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Lucy Soucek

Lucy Soucek is pursuing a Master of Science degree at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, with plans to graduate in August 2021. Before coming to grad school, she was an announcer and producer at Maine Public Radio for two years. She’s passionate about collaborating with other audio producers to tell unique stories and forward intercultural understanding. She grew up in Maine, but now lives in New York City with her cat, Luna. Contact her at or check out her other work at


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Nidhi Upadhyaya

Nidhi Upadhyaya is an architect and journalist from Mumbai, India. When not working on assignments, she can be found binging on DIY videos, curating her dream home on Pinterest or making a serious dent in her to-read fiction list. She has previously worked as Features Writer for Elle Decor India, Assistant Editor for India Inc and Art Director for the print edition of Bombay Binge. Contact her at or check out her work on


Lauren Williams

Lauren Williams is a master’s student at Columbia Journalism School. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the American University of Paris (‘20). She has written for D Magazine and BUST Magazine. Growing up in Arkansas, Illinois and Texas sparked her interest in reporting on the intersection of race and culture. Reach out via email:



Tom Tomezsko

Tom Tomezsko is a Senior Admissions Officer for Columbia University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office and master’s degree candidate at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. When he isn’t busy reading undergraduate applications, he’s listening to a podcast while whipping up a new creation in the kitchen. Before coming to Columbia for work and school, Tom attended Brown University, where he studied international relations. He is passionate about bridging the worlds of higher education and journalism through audio. Contact him at



Meghan Offtermatt

Meghan Offtermatt is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism with a focus in audio. Prior to graduate school, Meghan was a musical theater performer. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU with a dual degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Anthropology. She’s performed on cruise ships, in regional theaters around the country and off-Broadway. In tandem with her past-life as a performer, she has worked in the service industry for 15 years. She’s particularly interested in telling stories about climate change, worker’s rights and anything related to New York City. You can reach her at and find her work at



Emily Shanny

Emily Shanny is a multidisciplinary artist and journalist utilizing sound, video and writing for non-fiction storytelling. Prior to starting her Masters at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, she worked on art installations with Pioneer Works, Frieze NY and MoMa PS1 as well as her own performance work at Royal College of Art and Gavin Brown Enterprise. She graduated from Northeastern University with a B.A. in Economics and enjoys investigating institutional corruption as well as going for long walks contemplating the on-going climate crisis. To collaborate, employ, or meditate in a park in the middle of an afternoon, email at


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Anna Gordon

Anna Gordon is a freelance audio journalist. She decided to go to journalism school in 2020, when a global pandemic slightly complicated (completely derailed) her plans of graduating college working as an assistant researcher in economics. Since then, she’s decided to take a chance on her childhood dream of telling stories for a living. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Studies. You can contact her by emailing


Emily Sumlin

Emily Sumlin

Emily Sumlin is a current master’s student at Columbia Journalism School and University of Virginia graduate. Emily is from Atlanta, GA but couldn’t be more excited to be in New York City long-term. Following graduation, she’ll work with PBS-Newshour as a News Fellow but has found a passion for audio that she would love to continue fostering!  She is interested in cultural trends, political coverage, and the structural integrity of Dolly Parton’s wigs. Contact her at or see her other work at



AJ Jondonero

AJ Jondonero is a Master of Science candidate at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (‘21). He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Philippines (‘20), where he majored in broadcast communication. He is an advocate for press freedom and gender equality, and hopes to advance people’s rights through multimedia work. You would most likely see him on a corner watching compilation videos on YouTube or on the street bopping his head to Nicki Minaj. You may contact him at and check his work at He/him.


Leona Vaughn

Leona Vaughn is a graduate student pursuing an M.S. degree at Columbia Journalism School. She grew up just outside Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington, majoring in journalism. She enjoys reporting on mental health, issues in diversity, and arts and culture. Vaughn has a huge passion for feature writing and audio storytelling, and hopes to continue developing her journalism skills in New York City. You can reach her at

Celia Carbone

Celia Carbone

Celia Carbone is a non-fiction storyteller. As a multimedia journalist, Celia utilizes written word, audio, and video, covering beats in lifestyle and business. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2021. Prior to graduate school, she was an editor at Boston College’s student newspaper, The Heights, and was part of the editorial teams at Boston Magazine and The Improper Bostonian. Celia lives in Manhattan with her pup, Sunny Girl. Contact:


Banjo Damilola

Banjo Damilola is a Nigerian investigative journalist. She worked with the BBC until January 2021 when she started her master’s degree at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She’s passionate about education, health, and social justice. Recently, she has found new interest in homelessness and global poverty. Banjo has won a number of awards for her journalistic works including an Emmy nomination for a collaborative investigative film produced by the BBC Africa Eye. She’s currently exploring the possibilities in audio storytelling. Contact her at


Jon Orbach

Jon Orbach

Jon Orbach is a 2021 graduate of Columbia Journalism School, where he focused on international news and immigrant communities. In September, he’ll be working for WNIN’s bilingual podcast ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest? as a reporting and production intern. He holds a degree from the University of Maryland but puts it down at regular intervals to let his arms rest. It’s not really that it’s heavy; it’s more a matter of it not really being a daily necessity? Email him at and check out his work at



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Leyla Doss

Leyla Doss is a journalist pursuing a master’s in Journalism at Columbia University with a focus on audio storytelling. She previously worked in print for the Financial Times and The Guardian as a political reporter in Egypt and the wider MENA region. She also co-founded international award-winning news outlet, Mada Masr. She holds a B.A. Political Science (‘12) from the University of Toronto, and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS, University of London. She’s passionate about long-form audio storytelling. You can contact her at and view her work at

Daniel Alarcón is Executive Producer of Radio Ambulante, and teaches at the Columbia Journalism School.
Zakiya Gibbons is a freelance audio producer, editor and host, and teaches at the Columbia Journalism School.


Photographs courtesy of the 2021 True Stories in Sound staff.