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The CNS-TV Bureau - Fall 2005

Their broadcast airs at 7:30 p.m. on UMTV. That's Channel 72 in Prince George's County; Channel 2 in Montgomery County. CNS-TV reporters are reachable at umtvdesk@jmail.umd.edu.

The TV Crew, Fall 2005. / Newsline Photo by Sunny Desai
The TV news crew, (from left): Bureau Chief Cassandra Clayton, Retha Colclasure, Monty Roberson Jr., Dave Kosin, Eve Finstein, Andrew Williamson, Tiane Johnson, Eugene Reynolds, Tricia Barba, Phil Orban and Shannon Augustus. Not pictured: Executive Producer Sue Kopen Katcef. (Newsline photo by Sunny Desai)

The bureau chief:

Cassandra Clayton joins CNS-TV to oversee production of UMTV’s nightly newscast, "Maryland Newsline." Hired as an NBC News correspondent in 1983, over the next two decades she reported from their Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., bureaus. She co-anchored a nightly news and talk program on CNBC called "The Real Story," and substitute anchored "Nightly News," "Weekend Edition," "Sunrise" and the "Today" news segment. She most recently reported and anchored for MSNBC and taught broadcast journalism at Howard University.

The grad students:

Tiane A. Johnson, 23, is covering Prince George's County for CNS-TV. She will earn her master's degree in December and aspires to be a reporter and anchor. Johnson graduated from Goucher College in May 2004 with a bachelor of arts in Communications and Media Studies. She interned at WJLA ABC 7 News and WTTG FOX 45 and worked as a freelance writer for the Prince George's County Post, the Greenbelt News Review and The Black Explosion.  She is from Washington, D.C., and can be reached at tiane_johnson@yahoo.com.

Eugene Reynolds, 24, is covering Montgomery County.  He will earn his master’s degree in December 2005. Reynolds has freelanced for several local newspapers, including the Montgomery County Sentinel, the Takoma Park Voice and The Coast Star.  He graduated from Manhattan College in May 2004 with a bachelor of arts in English and communications. Reynolds grew up in Avon by the Sea, N.J.  He can be reached at smalleuge@aol.com.

The undergrads:

Shannon Augustus, 21, is covering education. She has interned at the Prince George's Journal, CTV in Largo, Md., Nightly Business Report, C-SPAN, the Media Research Center and Fox 5 News. She aspires to be a local television reporter or producer. Augustus is from Fort Washington, Md., and can be reached at ilive4journalism@comcast.net.

Tricia Barba, 21, is covering ethnic affairs. She recently finished an internship with CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer."  She has also interned at the NBC4 Consumer Unit, FOX5 News and The Gazette.  She was a senior staff writer for the daily, student-run newspaper, The Diamondback.  Barba is double majoring in government and politics and journalism.  She can be reached at Pbarba@wam.umd.edu.

Retha Colclasure, 21, is covering transportation. She recently completed an internship with WBAL-Radio, 1090 AM in Baltimore. She also has a year of experience as executive producer for "Terp Weekly Edition," a weekly newscast aired on the campus radio station, WMUC 88.1FM. She aspires to be a local reporter for a network affiliate in a major television market. Colclasure can be reached at retha@mail.umd.edu.

Eve Finstein, 21, is covering medicine and health. She is a broadcast journalism major with a government and politics minor. Last summer, Finstein interned at WJZ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Baltimore. She can be reached at justeve2508@msn.com.

Dave Kosin, 21, is a journalism major with a minor in kinesiology eyeing a career in television sports. He interned at WBAL-TV 11 Sports in Baltimore, and works with WMUC Sports radio on campus, where he is a commentator and talk show host. He can be reached at daviek@umd.edu.

Phil Orban, 22, covers the environment for CNS-TV.  He has interned for Comcast SportsNet and spent the last nine months interning for "The George Michael Sports Machine," a nationally syndicated sports highlight show. After graduating in December with a degree in broadcast journalism, Orban hopes to work on-air as a reporter or anchor.  He can be reached at phil_orban@yahoo.com.

Monty Roberson Jr., 20, a broadcast journalism major with a minor in criminal justice, will cover homeland security. Most recently he was technical director of the campus radio news show, "Terp Weekly Edition."  He also worked as a desk assistant for ABC news in Washington. He can be reached at montythered@aol.com.

Andrew Williamson, 22, covers criminal justiceHe transferred to the University of Maryland his sophomore year to pursue a degree in journalism.  He has completed internships at ABC-2 in Baltimore and NBC 11 in San Jose.  He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. After graduating this December, he plans to pursue a career as an investigative reporter.  He can be reached at amwilliamson@earthlink.net.

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