Alexandra Koch is a senior majoring in journalism at the University of South Carolina. She is currently a freelancer for Cola Daily in Columbia, S.C. and serves as Thee Big Spur yearbook's Co-Editor-in-Chief at UofSC. She has also served as Lead Student Editor of the InterCom Alumni Magazine and Webmaster Chair of SC Alpha Pi Beta Phi Fraternity. She has interned with the Wilmington Star News, Serve & Connect and Cola Daily. Check out her portfolio at www.alexandrakoch.com.
Allison Barry is a broadcast journalist from Charleston, South Carolina, with a minor in Spanish. From an early age, she has enjoyed connecting with people and finding creative ways to make a story heard. During Summer 2020, she worked as a production intern at Seacrest Studios where she produced two weekly shows for the hospitals young patients. She also executed pre-game production, writing and distributing of periodic press releases, and maintained the Blowfish website and social media accounts for the Lexington County Blowfish baseball team. During the Fall of 2020, Barry completed a remote internship for Luke's Wings, a nonprofit that provides air fare for wounded service members and their families. There she learned about research subscription databases and assisted with planning annual fundraisers.
Anizia Fulmore is a graduate multimedia journalism student, born in Charleston, South Carolina. She has a Bachelor's in English, with a background in professional writing. Her dream job is to become a book editor, specifically working with fiction/mystery novels. She is dedicated to bringing attention to the lost history of Black locals in Charleston. Currently residing in Miami, Florida, she is working on bringing attention to the arts and culture aspect of the Latino community.
Anna-Austin Boyers is an aspiring sports reporter from North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. For the last four years she has worked with Gamecock Football where she worked as a student recruiting assistant. Working in a college football setting, she fell in love with the tradition and stories that come with it. Boyers hopes to one day have a career at a major sports network as a sideline reporter. When she's not in the newsroom, you can find her out on her boat or hanging out with her golden doodle Finn. Catch up with her on Instagram or Twitter at @annaaustinboyers.
Brandon Alter is an aspiring sports journalist from the D.C. metro area. His love for sports came attending University of Maryland football games and Washington Capitals games as a kid. Since May of 2015 he has been writing for a credentialed Capitals blog. His dream is to be a DC sports columnist for his hometown paper, The Washington Post. You can follow him on twitter at brandon__alter
Breanna Moody is a senior multimedia journalism student from Charleston, South Carolina. From an early age, she has loved connecting with people and telling stories for those who don't have the voices to be heard. With a background working with law enforcement, Moody enjoys covering crime and politics. Currently working in fashion merchandising and advertising, Moody aspires to find a bridge to cover fashion, culture and politics.
Chase Berley is a broadcast journalist with a criminal justice minor graduating in May of 2021. She has worked with the UofSC Alumni Association as a videography intern and does freelance videography for businesses and schools in her hometown of Aiken, South Carolina. She hopes to be an investigative journalist and create documentaries. During her time at the university, she has served as a telecounselor for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, social media specialist for the Carolina marching band, and an ambassador for the College of Information and Communications.
Christine Bartruff is a junior multimedia journalism student from Disputanta, Virginia. She first fell in love with journalism while working on her high school yearbook. Bartruff is currently serving as the editor-in-chief of The Daily Gamecock. Over the summer, she worked at the Stars and Stripes as a Dow Jones News Fund editing intern, where she edited content, reported and worked on a podcast. Bartruff loves telling others’ stories and is interested in reporting on politics.
Collin Speicher is a senior broadcast journalist student from Berwyn, Pennsylvania. Speicher was engulfed in sports immediately from an early age. He began watching Sportscenter and loved getting in debates about the Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers. Outside of the newsroom, Speicher is a PA announcer for a local high school, writes for CBB Review, and produces his own podcast and YouTube show. He was the sports editor for The Daily Gamecock. He hopes to bring his talk show to national television.
Connor Lomis is a senior broadcast journalism student from Bel Air, Maryland. Being a sports lover, Connor has been involved in Student Gamecock Television through four years of college focusing specifically on USC athletics. He created sports packages, participated in talk shows, and hosted his own show "Spurs Up" where he would interview personalities within athletics. He held an internship with the Lexington County Blowfish baseball team where he ran social media, crafted a creative media presence for the organization, color commentated, and directed live broadcasts. Lomis hopes to work in a collegiate or professional sports media department and eventually run the organization's media team.
Daniella Ramirez is an aspiring book editor from Indian Land, South Carolina, completing her senior year. Coming from a long line of poets, writers and lawyers, Ramirez enjoys a good book talk. She is involved on campus as a copy editor for The Daily Gamecock and a social media associate for the USC Marketing team. In her free time, Ramirez enjoys being active, including CrossFit and lap swimming. She hopes to be an editor for a book publishing company as well as write and publish her own book.
Danielle Reeder is a senior broadcast journalism student from Newberry, South Carolina. Reeder enjoys covering music, cultural events, and trends that are making an impact within our community. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalist and has interned with NBC Universal during the South Carolina Democratic Primary and WKDK radio station in Newberry. Reeder aspires to one day have her own entertainment show to showcase her passion for music and entertainment. Outside of journalism, she never misses the opportunity to listen to music and keep a smile on her face.
Dylan Leatherwood is a senior broadcast journalism student from Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Through multiple internships, he learned about media production and the value of teamwork. At Seacrest Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina, Leatherwood hosted two weekly TV/Radio shows that aired throughout Levine Children's Hospital on behalf of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. He was selected to stay for another semester to take on a newly created lead intern role. Another internship that helped Leatherwood grow was his work with the Dean's List, an online marketing and branding organization. At the Dean's List, Leatherwood learned how to reach out to clients, promote brand/social awareness, and facilitate team communication. In the future, he hopes to use his platform in media to spark positive community growth. When he's not on-air, Leatherwood is practicing guitar or working on his culinary skills.
Elizabeth East is an aspiring news anchor from Lake Wylie, South Carolina. She likes being in front of the camera but is using this last semester to explore producing, reporting, and directing. East has interned at Seacrest Studios at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a production intern, she created and hosted an hour-long radio/television show each week for the patients at the hospital. She is very open-minded and hopes to be doing something that she loves after graduation.
Ethan Styll is a videographer and content creator from Raleigh, North Carolina. Styll, a senior broadcast journalism student, is an intern with the athletic department's new and creative media office. He hopes to attend graduate school at UofSC and have a career in sports media. Styll was a member of the Carolina Band Drumline for two years and will graduate with a minor in music as well as concentration in sports media.
Fallon Adams is a broadcast journalist from Dillon, South Carolina. She aspires to become a reporter and/or anchor at a local news station. Fallon grew up performing as a singer and dancer in her hometown community. She also worked as a dance instructor and an emcee at multiple competitions and festivals. In those years, she learned leadership, dedication, teamwork, communication skills, and professionalism. She hopes to use these skills to connect with new people who have stories to be told. In Fallon's free time, she enjoys helping manage her mother's dance studio, spending time with family, and spoiling her dog.
Forrest J. Tucker is a senior broadcast journalism major from Annapolis, Maryland, with family roots in London, England. Tucker works as a commentator for the Carolina men's soccer team and runs the Cleared off the Line podcast. Outside of the newsroom his life revolves around soccer, a sport he has played in England, Sweden and the United States. Tucker hopes to work as a digital host and play-by-play commentator for a professional soccer club. At home Tucker loves to cook. His favorite food is pasta, but his cheat day meal is fried chicken and biscuits from Bojangles. Follow Tucker on Instagram and Twitter at @ForrestTuckerTV. Follow his podcast on Instagram at @cotlpodcast.
Harrison Belk is a senior multimedia journalism student from Charlotte, North Carolina. With experience covering sports, Belk has worked everywhere from Williams-Brice Stadium to the Staples Center. He strives to highlight the human element in every story and use modern visual elements to enhance coverage. Belk hopes to find a career as a sports journalist or within creative media for a sports team.
Raheem Anderson is a senior broadcast journalism student from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hailing from an extensive line of athletes in the past, Mr. Anderson enjoys shooting, editing and producing footage for both news and sports. He strives to understand what it takes to improve his level of creativity, camera usage and overall performance. Very seldom do equipment personnel receive any recognition for their work, I look to break that cycle. My top priority will be finding a producing job a medium-sized news station. As I complete my education here at UofSC, I look forward to learning all the important steps in enhancing my knowledge of technical directing and producing.
Jack Heeke is a senior broadcast journalism major from Charleston, South Carolina. Heeke was involved in production, reporting, and anchoring roles at SGTV News 4, the university's student news outlet. Heeke also interned at Seacrest Studios at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he prepared a weekly show that was broadcast to hundreds of hospital rooms. Heeke cherishes the opportunity to inform and entertain his audience whether they are college students seeking the latest information about the university's Covid-19 protocols, or school age children who want to learn about dinosaurs. Jack hopes to put his skill set to use as local news reporter.
Katelyn Smith is a broadcast journalist from Lexington, South Carolina. She is skilled in working collaboratively to reach her career goals. She has worked as a sportswriter for the Daily Gamecock, sports reporter for the Irmo-Chapin Life Magazine, anchor and host for the LockerRoom App that produces weekly talk shows revolved around sports, and founder and co-host of "EmpowHER the Game" podcast that empowers women in sports. She also has marketing, social media and branding experience with a company that represents professional athletes. She hopes to work for the NFL network as a sideline reporter and host. Keep up with Katelyn on all social platforms @katelynsmithd.
Kheron Alston is a broadcast journalist from Baltimore, Maryland, with a minor in sports and entertainment management . Sports has always been a passion of Alston's from the locker room to the game field. Alston aspires to work for a national broadcast such as ESPN, Fox Sports or NBC sports hoping to inspire the younger generation. Alston has written for two student-run newspapers, including The Daily Gamecock where he is a sportswriter. He has also appeared regularly on student radio. He is currently working for the Gamecocks Women's Soccer team as a student manager. When he isn't focused on sports Alston usually likes to hang with friends or read books.
Kourtney Vermillion is an aspiring multimedia journalist from Blythewood, South Carolina, finishing her senior year. She worked as a marketing intern for a local nonprofit over the summer and continues to explore different opportunities within the journalism field. She has a passion for storytelling and building relationships with people through interviews. Her determination and personal experience will help her continue to build skills and grow as a journalist. To see more of her work visit her portfolio at kourtney80499.wixsite.com/website.
Laurence Thompson is an aspiring sports reporter from Columbia, South Carolina. Laurence enjoys covering sports and the history behind the organizations. He has worked for Gamecock Live Sports Productions, working behind the scenes at UofSC sporting events. He serves as the editor for his fraternity's website and runs the Instagram page. He also runs his own YouTube and Instagram show on local and national sports. He wants to be an SEC Network or professional team reporter.
Logan Gray was born to be a storyteller! She loves to create narratives through articles, videos and even comic strips. Logan has a curiosity for all stories but has an eye out for politics and finance. During her free time, she leads a group of artists in creating webcomics and acts professionally on commercials and TV shows. To keep up with what's new, follow her on Instagram @logangray.official
Logan Jennes is a senior broadcast journalism student hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina. Jennes is interested in content creating and controlling social media accounts as the voice behind the brand. He has worked with Gamecock Live Productions as a utility, technical director, and graphics operator. He also has experience with play-by-play and color commentating at various UofSC athletic events. Jennes aspires to have a career in the sports media world.
Madeline Stewart is a senior master of mass communications student specializing in broadcast journalism. With a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of South Carolina, she places emphasis on the use of data and research in journalism. In her graduate studies, Stewart conducted research regarding student attitudes toward differing teaching styles as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stewart feels a deep connection to the Columbia community and enjoys volunteering through service organizations around the Midlands. She hopes to pursue a career in the media field in which she can showcase both her research and communication skills.
Maegan Carter is a broadcast journalist aspiring to be a news anchor. She is from the small town of Edgefield, South Carolina, and moved to the "big city" to pursue a career in journalism. Carter is a jack of all trades with backgrounds in radio, film, theater, zoology, and producing. Carter is drawn to the journalism profession because she can convey information and meet new, interesting people. When she is not in the news room, you can find Carter catching up on the latest television series or watching classic films.
Mary Claire Warren is a senior multimedia journalism student from Charlotte, North Carolina. After spending the past few years as a public relations representative for Habitat for Humanity's USC branch, Warren plans on entering the social media field after graduating in May. In her free time, Warren enjoys spending time debating politics, spending time with friends and family, and writing creatively.
Matt Tantillo is a senior multimedia journalism student from Manasquan, a small town on the Jersey shore. In his free time, he is most likely watching, playing or talking about sports, making his goal of being a sports journalist all the more fitting. Although he is very opinionated (especially when it comes to his favorite teams), he is all about finding the facts and giving the reader trusted, quality content. Tantillo has interned at Kirkman Broadcasting in Charleston, South Carolina and currently writes about Gamecock athletics with Garnet and Black Attack, a SB Nation affiliate.
Merideth McIntyre is a senior broadcast journalist from Greenville, South Carolina. From covering all things entertainment to breaking news, McIntyre enjoys bringing a smile to her viewers. Outside the newsroom, you can find her catching surf or editing videos for YouTube. McIntyre is building her own media company and doing free lance videography. Follow her journey along by checking out her social platforms.
Olivia Countess is a broadcast journalist who graduates in May of 2021. Countess is originally from Tennessee, but has spent much of her life in South Carolina. Countess was a producing intern at the NBC affiliate, WIS News 10, in Columbia, SC, where she learned how to work as a team, meet deadlines, and improve her writing. Countess also hosts a true crime podcast called "The State of True Crime", where she does research and writing about crime around the United States. Countess hopes to become a news producer and remain in the southern United States. Outside journalism, Countess spends much of her time with her dog, friends, and family.
Peter Vance Smith is a broadcast journalist from Baltimore, Maryland. Over the summer, Smith hosted a TV/radio show as an intern at Seacrest Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina. Passionate about diversity and inclusion, he has worked as an LGBTQ+ outreach intern at The Dean's List digital branding company and a social media intern for The Echo Project. As entertainment director and marketing director for USC's student-run television station, SGTV, Smith gained valuable experience in video production and social media. He aspires to work for a live entertainment show. Apart from his love for media, Smith enjoys traveling and a good thrill which led him to go bungee jumping and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef while studying abroad in Australia.
Rachel Strieber is a senior multimedia journalism student who plans to attend law school and eventually work as an attorney within the federal government. She has lived all over the United States and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Charleston, West Virginia. For the past two summers, she has worked as an intern for the U.S. Department of Energy, acquiring critical thinking, speechwriting, and leadership skills. Strieber enjoys covering the fine arts, history, and social justice issues. Outside of the newsroom, you can find Strieber reading fiction, taking barre classes, and painting.
Raymond Stevens is a senior broadcast journalism student from Lugoff, South Carolina. Stevens has experience in multiple fields including digital signage and sports announcing which have nurtured skills in teamwork, digital design and on-air presentation. He has a passion for photography and just about all things sports related. His goal is to one day be an anchor for a local or national station.
Reilly Biller is an aspiring sports journalist from Charleston, South Carolina. Biller has had two internships one being with Gamecock Productions with the SEC Network. During her 3 years with this production team, Biller has learned how a live sports production is ran, produced and directed. The other internship was with Denver Stiffs, a media outlet for the Denver Nuggets. Biller moved to Denver, Colorado for 3 months to work for Denver Stiffs. During her time she learned how to conduct an interview with a player, coach, and manager as well as shooting an NBA game and analyzing it on air. She helped develop a show for the company called "Denver Stiffs Weekly Gist" as she served as a producer and host. Along with those task Biller learned how to run the company's social media platform. Biller hopes to be a sport commentator and reporter. When it comes to seizing an opportunity, Biller grabs it and works hard to hopefully fulfill her dreams.
Ross Mashburn is a senior broadcast journalism student from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. As a native of the state, Ross is passionate about covering local and state news as well as college and professional football. Ross has been an undergraduate player personnel assistant for Gamecock Football for three years and is very familiar with the history and tradition of SEC football. Ross aspires to a personnel or communications career in collegiate football. In his free time, Ross can be found golfing, cooking or fishing in the coastal waters of South Carolina.
Ryan Ducey is a senior multimedia journalism student from Savannah, Georgia. A former baseball player and prospective law school student, Ducey enjoys covering sports, culture, and politics. In the past, Ducey has worked for the Savannah Bananas, a minor league baseball team in the Coastal Plains League. After completing his journalism degree, Ducey hopes to attend law school and later practice constitutional law in Washington, D.C.
Sloane O’Cone is a journalist interested in entertainment, passionate about music, concerned for the environment and eager to make the world a better place. “The Sound of Sunshine” was the name of her hour-long radio show at her internship at Seacrest Studios in Levine Children’s Hospital. Broadcast to over 200 patients and families, it’s about climate change and making the world a better place. She also interned at The City Drive Production Group working on its live concert documentary series, and an Emmy-winning short documentary film to bring light to the importance of hazing in Greek Life on college campuses. O'Cone aspires to travel to developing countries and create documentary series that educates people on the effects of climate change around the world.
Spencer Buckler is a broadcast journalist from Baltimore, Maryland. In the summer of 2020, Buckler worked as an associate producer at WBAL-TV, the NBC affiliate in Baltimore, Maryland. Buckler has also worked at SGTV at the University of South Carolina since his freshman year and has served as station manager, news director, and executive producer. In Charlotte, North Carolina, Buckler interned with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation and The Dean's List as an EmpowerCon intern. When he's outside of the newsroom, you can find him watching reality TV, exploring new cities, or cheering on the Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium. Buckler loves telling the stories of everyday people and looks forward to doing it for a living.
Summer Rogers is a broadcast journalist from Lexington, South Carolina. Her love for journalism, interviewing and creative storytelling began when she was the photography editor for her high school yearbook staff. She hopes to maximize her professional speaking skills through a broadcast career. Summer has served as an anchor, reporter and producer with Student Gamecock Television as well as a newscaster for WUSC radio. She is actively involved in her community and has served on several mission trips in Les Cayes, Haiti, funded her trips by a small calligraphy and painting business she runs in her free time. Keep up with Summer Rogers on Instagram and Twitter @summer_rogerss.
Sydni Edwards is a broadcast journalist from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Edwards interned as a journalist with MUSC Catalyst News, and as a digital media intern at the Carolina Family Engagement Center. She also produced Student Gamecock Television's "What's Going On?," a show which focused on multicultural students and their cultural celebrations. Outside of journalism, she is heavily involved at UofSC as a former orientation leader and College of Informations and Communications ambassador. Edwards hopes to one day work for CNN as an international correspondent.
Taylor Washington is a senior multimedia journalism student from Columbia, South Carolina. She is a former managing editor and arts and culture editor at the Daily Gamecock. She is also a Dow Jones News Fund alum and has interned with the Charlotte Business Journal. She is interested in diverse storytelling and aims to explore how issues such as race and class impacts the communities she reports on. In her free time, Washington is an avid cook and moviegoer.
Tom Santaniello is a broadcast journalist from Wayne, New Jersey. His start in journalism came as a news and sports reporter for USC's student-run TV station, Student Gamecock Television. After three semesters, he earned a promotion to sports director. This experience made Tom a strong producer, video editor and writer. He hopes to find himself working as a TV news producer following graduation. Outside of the newsroom, Santaniello enjoys watching sports, eating tacos and spending time with friends.
Tori Sloan is a senior broadcast journalism student from Greenville, South Carolina. Throughout her years in college, she was a reporter, anchor and producer for News 4 with Student Gamecock Television. She continued her love for producing as a production intern at Seacrest Studios in Charlotte. She loves to share stories that inform others while making an impact on peoples' lives. When she's not in the newsroom, you can find her doing yoga and trying new baking recipes.
Trey Martin is a digital creator from Columbia, South Carolina. With a variety of interests, Martin has experience broadcasting on both the television and radio, as well as writing. He has worked in many different areas: DJing at Levine Children's Hospital, play-by-play announcer for South Carolina's Softball team, and developing podcasts for local businesses. Outside of the newsroom, Martin teaches guitar lessons to students of all ages and plays in a band.
Ward Jolles is a broadcast journalist and storyteller from Orangeburg, South Carolina. He has worked at WACH FOX 57 as a digital content producer since October 2020 and a weekend reporter since January 2021. Jolles worked as news director at both Student Gamecock Television and WUSC-FM, where he won 8 awards in broadcasting. Jolles also interned at Seacrest Studios in Charlotte, Homeless No More in Columbia and conducted meteorological research for NASA. A lover of all things news, Jolles enjoys listening to NPR and watching local and cable news. You can check out some of his work at wardjolles.com.