Hinkle is an aspiring breaking news journalist with a minor in business administration from Toledo, Ohio. She is a former writer for The Daily Gamecock newspaper and was copy chief of Garnet and Black magazine. Hinkle has interned for multiple news organizations, including the Sylvania Advantage and the Leelanau Enterprise, voted one of the best newspapers in Michigan. Hinkle’s priority as a journalist is to cover underrepresented groups. One of her works explores the lack of support for college students raising a family.
Fontecchio is a broadcast journalist from West Palm Beach, Florida.
Her love for Journalism started in High School when she placed second in a journalism competition in the state of Florida. She has told various stories, but her favorite was when she covered the history of Capital City Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. She had the opportunity to interview Major League Baseball player and Olympic Silver Medalist Scott Kazmir. She plans to return to Florida to work in a local newsroom as a reporter or anchor, and her lifelong goal is to host her own talk show.
Listrom is a Broadcast Journalist from Columbia, South Carolina with a career objective to work in Public Affairs for the Pentagon, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), or the United States Military Services. Listrom has over seven years of client relations experience, with a career highlight of being an Online Social Media Brand Ambassador for Estee Lauder Makeup Companies. Listrom has served in the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force- the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), where she received the Billy Mitchell Award and the Air Force Assocation Outstanding Cadet of the Year Award for sustained excellence. An interesting fact about Listrom is that she has flown in over five different types of aircraft, including the U.S. Air Force’s primary strategic aircraft, a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III.
Elsberry is a senior journalism major and outreach director for the student-run Daily Gamecock. She minors in criminal justice and retail because she can’t choose between covering crime or fashion. Elsberry has written about repurposed cigarette vending machines and the importance of investing in local infrastructure. In her free time, she crochets, paints and makes her own jewelry.
Parrish is a journalist from Fort Mill, SC where he spent much of his life playing basketball. He took his love for sports and carried it over to his work in Live Sports Production at the University of South Carolina. He hopes to continue along this career path in the future.
Brawley is a senior journalism student. She has an interest in crime and human rights issues. Brawley has been involved in organizations such as mock trial and Carolina Judicial Council, which helped her develop skill in public speaking and advocacy. She is a fantasy enthusiast (Daenerys Targaryen apologist) and devoted mother to her house plants.
Glenn is a multimedia journalist with an interest in meteorology. During Glenn's undergraduate years, he has forecasted weather for Student Gamecock Television and WCIV ABC News 4 in Charleston on the storm tracker team. Through his atmospheric and environmental focus, he aims to tell compelling stories and present accurate forecasts!
Ashbaugh is a broadcast journalism student from Charleston, South Carolina. While she grew up in the spotlight as an actress and a dancer, she realized news was her bag after joining her high school’s media tech program and getting to cover impactful community stories, including a feature on a blind student. Her work in the newsroom began this summer, when she interned at WACH FOX 57 in Columbia, covering the overturning of Roe v Wade, several civil rights lawsuits, and more. As a political science minor, she believes that accountability journalism is key to solving problems in the community and uniting the public. Her ‘I made it’ moment would be working on the national level as a political or foreign news correspondent.
Pitvorec is a senior journalism major at the University of South Carolina. She enjoys breaking news and recently reported on the spike in gas prices. She also covered chickenpox outbreaks across the state. She plans to use her minor in law and society in her work to capture K-12 issues and more diverse issues affecting the community.
Bozard is a senior journalism student at the University of South Carolina and is a news editor at the student-run Daily Gamecock. He has covered topics such as university politics and social issues. He investigated anti-Asian and Asian American racism on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic and covered leaked, racially charged and homphobic student government communications. He recently interned for the Orangeburg Times and Democrat and is a first generation college student from Barnwell, S.C.
Char Morrison is a senior journalism major at the University of South Carolina. They enjoy writing about the local music scene, especially the lack of venues and wider enthusiasm, which they did previously for the student-run Daily Gamecock. In their down time, you can find them weeding and watering in the student-run garden on campus.
Barlow is a journalist who aims to go beyond telling stories about people. Her mission is to honor the differences between cultures, while highlighting the humanity that underscores us all. She has written numerous long-form articles for several publications, in addition to producing news broadcasts for Carolina Insider. She currently hosts a podcast with Garnet Media Group called "Adventures Beyond the Coop", where she interviews Gamecocks embarking on unique journeys across the world.
Mungo is an eager broadcast journalist focused on news producing and political reporting. She takes inspiration from time spent interning in the South Carolina House of Representatives. She has written for multiple publications, including The Lancaster News and Kershaw News Era, as well as worked as a producer for Carolina Insider. After a summer abroad in Barcelona, Mungo was inspired to think globally and strengthen her Spanish-speaking skills.
Connor Bird is a senior journalism student from Omaha, Nebraska. He wants to become an archivist for a large media outlet. He is proficient with the Adobe Creative Suite and works as the producer for USC’s student-run podcasts. He spends his free time listening to political commentary podcasts, reading new age books, or playing music on his keyboard.
McClain is an award-winning activist and organizer, from Spartanburg, South Carolina. She has experience working in the South Carolina Statehouse and the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill. McClain’s strengths are in civil rights, elections, policy, and legislative writing. She is often on the front lines of heavy-hitting political issues, using the power of her voice to educate her community. She currently serves as the President of the NAACP Youth and College Division for the State of South Carolina. Following her term at Carolina News, McClain aspires to be a Broadcast Political Correspondent.
Wallace is a journalism major at the University of South Carolina minoring in English. The Charleston native recently covered a drag queen bingo event as part of her interest in diverse communities. An Italian from Boston at heart, Wallace is drawn to tales of loved ones uniting in times of tribulation.
Destiny Kennedy is a broadcast journalist minoring in Film and media. Her love for storytelling began with her acting career when she starred as the victim in an episode of the true crime show "In Ice Cold Blood" on Oxygen. She believes storytelling, whether it be on the news or through film, reminds us we are not alone. As an African American and Latina woman in journalism, she has made it her mission to help tell the stories of those who are underrepresented and misrepresented. Before attending UofSC, she received her Associates in Paralegal Studies at Midlands Technical College. Her motto in life is the limit does not exist!
Ortuno is a senior journalism major and computer science minor at the University of South Carolina. He is the editor in chief of the Gaming Collegian, a gaming and technology-focused multimedia club on campus. He is also a sports writer for The Daily Gamecock focused on club sports. Ortuno has covered a variety of topics ranging from trading card shops to how USC’s Cocky’s anthropomorphic body would perform as an athlete.
Carlin has built an award-winning journalistic career over the last six years, long before stepping into the role of a multimedia journalist at Carolina News. Carlin has served numerous roles with Student Gamecock Television, and now works as both a multiplatform news producer at WLTX News19 in Columbia and a seasonal reporter with South Carolina Public Radio, the state’s NPR affiliate. If not finding stories or producing newscasts, you’ll likely find Carlin spending time with friends, discovering new books and music, or obsessively watching Marvel movies in his spare time.
Tippett is a multimedia journalist at the University of South Carolina. She plans to attend law school and practice media law. Tippett runs the sorority recruitment process at USC. She has written about voter registration and housing for the student-run Daily Gamecock. Tippett has worked with Midlands Gives, a community-wide day of giving that raises funds for Midlands nonprofits. Her work this year helped them raise more than $3.7 million.
Watts is a junior multimedia journalism major with a minor in applied computing. A noted skeptic, Watts spent five months on a long-form story about the history and cultural significance of paranormal research in South Carolina. She scoured through music archives, Great Depression era texts, and centuries of newsprint - debunking such myths as USC’s Third-Eye Man in the process. Watts also reports on outdoor recreation and environmental law. Watts plans on studying constitutional law upon graduation.
Poag is a senior journalism student at the University of South Carolina. She has investigated the controversial redevelopment of Columbia’s BullStreet district while working for The State newspaper and The Daily Gamecock. She grew up in Sumter, S.C., and enjoys collecting houseplants in her limited free time.
Veltri is a senior journalism student at the University of South Carolina. Outside the classroom, he interns at Gamecock Central, covering athletics. He spent three years at the student-run newspaper, The Daily Gamecock, covering baseball and softball and serving as sports editor. In his free time, he likes to work out and watch anything Star Wars and Marvel related.
LiBrizzi, a multimedia journalist and college athlete who was born in Hamilton, New Jersey and now resides in Greenville, South Carolina. LiBrizzi is succeeding in her many leadership, teamwork, communication, and news skills. LiBrizzi’s interest for this field peaked in high school and she began her involvement once attending the University of South Carolina, working in and out of the newsroom. With future career goals in becoming an Anchor/Reporter/Producer, LiBrizzi would also love to further her collegiate dancing career as a part time pro dancer.
Crooks is a senior journalism major with a minor in business administration at the University of South Carolina. As assistant copy desk chief for the student-run Daily Gamecock, she edits stories, newsletters and tweets for an audience of more than 48,000 people. This past summer, Crooks learned multimedia skills covering Spain's soccer culture in Barcelona.
Jake Arnold is a sports journalist from Charleston, South Carolina. His introduction to journalism came from covering his high school's sports teams for the school news. Arnold also served as the President of the Gamecock Club Football team from 2020-2021. He is currently a senior at the University of South Carolina.
Simmons is a senior journalism major at the University of South Carolina with an interest in sports media. He writes for the Boston-based sports media company, LFG Sports covering fan-related sports topics such as college rivalry culture. Simmons is from Goose Creek, S.C., and is an aspiring author with an interest in sports fiction. He also writes music and poetry. Simmons is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists.
Joshua is a journalist interested in telling stories that tie policy and human interest together. He covered housing insecurity in Richland County around the time the Supreme Court struck down the eviction moratorium. Joshua has been working with several local publications and organizations, including South Carolina ETV, South Carolina Public Radio, WUSC-FM, Student Gamecock Television and Garnet Media Podcasts, In his free time, he loves to mix and master music for local bands and shoot short film projects with his friends.
Goulet is a senior journalism major, minoring in political science, at the University of South Carolina. She is an opinion writer for the student newspaper, The Daily Gamecock. She was promoted to an opinion beat writer covering university politics. As the current opinion editor she covers topics from state elections to abortion rights. Goulet is a self-published author and has read 185 books (and counting) since January 2021.
Walsh, an award-winning journalist from Scotch Plains, New Jersey, has multiple years of experience in the industry. Formerly the News Director for Student Gamecock Television and a Production Intern at Seacrest Studios, Walsh is well versed in live debate coverage, interviewing politicians, as well as play-by-play commentary for USC sporting events. Going forward Walsh sees himself one day reporting as a foreign correspondent for a major news network.
Cota is a senior journalism student at the University of South Carolina. She is the 2021 S.C. Collegiate Journalist of the Year and the editor-in-chief of USC’s student newspaper, The Daily Gamecock. She spent the summer reporting on the Murdaugh saga, crime and business at The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., and hopes to continue reporting about economics.
Pomichalek studies journalism at UofSC. She is from Sumter, S.C. and has five cats. She is interested in covering social issues, her most recent story being the education disparity and poverty Native Americans experience in South Carolina. Her dream job is to be a travel journalist. One place she is interested in visiting is Hawaii to cover the ways colonization has impacted the native culture.
Smith, a native of Weddington, North Carolina, has over five years of experience working in the sports journalism industry. Currently the team reporter and host for the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox AAA affiliate) and Gamecock Central with On3, Smith is a multi-award-winning journalist. In her free time, Smith enjoys teaching yoga. She is also a former competitive figure skater of 15 years.
Murrell is an award-winning sports journalist who has reported on every major sport at the University of South Carolina, highlighted by his coverage of the 2022 women’s basketball national championship. He is proficient across Adobe and Microsoft applications and possesses strong interviewing, writing, and editing skills developed during his time as the Sports Editor for The Daily Gamecock. Murrell is a multimedia journalist who aspires to a career in sports reporting.
DeFreitas is a senior journalism student at the University of South Carolina from the D.C. area. She recently produced a podcast following a biker gang boss-turned FBI informant. With law school around the corner, she gravitates toward investigation, crime and controversy.
A Brazilian vegan Jew and foodie at heart, DeFreitas spends her free time recreating cultural recipes from her travels.
Walsh was born in New York and raised in Fort Mill, South Carolina. He is a diehard sports fan and grew up loving the University of South Carolina. He is a hard worker and fast learner who one day hopes to bring his in-depth analysis of sports and use of statistics to a booth where he can do play-by-play commentating for a professional sports team. He is a skillful journalist with much experience in the field. He looks forward to an awesome time reporting for Carolina News and Reporter!
Sauls is a senior journalism major at the University of South Carolina. He is an experienced sports journalist who won two S.C. Press Association awards. Sauls also covered professional and collegiate sports for The State newspaper. He is a staff writer for Gamecock Central, covering USC football and baseball. He is the managing editor of USC’s student-run newspaper, The Daily Gamecock.
As a broadcast journalist at the University of South Carolina, Osborn has obtained a vast amount of experience both in and out of the newsroom. Building off her experience as a child actress in Los Angeles and a competitor in The Miss America Organization has allowed her to become very comfortable with public speaking and being on camera. She is working towards pursuing a career in sports broadcasting with ESPN or The SEC Network.
Noah Watson is a senior sports journalism major at the University of South Carolina. He looks for the obscure side of sports, focusing on the fun. He has covered sports for the student-run Daily Gamecock and WACH FOX 57. His dream job is to make sports documentaries.
Rountree is a senior journalism major at the University of South Carolina. She’s from New Kent, Va. She is interested in agriculture and has written about Columbia’s farm-to-table movement. She is also interested in sharing more stories about unique personalities and has written about, for example, a professor who teaches simply to impress his in-laws.
Von Lehe is a journalism major at the University of South Carolina. As an avid film buff, amateur astrologist and fantasy literature enthusiast, she tends to lean towards Arts and Culture writing. Her portfolio ranges from movie reviews to a story about a mother who diagnosed her own child with a rare, lifelong disability. She’s nosey, but finding other people’s business fascinating makes her a strong interviewer and feature writer.
Sobich is a senior from Charleston at the University of South Carolina, pursuing a bachelor’s in journalism and master’s in strategic communication. She writes about the modern South, such as the farm-to-table movement, travel, music and events. In her free time, she fishes, boats and photographs the Lowcountry. She maintains a social media presence, writing about Charleston, from the restaurant scene to local brands and artisans.
Jones is a senior journalism major at the University of South Carolina, focusing on diversity in the arts and culture community. He is a first-generation, Black college student from Greenville, S.C., who knows first-hand what it feels like to be part of an underrepresented community. He is interested in the music industry. He cannot sing, so writing about music is his next best option.
Stephen Pastis is a senior journalism major at USC, where he is the arts and culture editor of his college paper, The Daily Gamecock. He writes about state politics, Columbia culture and technology. He is also working on an investigative story into the intricacies of trash management in the state. Most recently, he covered state politics for The State Newspaper as an intern, reporting on primary elections, abortion and immigration.
Young is a broadcast journalist at the University of South Carolina where he has developed skills working in the newsroom as well as experience as a producer. Young hails from Laurens, South Carolina, a small town where he got his appreciation for community journalism. He has an interest in covering sports from all angles. Young’s interest also involves sports documentaries and entertainment. His skills involve photography, videography, filming, and editing in Premiere Pro.
Fedor is a senior journalism student at the University of South Carolina from Key West, Florida, and misses the island dearly. His work covering the Columbia Mall shooting earlier this year appeared in The New York Times. He is a managing editor of the student-run Daily Gamecock. He also covered the controversial presidency of Bob Caslen at USC. If he’s not in South Carolina, he’s most likely down in the islands, where he freelances for the local paper.
Ruske is an accomplished broadcast journalist covering local news and sports. He has received awards from the International Broadcasting System including Best Sports Director and Best Halftime show, for his work in sports radio at WPPB the Pulse. Zach hopes to expand his work through videography. He has a vast skillset including filming, editing, and visualizing complex stories. In his free time he enjoys fitness, volunteering as a “Big Brother”, and watching the Chicago Bears.