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Former students from Capital News Service's multimedia news bureau / Maryland Newsline website have been hired as reporters, editors, producers and researchers at the BBC's Web site in London, Dow Jones Newswires in Singapore, Yahoo! in Los Angeles, National Geographic, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, U.S. News and World Report, PBS Digital, USA Today, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New York Daily News, the New York Post, In Touch Weekly in New York, The Baltimore Sun, BET.com, NBA.com,, the Olympian in Washington state, and a number of other news and nonprofit organizations. A number of alumni have gone on to be teachers or lawyers or communications professionals; one is a personal trainer. See individual listings below:

Spring 2011 online bureau students:

Maite Fernandez (graduate student): Managing editor, IJNet.org; maite.fern@gmail.com; on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/in/fernandezmaite

Alexander Pyles (graduate student): Sports content editor, The Baltimore Sun; on Twitter: @aapyles; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/alexander-pyles/8/720/307

Madhu Rajaraman (graduate student): Web content editor, Frontline Medical News, madhu.rajaraman@gmail.com; on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/in/madhurajaraman

Alexandra Wilding (graduate student): Director of communications, National Council on Teacher Quality; alliew@gmail.com; on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/pub/alexandra-wilding/28/86b/a00

Collin Berglund (undergraduate): Digital director, Friends of Gina Raimondo; cberglund89@gmail.com; on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/pub/collin-berglund/1a/a4b/4b

Fall 2010 online bureau students:

Rabiah Alicia Burks (graduate student): Senior public relations specialist, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section; rabiah@gmail.com; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/rabiah-alicia-burks/7/615/390

Karen Carmichael (graduate student): Project editor, National Geographic Society; karen.carmic@gmail.com; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/karen-carmichael/6/774/10

Justin Karp (graduate student): Social media manager, Pac-12 Networks; jkarp1229@gmail.com; on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/in/justinskarp

Tami Le (graduate student): Web producer, program analyst, Sanametrix Inc.; tamicle@gmail.com; on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/pub/tami-lê/29/11b/3b7

Ilana Yergin (graduate student): Child development and education specialist, Sisters Place Inc.; ilana.yergin@gmail.com; website: http://iyergin.com

Briana Boyington (undergraduate): Education Web producer, U.S. News and World Report; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/briana-boyington/31/14/5b8

Esther French (undergraduate): Communications Associate, Folger Shakespeare Library; frenchesther@gmail.com; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/esther-french/29/838/405

Marie Lindberg (undergraduate): Website associate, AAUW; mlindber@umd.edu; on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/in/marielindberg

Spring 2010 online bureau students:

Zettler Clay (graduate student): Interactive producer, NBA.com; zettler.clay@gmail.com; on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/pub/zettler-clay/7/391/b07

Ben Giles (graduate student): Reporter, Arizona News Service, Arizona Capitol Times; brgiles1@gmail.com; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/benjamingiles

Daniela Feldman Berkowitz (undergraduate): Writer, editor and media specialist, IMP Group Ltd., Israel; daniela.feldman4@gmail.com; on LinkedIn: il.linkedin.com/pub/daniela-feldman-berkowitz/21/56/417

Aleita Johnson (undergraduate): Operations Specialist II, Communicty College of Baltimore County, on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/aleitajohnson

Melissa Quijada (undergraduate): Web communications assistant, Investment Company Institute, mquijada011@gmail.com.

Fall 2009 online bureau students:

Kelly Brooks (graduate student): Communications manager, City of Avondale Estates, kellymarieb@gmail.com; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kellymbrooks

Lindsay Gsell (graduate student): Associate Director, MXM (Meredith Xcelerated Marketing); lindsay.gsell@gmail.com; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/lindsaygsell

Emily Kimball Pope (graduate student): Senior digital news editor, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, emilydkimball@gmail.com; on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/in/emilydonnakimball

Jon Sham (graduate student): Audience development and development editor, Baltimore Sun Media Group, jsham86@gmail.com; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/jon-sham/47/821/90a

Rachael DeNale (undergraduate student): Editor, QualX Corp., radenale@gmail.com; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/rachael-denale/18/686/773

Aleita Johnson (undergraduate): Operations Specialist II, Communicty College of Baltimore County, on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/aleitajohnson

Spring 2009 online bureau students:

Hannah Kim (graduate student): hannah09@umd.edu

Steven Mendoza (graduate student): sd_mendoza@yahoo.com

Leila Taha (graduate student): Staff editor, The New York Times, leilataha@gmail.com; on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/pub/leila-taha/48/299/889

Robert Klemko (undergraduate): NFL writer, Sports Illustrated in Chicago; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/robert-klemko/2a/7a2/919

Vicki (Kriz) Grunewald, (undergraduate): Writer/editor, greater Seattle area; vicki.grunewald@gmail.com; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/vickigrunewald

Fall 2008 online bureau students:

James K. Sanborn (graduate student): Staff writer, Marine Corps Times, james.sanborn@gmail.com; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jamesksanborn

Laurie White (graduate student): Director of communications and community, Mom 2.0 Summit; laurie@lauriewrites.com, website: http://www.pinterest.com/lauriewhite/visual-resume/

Jasmine Jernberg (undergraduate): Editor, The Daily Source, jasleighj@yahoo.com

Avital Medoff (undergraduate): amedoff1@umd.edu

Karen Shih (undergraduate): Writer/editor, University of Maryland publications,
kshih33@gmail.com; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/karen-shih/10/521/251

Spring 2008 online bureau students:

Michelle Williams (graduate student): Online producer for NationalJournal.com since July 2008. E-mail: mwilli30@umd.edu.

Tamra Tomlinson (graduate student): Litigation support specialist, U.S. Attorneys Office, Northern District of Georgia, tamra.000@gmail.com. On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/tamra-tomlinson/b/782/602

Paula Vasan (undergraduate student): Managing Editor/senior digial editor, SourceMedia,
pmvasan@gmail.com; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/paulavasan

Fall 2007 online bureau students:

Maryland Newsline Online Bureau
The fall 2007 online bureau, from left: Raechal Leone, Arelis Hernandez, Kelly Martini, Rachel Mauro, David Byers, Carrie Dindino. Not pictured: Bureau Director Chris Harvey. (Newsline photo by Chris Harvey)

Raechal Leone Shewfelt (graduate student): Writer and content editor Yahoo! in Los Angeles; previously senior editor of a startup Web site called The Loop in Los Angeles. Email: raechal.leone@gmail.com On LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/in/raechalleone

Rachel S. Mauro (graduate student): Library assistant/inventory specialist, LAC Group; Email: rmauro2@gmail.com; on Twitter: @mauro2

David Byers (undergrad): Traveling the country, blogging, singing, since graduating. E-mail: david84b@umd.edu

Carrie Dindino (undergrad): Web producer for the National Journal's The Hotline, since summer 2008. E-mail: cdindino@gmail.com.

Arelis Hernandez (undergrad): Political reporter, The Washington Post; hernandezdbk@gmail.com; Twitter: @ahernandez_OS

Kelly Martini (undergrad): Reporting/editing for Bay Media Services in Lexington Park, Md., since May 2008. E-mail: kmartini@umd.edu.

Spring 2007 online bureau students:

Hortense Barber (graduate student): Summer 2007: Hired as an asssistant producer for BET.com in Washington, D.C. E-mail: hbarber1@umd.edu.

Diego Mantilla (graduate student): E-mail: mantilla@comcast.net.

Maryland Newsline Online Bureau
The fall 2006 online bureau, from left: Melissa Pachikara, Bureau Director Chris Harvey, A.J. McCombs, Damon Curry. (Newsline photo by Clint Bucco)
Jackie Strause (undergrad): Senior entertainment director at In Touch Weekly and Life & Style Weekly, New York area; jackiestrause@gmail.com; on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/pub/jackie-strause/20/594/71

Fall 2006 online bureau students:

Damon Curry (undergrad): Web communications, UMUC. Email: dcurry3@umd.edu.

Alan McCombs (undergrad): Staff writer, The Gazette (Prince George's County, Md.) Email: aj.mccombs@gmail.com; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/alan-mccombs/4/738/968 .

Melissa Pachikara (grad student): Assistant general counsel, U.S. Government Printing Office. On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/melissa-pachikara/3/713/429 .

Spring 2006 online bureau students:

Maryland Newsline Online Bureau
The Spring 2006 online bureau, from left: Nicholas Sekkas, Shelley Buter, Lindsay Diokno, Shelley Buter. (Newsline photo by Chris Harvey)

Shelley (Buter) Mackey: (undergrad):  Past: Communications project developer, Charles County Board of Education. Email: sbuter@umd.edu.

Lindsay Diokno: (undergrad): Web editor, Federal Reserve Board; former news producer at baltimoresun.com. Email: linzercookie@yahoo.com. On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ldiokno

Jennifer Fu: (undergrad): RN at Catholic University of America, Falls Church, Va. Email: jenfu84@gmail.com; on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/pub/jennifer-fu/83/54/395 .

Nicholas Sekkas: (undergrad):  Admissions counselor, The College of Westchester. Previous: Play-by-play sports announcer for minor league baseball in Hagerstown, Md. E-mail: nsekkas@gmail.com . On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/nick-sekkas/4/b99/850

Fall 2005 online bureau students:

April Chan (grad student): Through Fall 2013: Local editor, greater Seattle, Patch.com; previously an online reporter for The Olympian in Washington state. Email: aprilchan411@yahoo.com. On LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/pub/april-chan/5/757/8a2 .

Sunny Desai (undergrad): Attorney in Baltimore area. Email: sunnykdesai@gmail.com. On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sunnykdesai .

Spring 2005 online bureau students:
Maryland Newsline Online Bureau
The Spring 2005 online bureau, back row, from left:  Mike Santa Rita and Danny Conklin; front rows, from left: Kendra Nichols, Melanie Lo, Desair Brown and Kaukab Jhumra Smith. (Newsline photo by Chris Harvey)

Desair Brown Shaw (grad student): Reader advocacy editor, USA Today; debrown@usatoday.com; on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/in/desairshaw

Daniel Conklin (undergrad): Email: dconklin41@hotmail.com.

Melanie Lo (undergrad): Communications and marketing assistant, Radio-Television News Directors Association. Email: melanie.a.lo@gmail.com

Kendra Nichols (undergrad): Local Living editor, The Washington Post. On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/kendra-nichols/46/976/591 . On Twitter @kelynn .

Kaukab Jhumra Smith (grad student): Previous: Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, Washington correspondent, and editor in chief, Street Sense newspaper and Web site, Washington, D.C.  Email:
kaukab.smith@gmail.com; on LinkedIn at
www.linkedin.com/in/kokismith .

Mike Santa Rita (grad student): Hotel editor, USAE; previously reporter, The Howard County Times in Howard County, Md. Email: mikesantarita@hotmail.com ; on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/pub/mike-santa-rita/20/121/933

Fall 2004 online bureau / independent study students:

Jennifer Slingland (undergraduate student): Fall 2006: Teaching high school history at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County, Maryland. Email: jslingland@hotmail.com

Wei Zhe Tan (undergraduate student): Asia real-time desk editor, Dow Jones Newswires/The Wall Street Journal, Singapore. On LinkedIn: sg.linkedin.com/pub/wei-zhe-tan/57/b60/86a .

Spring 2004 online bureau students:
Multimedia students, Spring 2004, with Editor Chris Harvey / (Photo by Clint Bucco)
The spring 2004 online crew, (back row, from left): Charmere Gatson, Lisa Tossey and Bureau Chief Chris Harvey; (front, from left): Daina Klimanis and Jessica Shyu. (Photo by Clint Bucco)

Charmere Gatson (grad student): Fall 2005: Budget analyst/technical writer for the Department of the Navy in Arlington, Va. Fall 2004: Adjunct professor at the University of West Florida, teaching Basic Newspaper Reporting to the university's communication arts majors. Summer 2004: program assistant for the Freedom Forum in Arlington, Va., writing articles for two Web sites (www.freedomforum.org and www.chipsquinn.org) and updating the company's online database of colleges. Email: cgatson@terpalum.umd.edu.

Daina Klimanis (undergrad): Summer 2005: Reporter for the York Dispatch in York, Pa.; Spring 2005: Paid intern and Web master for Journalism Fellowships in Child and Family Policy. Fall 2004: Intern for Knight Ridder Tribune/Campus, a national wire service for campus newspapers. Summer 2004: Studied at the Baltic International Summer School in Latvia. Email: DainaKlimanis@hotmail.com

Jessica Shyu (undergrad): Blogger and writer, Education Week/Teacher Magazine and vice president of Teacher Excellence and Leadership, Teach for China, Rest of Yunnan, China. Previous: Columnist/blogger for edweek.org, writing about her experiences as a special education teacher in New Mexico. From Fall 2005: Full-time special ed teacher for Teach for America, working on a Navajo reservation in Gallup, New Mexico. Fall 2004: Paid part-time Web producer at usatoday.com. Email: jessica.shyu@tfchina.org; on LinkedIn:
cn.linkedin.com/pub/jessica-shyu/4a/468/5b0 .

Lisa Tossey (grad student): Social media community manager at National Marine Educators Association. Previous: Outreach specialist, Marine Public Education Office, University of Delaware. Fall 2006: Developing and designing print, electronic and Web publications for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Heart of the Chesapeake Project. Email: tossey@me.com . On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/tossey .

Fall 2003 online bureau / independent study students:

Stephen Mather (grad student): Freelance Web editor, UK Department for Education. Previous: Senior content producer, multiplatform, BBC; September 2006: Assistant producer on the Radio 4 Web site for BBC Radio and Music Interactive in London. Earlier: Full-time researcher on the editorial staff at BBC Science and Nature Interactive in London. Email: stephen_mather@hotmail.com. On LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenmather .

Kyle Orland (undergrad): Senior gaming editor, Ars Technica. Previously: full-time intranet associate for the Communications Department of National Public Radio in Washington. Email: kyle.orland@gmail.com. On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kyleorland . (See this interview on The Realm of Gaming for more on Orland.)


Spring 2003 online bureau / independent study students:

Multimedia students, Spring 2003 / (Photo by Chris Harvey)
The spring 2003 online crew, (back row, from left): Jordan A. Gilmore, Adam Newman, Amanda Karr. Sitting front: Nikole Albowicz, Fanen Chiahemen. (Photo by Chris Harvey)

Fanen Chiahemen (grad student): Staff writer for U.N. Wire, an independent news service covering the U.N. and other international affairs. The service is produced by the National Journal Group. Email: fanenc@yahoo.com

Jordan A. Gilmore (undergrad): Attorney, Cullen, Insley and Benson, Dover, Del. Earlier: Assistant production manager for Maryland Media. Email: jordan149@yahoo.com

Amanda Karr (undergrad): Staff writer, the Daily Reflector, Greenville, N.C. E-mail: akarr@coxnews.com

Adam Newman (undergrad): Director of Internet Meme Research - Dirt Rag/Bicycle Times, Pittsburgh, Pa.; previous: Visual editor, Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Fla. Email: adamgnewman@hotmail.com ; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/adamgnewman . On Twitter: @adamgnewman .

Nikole Albowicz (undergrad): Applying for government jobs.

Fall 2002 online independent study students:

Taashi Rowe (undergrad): News editor of a monthly magazine and daily website, D.C. area. Email: TaashiRowe@yahoo.com; on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/pub/taashi-rowe/46/a02/148 .

Reginald Hart (undergrad): Budget analyst, Department of Housing and Urban Development. On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/reginald-hart/7/b6a/438 .

Spring 2002 online bureau / independent study students:
Multimedia students, Spring 2002 / Photo by Chris Harvey
The spring 2002 online crew, From left: Maha Ezzeddine, Gloria Son, Kenny Beck, Nicole Richardson, Akbar Khan, Lonnie Shekhtman and Scarlett Morao. (Photo by Chris Harvey)

Kenny Beck (undergrad): Anchor/reporter at WXII 12 News, Greensboro, N.C. Previous: Reporter/anchor for WMDT-TV in Salisbury, Md. Email: kennybeck20@yahoo.com ; on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/pub/kenny-beck/b/784/427 ; on Twitter @kennybeckWXII .

Maha Ezzeddine (undergrad): Pursuing graduate degree at Stanford University

Nicole Marie Richardson (grad): Digital project manager, New York Daily News. Previous: News editor for Black Enterprise magazine. Fall 2004: Freelancer for BET.com. Previously: associate editor, Hospitality Technology magazine. Email:niknikmr@hotmail.com ; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/nicolemarierichardson .

Scarlett Morao (grad): Editor and writer specializing in marketing, health and business communications, Orange County, Calif. On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/smorao .

Lonnie Schekhtman (undergrad): Email: kuurlyq@hotmail.com

Gloria Son (grad): Unknown

Fall 2001 online independent study students:

Kim Harris (grad): Mass communications teacher at Randallstown High School in Baltimore County, Maryland, and freelancer for FOX News; previously weekend producer and Web site updater, WJZ-TV in Baltimore. Email: kharris@sbgnet.com

Kathleen Johnston Jarboe (grad): Reporter, the (Baltimore) Daily Record.

Sonia Kumar (undergrad): Director of the ACLU of Maryland's Girls in Juvenile Justice Project. Previously: accepted into Yale Law School for the school year beginning fall 2005; previously: Legal program associate, ACLU of Maryland in Baltimore. Email: soniakumar22@hotmail.com.

Spring 2001 online bureau and independent study students:

Multimedia students, Spring 2001 / Photo by Clint Bucco
The spring 2001 online crew, From left: Sonia Kumar, Tynisa Trapps, Kate Springle, Nikki Hawkins, Matt Schoch, Bureau Director Chris Harvey, Amy Silva and Nikki Hawkins. (Photo by Clint Bucco)

Kim Harris (grad): Mass communications teacher at Randallstown High School in Baltimore County, Md.

Nikki Hawkins (grad): Personal trainer, at Every Body's Personal Trainer, Montgomery County and Frederick County, Md.. Previously: a police officer, and before that, a public information specialist, City of Rockville, Md. Website.

Sonia Kumar (undergrad): Director of the ACLU of Maryland's Girls in Juvenile Justice Project.

Amy Silva Elliott (undergrad): Legal editor, Tax Analysts. Previously: Earned a JD from the George Washington University Law School and worked as communications assistant for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. Earlier was communications director and Web developer, J-Lab, the Institute for Interactive Journalism. On LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amytselliott .

Matt Schoch (undergrad): Senior editor, PBS Digital, PBS Food; previously: Web coordinator for the Association for Financial Professionals in Bethesda, Md. Email: matthew.schoch@gmail.com . On Twitter @Matt_Schoch; on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/matthewschoch .

Kate Springle Lempka (grad): Independent writing and editing professional, Raleigh-Durham, N.C. area. Email: kady_42@yahoo.com. On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/katespringlelempka .

Tynisa Trapps (grad): Unknown.

--Last updated by former bureau editor Chris Harvey on July 1, 2014. I'm proud of all of you!

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