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2013 Staff

Amber Binion covers science in New York City for Uptown Radio. A Georgia native, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Spelman College in Atlanta, where she also hosted and produced an online radio show that reached hundreds of college-aged listeners every week. Binion has experience in advertising and marketing from Starcom Media Group, as well as corporate public relations experience as a communications coordinator at Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. Now earning her Master of Science in journalism at Columbia University, she hopes to work as an on-air journalist specializing in art and culture.

Follow her at @AmberBinion.
Email her at aab2198[at]columbia.edu.

Lance Dixon is Uptown Radio’s sports reporter. He previously covered the Dominican community for Global City NYC. Lance was born in Miami and earned a degree in English with a journalism minor from Morehouse College in Atlanta and served for three years as a staff writer, associate news editor and managing editor of the Maroon Tiger student newspaper. He is a former press intern for the William J. Clinton Foundation.

Follow him at @LDixon_3.
Email him at ld2542[at]columbia.edu.

Jessica Gould covers education for Uptown Radio. Before coming to Columbia, she spent 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 Women’s eNews.

Check out her work at www.byjessicagould.com.
Follow her at @ByJessicaGould
Email her at jessica.elise.gould[at]gmail.com.

Anna Goldenberg covers transport, housing and welfare in New York City for Uptown Radio. Born and bred in Austria, Anna earned her B.A. in Politics, Psychology and Sociology at the University of Cambridge, UK, before coming to Columbia.  Anna published her first newspaper at the age of seven, which was widely acclaimed within her closest family. More recently, she was an intern at Austrian news publications (Die Presse, profil) and a staff writer at the Cambridge student newspaper Varsity. She is currently freelancing for the Austrian science magazine profil wissen. At Columbia Journalism School, Anna discovered her fascination for radio.

Follow her at @angoldna.
Email her at a.j.goldenberg[at]gmail.com.

Alexandra Hall covers the environment beat for Uptown Radio. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s Institute of Latin American Studies, where she researched contemporary media politics in Venezuela. A native of Northern California, Alexandra studied Spanish and linguistics at UC Santa Cruz and later backpacked throughout Mexico and South America. She is now an intern at WNYC’s On the Media and co-hosts a podcast with the Latin American politics magazine, NACLA: Report on the Americas.

Check out her music blog at offtopicviceroy.blogspot.com.
Follow her at @chalexhall.
Email her at ach215[at]columbia.edu.

Katherine Jacobsen covers the tech beat for Uptown Radio. Katherine is from Austin, Texas.  She graduated from Northwestern University in 2011, where she majored in History and Slavic Languages and Literature.  In 2011, she covered immigrant issues in the Chicago area with ImmigrantConnect.org.  After graduation, Jacobsen studied Russian for a year in Moscow, and interned with The Moscow Times.  Jacobsen also interned with an Austin NPR-affiliate station, KUT News 90.5.

Follow her at @kajtweets.
Email her at kaj2149[at]columbia.edu.

Emily Jones is reporting on economic development for Uptown Radio. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in history. She worked as a reporter and anchor for WBRU-FM, Brown’s student-run commercial radio station, and served as news director and intern director in the station’s news department. Emily also worked as a disc jockey at WBRU and has interned at WHYY-FM in Philadelphia, The Wall Street Journal Radio Network, and Rhode Island Public Radio.

Follow her at @ejreports.
Email her at ecj1129[at]gmail.com.

Stephanie Kuo covers poverty for Uptown Radio. She calls Dallas, Texas, home but admits she lived out the better years in Austin, where she received a journalism degree from the University of Texas in 2011. Her background is in print and her work has appeared in Texas Monthly and the Austin American-Statesman. She recently discovered a love for radio while at the Columbia School of Journalism and hopes for a long career on the airwaves, covering urban policy.

Follow her at @stephanieskuo.
Email her at ssk2175[at]columbia.edu.

Tony Maglio is the Arts and Entertainment beat reporter for Uptown Radio. Tony is in his fourth season as a freelance joke writer for Saturday Night Live Weekend Update. He is a regular contributor to Time Warner Cable’s consumer homepage, RoadRunner.com, where he covers pop culture, celebrities, sports and reviews viral videos, television and film. He has also been published on Patch and CNN.com as well as various blogs, including ESPN’s TrueHoop network. Maglio, a New Jersey resident, has his MBA from Monmouth University.

Follow him at @anthonymaglio.
Email him at ajm2219[at]columbia.edu.

Ntshepeng Motema (en-SEP-eng mo-TAY-mah) covers the race and ethnicity beat for Uptown radio. Ntshepeng is a multi-media journalist from South Africa. After graduating from Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa she worked as a weekly current affairs show producer for eNews Channel Africa, a 24-hour news station broadcasting throughout Africa and into the UK. She has also done news reports in various parts of Africa including Rwanda, South Sudan and Kenya.
Follow her at @nmotema
Email her at nm2630[at]columbia.edu.

Sonia Paul covers immigration for Uptown Radio. After earning her bachelor’s degree from UCLA, she taught English in Japan for two years. While in Japan, she created and produced a podcast series exploring education and immigration issues from the Asian perspective. More recently, she interned at the technology news site Mashable, and worked as a international news editor and curator for the non-profit media organization Link TV. Paul has also held internships at the San Francisco-based weekly newspaper India-West and KQED Public Radio.
Check out her Japan podcast series at www.shizuokaspeaks.com.
Follow her @sonipaul.
Email her smp2182[at]columbia.edu.

Tenzin Shakya covers Human Rights for Uptown Radio. Shakya has more than four years of experience producing news stories in private and nonprofit journalism. She’s a second-generation Tibetan, born in Nepal and raised in San Francisco Bay Area. Before becoming a journalist, Shakya worked for Rethink Media, a nonprofit organization working to shift the public discussion on issues related to peace and security, national security, and human rights. Shakya graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Women and Gender Studies. Her work has been published in San Mateo County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, and the Oakland Tribune.

Check out her website or connect on LinkedIn.
Follow her at @tenzinshakya.
Email her at tws2115[at]columbia.edu.

Jeff Tyson is Uptown Radio’s religion reporter. He is from Mendon, NY, and has a Bachelor’s degree in international relations and French from the University of Rochester. He has worked with human rights organizations in both Senegal and the United States and is currently pursuing a career in journalism. He enjoys running, travel, and listening to acoustic music.

Follow him at @jeff_tyson.
Email him at jmt2180[at]columbia.edu.

Matthew Vann covers politics for Uptown Radio. Matthew is a native New Yorker who lives in Brooklyn. He received his bachelors degree from Brooklyn College in broadcast journalism and political science. Previously, he worked as an urban fellow in the NYC Mayor’s Office. He also worked for CNN International in New York covering the UN Security Council. Matthew is currently pursuing a M.S. degree in Digital Media at the Columba University Graduate School of Journalism. Outside of school, Matthew spends his time running and playing the cello.

Follow him at @MPVann.
Email him at mattpvann[at]gmail.com.

Camilo Vargas covers International Affairs for Uptown Radio. He was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. He holds a BA and MA in political science and international relations, specializing in US-Latin America relations and conflict studies. He’s been a researcher for the Universidad de los Andes and the Colombian Reparations and Reconciliation Commission. He fell in love with journalism interning for the independent news website LaSillaVacia.com.

Follow him at @caava.
Email him at cv2304[at]columbia.edu.