Learn about the current cohorts of Reynolds School of Journalism students.
Current student cohorts
Casey Acklin was born in Long Island, New York. At age 11, he and his family moved to Reno, Nevada, where he grew up. Later, Casey moved to Maine where he spent about 9 years and earned his bachelor's degree in human ecology. He studied at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. After receiving his bachelor's degree, he acquired a job at Jackson Lab in Maine but missed his family in Reno. He eventually returned to Reno and started working at the University of Nevada's School of Public Health. Casey is passionate about inclusive communities and the outdoors, especially the wilderness. His dream job is to travel and work with marginalized communities. Casey plans to use his degree by making silent voices heard. He spends his free time with his partner and playing with his dog. Casey also enjoys the outdoors and photography.
Jordan Buxton is from Reno, Nevada. He studied at the University of Nevada, Reno and got his bachelor's degree in journalism and media production. Jordan interned at the Reynolds School of Journalism. He has worked as a podcast editor for Living With Fire and in a role for Nevada Silver and Blue Magazine. He currently works as a wedding photographer. Jordan is passionate about photography, filmmaking, comic books, hockey and vintage steel road bikes. He dreams of working as an equipment manager for a media company. With his master's degree in media innovation, Jordan hopes to continue his career in production by creating content or becoming a filmmaker. He spends his recreational time outside, camping, biking and shooting astrophotography.
Andressa (Dre) Cholodovskis
Andressa Cholodovskis was born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She moved to Reno, Nevada, to pursue her undergraduate degree in management and marketing at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dre is passionate about sports. She worked for Athletic Communications at the University and as a swim coach at Lakeridge and the University of Nevada, Reno. Growing up, Dre participated in many different sports. She dreams of working in communications for a major league team such as the NFL, NBA or MLB. She hopes to use her graduate degree to inspire women to work in sports. Dre spends her time with friends, playing sports and having fun with her puppy.
Alina Croft is from Salt Lake City, Utah. She also lived in Elko and Reno, Nevada, and Atlanta, Georgia. Alina attained a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno. She worked at Our Town Reno, the Reynolds Sandbox and Anthony Around Town. Alina is passionate about human interest stories. She wants to know what makes people tick and how people develop. Alina dreams of working at the New York Times, writing human interest articles. She hopes to use her degree to become more knowledgeable in journalism. Alina spends her recreational time with friends, reading, going to concerts and playing with her dogs.
Christopher Darche grew up in upstate New York. He went to college in Nashville, Tennessee, and then to Florida to intern at Disney World. After finishing the internship, Christopher was accepted to the Peace Corps. He was station in Senegal and worked as a health extension agent. Once he finished the Peace Corps, he moved to Texas to work as an audiovisual technician for Encore Event Technologies. While in Texas, Christopher applied to the Coverdell program at the University of Nevada, Reno where he was accepted to the Reynolds School of Journalism. He has worked in many different places, including an amusement park, recording studios, Disney World, the Peace Corps, the Grand Hyatt and WayFM, a Christian radio station. Chris is very passionate about music, learning new languages and hiking. Chris dreams of working on the technical side of broadcasting at a radio or television station. He plans to use his degree to work in media, possibly returning to West Africa and working with a non-government organization. Christopher spends his recreational time listening to music and exploring the outdoors.
Anthony De Leon
Anthony De Leon was born and raised in Fresno, California, and he studied print journalism at Fresno State University. He worked at The Collegian, a Fresno State University newspaper. Anthony also worked at The Clovis, a local newspaper in Fresno. He is passionate about sports, music and journalism. Anthony dreams of working in public relations, marketing or communications for a professional sports team. He hopes to use his master's degree as an investigative sports reporter. Anthony spends his time listening to music, watching sports and cooking.
Grace Gribble was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. She pursued an undergraduate degree in journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. While studying at the University, Grace also minored in communications. She worked at the University of Nevada, Reno for Wolf Pack Sports Properties as an athletics intern. She is passionate about sports, going to Lake Tahoe and watching concerts. Her dream job is to work for a professional sports team like the San Francisco Giants. She hopes to use her master's degree to find work in sports marketing and public relations. At the University of Nevada, Reno, Grace hopes to make a lot of connections and expand her knowledge about mass communication. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Shelby Herbert was born and raised in Carthage, North Carolina. She also lived in Cheongju, South Korea. With her adventurous spirit, she decided to join the Peace Corps and was stationed in Nepal. Shelby got her bachelor's degree from Western Colorado University in English. After her studies, she worked as a TEFL instructor and then a Peace Corps Volunteer. After an unexpected evacuation to the United States, she started working at the Sandhill Sentinel. Shelby has many passions, including birdwatching and language learning. Her dream job is to work as a foreign correspondent. She hopes to use her masters's degree in media innovation to hone her craft and learn about different journalistic mediums. Shelby spends her free time writing poetry.
Sonya Hernandez was born and raised in Napa, California, but she has lived in many places, including Lake Tahoe, Arizona, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin and Texas. Sonya received her undergraduate degree in sustainability from Sierra Nevada University. She also studied at Prescott University where she achieved a master’s degree in social justice and community organization. Sonya worked on the Arizona-Mexican border and is passionate about social justice issues. Sonya hopes to use her graduate degree by working in movement journalism and making documentary films. When Sonya is not working on her master’s degree, she likes to try new vegetarian food, roller-skate, read non-fiction and watch stand-up comedy bits.
Tezya Jackson is from Dallas, Texas, and she has also lived in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. She got her undergraduate degree in mass communication from Prairie View A&M University. While she studied at Prairie View, she also minored in theater. Tezya worked on a podcast called "The Shift" and two other YouTube series. She currently works as a filmmaker. Tezya is passionate about music, writing and spending time with her husband and family. Her dream job is to be a filmmaker or actress, and she hopes to use her graduate degree to become a media professional. Tezya spends her time with family and friends, listening to R&B music and traveling.
Kevin McCray was born and raised in Sacramento, California. He has also lived in China and Washington State. He achieved his bachelor's degree from Sacramento State University in international relations. Kevin worked as a teacher in China for five years. He currently works for a real estate company called Clear Capital. He also volunteers at KUNR, a local radio station in Reno, Nevada. Kevin is passionate about music and playing the guitar. He also likes food and watching movies. He spends his recreational time watching live music and theater. He also enjoys acting, exploring downtown and playing with his dog.
Yulia Rajeh was born in Belarus. She has also lived in Syria, Poland and Lithuania. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Lithuania where she studied media and communication. She previously worked at Belsat, a television news channel in Belarus. Yulia also works as a freelancer teaching Arabic to Russian students. She is passionate about reading books and studying different languages. Yulia’s dream job is working as a news reporter for Al Jazeera. She also dreams of working as a communication manager at Google. Yulia plans to use her graduate degree to develop her media career. She spends her recreational time hanging out with her family and reading books.
Hailey Rodis was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She earned her Associate of Arts degree from the College of Southern Nevada and continued her undergraduate degree at the University of Nevada, Reno. She majored in journalism, with an emphasis in public relations. Hailey worked as a research intern at the Electric Frontier Foundation where she researched surveillance used by law enforcement agencies in the United States. Following her internship with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Hailey began working as a freelance writer for YellowScene Magazine and serves as the engagement intern for Hillel of Northern Nevada. When Hailey finishes her master’s degree, she plans to pursue a doctoral degree and begin teaching. Hailey enjoys reading, playing with her pets, traveling and working with animal rescues.
Alex Rubio was born in Sedona, Arizona. Growing up, she lived in different towns throughout Arizona. She has also lived in Carson City, Nevada. She got her bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and Photography from Sierra Nevada College. She also achieved a Master of Fine Arts from Sierra Nevada College. Alex has worked in the Cultural Department at Yavapai Apache Nation in Arizona, at the Aspen Times Newspaper in Colorado and at the Nevada Appeal newspaper. Alex currently works at the Nevada Department of Transportation and as a part-time photography teacher at Sierra Nevada College. She is passionate about using the camera to amplify the voices of people who are afraid to speak up and getting to know others through photography. Her dream job is to work as a photojournalist or photographer for a major newspaper or magazine. he hopes to use her graduate degree to become a photojournalist. Alex spends her time crafting traditional Native American wear, enjoying the outdoors, playing with her dog and participating in Crossfit. She is also always thinking about her next photojournalism project.
Aya Sato was born in Brazil and is of Japanese descent, but she has lived in Reno, Nevada, since 2006. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno as an undergraduate and graduated with a degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism. She has worked as a promotions director for Wolf Pack Radio and as a freelancer making commissions on social media. Aya is passionate about film and art. With her online presence, she loves to teach others about Asian culture and advocates for more Asian representation in film. Aya is also passionate about fashion and creating pop culture inspired looks. Her dream job is working in the animation, writin, or design departments at Disney or Pixar. She is also open to any opportunities in which she can use her art and writing skills. Aya hopes to use her graduate degree to improve her storytelling and technology skills. With her expertise, she hopes to tell more diverse stories and create work that sparks joy. Aya spends her recreational time painting and editing photos. She also creates branded content for social media. Occasionally, Aya uses her Instagram to recreate movie scenes through photo editing.
Kingkini Sengupta grew up in India. She has lived in New Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta. Kingkini studied at Calcutta University and received a bachelor's degree in English. She worked at New Delhi Television and Republic Television. Kingkini is passionate about learning new languages, cooking, tasting new cuisines, Indian music and traveling. She can speak German, Bengali and Hindi. Kingkini's dream job is to work at a United States news channel as a camerawoman or an executive producer. She would also like to work at the United Nations creating human interest stories. Kingkini plans to use her master’s degree to create human interest stories and answer ethical questions. She would also like to have people behind the scenes recognized for their work. Kingkini spends her time listening to music, cooking, traveling and reading chef memorials.
Andrea Subitoni Antonio
Andrea Subitoni Antonio is from Brazil. She also lived for five months in Saint Louis, Missouri, and 40 days in Cambridge, United Kingdom. She received a degree in journalism and communications in Brazil. After graduating, she worked for many companies in Brazil in the commercial department. She is passionate about her dogs, makeup, fun days at the lake, swimming pools or the ocean and barbeque. Her dream job is to work with others at a big company that makes a difference in society. Andrea hopes to use her graduate degree to update her journalistic knowledge and find a good job in a big city. As a student, Andrea hopes to network and make a lot of connections. Andrea spends her recreational time with her family, friends and her dogs. She loves the outdoors.
Yena (Shelly) Suh
Yena Shelly Suh was born in Pusan, South Korea, and was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Throughout her life, she also lived in Michigan, Ohio and California. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno and attained a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in visual communication. Shelly recently worked with the sports office on campus, Wolf Pack Sports, as a motion graphics creator. She also worked for KUNR on the Hitchcock Project and Alpha Design. She worked as a graphic designer and creator. Shelly's passions include exploring different artistic mediums and learning about people. She is interested in how people communicate and interact throughout their daily lives. Her dream job is to work as a digital designer while building her career and her portfolio to include diverse types of media. Shelly spends her recreational time singing, playing musical instruments, going to different music festivals and keeping fit. She also takes care of her bunny, Eggie, and her plants.
Alayna Wood was born and raised in Carson City, Nevada. She attended Northwestern University in Seattle Washington. During her time as a student, she studied abroad in Rwanda and she also lived in Shanghai, China. At Northwestern University, she attained her degree in intercultural studies. When Alayna finished school, she moved to Shanghai to teach English. After working in Shanghai, Alayna returned to Reno and worked at the Parks Foundation. Alayna loves to travel, write and take photos. Alayna is passionate about women's issues, social justice and her four-legged friends. She dreams of working as a freelance writer and photographer. Alayna plans to use her graduate degree to advance her career and learn how to be more discerning in the media the public consumes.
Ojaala Ahmad was born and raised in Southern California. She attained her undergraduate degree from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and a minor in communications studies. Ojaala most recently has been working for a civil rights non-profit in LA as their media spokesperson and communications manager. In this work, she engaged with news outlets to generate dynamic coverage of topics including: access to higher education, advancement of women, religious freedoms and racial equality among other subjects. Her work with the media has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, NPR KPFK, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Buzzfeed among many others. Ojaala’s passions include teaching and inspiring others around her to contribute to building positive social change in whatever way they can. She wants her pupils to take this knowledge and to contribute to making the world a more harmonious and prosperous place for the lives of all people. Her dream job would be to teach others and tell stories through mediums such as video, film, radio and podcasting. Ojaala wants to use her graduate degree to master the mediums of mass communication. In her recreational time, Ojaala loves aquatics, enjoying the outdoors i.e. hiking trails, waterfronts and spending time with friends and family.
Hannah Alfaro was born and raised right here in Reno, Nevada. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Nevada Reno in communications. Hannah has worked at Truckee Meadows Community College as an English tutor, did a brief stint in real estate and also worked in communications for UNR. She is currently working for the agriculture college at the University in communications. Hannah’s passions are art, reading and her dogs. She especially enjoys going on runs and hikes with her 4-legged friends. While she does not know what her dream job is yet, she is hopeful that this degree will help her to figure that out. In her recreational time, Hannah enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs, hiking and walking.
Richie Bednarski is originally from Quincy, California, but has been in Reno for the past 18 years. Richie got his undergrad degree from the University of Nevada Reno in anthropology. Richie has a diverse work experience including working in archeology, in Nevada wilderness conservation, as well as his most important role of raising his daughter. Richie’s passions include photography, baking and getting out into nature and adventuring/exploring. His dream job would be to cover climate change and humanitarian stories for publications such as National Geographic amongst other well-known publications. Richie especially wants to use his degree to cover climate change in all of its complexity as well as humanitarian stories. In his recreational time, you can find Richie hanging out with his family, going hiking and camping, listening to music, baking and reading.
Christie Betker is originally from Southern California and now lives in Reno, Nevada. Christie has also lived in Oklahoma and Kansas where she went to university. Christie received her undergraduate degree from McPherson College where she majored in English with minors in communications as well as Spanish. Some of Christie’s passions include writing, photography, softball (which she played at the collegiate level), as well as being active in the outdoors. Her dream job would be to write and do photography for a publication such as National Geographic. Christie hopes to use her graduate degree to start a career in the field of journalism. In her recreational time, Christie likes to go hiking, take photos and watch various types of sporting events.
David Calvert grew up in the Bay Area along the coast, but he considers Reno his home. He got his undergraduate degree at University of Nevada, Reno in journalism. David has worked mainly as a freelance photographer. He has had lots of clients including The Nevada Independent, the Reno Aces and Reno 1868 among others. Some of David’s passions include Nevada, visual storytelling, community building, pedagogy and minor league baseball. When asked what his dream job is, David says that he is currently doing it. He is a visual storyteller and he loves teaching. David hopes to use his graduate degree to become a full-time professor. In his recreational time, David likes to camp and to cook, he has 3 dogs (Aurora, Teddy and Kit), and he may spend an arguably unhealthy amount of time on Twitter.
Veronica Cooper-Tucker was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has also lived in Petersburg, Virginia, for four years. Veronica received her bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Virginia State University. Past work experience included working in the conference industry for tech companies in Las Vegas and as a ticket operator in the box office at the multipurpose facility at Virginia State University. Veronica is passionate about human rights, civil rights and bettering the community. Her dream job is to become a published writer. She also has the desire to write for television. Lastly, she would like to launch a media platform that she herself owns, where she can produce different forms of content, in collaboration with other contributors. Veronica hopes to use her degree by applying the skills she has to become a more established writer in the hopes of one day starting her own media company. Veronica spends most of her recreational time reading; however, she also loves watching television, movies and especially documentaries. Swimming is also a sport that she enjoys.
Jonathan Deutschman is originally from Florida, but he has also lived in LA as well as Las Vegas. Jonathan received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tampa in creative writing and English. Jonathan has previous experience in journalism, having worked for daily newspapers in the past as well as in automotive sales. Jonathan’s passions include fitness and health, hiking, watching classical films and music. His dream job would be to work for The Smithsonian or an international publication. Jonathan would like to use his graduate degree to help enhance his future career. In his recreational time, Jonathan likes going to the gym, reading and watching films.
Brooke Hess is from Missoula, Montana, but she has also lived in Philadelphia and has traveled often the last 5 years including places such as Ontario, Canada and New Zealand. Brooke got her undergraduate degree in geoscience specializing in fluvial geo-morphology. Brooke has worked at a high school for elite outdoor athletes, for the US Freestyle Kayaking team, as a staff writer for an outdoor journal, as well as doing freelance work. Brooke’s passions include kayaking white water, rock climbing and backcountry skiing. Her dream job would be to work for National Geographic, covering science journalism. Brooke hopes to use her graduate degree to research more into the gender bias in outdoor adventure sports. In her recreational time, Brooke loves to focus on her passion of white-water kayaking.
Mark Maynard grew up in Incline Village on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. He has also lived in Austria, San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He got his undergraduate degree in English from the University of San Diego and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. He has worked for Electronic Arts, Looksmart, Tahoe-Carson area newspapers and has taught at Sierra Nevada University and the University of Nevada, Reno. Mark teaches English and creative writing at Truckee Meadows Community College. He enjoys spending time in the Sierra year-round including skiing, snowshoeing, paddle boarding, hiking and kayaking. His dream job is to be a full-time writer. After earning his degree, Mark hopes to publish long-form nonfiction and to teach journalism to community college students.
Carley Olson is originally from Pine Grove, California, but she has also lived in Italy. Carley got her undergraduate degree from University of Nevada, Reno in journalism. Carly has worked at the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business, as well as done work in photography. Carley’s passions include photography, as well as a strong desire to live her life in the best way possible. Her dream job would be to work as a freelance photographer for a publication such as National Geographic. Carley would like to use her graduate degree to contribute to bettering her future career. In her recreational time, Carley likes to hang out with friends, and she often finds herself at Lake Tahoe due to the incredible scenery.
María Palma is originally from La Serena, Chile. She received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Universidad de La Serena, Chile. Before coming to the U.S. to pursue her master’s degree, she worked for the local government and was an intern with newspapers and radio stations. María has previously lived in Wisconsin Dells and Madison, Wisconsin, as part of a cultural exchange program that she did when she was just 20 years old. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her pets, learning new things, going to new places and being around other international students. Currently, María is a graduate assistant for Noticiero Móvil, a Spanish-English media outlet that provides news to the Latino community in northern Nevada. She also has contributed to KUNR Public Radio and This Is Reno. For the future, she hopes to become a fully bilingual journalist and travel around the world.
Carly Sauvageau is from Tonopah, Nevada, but she has also lived here in Reno. Carly got her undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada Reno in journalism with minors in political science and anthropology. Carly has worked with the Center for Basque Studies while a student here at the University. Carly’s passions include reading, writing, audio-work, film, walking and swimming. Her dream job would be to work for a public radio program such as This American Life. Carly hopes to use her graduate degree to get a well-paying job in which she enjoys the work. In her recreational time, Carly likes to spend time with friends and listen to music.
Bailey Shepard is originally from Uniontown, Kansas, but has lived in several parts of the U.S. and also spent time in Central America and more recently West Africa with the Peace Corps. Bailey received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in history and also studied French and Spanish as foreign languages. Bailey has worked in several different occupations including farming/ranching, Americorps NCCC, migrant farmworker education, Peace Corps, Active travel industry, and environmental conservation. His passions are learning about new cultures and languages, history and being active outdoors. His dream job would be to work for an international organization that shares quality stories from around the globe. Bailey would like to use his journalism degree to learn modern storytelling techniques and to bounce this into a successful career. In his recreational time, Bailey likes learning new languages, staying active and keeping up on politics/news.
Farrell Shine is from Pearl River, New York, about 20 minutes north of New York City. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. While in college, she interned for the NBC Sports Group in Stamford, Connecticut, as well as the MLB Network and CBS Sports in New York. Farrell also worked as an athletic communications assistant for the Iona College Athletics Department. She currently works for the University of Nevada, Reno Wolfpack Athletics as a digital and communication assistant. Farrell likes sports (including college basketball and hockey), traveling and working with the Adobe Creative Suite of software. In college, she had a chance to study abroad, spending five weeks each in Ireland, Paris and Rome. Her dream job would be working in digital or media relations for a professional sports team. She hopes to use her graduate degree to expand her personal and professional horizons and learn about new technologies being used in media. She recently moved to Reno and enjoys spending her time outdoors, including at Lake Tahoe. She hopes to visit as many national parks as she can.
Dina Wood is originally from Ohio, but Colorado is her more permanent home. In addition to living in various other places in the U.S., Dina has spent a considerable amount of time in Eastern Europe, especially during her two-year service in Peace Corps Ukraine. After studying history and literature from Marlboro College in Vermont, Dina finished her degree in nursing from San Francisco State. Dina has worked in HIV healthcare/education in cities such as San Francisco during the AIDs epidemic of the 1980s. Dina is passionate about political activism on topics such as healthcare-for-all and on immigration issues; she also is deeply passionate about her two daughters and the lives they lead. Her dream job would be to help the underrepresented to find their own voice working with a non-profit. She hopes to update her technology skills to be able to continue teaching and helping others. In her recreational time, Dina likes getting out into the backcountry to explore old abandoned towns, cooking and both appreciating and making art.
Janice Baker is from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and has also lived in Ogden, Utah, North Lake Tahoe, Reno, and spent four months living in Thailand. She received her undergraduate degree in visual communication/design from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Janice has worked for Quantum Loyalty Systems, BBC Advertising, The Bauserman Group and is now self-employed in freelance design. She hopes to get into the education side of design, using her graduate degree. Her dream job is to do anything that has a positive impact on others. In her free time, Janice enjoys snowboarding, traveling, Jiu Jitsu, kittens and anything outdoors.
David Branby is from “all over the world,” as he grew up an Air Force brat. He has lived in Reno since 1987. David received his undergraduate degree in English literature from the University of Washington in Seattle. He spent 25 years working in advertising agencies and for the last seven years has worked at as creative director in University Marketing and Communications. His dream job is to be a successful novelist, and he hopes to use his graduate degree to teach creative marketing and advertising. In his free time, David enjoys creating branded communications, reading historical novels, playing guitar and sailing at Lake Tahoe.
Scott King is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but has also lived in Columbus, Ohio, and Grenada. His undergraduate degree is in professional writing with a minor in marketing from Capital University. Scott recently returned from Grenada, where he taught literacy as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years. He hopes to use his graduate degree to find a job that he enjoys and aligns with his passions. In his free time, Scott enjoys hiking, reading and writing.
Trina Kleist is from Sunnyvale, California, and has also lived in Mexico. She got her undergraduate degree in political science from Santa Clara University. Trina has worked in California, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Mexico for various newspapers, magazines and the Associated Press. She is open to possibilities for her dream job and hopes to use her graduate degree to update her skills to communicate on digital platforms. In her free time, Trina enjoys hiking and being outdoors.
Sarmat Misikov is a Fulbright Scholar from Vladikavkaz, Russia. Sarmat received his undergraduate degree in journalism from North Ossetian State University in Russia. He has worked as a news editor for several web media and as a reporter and host on a national television company. Sarmat wants to be an entrepreneurial journalist and content creator; he hopes to use his graduate degree to develop an expertise in digital communications and multimedia. In his free time, Sarmat enjoys visual art, filmmaking, writing lyrics, reading magazines and listening to music.
Tianna Morimoto was born and raised in Kona, Hawaii. She completed her undergraduate degree in communication studies with a minor in broadcast journalism from Chapman University in Orange, California. Tianna has previously interned for Hawaii New Now on Oahu and West Hawaii Today in Kona and worked as a resident advisor and wellness peer educator at Chapman. She is currently a graduate assistant for the School of Arts. Her dream job is to be a successful writer or reporter, and she hopes to use her graduate degree to utilize her creative side for a career where she can use media and journalism to benefit society. In her free time, Tianna enjoys spending time with her family, friends and dog, traveling, giving back to the community and dancing hula- which she has been doing since she was five years old.
Benjamin Payne is from Rock Island, Illinois, and has also lived in Chicago. He obtained his undergraduate degree in multimedia journalism & mass communication from Augustana College in Rock Island. Before coming to the Reynolds School, Benjamin worked as the local Morning Edition host and a reporter for NPR member station WVIK, which is based in Rock Island and serves the Quad Cities community of western Illinois and eastern Iowa. Before that, he served a reporting internship for NPR member station WBEZ in Chicago. Benjamin hopes to use his graduate degree to build his in-depth reporting and long-form writing skills and also to improve his skills in photojournalism. Upon graduation, he intends to work as a print, digital or radio reporter in the Reno area. In his free time, Benjamin enjoys bicycling, tennis and taking his girlfriend’s cat outside on a leash. He is a big fan of the Chicago Cubs (including before they won the World Series).
Brooke Ruhl is originally from Lake Tahoe and obtained her undergraduate degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism. She has worked at The Potlatch as a social media and marketing coordinator, and she also does freelance web and graphic design. Brooke hopes to use her graduate degree for campaign management; her dream job is to work on a campaign doing management or speech writing or possibly become a prosecutor. Brooke enjoys horseback riding, design, politics and law.
Scarlett Spangler is from Fremont, California, and lived in various places around the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Reno in 2016. She obtained her undergraduate degree in media studies/journalism from the University of San Francisco (USF). After graduating from USF in 2011, Scarlett worked in the sports industry and spent time working for the Oakland Raiders, the Oakland A’s and the Stanford University Athletic Department. After moving to Reno, she transitioned to working in the education field for the Washoe County School District and the Nevada Department of Education. She always knew she wanted to find a way back to journalism and is excited to further her education at the University of Nevada, Reno. She hopes to use her graduate degree to gain updated writing and content creation skills that she can bring into the workforce. As someone who is passionate about mental health, she hopes to find a way to bring that into her graduate work. Scarlett enjoys staying busy with her two 1-year-old black labs, spending time with her husband and family, enjoying the outdoors and learning about health, wellness and nutrition.
Kylene Yumul was born in San Diego, California, and grew up in the Philippines. She has also lived in the states of Washington and Oregon; deployed to Mosul, Iraq, while in the military; and resided in Cienfuegos, Cuba, and Okinawa, Japan, for school and special job assignments. She obtained her undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary arts and sciences with concentration in arts, media and culture and minors in global honors and Hispanic studies from the University of Washington, Tacoma. Kylene served in the U.S. Army in Fort Lewis, Washington, and most recently worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Portland, Oregon. While Kylene loves traveling and learning foreign languages and secretly wants to work for the Travel Channel, her passion for women who served--servicemembers and veterans alike--led her to the Reynolds School in hopes of identifying avenues where she could highlight stories like hers and cultivating the artistic streak that has always been within her. In her free time, Kylene enjoys yoga, Pilates and kickboxing, as well as spending time with family and indulging in Japanese anime and Korean pop culture.