo, Fla., and graduated from Robert Morgan Educational Center. She works full time in the restaurant business while working on her degree.
Melayna Dong is a freshman visual communications major at the University of Miami. She grew up in Rochester Hills, Mich., but lived for six years in Shanghai, China, where she played varsity tennis for four years and served as captain during her senior year. At UM, she is a member of the tennis club and the Marine Mammal Stranding Team, a group that rescues and recovers marine mammals stranded on the beach. Dong is fluent in English and Chinese.
Chelsea Echeverria, 19, is majoring in journalism at Miami Dade College. She also enjoys photography.
Natalie Edgar is a senior at the University of Miami majoring in psychology with a minor in visual journalism. She is a photographer for the Miami Hurricane student newspaper and the university’s student magazine, Distraction. She is the treasurer of the student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association. She has held internships at Ocean Drive Magazine in Miami Beach and at the Non-Violence Project in Coral Gables, Fla. She has traveled in 9 countries in Latin America and Europe. For the past 3 years, she has worked in Nicaragua as a volunteer for Imagination Federation, a non-profit organization that works in education with young people. While in Nicaragua she took photographs that were published in Urbana, the literary magazine of Miami Dade College and received an award from the Florida Community College Press Association. She spent a summer studying photojournalism in Spain.
Jordan Emanuel is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism and Spanish at the University of Miami. Emanuel aspires to be an entertainment journalist on the E! entertainment network.
Alexandra Ezra, a senior in her final semester at the University of Miami, is majoring in international studies and public relations. She was born and raised in Manhattan. Last summer, she worked in the global production department of Sesame Workshop, focusing on the program’s co-productions in the Netherlands, Germany and Afghanistan. Alexandra spent her final month of summer in sports public relations projects in Scotland. She continues in the field of public relations as an intern with Zakarin Martinez Public Relations in Brickell.
Sandy Florez is a senior in the Journalism Program at the University of Miami. She is a freelance writer based in Miami, Fla., and her travel writing has been published on InternationalStudent.com and her short essays have appeared on Thought Catalog. She is currently a contributing editor at KeepCalmAndWriteOn.com, a collaborative blog targeted at twenty-somethings.
Adam Frenkel is a senior finance major at the University of Miami. He also has studied business and education in London and Israel. Frenkel has traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Europe.
Andy Garcia is a freshman at Miami Dade College, majoring in journalism. Born and raised in Miami, he graduated from Miami Killian Senior High School and wrote for his school newspaper, The Cougar's Roar. Garcia has lived in Milan, Italy, and has traveled extensively in Western Europe.
Edyna Beatriz Garcia is a senior double majoring in public relations and American studies at the University of Miami. Throughout her entire academic career, she has displayed a strong zeal for writing, traveling, shopping and the arts. She enjoys learning through conversation, observation and experiencing new cultures.
Nikhil Ghorpade is a sophomore at the University of Miami, studying public relations and ecosystem science and policy. He grew up in New Jersey and London and graduated from the American School in London. In high school at the Montclair Kimberley Academy, in Montclair NJ, he was on the varsity golf team and also played ice hockey. At the American School in London he played varsity rugby. During the summer of 2011 he worked in India, in the bio-gas division, for the Social Education and Development Society, a non-governmental organization that works on the environment and on education.
Jesse Goldblum is a freshman journalism major at the University of Miami, where he plays intramural Flag Football. He attended David Posnack Hebrew Day School in Davie, Fla.
Carlos Goldman was born and raised in Miami. He graduated from Miami Sunset Senior High School in 2009 and is currently enrolled at Miami Dade College, where he will graduate in the spring of 2012.
Daniela Goncalves is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism and criminology on a pre-law track with a minor in modern languages at the University of Miami. She currently holds staff positions on several shows on UMTV, including executive producer of UMTV Today and director of NewsVision. She is an intern at Coral Gables Television as a Portuguese translator, narrator, reporter and anchor. Her contributions to this website are her first endeavors in the field of print journalism.
Luana Goncalves is currently a junior majoring in broadcast journalism and political science at the University of Miami. She is a transfer student from Palm Beach State College and was the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, Beachcomber, at Palm Beach State. She also worked for the Boca Raton Tribune as a graphic designer, writer and photographer. Goncalves currently is the correspondent for Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce where her duties include writing, blogging, and photographing.
Luz Gonzalez is a senior at Miami-Dade College, majoring in mass communication/journalism and education. She grew up in Miami and graduated from Homestead Senior High School. She took journalism in high school and determined that this is what she wants to do in life.
Allison Gordon is a sophomore studying print journalism, psychology, and Education at the University of Miami. She is originally from Maryland and has interned at the Montgomery County Sentinel, where several of her articles were published in the printed newspaper. She is involved in a few clubs at the University of Miami, including Hurricane Productions, Students Helping Animals, and the Wakeboarding Club. She is also a member of a sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. She hopes to write for a magazine one day, and her dream job is working for National Geographic and getting to travel the world.
Sergio Guarneros is a journalism and English student at the University of Miami. He graduated from South Miami Senior High School at 16. He was in South Miami High’s Broadcasting Magnet program. He has written for Our National Parks.us. He is an intern at Actualidad 1020AM news radio in Coral Gables.
Katherine Guest is a sophomore currently studying Journalism at the University of Miami. She is from Toronto, Canada, and is a part of the Varsity Women’s Rowing team UM. She has worked with UMTV in master control room and Sports Desk as well as a photojournalist for the yearbook and The Miami Hurricane.
Rachel Hartman is a senior majoring in public relations and political science at the University of Miami. She has participated in the field experience program, including writing feature stories for the Florida Panthers’ NHL website and working with media at various other sports-related events in South Florida. She has contributed to the Ibis yearbook in the past and is currently a communications intern for Ford Models in Miami Beach.
Yael Herman is a University of Miami freshman majoring in journalism and political science. She was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and moved to Miami in 2009. She graduated from Hillel Community Day School in North Miami Beach where she was a member of the National Art Honor Society.
Victoria Hernandez is a freshman journalism major at the University of Miami. She was born in Anaheim, Calif., and grew up in Denver. She graduated from J.K. Mullen High School, where she managed the championship football team for two years. Hernandez also was a company member at the Allegro Dance Academy in Littleton, Colo., where she trained in ballet and lyrical style.
Matt Houston is a sophomore majoring in print journalism at the University of Miami. He is from Chevy Chase, Md., and graduated from the Maret School in Washington, D.C. At Maret, Houston was the captain of the golf team and a founding member of the Sports Discussion Club. He also writes about the NBA at a NESW blog, Stacheketball and runs his own blog called Momentum Three.
Tiffany Huertas is a senior at Florida International University, majoring in journalism and minoring in Tourism and Political Science. In 2009, she was an intern at Republica PR and later at Red Bull as Student Brand Manager for FIU. She interned for MTV Networks and NBC Miami, where she was chosen to anchor the intern newscast. This semester, Huertas is interning for Telemundo Networks.
Alexandra Hurtado, 20, is a junior at the University of Miami. Her work has been published in The Miami Hurricane.
Alyssa Karas is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism and psychology at the University of Miami. She works on the staff of the UM television station, UMTV, as both a reporter and part of the crew for the show UMTV Today. She hopes to pursue a career in television news reporting.
Iku Kawachi is a senior at the University of Miami majoring in journalism and geography. Born in Tottori, Japan, he has divided his life roughly evenly between the United States and Japan and received the IB Bilingual Diploma from Osaka International School. He worked on the yearbook staff for three years in high school, coordinating the staff his senior year, and has worked as an editor for the Ibis Yearbook. Mr. Kawachi has written articles and columns for The Miami Hurricane as well as the Ibis, served as president of the Aikido Club, and is currently the webmaster of UM Alternative Breaks. He has completed a minor in sport administration and is pursuing another in urban studies.
Alysha Khan is a sophomore majoring in Journalism and political science at the University of Miami. She is the news editor of The Miami Hurricane, the award-winning student newspaper, and interns with The Miami Herald. She has previously worked as a writer for davidsbeenhere.com, an intern for Miami Magazine, UM's alumni publication, and a graphic designer for the University of Miami’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
Kiernan King is a freshman journalism major at the University of Miami. He graduated with honors from John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas, and received an “Outstanding Performance” award in journalism his senior year. At UM, King is a member of the Intercollegiate Debate Team, the men’s club volleyball team, and STRIVE, an organization dedicated to service and leadership. He also is the public relations director at Stanford Residential College.
Carolina I. Lavayen is a senior at Florida International University, majoring in journalism and mass communication. She worked in the real estate lending industry for several years, but the market crash led her back to school to study journalism. Lavayen now is interning as a web content specialist at The Wellness Nutrition, LLC. She hopes writing for the web will lead to a career as a health writer for an online news organization or a columnist for a health magazine.
Jordana Levinson is a sophomore studying broadcast journalism and sports administration at the University of Miami. She is a native of South Florida and has interned with the Miami Heat’s broadcasting department for three years, where she has assisted in feature shoots, live broadcasts and community affairs events. She is also the first female team manager for the UM men’s basketball team.
Tai Lea Levy is a University of Miami sophomore majoring in media management and art history. She graduated from York Preparatory School in New York city where she served as the captain of the high school volleyball for two years. Levy, who has traveled extensively to Israel, Africa, Spain and Italy, speaks three languages - Hebrew, English and Spanish.
Kaeshawn Little is a sophomore journalism major at the University of Miami. From Brooklyn, N.Y., Little played basketball at Murry Bergtraum High School in New York city.
Alexa Lopez is a senior majoring in journalism and English literature at the University of Miami. She was born and raised in Miami and graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes Academy. Alexa is the editor in chief of The Miami Hurricane, the University of Miami’s student newspaper. She is an intern in the Neighors’ Section of The Miami Herald. Previously, she was an intern for The New York Times Regional Media Group in Gainesville, Fla., and worked on the copy/design desk at the Gainesville Sun and Ocala Star- Banner and as a rim editor for The New York Times’ wire service.
Laura Louis, a junior at the University of Miami, is studying broadcast journalism and history. Louis has been a longtime volunteer with several South Florida organizations including Citizens for a Better South Florida, United Way of Miami Dade, the NAACP Youth Council in South Dade and Students Working Against Tobacco.
Brandon Lumish is a junior majoring in print journalism and psychology at the University of Miami. He was born and raised in Miami. Lumish transferred from the University of Central Florida after his freshman year and he is looking forward to writing for a newspaper one day or work as an anchor for sports.
Roberto Manzano is a freelance writer in Miami, Florida. He has been a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He has a master’s degree in journalism from Florida International University and is working on a master’s degree in liberal studies at the University of Miami.
Daniel Maya is a sophomore at Miami Dade College, studying fine arts, theater and creative writing. He graduated from Miami Sunset Senior High but is originally from Queens in New York City. Daniel has been employed part time by Publix Super Markets for the past four years while being a full-time student.
Ashley McBride is a freshman at the University of Miami, where she is majoring in journalism. She was a track standout at King High School in Tampa, Fla., and placed three times in two high school state track and field meets. McBride has been published in the Clarion and The Scepter, King High School’s yearbook and newspaper. She has participated in the Florida Scholastic Press Association conference. At UM, she is a Hammond Scholar and participates in the United Black Students and Kids and Culture.
Ashley McKevitt is a senior at the University of Miami majoring in graphic design and photography with minors in visual journalism and art history. She is the Co-Design Director of the 2012 Ibis Yearbook, publicity chair of the Amnesty International student chapter at UM, and a freelance photographer for the Miami Hurricane newspaper. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greg Mendell, a junior at the University of Miami, is majoring in marketing with a minor in electronic media. From Easton, Conn., Mendell was a captain for the varsity basketball team at Joel Barlow High School. He is an intern at WAXY- AM (790) The Ticket in North Miami.
Sunny Middleton is a junior in the visual journalism and photography programs at the University of Miami. She recently worked in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy and served as the zone coordinator for the Miami-Dade Coastal Cleanup in which 3,000 people volunteered to clean 38 parks and beaches in Miami-Dade County. She is currently interning at World Red Eye, a visual celebrity lifestyle journal from Miami Beach.
Darci Miller is a junior majoring in journalism and sport administration at the University of Miami. She writes for UM's student newspaper, The Miami Hurricane, and has worked on the editorial staff for both the Sports and Opinion sections. She also contributes to UM's student magazine, Distraction. A New York native, she has completed internships with blogs Lovelyish.com and Healthkicker.com, and remains on staff as a contributing editor in addition to interning with Scholarships.com as well.
Aisha Moktadier is a freshman journalism major at the University of Miami. She is a photographer for The Miami Hurricane, UM’s campus newspaper. Moktadier is a graduate of South Miami Senior High School, where she was a part of the television production magnet program for four years. She has traveled widely throughout the Middle East and Asia.
Kathleen Molinaro is senior at the University of Miami studying broadcast journalism, theatre, and education. Originally from Baltimore, Marlyand, Molinaro is involved in her sorority and student government. She has worked with WBAL TV 11 in Baltimore’s and WTVJ Channel 6 in Miami.
Adriana Montoya is a senior at Florida International University, majoring in print journalism. An Honors College student for two years, she completed internships at the Miami Foundation, updating the news section of the foundation's website, and at Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Stuart, working as a full-time general assignment reporter. She currently is a Miami Herald intern for the neighbors section and Hialeah. She hopes to pursue a master's in speech-language pathology at FIU while working as a reporter.
Laura Morcate is a University of Miami sophomore majoring in journalism and international studies. A native of Miami, she graduated from Ronald Reagan Doral Senior High School where she contributed to the school newspaper. Morcate is a reporter for UM’s student-run “info-tainment” show, “UMTV Today.”
Christopher Necuze is a senior journalism major at Florida International University. He works as a videographer and video editor for FIU External Relations, but prior to that served as Editor in Chief of FIU's student newspaper, The Beacon. He arrived at FIU as a fine arts major before discovering a passion for journalism and storytelling. After graduation in December, Necuze hopes to begin work on a master’s in international relations. He aspires to be a documentary filmmaker and/or a foreign correspondent.
Cayla Nimmo is a junior at the University of Miami majoring in Visual Journalism and History. Cayla interned in the audio/visual department at Maine Media Workshops and College summer of 2011 and is currently the Assistant Photo Editor of "The Miami Hurricane" and Co-Photo Editor of the "Ibis Yearbook."
Daniela Noguera is a junior broadcast journalism major at the University of Miami. She was born in Bogota, Colombia, and moved to Miami with her family when she was 10 years old. At UM, Noguera is a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America, Students Helping Animals, Alliance of Latin American Students and UMTV, the university’s television channel. She is an intern at Telemundo Network with NBC Universal.
Rosa Orihuela is a junior majoring in print journalism and computer science with a minor in Latin American studies at the University of Miami. She is a frequent contributor to UM’s student newspaper. She has interned in WiredLatinos.com and LavishLatina.com as a writer and is currently interning in MiamiDiario.com as a website developer and social media manager.
Daniel Osiason is a senior at the University of Miami, majoring in visual journalism and creative writing. He works as a photographer for the Ibis, the campus yearbook, and for The Miami Hurricane, the student newspaper. He has traveled to Britain, France, Switzerland, Italy and Colombia.
Esther Pang is a junior studying print journalism and English literature at the University of Miami. She's an international student from Hong Kong. She's part of the executive board of the University of Miami's Society of Professional Journalists. She's written articles for the University of Miami's student run newspaper, the Miami Hurricane and also the student publication, Distraction. Esther has also worked as a freelance writer with the Young Post division of the South China Morning Post.
Danielle Peloquin is a senior at the University of Miami, majoring in anthropology and visual journalism with a minor in Arabic studies. Danielle is a contributor to the University's student newspaper, The Miami Hurricane.
Raymond Pereira is a mass communication student in his last term at Miami Dade College. He was born and raised in Miami and graduated from Brito Miami School. Raymond has interned with Sareli Media Group and with the Arregui Hispanic Marketing Group.
Eboni Person is a freshman journalism major at the University of Miami. She is a graduate of Southfield High School near Detroit, where she has written for the print and online newspaper, The Southfield Jay. Person has received awards from the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association including third place for a bylined opinion article and an honorable mention for a pro/con editorial.
Kelsey Pinault is a senior majoring in print journalism and sociology at the University of Miami with plans to graduate in May 2012. Pinault is currently the "Main Event" section editor of the school publication Distraction magazine while also contributing stories, copy editing, and helping with design for Distraction. She is also a contributing writer to the UM newspaper The Miami Hurricane, Campus Socialite website, and Backslash magazine, and has had work published in The Miami Herald. This past summer Kelsey interned at Boca magazine contributing small articles and fact checking for upcoming issues as well as a number of blogs posted on the website. Upon graduating, Kelsey hopes to find work at a local magazine or public relations firm.
Patricia Polo is a senior at Florida International University, majoring in broadcast journalism. She has worked at Best Buy, where she gained computer experience. Polo came to FIU as a transfer student from California State University. She gained interest in multimedia while producing a TV pilot for her Intro to Television class at FIU. She plans to intern at NBC and work for the news production department and eventually to become a producer for NBC or CBS.
Daniel Pyser is a freshman journalism major at the University of Miami. In his hometown of Baltimore, Pyser was a member of the National Honor Society and captain of the varsity soccer and lacrosse team at Owings Mills High School. He also published “Sports Blog: Comments on Relative Sports News” and contributed to two articles in the school’s “Remember Us” newsletter.
Stephanie Rendon is a senior at Florida International University, majoring in journalism. She has completed internships with Willard Shepard at NBCMiami, where she learned the basics of a local news operation, and at Fenton Communications in Washington, where she assisted in media outreach for public interest campaigns in both the U.S. and Latin America. Her interest is in the social issue sector and she hopes to open a non-profit to work alongside the United Nations.
Emma Melissa Reyes is a junior majoring in print journalism and English at the University of Miami. She suffered a tragic accident at the age of 2 years old that has left her paralyzed from the waist down and with one semi-functional right arm. Her disability has been the catalyst of her personal and emotional growth. It has helped her define who she is as an individual and who she is yet to become. She volunteers her time as a committee member of the Miami Chapter of the Buoniconti Fund, the fundraising unit of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. She hopes to go in into the area of sports writing for an established news media.
Miraisy Rodriguez is a third-year law student at the University of Miami who is also enrolled in a joint master’s degree program in the School of Communication. Her stories have also appeared in The Miami Herald. Rodriguez, who was born in Santa Clara, Cuba, and grew up in Miami, graduated in 2009 from Duke University, where she majored in philosophy and minored in political science. She has been involved with non-profits focused on empowering youth who have had their rights violated, including the Children and Youth Law Clinic and Roots of Hope, Inc. Rodriguez, a Florida Bar Foundation Fellow, was part of the first class of interns at the Human Rights Clinic at Miami Law.
Hannah Romig is a junior journalism and international studies double major at the University of Miami. She is an editor for the award-winning Ibis yearbook, and has contributed work to Grand Avenue News, The Miami Hurricane and Distraction magazine. Her work has also appeared in OffBeat magazine in New Orleans.
Mathieu Root is majoring in International Studies and Visual Journalism at the University of Miami. He has travelled around the world in search of photojournalism projects throughout his college career, ranging from Cities such as Bangkok and Paris, to Dubrovnik and Marrakech just to name a few. He is fluent in French and Spanish and is always eager to take on new projects.
Scott Ruane is a graduate student in journalism at the University of Miami. He grew up in Marlboro, N.J., and got his Bachelor of Arts in English from Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island in New York. He is an intern in the marketing department at the University of Miami School of Medicine, working as a writer and editor.
Matthew Sampedro is a sophomore at Miami Dade College, majoring in mass communication/journalism. He grew up in Miami and graduated from Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School. He is vying for a freelance position for a website dedicated to movie news, reviews and general information.
Michael Sampson is a sophomore at Miami Dade College, majoring in mass communication/journalism. He graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High in 2009. He intends to transfer to Florida International University to further pursue the study of journalism.
Kevin Sands is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism at the University of Miami. He grew up in Celebration, Fla. At Celebration High School, Sands was the president of the National Honor Society. At UM, Sands plays alto saxophone as a member of the “Band of the Hour” marching band. He has traveled extensively through the Netherlands and Italy. He keeps a blog, “Masterpiece Chatter,” at http://masterpiecechatter.blogspot.com/
Corrinne Marie Sargent is a University of Miami sophomore majoring in sports administration. She is a member of Usport- Undergraduate Sports Professionals of Research and Training. Sargent is from Germantown, Md., where she attended Seneca Valley High School.
Michelle Schminky-Ramirez grew up in Bailey, Colo., and Silver Spring, Md. In her adolescence, she moved to Miami, where she graduated from Robert Morgan Vocational Institute. She is majoring in journalism and mass communication at Miami Dade College.
Kimberly Sears is currently a junior studying broadcast journalism with a double major in sports administration and a minor in marketing at the University of Miami. She is from Tampa, Fla. She is currently interning in the Sports Department at CBS Channel 4 in Miami. Before that, she interned with the St. Petersburg Times, working with editor Mike Wilson. At that time, she published her first featured story in a Sunday edition of the newspaper.
Robin Segal is a senior at the University of Miami majoring in print journalism and psychology. She grew up in Wynnewood, Pa., and graduated from Friends’ Central School. She interned for two summers in New York City, first for the e-commerce team of designer Tory Burch and second in the fashion editorial department of Harper’s Bazaar Magazine. She is an intern in Miami at The Patton Group, a public relations firm specializing in events, marketing and social media.
Audrey L. Shaffer is a graduate student in communication studies at the University of Miami. Her writing has been published by United Press International-U.com. She has traveled in China, Israel, England, the Netherlands, Trinidad-Tobago, Mexico and Canada. Shaffer is the representative of the School of Communication and chairperson of the Graduate Activity Fee Allocation Committee at the university. Shaffer graduated from the University of Miami with majors in communication and sociology and a minor in psychology.
Jon Sheairs is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism and political science at the University of Miami. He is currently an anchor for the NBC fashion news show “Inside Couture” and is also an anchor for UMTV Today, a student produced morning show at UM. Although originally from New Jersey, he has developed a strong love for Miami and has made it his goal to learn all there is about its culture, arts and nightlife.
Katie Sikora is a senior studying photojournalism and marine science at the University of Miami. She has traveled to 17 countries in latin America, Europe, and the South Pacific and lived in the Galapagos Islands for three months studying marine sciences and anthropology. She is the secretary for the university's chapter of the National Press Photographer's Association. Her photographs have been published in the university student newspaper, The Miami Hurricane, and The Peninsula Pulse, a weekly newspaper in Bailey's Harbor, Wis.
Kevin Soler was born and raised in Miami. He is a graduate of Doral Academy Charter High School, where he was the sports editor for the school newspaper. He is completing his associate's degree at Miami Dade College and plans to continue his studies in mass communication at Florida International University in the spring.
Antonella Stelluto is a senior majoring in print journalism and psychology at the University of Miami. She grew up in Venezuela and was graduated from Las Colinas High School. Before begin her studies in the United States, she attend to Fermin Toro University where she completed a year of Comunicacion Social. In 2006, she co-created and participated on a project for FUNSOVI, a charity organization for children and elders in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. At UM, she has written for The Miami Hurricane and First Impression magazine.
Allison Stendardo is a freshman at Miami Dade College and attends The Honors College at Kendall Campus. She is majoring in journalism and mass communication. She grew up in Miami and graduated from John A. Ferguson Senior High School in the top 15 percent of her graduating class. Allison was an editor for Ferguson's newspaper, The Talon.
Saira R. Sumbai is a junior in political science and broadcast journalism at the University of Miami. She is an activist whose work has an emphasis on the promotion of social justice through the use of community organizing strategies. Originally from Michigan, Saira is a member of the student group, STAND, a campus wide group that is currently focuses on ensuring a Sustainable Community Benefits Agreement for the citizens of Overtown. Saira served on the executive board for the first chapter of OXFAM, an international relief and development organization at UM. She has worked to promote migrant worker rights and has tackled housing and gentrification issues in low income communities. She recently worked in the Office of Presidential Correspondence for the White House.
Ely Sussman is a sophomore studying broadcast journalism, mathematics and sports administration at the University of Miami. Sussman is originally from New Rochelle, N.Y., where he worked with wildlife at Weinberg Nature Center in the summer of 2008. He is an intern at BleacherReport.com and independent broadcaster on Youtube.com.
Jael Teme is a sophomore at Miami Dade College, studying mass communication and journalism. She is originally from Argentina, where she graduated from North Hills High School. Before beginning her studies in the United States, she attended Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, where she completed a year of advertising. Teme has written for the Miami Dade College newspaper, The Reporter, and she is an intern in the entertainment section at Univision.
Sagette Van Embden is a senior at the University of Miami majoring in a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography and graphic design with a minor in art history and visual journalism. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida and her entire family is from Cape Town, South Africa. She is a photographer for the Miami Hurricane student newspaper and for the university’s student magazine, Distraction. She is also a photographer for Grand Avenue News, an online newspaper. She has held internships with Lyall Aston Photography and has assisted on shoots for Ocean Drive Magazine. She has competed as a student athlete for the University of Miami varsity swimming team, and from years of loving the water, she discovered the world of underwater photography.
Michelle Visent is a sophomore at Miami Dade College, studying mass communication. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., raised in Miami, and graduated from Felix Varela Senior High with a Superintendent’s Diploma of Distinction. In high school, she was involved in TV production from her sophomore to senior years and was a member of the Quill and Scroll journalism honor society. After Michelle receives her A.A. degree, she plans to transfer to a school outside Miami. Her top two choices are Emerson College in Boston and the Academy of Art in San Francisco.
Nicole Webster is a junior at the University of Miami where she has a major in journalism and a minor in international studies. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Webster grew up in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Brent Wells is a senior at Florida International University, majoring in print journalism. Wells earned an associate’s degree from Palm Beach State College and since January has worked for the Miami Herald as a reporter/web producer. He recently became beat reporter for Davie, where he files live stories from town council and the police and fire departments. Wells hopes to become a writer for World Magazine or an investigative reporter for NBC’s ‘Dateline’ or CBS’ ‘48 Hours Mystery.’
Xu Jinjin My name is Xu Jinjin. Xu is my last name and Jinjin is my first name. In China, Xu is a very common last name like Smith in US. However this last name is predominant in the Southern China although I am from northern China and specifically from the city of Shenyang. At the University of Miami, I’m double majoring in Visual photojournalism and Economics, and minor in Marketing.
Laura Yepes is a junior majoring in print journalism and political science at the University of Miami with a minor in Portuguese. She grew up in Miami and graduated from Coral Reef Senior High School with an International Baccalaureate diploma, Yepes has written for the university newspaper, The Miami Hurricane, the Ibis yearbook and Grand Avenue News, a hyper local publication covering West Coconut Grove, Fla. Yepes is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Michael Yordan is a senior majoring in journalism at the University of Miami. He is a graduate of La Salle High School in Coconut Grove, Fla.. Yordan opened Village Montessori School with his mother while working at Starbucks and the Tarpon Bend restaurant in Coral Gables. Yordan spent five years working in the restaurant business before returning to school to finish his degree.