Amoni Jerman is an aspiring multimedia journalist from Spartanburg, South Carolina. During her time at USC, she wrote for The Daily Gamecock and has interned for Communities in Schools of the Midlands, a non-profit organization in Columbia. After college, she hopes to work within education and venture out into public relations, focusing on digital and social media. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with friends and family.
Andrea Betancourt is a multimedia journalist from Miami, Florida. The experience of growing up in such a vast melting pot of a city has fostered her passion in arts and culture. Betancourt spent a summer interning for a local wedding planner in Columbia, South Carolina and learned how to manage a professional account on several platforms. She is currently the training coordinator for SGTV where she produced a live weekly newscast. Betancourt plans on continuing to produce for news or work in social media at a station in either English or Spanish.
Anya Brantley is an aspiring producer from Lexington, South Carolina, in her senior year. She loves connecting with people through knowledge and information. Through her career, Brantley hopes to give all communities a voice with which to reach a larger audience. Outside of journalism, Brantley enjoys photography, reading, and expanding her skill set.
Caleb Gilbert is a senior multimedia journalist from Clinton, South Carolina. He has written articles for the alumni magazine, InterCom and has appeared on camera for Carolina Insider. He will talk sports with anyone and loves a friendly sports debate. When he is not writing, he loves spending time with family and friends, playing video games and playing basketball. His dream job is to become a beat writer for a professional sports team.
Chase Justice is a broadcast journalist with a passion for sports media. Hailing from Elkton, Maryland, Chase has always been deeply involved with sports, playing both football and baseball for over a decade. Chase continued his baseball career here at USC, where he played on the club team for two seasons. Chase currently works with the Columbia Fireflies production team and writes for multiple blog sites. He hopes to one day return the newsroom to a place where only the facts matter.
Christina Holmes was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. Coming from a family full of teachers and military veterans, she took a completely different route. She wants to pursue a career as a news anchor or a fashion journalist. Over the summer, she had an internship in Charlotte, North Carolina with Seacrest Studios at Levine Children's Hospital. There, she realized that being a radio personality may suit her as well. Outside of school, she plays volleyball when she can and enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews.
After a 10-year career in nuclear chemistry, six on naval submarines, Christopher Lorensen made a life-altering decision. He packed his bags, activated his GI bill and started a degree in journalism. Upon arriving at USC, Lorensen joined The Daily Gamecock where he wrote stories for the news and opinion departments. Lorensen’s current project is content creation for the spaceship- centered, MMO Eve Online. Lorensen is an outdoors enthusiast and science geek who also enjoys keeping an eye on politics.
Crystal Thurmond graduated cum laude with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from South Carolina State University, home of the Bulldogs. She is currently at the University of South Carolina for her Masters in Multimedia Journalism, and seeks to become an assistant News Director. She has interned with WFXG Fox 54, South Carolina State University Public Relations and Worked as a Marketing Coordinator for Healthcare.
She is from Wagener; SC and she plans to stay in South Carolina after completing her master’s degree. She is very involved within her community as a youth leader, in addition she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalist.
Crystal enjoys spending time with her family, exploring new cities and trying new restaurants. She also enjoys binge-watching shows. If you have suggestions on restaurants or shows, she’d love to hear from you.
Dennis Brothers is a graduate broadcast journalism student from St. Matthews, South Carolina. In the past year Brothers was afforded the chance to work with his undergraduate alma mater, South Carolina State University, in the athletics sports information department. Brothers got a chance to go deeper into sports especially college football. Brothers is passionate about breaking news, college football and also entertainment. Beyond being a senior semester student , Brothers enjoy catching up with friends and family , relaxing or watching new television shows.
Deric J. Rush is a senior broadcast journalism student from Sumter, South Carolina. Coming from a strong athletic and musical background, Rush enjoys doing long form/feature stories on athletics and entertainment. His goal is to show the story behind the story of the athletes and entertainers he interviews. Rush co-hosted a student-run sports talk-show, “Spurs Up” at UofSC’s Kennedy Greenhouse Studio where he talked sports with a range of guests including former Campus president Harris Pastedes. Rush aspires to be a long form journalist for a sports/entertainment news network as a talk-show host and interviewer. Rush plans to start his own media company that will cover a wide range of media platforms including daily blogs, music productions, fashion, and everything in between. Rush enjoys quality time with family and friends as well as collecting and designing sneakers, reading, listening to podcasts, and being a fitness/health & wellness enthusiast.
Dillon Clark is a senior broadcast journalism student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. An avid storyteller, Clark has done play-by-play for the University of South Carolina's club hockey team since 2017, and the school's NCAA softball team since 2020. Clark has interned with Alpha Media, parent company of several Columbia radio stations. He hopes to find a job calling minor league hockey upon graduation.
Hallie Hayes is a senior multimedia journalism student and freelance writer for Columbia's Free Times, primarily covering local music. Her editorial experience includes being Digital Content Editor for Garnet and Black and Editorial Intern for Jasper Magazine, along with having a published short story in South Carolina's Emerging Writers. As an avid lover of music and the arts, she has interned at Nashville based PR firm, Elicity Pr, and Columbia based non-profit organization, Girls Block. When not sitting in a local coffee shop writing, you can find her traveling for concerts or walking her dog Malone- yes, he's named after her favorite musician. She hopes to become a music journalist for a major music publication and a published author, with a long-term goal of publishing her own music magazine.
J.D. Norris is a senior broadcast Journalism student from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Norris is minoring in sports management and has a true passion for reporting sports, specifically in Baseball and Golf. He is an enthusiastic leader who is eager to contribute to the teams success. Outside of the classroom, he has interned with CBS Sports Golf broadcasting, CAA Sports Agency, and the Wyndham Championship. Norris is open minded and engaging with a strong desire to work for any sports mentor.
William "Kyle" Thomas is a senior broadcast journalism student from Goose Creek, South Carolina. Thomas has always been fascinated with live production and started at a young age directing for his church. Most recently, Thomas interned with Anthem Church in Vista, California as their online production coordinator. After graduation, He hopes to use his skills and talents to broadcast live content for others to enjoy. Outside of class, Thomas enjoys spending quality time with friends on the porch with good music and better conversations.
Lovianna Blackwell is a broadcast journalism student from York, South Carolina. Blackwell's passion for music has sparked an interest in entertainment media and radio after graduation. She also enjoys writing, editing, and producing. While in her senior year at the University of South Carolina, Blackwell produces and co-hosts the "Left of Str8 Show" for an online radio company. In her spare time, Blackwell loves spending time with her family and friends.
Matthew Edwards is a first generation senior journalism student from Dillon, South Carolina. Skilled in digital media, social media and public speaking, Edwards has a combined interest in the journalism and public relations fields. Edwards most recently worked for the nonprofit Homeless No More in Columbia, South Carolina as a communications and public relations intern. Edwards has also worked at The State newspaper and The Daily Gamecock. Outside of the newsroom, Edwards can be found hanging out with friends, watching sports on television, attending Gamecock athletic events and traveling.
Mia Horvit is a broadcast journalist and an aspiring professional tennis player who is seeking to cover sport news. Horvit is from Palm City, Florida, and is interested in pursuing a career as a commentator or reporter. The Florida native is a 2xAll-American, SEC champion, and the nations No.1 collegiate doubles player who balances her work ethics on and off the court. With managing academics and tennis, Horvit is well experienced in being a team leader as well as showing proficient time management. In her free time she enjoys photography, traveling, and food.
Nicole Grzymalski is from the tourist town of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Her passion for fast-paced work has lead to internships with Gamecock Live Productions, Football Coaches Video staff, and several minor league baseball teams. In-between the busy sports schedule, she has found several free lancing opportunities with outside schools. She aspires to take her knowledge of programs and equipment to an in-house major league baseball team's control room.
Rebecca Fair is an aspiring multimedia reporter from Rockaway, New Jersey. From an early age, she has always had a curious mind. Rebecca tries to expose herself to new people and places as often as possible, for it fuels her passion for storytelling. This summer, Rebecca hosted her own television show for pediatric patients as an intern for Seacrest Studios at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. This opportunity allowed Rebecca to build upon her broadcasting skills, while also giving back to a cause she cares deeply about.
Robbie Whittle is an aspiring multimedia reporter from Charlotte, NC. Whittle's calling to broadcast has always been because of his love for sports especially snowboarding. Whittle's career goal is to cover the Winter X-Games on NBS in Aspen, Colorado. Whittle has interned in Columbia for WACH FOX-57 where he improved his camera skills by shooting many stand ups and packages. When Whittle is not in school you can find him on the slopes or floating down the Congaree. Check out his work at https://rlwhittle1.wixsite.com/portfolio/project-07
Ryan Hibbison is a senior broadcast journalism student from Roswell, Georgia. After being awarded the Morrow Fellowship for Business Journalism, he developed a love for financial reporting. Hibbison hopes to one day report on the stock market for the Wall Street Journal. Outside of journalism, he is an NSCA certified personal trainer as well as a brother of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.
Sam Wilkes is a senior broadcast journalist who has a love for sports and all things media. He hopes to one day have his own late night show. Sam grew up in Augusta, Georgia, home of the Master's Golf Tournament, where there is a tradition unlike any other. He is aiming to be unlike any other. Wilkes began his broadcasting experience as an intern with South Carolina Broadcasters Association and worked with Student Gamecock Television at the University of South Carolina. Wilkes is an avid runner and plans to go the distance in journalism with his urge to succeed, charismatic personality and love for storytelling.
Samantha Winn is a senior multimedia journalism student from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Previously, she has interned for the College of Engineering and Computing and is currently working to develop a social media presence for a student-run mental health podcast called the Daily Dos. Outside the newsroom, Winn spent four seasons representing UofSC on the sidelines as member of the Carolina Girls Dance Team. She hopes to bring meaningful stories to local communities and to continue to build connections within South Carolina.
Savannah Tranter is a senior multimedia journalism student from Greenville, SC. After graduating with honors from Greenville Technical College, she transferred to USC to pursue journalism. Tranter was a writer for The Daily Gamecock's Arts & Culture section, and she is interested in long-form and investigative journalism, and editing. When not in the newsroom, Tranter volunteers with a local animal rescue and assists with fundraising and grant writing.
Shani McMillan is a senior broadcast journalism student from Orangeburg, South Carolina. She plans to pursue a career in media production on a television show or news station. McMillan has helped run social media for Orangeburg's chapter of NAACP, volunteered for South Carolina State's radio station, and is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Outside of school, she likes spending time with family, writing, and analyzing shows.
Shelby Beckler is a senior multimedia journalist pursing a career in sports journalism. Beckler, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, has worked at The Daily Gamecock as sports editor and now holds a position as a student assistant at South Carolina Athletics in its public relations and communications department. In addition to writing, Beckler enjoys photography and social media as a way to enhance storytelling. Beckler is usually in the press box for games and spends her time on the weekends shooting weddings.
Terry Craig is a senior broadcast journalism major with humble beginnings having grown up in small Clinton, South Carolina. Those humble beginnings are the motivation for him to become one of the most well-renowned sports journalists in the world. But now, Craig is a leader in the Campus Recreation department at the University of South Carolina where he oversees its operations. He also is a co-founder of 'The Cleared Off the Line Podcast' where he and others produce, film content and run multiple social media accounts for the soccer related podcast.
Tierney Becker is a multimedia journalist and storyteller from California. Becker thinks outside the box. Through a creative animation approach, Becker brought awareness to the state of South Carolina through a COVID-19 public service announcement campaign. Her experience with the podcast, How to Human, refined her audio engineering skills as well as facilitated guest outreach for the show. During the pandemic Becker filmed, reported and edited a 13,000 mile cross country travel story that revealed the viewpoint of small town Americans. Becker looks forward to continuing to chronicle unique perspectives to the rest of the world in the pursuit of a good story.
Will Volk is a broadcast journalist from Goose Creek, South Carolina. As a freelance sports reporter, he has covered more than 100 events across the state of South Carolina. Many times, his video has been used by local television stations and newspaper websites. While a student at the University of South Carolina, Volk has been a camera operator for Gamecock Live Productions. He also was a freelance sports photographer for ABC Columbia. While attending Goose Creek High School, he was the announcer for his school's football, basketball and baseball teams. He hopes to work in local television as a sports reporter or multimedia journalist.
Zach McKinstry is a senior sports commentator and multimedia journalist from Charlotte, North Carolina. McKinstry does the play-by-play radio broadcasts for Gamecock Softball which has been featured on SEC Network. He has interned at Seacrest Studios in Charlotte producing his own bi-weekly radio show for Levine's Children Hospital, and also with the Lexington Blowfish as their play-by-play commentator and social media coordinator. McKinstry enjoys uncovering sports stories and allowing unknown voices to be heard. He plans to continue his career covering sports at a small market station and broadcasting for minor league or collegiate baseball.