Staff 2013

School Stories is a publication produced by students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. The site is overseen by  LynNell Hancock and Barbara Kantrowitz, who teach a semester-long seminar on education reporting.

Aisha AsifAisha Asif recently graduated from CUNY Brooklyn College with degrees in journalism and biology education. Aisha wrote weekly columns on political and international affairs for the campus paper, The Excelsior, and also served as its news editor. She interned with the Daily News and has written for Pakistan’s leading English newspaper, Dawn. Email: Twitter: @aasif89
Rula Al-NasrawiRula Al-Nasrawi is a freelance writer and student at the Columbia University School of Journalism. Before moving to New York City, Rula was living and reporting in California in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she grew up. Her stories have been featured in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Santa Cruz Weekly, and Diablo Magazine. She is embedded at P-Tech High School in Brooklyn. You can contact Rula @rulaoftheworld or
Amanda CedroneAmanda Cedrone comes to the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism by way of Boston. A 2012 Northeastern University graduate, Cedrone majored in journalism and political science and was an editor and reporter for her college paper, The Huntington News. While at Northeastern, she worked for The Boston Globe, where she wrote more than 400 articles including crime, breaking news and feature stories. She is currently embedded in P.S. 24 in Brooklyn. You can reach her at or on Twitter @ancedrone.


Nell GluckmanNell Gluckman is a freelance reporter and student at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Nell previously taught social studies at the Deep Creek Middle School, a small school in Eleuthera, the Bahamas. She graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in anthropology. Nell is originally from New York City but she has studied in Argentina and Costa Rica and traveled in Haiti, Ghana and in much of Europe and South America. She is embedded at Ditmas Junior High School. You can follow her on Twitter (@NellGluckman) or reach her at


Jessica GouldJessica Gould is a radio producer and writer with a weakness for big hearts and big hair. Before moving to New York to attend Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Jessicaspent four years as a reporter for Washington, D.C.’s public radio station, WAMU 88.5, where she covered education, the environment and breaking news for the local newscasts of Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as for the station’s weekly newsmagazine Metro Connection. While in D.C., she also wrote a column about arts and nightlife for The Washington City Paper and published pieces in The Washington Post Express, Washingtonian Magazine, and The Current Newspapers. Check out her work at or email her at

Luke HammillLuke Hammill is a freelance journalist and a student at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is embedded in The Equity Project charter school, a middle school in Washington Heights. Before coming to New York City, Luke graduated in 2011 from the University at Buffalo, where he was a top editor at The Spectrum. He has written for the New York Times’ City Room blog, Newsday, Narratively, the Columbia Journalism Review, and the Queens Chronicle, among other publications. Follow Luke on Twitter @lucashammill and email him at


IonovaMariana Ionova is a multimedia journalist and a graduate student at the Columbia Journalism School. Before coming to New York City, she studied journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. There, she spent two years reporting on education issues for a campus weekly and then went on to cover schools for Ottawa’s largest daily newspaper. Her work has appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star, Metro Canada and the Bronx Ink, among others. She is currently embedded in the Academy for Careers in Television and Film in Long Island City, Queens. You can contact Mariana at or on Twitter.

Crystal KangCrystal Kang, a Chicago native, studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where she was a multimedia producer for Urbana’s NPR station. She was a reporter and web editor for her campus newspaper, The Daily Illini, and interned for CNBC. Last summer she taught English to university students in Osaka, Japan. Currently, she is a journalism graduate student at Columbia University writing stories for several school publications. Crystal is a board member of Columbia’s Asian American Journalists Association. She loves to golf and is fluent in Korean.


Carey ReedCarey Reed returned to her native Pawling, New York, after living in Barcelona, Spain for several years. While in Catalunya, Carey was an arts and culture reporter and later editor at English-language magazine, Miniguide. Her work has appeared in Barcelona’s Metropolitan magazine, Globe Trekker’s Pilot Guides and Travel + Leisure. Back in the U.S., Carey runs a bilingual (English-Spanish) travel blog and is a Digital Media M.S. student at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is excited about rediscovering N.Y.C. and exploring the world of transmedia storytelling. Follow Carey on Twitter @wanderlustwrtng or write to her at

Joanna Seow is a student at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is originally from Singapore, where she interned at The Straits Times, but spent the last three years earning a B.A. in Sociology at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. Her reporting interests lie especially in immigration and race, but more broadly in illuminating social issues through good journalism. She is currently embedded at Manhattan International High School. You can contact Joanna at @jopomelo or

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