Alexander Shepard is an aspiring multimedia journalist from Cincinnati, Ohio, completing his senior year. He is involved on campus as the editor-in-chief of USC’s satire website, The Third Spur. In his free time, Shepard is involved in all things automotive, from working on cars to attending and participating in various motorsports events. He hopes to eventually write for an automotive publication and be involved with the production of an automotive television show.
Angela Howell is a senior broadcast journalism student from Charleston, South Carolina. After studying anthropology as a minor, she became interested in cultures around the world- specifically their traditions, religions, art, and gender dynamics. Her ultimate goal is to be a travel documentarian and educate people about different societies. When she’s not working on stories, Howell spends her time doing yoga, reading fantasy novels, and cuddling her cat, Fiona.
Anna King is an aspiring multimedia journalist born and raised in Chester, South Carolina. While in college, she spent her time perfecting her skills through her experience as a campus correspondent for CheddarU, as a WIS-TV newroom intern, and the assistant producer for SCETV’s This Week In South Carolina. When she’s not in the newsroom, you can find her spending time with her friends and family, shopping, or working on a YouTube video.
Ashley Dale Henslee is a senior multimedia journalism student from Atlanta, Georgia. Hailing from a long line of history buffs and trained archaeologists, Henslee enjoys covering history, culture, and the environment. She strives to present historical issues that have been lost to time in a modern context, to a modern audience. Henslee aspires to one day investigate and cover these issues in areas all over the world. Beyond the newsroom, Henslee never misses an opportunity to travel and can be found catching up on the latest films on weekends at home.
Austin Powell is a senior Multimedia journalist from Anderson, South Carolina. His love for sports has inspired him to become a college football writer. Outside of journalism, Austin follows University of South Carolina athletics and professional sports. On Saturdays in the fall you can catch him in Williams-Brice Stadium. His long-term goals are to work as a writer for ESPN or a local news outlet covering collegiate or professional sports.
Brandon Weeks is an aspiring sports reporter from Columbia, South Carolina. He believes that as a native of the area, he has a greater understanding of the culture which allows him to tell his stories with real perspective. Sports have always been apart of Weeks’ life, whether that is on the field or on the sidelines. He has worked with the University softball team and the Columbia Fireflies. His vast personal experience shows in each piece he creates, and he hopes to work for the NFL as a beat reporter.
Callista Brown is a broadcast journalist who graduates in December. The North Carolina native played four seasons with the UofSC Women’s Volleyball team, where she learned leadership, teamwork and dedication. Brown hopes to use these skills in her future career. Brown has interned with ABC Columbia, a local news organization. Brown is currently working DVSport replay for the volleyball team and is interning with the athletic department's new and creative media team.
Caroline Logan Cherry is a multimedia journalist with special interests in fashion, lifestyle, travel and culture. She has interned at companies including Ripple Safety, Pink Magazine, Starbooks Publishing and WHHI-TV on Hilton Head Island. Cherry developed her personal style of narrative and visual storytelling while studying journalism and video production. This avid traveler, zealous reader and fashion enthusiast plans to pursue a career as a magazine writer or producer in either New York City or London, UK.
Caroline Wolfe is an aspiring newscast producer from Fort Mill, South Carolina. She has loved video production since high school and always wanted to produce shows. Wolfe interned at WCCB-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she wrote stories for air and boothed morning newscasts. She also does freelance videography for a real estate company. Her goal is to become a producer for a local television station. When she’s not behind the camera, she spends her time playing with her dog, Millie and reading.
Catherine Freeman is a senior broadcast journalism student from Charlotte, North Carolina. Freeman has worked as news director for Student Gamecock Television and a project assistant at the law firm Montgomery and Willard, and currently works as a reporter at Carolina News and Reporter. She is a strong communicator with a desire to understand the complex part the U.S. legal system plays in the production and presentation of news. Because of this she plans to attend law school and study media and communications law. In her free time Freeman is busy training for her first marathon, completing her honors thesis on heart health among college students and applying to law school.
Cheyane Bligen is a senior broadcast journalism major from Charleston, South Carolina. From a young age, Bligen knew she had a drive and a voice for journalism and politics. This landed her a communications internship at the South Carolina Commission of Minority Affairs and the Office of Congressman James Clyburn. Aside from journalism, Cheyane has examined the lack of representation of professors on the campus of the University of South Carolina and its role in the academic success of minority students through her research studies.
Corinne McGrath is a multimedia sports journalist born and raised in SEC country. She spent her time in college covering a variety of sporting events from March Madness to the Clemson-South Carolina rivalry. McGrath is also interested in covering news and lifestyle features. She has interned as a social media coordinator for Via Blossom, worked for the Lexington County Blowfish and written articles for The Daily Gamecock and The East Tennessean newspaper. She was recently awarded the Kingsport-Times News scholarship and is an active member of the National Sports Media Association. Corinne enjoys cooking with her big, Italian family, practicing yoga and watching her favorite sport, baseball, in her free time.
Dara Khaalid is an aspiring multimedia reporter from Rock Hill, South Carolina. From an early age, she has loved connecting with people and finding ways to creatively tell their stories. She particularly loves to tell the stories of the Midlands and aims to highlight the voiceless and marginalized communities. Over the summer, Khaalid reported as an intern for WACH FOX 57. Due to her hard work, they offered her a temporary digital content producer position where she will continue to hone her skills until graduation. Outside of journalism, Khaalid enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and telling people about Jesus.
Drew Hill is a future radio host from Rock Hill, SC. She is a senior broadcast journalism student with a huge interest in writing, photography and music. Hill has interned at ColaDaily in Columbia, SC and loved every second of telling stories and meeting people in the community. She also hosts her own radio show on WUSC. Hill has been involved in the leadership of multiple cultural and advocacy student organizations on campus and serves the university as a Resident Mentor. When she isn’t writing or reporting, you can find Drew at the mall or at a concert. Drew is planning on getting a Masters in Sociology or Retail. Her ultimate goal is to host a radio show in Austin, TX but her dream would be to work for Sirius XM or BBC Radio 1.
Born and raised outside of New York City, Elena Barilla dreamed of a career in broadcast journalism. She has interned at Disney-ABC's "The View", CBS Television Distribution's "Inside Edition", The Ryan Seacrest Foundation, WIS News in Columbia and WMBF News in Myrtle Beach. Seeking culture shock, Barilla moved South for her college education. The simple things, like navigating her breakfast routine from bagels to grits, have given her an appreciation for quirky cultural differences. Barilla hopes to return home as a reporter in the Northeast to tell diverse human-interest stories.
Eli Brand is a broadcast journalism student from Shelby, North Carolina. Having a minor in political science and a love for athletics, Brand looks to specialize in politics and sports reporting. He had the opportunity to hone his skills in reporting and production while presenting NCAA division one sports highlights for Student Gamecock Television and working behind the scenes for the Columbia Fireflies live broadcast team. Eli has had a love for broadcast ever since he had the opportunity to present the news on his middle school's morning show. Brand's career goal is to work as an anchor presenting the days news in politics or sports.
Elle Johnson is an aspiring multimedia journalist from Greenville, South Carolina. She has always loved writing, and was able to use her skills and gain experience by writing for Passport Health, the Marcus Harris Foundation and others. She’s interested in art and culture, travel and health. Johnson hopes to write for a magazine in New York one day. In her free time, you can find Johnson writing fiction stories, reading novels, painting, traveling, or spending time with her pet bunny, Ollie.
Emily Aysse is an aspiring producer with a drive to be on and off the camera. The Charleston, South Carolina native has interests in overseas affairs, particularly those in the Middle East and Maghreb regions. She interned with WCBD News 2 in Charleston with a knack for the behind-the-scenes aspects of news from producing to editing. Aysse dabbled in digital media which will help in her venture into war correspondence. When she is not in the newsroom, you can find her on a volleyball court or out by the Atlantic Ocean.
Genna Contino is a multimedia journalist with an interest in arts, culture and entertainment reporting. Contino honed her writing, reporting and editing skills as arts and culture editor and now editor-in-chief of The Daily Gamecock. She has also freelanced for 9 to 5 Magazine in Charleston, South Carolina. Contino traveled to Cádiz, Spain, this summer where she found a love for Spanish culture. As a Spanish speaker, she would like one day to report in Hispanic communities in the U.S. and abroad.
Hanna Powers, a Washington D.C. native, made her way to Columbia, S.C. to ride for the Gamecocks on the Division 1 Equestrian team. As a multimedia journalist, Powers has been a frequent contributor to Sarasota Magazine and has made appearances on NPR, Fox News and in The Washington Post. Powers likes to share good news and celebrate the stories of people who triumph over adversity. In her free time, you can find her on a horse or picking up a game of tennis with friends.
Hayden Blakeney is a fourth-year multimedia student from Fountain Inn, South Carolina, with a deep interest in politics and the environment. He is a published writer and photographer in The Daily Gamecock, USC's student newspaper, as well as The State and his hometown's new print paper, The Fountain Inn Horizon. Blakeney studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland, during the Fall 2017 semester and used the opportunity to tune his storytelling skills while traveling in Europe. Whether he is out on assignment or enjoying the outdoors, Blakeney always carries a camera with him to capture the perfect moment.
Kat Polowczyk is a broadcast journalist from Virginia Beach, Virginia. Polowczyk spent the summer at CNN in Washington, D.C. at The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. While at CNN, Polowczyk covered major events such as former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony on Capitol Hill and assisted in package production for White House and national security pieces airing on the show. Polowczyk aspires to report on air and eventually work as a correspondent at a national news network.
Katie Graybill is an aspiring multimedia journalist from Long Valley, New Jersey. She has gained significant experience as editor in chief for Her Campus South Carolina, and sportswriter for The Gamecock. Her deep-rooted love for writing sparked her interest in journalism and propels her forward throughout her college career. Graybill enjoys traveling and capturing the essence of different cultures through photography and journaling. She also has a strong interest in sports journalism and looks forward to watching SEC football games every fall. Graybill usually spends her free time trying new recipes, listening to music or hanging out with her cat, Benny. Her idea of a perfect job would be either covering football for ESPN or traveling the world and sharing her experiences.
Kelly Garcia is a multi-skilled journalist from Stamford, Connecticut. Garcia began her experience as a Communications Assistant at the South Carolina Department of Education. From a young age, she knew she wanted to make an impact on the world through the power of storytelling. Her sociable personality and curiosity inspired her to pursue journalism. Garcia has several interests including sports; however, her keen interest is covering women’s topics ranging from fashion to feminism. She aspires to write for a prominent women’s magazine one day. Outside of journalism, Garcia enjoys traveling and exploring new restaurants with friends.
Kenna Coe is a multimedia journalism student from Atlanta, Georgia. She’s a strong believer that every person has a story worth sharing. For four years, she has been an arts and culture writer for USC’s student newspaper, The Daily Gamecock, and now serves as arts and culture assistant editor. As the digital editorial intern at local food magazine, Edible Columbia, she transformed its print editions to digital and discovered a new interest in organizing digital content. Her strengths lie in long-form storytelling, so her future goal is to write for a lifestyle magazine or newspaper.
Lauren Davis is an aspiring broadcast journalist from Columbia, South Carolina. Since her childhood, she has always enjoyed writing and telling stories and hopes to work as a reporter or anchor. Davis embraces journalism because she wants to advocate for those whose voices aren’t heard. She loves traveling and would love to be a cultural or entertainment journalist. When Davis isn’t in the newsroom, she can be found at home with her black cat Salem or writing articles for The Odyssey Online.
Lee Wardlaw is a senior multimedia journalist from Columbia, South Carolina. His passion lies in sports, and he's been a Gamecocks fan all of his life. Wardlaw first became a published writer with Bleacher Report in 2009. Since then, he has written for five sports blog publications, most notably Fansided and Front Porch Football. Wardlaw has covered politics, industry, and feature stories in South Carolina, and this summer took on a dual role as a staff writer for the Daily Gamecock and as a intern for South Carolina Public Radio. Wardlaw currently freelances at ColaDaily News, where he covers the University of South Carolina. He aspires to cover college football at ESPN or politics with Fox News.
Leland Williams Jr. is a broadcast journalist from Columbia, SC. From writing for the USC InterCom Alumni Magazine, to reporting on timely topics, his love for storytelling shines through every piece he works on. Williams is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and has worked in the capacity of Social Media Chair for his collegiate chapter. He loves food, spending time with family and friends, dogs, and video games. His goal is to be a host on a syndicated talk show where he can share his love for storytelling to everyone.
Lindsey Thorpe is an aspiring broadcast journalist from Boston, Massachusetts, with a passion for storytelling and making a difference in the world. Thorpe has camera experience on and off campus with student government, SGTV, WACHFOX news and as an ambassador for USC. She has reported on mental health issues, self-defense and stories that empower people around the world.
Madison Bridges is an aspiring multimedia journalist from Greenville, South Carolina. Bridges is inspired by a diverse array of topics, specializing in politics, fashion, arts and culture. She voices the stories of USC students and highlights local areas of interest as a contributor to Garnet & Black magazine. Bridges worked alongside reporters, anchors and digital content producers as a news intern for WIS-TV, the leading station in the Midlands market. Bridges’ interest in politics led her to work as a page at the South Carolina State House, and she is excited to cover the 2020 elections. For her next endeavor post-graduation, she plans on writing for a magazine or newspaper. You can find Bridges dancing, practicing yoga or drawing when she isn’t developing a new story.
As a former student athlete herself, Madison Thiel is eager to be a top sports journalist. The Ohio native loves her southeastern surroundings but is willing to go anywhere for a dream job . Thiel’s strong suits include storytelling, producing, and always trying to figure out a different angle to the story. From her love of riding horses and time on the equestrian team at USC, she understands the importance of teamwork and determination. For her next chapter, Thiel hopes to work for ESPN and close to the sidelines on every Saturday for the big, college football crowd.
McKenna Cieslak is a Senior broadcast journalism student from Fort Mill, SC. She has a focus on political reporting and aspires to one day work for a large news network. Though a small-town native, Cieslak interned for NY1 News in the Big Apple where she hopes to settle down permanently. She claims that keeping the world around her informed and insightful is the most satisfying aspect of the industry. When she isn’t busy asking all the tough questions, she enjoys traveling and making new connections. She refers to the quote, “Many Imagine, few execute” when it comes to the drive in her journalistic journey. Tune in!
Miah Nowicki is a senior multimedia journalist from Wilmington, Delaware. She made the move to South Carolina to earn her degree and advance as a credible journalist. Fashion, lifestyle and travel blogging are topics that Nowicki favors. She embraces this digital age by staying connected on social media daily and keeping up with trends. Nowicki keeps in mind a quote by M.K. Gandhi when she reports. “The true function of journalism is to educate the public mind, not to stock it with wanted and unwanted impressions."
Michael Stacy is a senior broadcast journalism student from Fort Mill, South Carolina. Growing up just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, his love and passion for sports grew, and in particular, football. With a creative mindset, he dreams of having his own sports radio talk show or live sports debate show. Outside of journalism, Michael enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Mike Rogers is an aspiring journalist from Fort Mill, South Carolina. He is a broadcast major who focuses on insightful writing and making every word count. Mike is a political science minor and is interested in covering political developments and keeping elected officials accountable. He also played baseball for several years and has an excess of what many people would call "useless baseball knowledge." His ultimate goal is to be a baseball writer or broadcaster.
Natalie Chuck is a Senior Broadcast Journalism student at the University of South Carolina. She intends on pursuing her career after graduation as an international or war correspondent for a network. Chuck is originally from Fort Mill, South Carolina, where she first fell in love with storytelling and camera work through her high school’s broadcasting program. Since then, she has worked at NBC Sports Washington where she received on-air experience in a top-market studio, as well as hosted a live, weekly show for patients at Levine Children’s Hospital through the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. Additionally, Chuck has worked as a replay operator during live events for Gamecock Athletics and as a camera operator/editor for both Gamecock Productions and the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide Productions. In her free time, Chuck is a freelance photographer, but when she does not have a camera in her hands, she is playing with her Chocolate Lab, Sumter.
Nick Papadimas is a multimedia journalist specializing in sports reporting. Raised less than an hour away from New York City in New Providence, New Jersey, Papadimas kickstarted his writing career with TAPinto.net for four years. During his third year of college, he interned at WLTX, the top television station in South Carolina, as an audio operator and was assistant sports editor at The Daily Gamecock. When not out in the field reporting or behind the soundboard, you can most likely find Papadimas watching hockey.
RoseCatherine James is a native South Carolinian. James has focused her stories on people and their life experiences with the belief that knowing each others' stories creates a more passionate and understanding world. She works as WUSC's news director, where she has reconstructed the department making it more accessible for journalism students to get the radio training they cannot receive in class. Previously she interned at SCETV, creating digital content. James' ultimate dream is to use the radio as an outlet to connect by focusing on similarities in an age where people highlight differences.
Sarah Pritchard is an aspiring news producer from Charleston, South Carolina. As an endowment intern with South Carolina ETV, she edited videos, wrote voiceovers and developed virtual reality tours for Knowitall.org. After studying power producing, Pritchard hopes to produce a morning news show. She loves Gamecock football and her family's dog, Cooper.
Summer Huechtker is a senior broadcast journalism student from Rock Hill, South Carolina. She has held internships with WIS News 10, Ryan Seacrest Studios, Gamecock Productions, the Coastal Plain League, and the Rock Hill Herald. She is also vice president of the University of South Carolina's National Sports Media Association. Huechtker loves telling stories and values the power of sports in everyday life.
Taelore Hicks is a senior broadcast journalism student with a minor in sport and entertainment management. Hicks aspires to become a lifestyle and entertainment reporter, work her way up to the anchor desk, and one day host and produce her own talk show. Hicks has always had a keen interest in entertainment. Hicks is interested in exploring the connection between culture and entertainment in the modern age. She plans to use her media platform to share her knowledge and educate her audience on entertainment culture with the hope of changing lives in a positive way. Having interned at FOX 46 Charlotte this summer and holding a position as Vice President for the National Association of Black Journalists, she realized that journalism is the route for her. She seeks out every opportunity to immerse herself in the field of journalism and hone her skills.
Tiffanie Morton is an aspiring multimedia journalist from Greenville, South Carolina. From a young age, she has always had an interest in creating content for news, features, and sports. While being a video intern at The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, Morton was able to shoot and produce videos. Tiffanie’s career goal is to become a reporter or work in video production for sports or news. Outside of journalism, she enjoys traveling to new places and watching shows on Netflix.
Tyler Walters is a multimedia journalist from Reevesville, South Carolina. His love for sports and sports radio sparked his drive to become a journalist. He likes to report on the games taking place in high school, collegiate and professional sports as well as the personalities of coaches, athletes, stadium staff and everyone who makes a game happen. Walters previously co-hosted a sports segment on WUSC’s Cock-a-doodle News. His ultimate goal is to host a nationally syndicated sports radio show covering all major American sports. When he isn’t reporting or talking about athletics Walters can be found on a golf course or somewhere else in the great outdoors.
Zach Sweat is an aspiring multimedia journalist from Lexington, South Carolina. For as long as he can remember, Sweat has had a heavy interest in sports at both the college and professional level. For the last two summers, he has interned with the Lexington County Blowfish, a summer league baseball team, assisting in pre-game show production, statistics, and radio commentary. His ultimate goal is to work for the SEC Network and cover the prestigious conference, whether that be in front of the camera or behind it. In his free time, Sweat likes to play the guitar, piano, and video games as well as try new restaurants around Columbia. He also earned his Associates Degree in Arts before enrolling at South Carolina.