|The TV News Bureau - Fall 2003|
airs weeknights at 7:30 p.m. on UMTV.
That's Channel 72 in Prince George's County; Channel 2 in Montgomery County.
All CNS-TV reporters are
|The fall 2003 TV news crew,
from left): Jeffrey Schonfeld,
Bureau Chief David Burns,
Kasey Gardner, Kristina Bigby, Amanda Johnson,
(sitting, from left): Tiffany L. Francis,
Dorothy Ramienski. Diana Alvear is not pictured.
(Photo by Stephen
Mather / Maryland
The bureau chief:
David Burns has worked for CNN and
NBC News as a videotape editor and field camera operator in the United
States and abroad. While living abroad, Burns also worked as a technology
correspondent for the IDG Wire Service bureau in Paris, wrote a technology column for
Capital, a Polish business and finance weekly newspaper in Warsaw, and taught
journalism courses for local universities in Poland and Jordan.
He can be reached at
The grad students:
Diana Alvear, 26, covers the multicultural
affairs beat for CNS-TV, exploring issues of diversity in Maryland. She has
freelanced for Maryland Public Television and interned in the BBCís
Washington, D.C., bureau. Of Chilean descent, the Miami native received her
undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Florida,
where she also double-minored in mass communication and women's studies.
Before entering Marylandís graduate journalism program, she worked in
community development at the United Way of Miami-Dade. She speaks Spanish
Kristina Bigby, 25, covers education for
CNS-TV. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Virginia; she
majored in psychology and minored in English. Following graduation, she
worked as a front line manager for Capital One. Bigby interned in WBAL-TVís
(Baltimore) sports department and at Business Now TV in Virginia.
Tiffany Francis, 23, will cover the
transportation beat for CNS-TV. She has a bachelorís degree from Hampton
University, where she hosted a weekly Jazz and Blues show for WHOV, the
campusís student radio station. She has interned at WPGC-FM in Washington,
D.C., and in Black Entertainment Televisionís Production/News Department.
She worked most recently as a technical assistant for Fairfax Public Access
Laura Lewis, 26, will cover crime and justice,
as well as issues affecting Baltimore City. She has a bachelorís degree in
English and psychology from Georgetown University. Most recently, she has
been freelancing for the Baltimore City Paper and working part time
for the Baltimore Ravens' television property, Rave-TV. Before entering
graduate school, she was the senior news editor for WBAL-TV's (Baltimore)
Web site, and a freelance editor for AOL's DigitalCity.com. Her online
column on dating and relationships is carried on several local Web sites on
the IBS national network.
Ravinder Rai, 23, will cover Montgomery County
news for CNS-TV. Rai graduated from the College of Wooster in 2002 with a
bachelor's degree in communication studies. His previous work experience
has included internships at WPGC-FM and WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., as well as
a brief stint as a law clerk for Horace Bradshaw Esq.
Kasey Gardner, 21, is a senior broadcast
journalism major from Annapolis, Md. She will cover the military beat for
CNS-TV. She has interned at WJZ-TV in Baltimore and will graduate in May.
Jamie Houston, 22, covers health and the
environment for CNS-TV. A native of Marylandís Eastern Shore, she has
covered news from the stateís coast. She has interned as a general
assignment reporter for WBOC in Salisbury and as a production assistant for
Comcast Cable Television. After graduating in December, she hopes to find a
job as a field reporter.
Amanda Johnson, 23, is a senior broadcast major
covering homeland security issues for CNS-TV. A Nebraska native, she has
interned at KLKN in Lincoln and KETV in Omaha. She also worked as an
assistant in the investigative reporting unit at Fox45 in Baltimore and
occupied the anchor desk for Maryland Newsline in 2002. Johnson will
graduate in December and hopes to work as a reporter and eventually a
full-time news anchor.
Dorothy Ramienski, 21, covers Maryland state
budget issues for CNS-TV. She is a senior undergraduate student with both
radio and television news reporting experience. She has interned as a
reporter for Howard Countyís GTV station and for WFMD News Radio in
Frederick, Md. She has served as a reporter and producer for the
campus radio station, WMUC.
27, covers Prince George's County government and Marylandís business sector
for CNS-TV. Schonfeld earned a history degree from Ithaca College in 1997 and
is completing a degree in broadcast journalism from
the University of Maryland. After working and traveling the country for the
past five years, Schonfeld is happy to be back on the East Coast full time.
2003 University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of
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