2017 Staff

Devin Briski covers technology for Uptown Radio. Prior to attending CJS, she produced webinars and conferences at Stanford Social Innovation Review, a media group covering social entrepreneurship and innovation in the nonprofit sector. Devin holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Columbia University, where she was a reporter and editor at Columbia Daily Spectator. A native San Franciscan, Devin is also a certified yoga instructor and functional kombucha addict.

Twitter: @devinbriski


Melissa Cáceres covers New York City economic development for Uptown Radio. She previously worked at the Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and is currently an associate web editor at the New York Post. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Florida International University, where she was the news director for the campus newspaper. Originally from Oregon, she grew up in South Florida and still misses Publix.

Twitter: @melissaicaceres

Meg Dalton covers human rights for Uptown Radio. After graduating Tufts University in 2011, she worked in the startup and technology scene. She soon realized journalism was the path for her, and after a stint as a freelance designer, she became an associate editor at MediaShift.org, where she wrote about crowdfunding, virtual reality, podcasts and all things digital media. She also covered business in southwestern Connecticut as a reporter with the Greenwich Times.

Twitter: @megdalts


Emily Dugdale is an investigative and radio journalist covering race for Uptown Radio. She previously lived in Oakland, Calif and freelanced at several local news outlets in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also spent time reporting overseas in Medellin, Colombia. Emily has a bachelor degree in Political Science from Williams College (Williamstown, MA) and is part of the Toni Stabile program in investigative journalism at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Emily was born in Colombia, raised in Seattle, but left her heart in sunny California. Catch her running along Riverside Park.

Twitter: @eedugdale

Sarah Gibson covers crime and the law for Uptown Radio. Prior to coming to CJS, Sarah worked on educational and media programs for farmworker and food justice organizations in North Carolina. She earned a B.A in History from Brown University, where she also managed a radio show and studied documentary arts. Since college she’s brought an audio recorder to legal investigations with migrant tobacco workers, fiddling festivals in Kentucky, and oral history interviews with farmers. She was raised by Southern parents in a tiny Vermont town with zero stoplights, one beautiful lake, and innumerable ski trails.

Twitter: @schadgibson

Max Hauptman covers New York City and State politics for Uptown Radio. A Brooklyn native, he holds a B.S. in International Relations from West Point. Prior to attending Columbia Journalism School, he served for six years as an Army officer in Washington State. He is currently fulfilling his lifelong dream of never running a marathon.

Twitter: @thatmaxhauptman


Camila Kerwin covers city transit for Uptown Radio. Her radio and multimedia work has appeared on Public Radio International’s The World, WLRN in Miami, and Colombia’s El Tiempo. Before journalism, she studied Comparative Literature in college, and worked as a writing instructor for one year. In her spare time, she enjoys illustrating calendars and observing her cat, Kramer.

Twitter: @ckerwin1020


Lindsey Kortyka is covering the religion beat for Uptown Radio. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and worked as an attorney for four years in Dayton, Ohio. Lindsey has a bachelor’s degree in politics from Oberlin College and a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University. She likes to travel and hang out with her husband, dog, and two cats.

Twitter: @lkortyka


Kamila KudelskaKamila Kudelska is an investigative and radio journalist covering National Politics for Uptown Radio. Prior to CJS, she worked in the capital of Poland at the National Public Radio as a general reporter. Kamila went to University of California, Davis for undergrad where she studied comparative literature and French. The underground music scene initially pulled her to join the Davis public radio station but the real, human stories exposed her love for storytelling. A native New Yorker, this is her first time reporting in New York City.

Twitter: @kamilakudelska

Hannah Long-HigginsHannah Long-Higgins is a multimedia journalist covering city services, poverty and housing for Uptown Radio. Before moving to New York, Hannah studied at Heidelberg University in Ohio and the University of Heidelberg in Germany, where she became fluent in German. After college, Hannah spent a year working at a labor union for hospitality workers in Seattle, Washington, where she hung out with hotel housekeepers and created media projects to help drive labor campaigns. Hannah enjoys taking pictures, making films, running, cycling, and playing her ukelele.


Acacia O'ConnorAcacia O’Connor is a multimedia journalist and executive communications writer/researcher based in Manhattan. In the last ten years, she has been a sports columnist, free speech advocate, speech writer, Italian literary translator and boxcar diner waitress. Her pronouns are she, her, hers.

Twitter: @acaciaO



Sushmita PathakSushmita Pathak covers science for Uptown Radio. She graduated last June with a bachelor’s in electronics and communication engineering and is proud of her exceptional soldering skills. She switched to journalism because she wanted to tell stories about the real life impact of the science she was learning in labs. Sushmita grew up in India but prior to coming to Columbia she worked as a writer and editor at a UAE-based digital magazine in Dubai.


Twitter: @sushmitza

Pia Peterson covers local and national environmental issues for Uptown Radio. Originally from Rhode Island, she studied Central American history and Spanish lit at the University of Rhode Island. She’s previously worked in sustainability and education, and prior to coming to Columbia was teaching English and leading all-female hiking groups in northern Japan. One of those creative types, Pia is also an illustrator and baker whose exploits in the kitchen were recently chronicled in a self-published cookbook, One Japanese Kitchen.

Twitter: @pia_peterson

Kristin SchwabKristin Schwab is the intellectual, cultural and ideas reporter for Uptown Radio. She’s especially interested in telling the human side of social issue stories. Before coming to Columbia Journalism, she was an editor at the international arts publication Dance Magazine, and has written on arts and culture for The Guardian, espnW and Thrillist. She got her BFA in dance from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and is a proud Minnesotan.


Twitter: @kkschwab

Becky ScottRebecca Scott covers art and entertainment for Uptown Radio. She studied English at Pitzer College and previously worked as an enrollment officer at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. When she’s not producing stories for Uptown Radio, she’s covering pop culture for the digital lifestyle blog Catalyst. She’s lived in Connecticut and California and now resides in Brooklyn.


Twitter: @arr_scott

Katherine SullivanKatherine Sullivan is an investigative and radio journalist covering health and medicine for Uptown Radio. Originally from upstate New York, Katherine obtained a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania before moving to Kigali, Rwanda, where she worked as a writer, editor, and English teacher for several years. She’s most likely to be spotted squeezing in a mid-day run or unapologetically snacking in public.

Twitter: @katherrun


Taylor Wizner is a radio reporter based in Manhattan. She covers immigration and refugee issues for Uptown Radio. Before Columbia, she interned in at Michigan Radio and NPR’s All Things Considered. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English, and was a news editor of the daily campus paper. She enjoys reading, listening to podcasts and walking throughout New York City. She’s connected to radio through her grandfather, who read jokes and reported news to American troops in American-occupied Japan at the end of World War II.

Twitter: @twizner