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2014 Staff

Kate Cox is a writer, traveler, and experience junkie with a print and multimedia focus. She writes about the curious world on her blog and chronicles her relationship with wanderlust and limited funds for Off the Radar. She covers health and aging for Uptown Radio and has reported on food and agriculture, the age boom and health policy at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Twitter: @thekatecox and @otravel
Email: onekatecox[at]gmail.com

Lara McCaffrey covers Arts & Entertainment. She has a B.A. in political science with a minor in history from the University of California, San Diego. McCaffrey wrote about music and politics for the San Diego Reader, No Cover Magazine, the Independent Voter Network, the OB Rag and various local music blogs. She also hosted at her college radio station, KSDT Radio, and interned with KPRI Radio.  She hopes to work in radio, covering music, arts and culture.

Twitter: @LaraMcCaff
Email:  lkm2134[at]columbia.edu

Poppie Mphuthing was born and raised in London and has lived in South Africa for over a decade. She has an undergraduate degree in history from South Africa’s Rhodes University. Before moving to New York to attend the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Poppie was a news anchor and online columnist at eNCA, South Africa’s leading 24-hour television station. She enjoys debating world affairs, reading books, writing socio-political commentary and experiencing new countries. Poppie covers the global economy for Uptown Radio.

Twitter: @PoppieMphuthing
Email: mphuthing.poppie[at]gmail.com

Eleanor Stanford covers the Culture of Ideas for Uptown Radio. She is a print focused journalist who increasingly dabbles in multimedia and audio storytelling. Eleanor  covers issues of social justice, international affairs and culture. Growing up in England, she lived in Paris for two years where she worked for The Independent and The International Herald Times.

Twitter: @elucylinnet
Email: eleanorlucylinnet[at]gmail.com

Matt Collette is a reporter and radio producer spending the year at Columbia Journalism School. He works as an intern at WNYC’s business desk and as an education reporter embedded at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. Originally from Connecticut, he’s worked for publications across New England. Collette covers technology for Uptown Radio.

Twitter: @matt_pc

Avi Wolfman-Arent covers education for Uptown Radio. Before coming to Columbia he worked in Philadelphia covering sports and education as a freelance journalist. Prior to that he ran outreach for a Philadelphia non-profit that organizes after-school programs for kids. Avi earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Haverford College. He is a native of Arkansas and grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland. Philadelphia sports teams consume an unhealthy percentage of his conscious thought.

Twitter: @Avi_WA
Email: aw2796[at]columbia.edu

Caroline Ballard covers religion for Uptown Radio. She has a B.A. in Global Liberal Studies and a minor in French from New York University. Before coming to Uptown Radio, Caroline interned at Beur FM in Paris, AECOM, and Liquidnet. After an editorial internship at The Village Voice, Caroline had an inkling journalism might be for her. Born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia, she is an avid traveler, a cappella fan, and bookworm.

Twitter: @caro_ballard
Email: cmb2248[at]columbia.edu

Hilary Brueck reports on healthcare and health and wellness for Uptown Radio. She has previously covered French immigrants in NYC, crime and education in the Bronx, business and technology in Minneapolis and European travel in Paris. Before joining the Uptown Radio team, Hilary spent two years as a teacher and community development volunteer in rural Madagascar with the Peace Corps. You can read more on her blog: madaboutrice.wordpress.com. She speaks English, French and Malagasy, teaches yoga and loves running the occasional marathon.

Twitter: @hilarx
Email: hmb2151[at]columbia.edu

Claire Pires covers the environment for Uptown Radio. A Washington, D.C. native, she graduated in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Southern California. During USC, she interned for E! News, NBCUniversal, Good Housekeeping magazine, and the public relations firm, PMK*BNC. At USC, she created and co-hosted the weekly morning radio show “Coastin’ with Conrad & Claire,” and reported, edited, and wrote stories for Annenberg Radio News and Annenberg TV News. She is currently an intern at BuzzFeed, and hopes to work as an on-air journalist in radio and television.

Twitter: @ClairePires
Email: ccp2138[at]columbia.edu

Raymond Yeldidong Bayor was born and raised in the West Africa nation of Ghana. He received his B.A in Communication Studies (public relations) from Sub-Saharan Africa’s first Journalism School, the Ghana Institute of Journalism. Raymond is passionate about journalism, politics and technology. He covers immigration for Uptown Radio.

Twitter: @rybayor
Email: ryb2101[at]columbia.edu

Chris Mathias is the New York Editor at The Huffington Post and a Master’s in Science candidate at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Originally from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Chris graduated from Emerson College in Boston before moving to New York City in 2008. He’s written for The Huffington Post, The L Magazine, and Nerve.com. He covers drug policy for Uptown Radio.

Twitter: @letsgomathias
Email: mathias.christopher[at]gmail.com

Rachel Vianna was born and raised in Brazil. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Film from the Rhode Island School of Design and went on to work in network productions for the Discovery Channel, PBS, Lifetime, MTV, Dreamworks, and Animal Planet, among others. In São Paulo she worked as an associate producer for partnering indie production houses, Casa Redonda and Mão Direita, where she helped develop documentaries on contemporary art and education. Rachel currently reports on human rights issues and occasionally, sports. She looks forward to covering the upcoming Olympic Games in her country. Visit her page rachelvianna.com for additional information..

Twitter: @rachlvianna

Chris Mossa is a freelance multimedia journalist focused on telling stories in print, pictures and an on-air. He is currently studying at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Chris spent the past 10 years as a management consultant in corporate finance. He currently covers finance, business and economics for Uptown Radio. He enjoys competitive job offers and publication requests.

 Twitter: @chrismossa
Email: chrismossa[at]gmail.com

Felice León covers race and ethnicity for Uptown Radio. She is a native New Yorker, born and raised in the great borough of Queens. León received a B.A. in communications and Spanish business from the University of Maryland, College Park and has since worked at multiple nonprofit organizations including Echoing Green and City Year. As a National Urban Fellow she worked in the office of Mayor Ronald Dellums in Oakland, California and earned a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College.  León has a web series, “Running the Streets with Felice León,” and is particularly interested in finding new and creative ways to approach reporting.

Twitter: @RTSWFL
Email: fl2364[at]columbia.edu

Marie Shabaya covers International affairs for Uptown Radio. Originally from Kenya, Marie grew up in Abu Dhabi. Before starting at Columbia, she earned her B.A. in Economics from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom. During her undergraduate degree, she completed a short editorial internship at the Sunday Times which convinced her that journalism was her calling. Marie has a passion for international journalism that she hopes to merge with her love for radio which she discovered as a student at the Columbia Journalism School.

Asabe Vincent-Otiono was born in Nigeria but raised in the United Kingdom. She has a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Leicester. Prior to starting her education at Columbia Journalism School, Asabe was a freelance reporter for FAB magazine UK, a fashion and lifestyle magazine. Asabe enjoys debating gender and cultural issues, reading books and travelling.

Twitter: @Asabe27