2015 Staff

Adélie PontayAdélie Pojzman-Pontay covers immigration for Uptown Radio. Born and raised in Paris, she has a B.A. in humanities and a masters degree in political science. She’s reported in Paris, Jerusalem and New York and covered topics such as public housing, drug abuse, immigration, Spanish-speaking communities and religion. She hopes to become a radio or print foreign correspondent. Because she’s gluten and dairy intolerant, Adélie is the odd French out: she can’t enjoy baguette and cheese with her compatriots.

twitter: @apjzpty
email: adp2157@columbia.edu

aliAlistair J. Gardiner grew up in the West Country of England before studying film and literature at the University of Warwick. It was here that he had his first foray into journalism: becoming a regular contributor to the university’s newspaper and a producer at the student union’s radio station. His areas of interest as a reporter include business and finance, education and arts/culture. He covers the economy for Uptown Radio.

email: ajg2218@columbia.edu

Anjuli_Sastry_optAnjuli Sastry is a San Francisco Bay Area native covering the religion beat for Uptown Radio. Prior to coming to Columbia Journalism School, she interned for ABC News in Washington D.C. and worked as a reporter and later editor at the UC Berkeley student newspaper, The Daily Californian. She’s currently with the digital journalism platform, Beacon Reader. In her spare time she likes to travel and read.

twitter: @anjuliks
email: as4726@columbia.edu

IMG_0716Arianna Skibell received a BA in Psychology and Linguistics from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., where she also grew up. While at Emory, she served as the Editor in Chief of the student newspaper, The Emory Wheel and hosted a radio show for Emory’s WMRE called In Case You Were Wondering. A playwright and artist, she has studied literature in Oxford, England, dance in the north of Israel and compassion in Dharmasala, India. Arianna covers health and medicine for Uptown Radio and is developing a non-fiction narrative audio documentary about the use of theater in prison as a means of rehabilitation. Arianna received the Bright Ideas Award in Kindergarten and has been thinking ever since.

twitter: @AriannaSkibell
email: arianna.skibell@gmail.com
website: ariannaskibell.com

ArielRitchinAriel Ritchin is the website editor for the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma and a Master’s in Science candidate at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. His work has appeared in American Photo, Metrofocus and PBS Newshour. A graduate of Middlebury College, he has previously worked in the multimedia department at the American Civil Liberties Union and as a video editor for Lucky Tiger Productions. He is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow and a Posse Foundation Scholar. Ariel covers human rights for Uptown Radio.

twitter: @ArielRitchin or @DartCenter
email: ariel.ritchin@dartcenter.org

141218_0067Camille von Kaenel covers New York City’s economic development for Uptown Radio. She’s written about the environment, technology, business and more for various Swiss publications and campus newspapers. Born in Switzerland and raised in California, she graduated with a degree in international relations from the University of Geneva in 2014. She generally can’t wait to get outdoors.

twitter: @cvonka
email: cdv2115@columbia.edu

Ann-CassandraCassandra Basler covers city services for Uptown Radio. She previously lived in Detroit, where she worked as an associate producer and reporter for WDET. Before that, Cassandra studied English, German and Urban Studies at University of Michigan. When she’s not reporting on wealth and poverty, she’s writing about food security and family-owned eateries for nytable.com.


twitter: @CassBasler
email: cab2266@columbia.edu

IMG_5333Charlotte Gibson is currently a Master of Science candidate at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a multimedia journalist with an emphasis on sports, education, politics and social justice. For Uptown Radio, Charlotte proudly reports for the sports beat. In June 2014, she graduated with a B.A. in World Literature & Cultural Studies and a minor in Film & Digital Media Studies. During her time at UCSC, Charlotte played for the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Team and acted as the Sports Director for public radio station, KZSC 88.1FM. When she is not busy reporting, the California native enjoys working out, playing golf and watching endless Netflix marathons.

twitter: @thecharlottesue
email: csg2138@columbia.edu
website: thecharlottesue.wordpress.com

unnamedChava Gourarie covers tech for Uptown Radio. Chava worked in education, marketing and the non-profit sector before beginning a career in data and entrepreneurial journalism. A born Detroiter, she has lived on both the East and West coasts and can debate the merits of each endlessly.


twitter: @chavarisa
email: cg2860@columbia.edu

dashaDasha Lisitsina covers Cultural Ideas for Uptown Radio. She’s previously worked as a freelance film reviewer, a Features Assistant at the Daily Telegraph in London and is the go-to BBC World Service person on Russian pop culture and all things kitsch. Dasha studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge, but abandoned the ivory tower of reading fiction for writing real human stories. She’s evangelical about the podcast renaissance and the new digital landscape of long form writing.

twitter: @el_dashinka
email: dl2941@columbia.edu
website: www.dashalisitsina.com

IMG_8403Gregoire Molle has come all the way from France partly because he fell in love with American public radio and podcasts. Prior to joining Uptown Radio, Gregoire was a political reporter and a host for SYN, a community radio in Melbourne, Australia. He was also a host for his radio show in France, and a reporter form Vivre FM, a local station in Paris, for which he covered issues concerning disabilities. Hopefully American listeners will forgive him for his outrageous accent. He covers international affairs for Uptown Radio.

twitter: @GregoireMolle
email: gpm2114@columbia.edu

Hanna_KlingbergHanna Klingberg is the arts and entertainment reporter for Uptown Radio. Originally from Norway, she moved to New York City in 2014 to pursue a career as a writer, storyteller and performer. She has previously worked for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation as an online editor and as a radio reporter for Radio Nova in Oslo. In her spare time Hanna likes to sing, act, write sketch comedy and engage in all things theater.

twitter: @hklingberg
email: hmk2126@columbia.edu

joeJoe Sykes covers race and ethnicity for Uptown Radio. Before coming to Columbia he completed a bachelor’s degree in history from University College London. He has freelanced for sports magazines in England, interned at CNN and the BBC and even helped set up an online cultural rag: whiteyonthemoon.net. He’s a north Londoner by birth and when he’s not trying to make radio stories he’s dreaming about, thinking about or watching his beloved Arsenal.

twitter: @jykes
email: js4581@columbia.edu

0KgwspvfMiriam Sitz, a native Texan, is a freelance reporter and a student at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Formerly based in San Antonio, she has reported on food, technology, higher ed, urban life and more for print and digital publications throughout Texas. In New York, she covers science for Uptown Radio and is developing a three-part radio documentary on orphan drug development and rare diseases.

twitter: @miriamsitz
email: ms4957@Columbia.edu
website: about.me/miriamsitz

NardosNardos G. Mesmer is a graduate of The City University of New York, Brooklyn College and holds a B.A. in English. A former intern for the Manhattan Borough President’s office and an Editorial Assistant at Hearst Business Media, Mesmer has published articles on art, lifestyle and fashion. She’s worked for start-up magazines DOWNTOWN NYC and Chaos.com; The Brooklyn Ink for Columbia Journalism School and is a reporter for Uptown Radio.

twitter: @nrdsmsmr
email: ngm2113@columbia.edu

PolaPola Lem is a broadcast journalist and unabashed radio junkie. She studies journalism at Columbia University. Before coming to New York, Pola lived for a year in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she studied and translated Russian. In 2014, Pola was editor of Russian Media Center, a site that aggregated and translated news from Russian media. She is an MA candidate in Russian language and literature at Middlebury College. She covers the environment for Uptown Radio.

twitter: @pola_lem
email: pola.e.lem@gmail.com

theresaTheresa Avila covers all things education-related for Uptown Radio and is currently embedded as a reporter at I.S. 62 in Brooklyn. Avila is a born-and-raised Angeleno who currently resides in Harlem, NY. Her never-ending interest in education stems from her experience as a first-generation college student navigating the public school sector. A proud alumna of UCLA, she spent her undergraduate years as an editor at the university paper,The Daily Bruin, before interning at different media startups, including most recently at the morning newsletter theSkimm. When she’s not reporting on education, Theresa blogs in English and Spanish about style, culture and identity on www.ohivory.com. She is currently working on a long-form article about the rise and influence of menswear bloggers in the fashion industry.

twitter: @theresaavila
email: theresaavila@gmail.com

unnamed (1)Tyler Daniels, before coming to Columbia, worked at the Washington, D.C., NPR Station, WAMU 88.5, producing stories and segments for the radio programs “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” and “Metro Connection.” He also has experience in government and volunteers as an emergency medical technician on occasion. Tyler is a runner and dog lover. He went to high school in Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated cum laude from the George Washington University in 2014.

twitter: @TyRDaniels
email: trd2118@columbia.edu