Meet the Staff of 2017

Harold Daniel is a senior at Florida International University majoring in broadcast journalism with a concentration in music business. He is the entertainment director for FIU Student Media, the student-run newspaper/radio station. Harold has a radio show, “ARTPOP with Harold Daniel,” on 95.3 The Roar, playing pop/dance music. He wants to pursue a career in entertainment journalism while advocating for LGBTQ equality. Follow him on Twitter @mrharolddaniel.

 

 

 

 

Gianluca D’Elia, a senior at Rider University, is studying journalism and political science. After graduating, he hopes to work in digital news and cover politics or education. He is the news editor of The Rider News, a communication law tutor and a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon. A native of New Jersey, Gianluca covered local news for The Hudson Reporter in Hoboken in 2016 and now interns for the Burlington County Times. Follow him on Twitter @gianluca_delia.

 

 

 

Anna-Marie Moran was born and raised in Queens, New York, and is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in media studies at Hunter College. She has recently developed an interest in photography, moving images and journalism. This led to her working on two profile documentary pieces, audio profile work and a photography blog. Her hope is to use her love of digital media as a platform to inform others on current events.

 

 

 

 

Leydy Rangel Perez is a recent graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she received a B.S. in communication, with an emphasis in journalism and a political science minor. She is a first-generation college graduate and has a passion for telling stories of minorities and underprivileged communities. She focuses on voicing the concerns of undocumented people and farmworkers and on advocating for the advancement of their civil and political rights. Leydy served as a reporter for the university’s student newspaper and has been published by The Desert Sun.

 

 

 

Kiana Schmitt, a senior at University of California, Berkeley, is pursuing a degree in rhetoric with a concentration in public discourse and a minor in LGBT studies. On campus, they work as a sexual violence prevention advocate for the survivor support resource center and a consent educator for the Berkeley Student Cooperative. As a spoken word poet and debater, Kiana firmly believes in the power of art and storytelling (writing, journalism and performance) as tools of social change. She is passionate about the liberation of queer and/or trans people of color, representation of the asexual community, and their miniature pinscher, Jasper.

 

 

 

Sal Serpe, a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, received his bachelor of arts degree in broadcast journalism and minored in theatre arts. Sal is inspired by intergenerational storytelling and aspires to produce stories that contribute to the progress of human rights and cultural diversity. In San Francisco, Sal gained first-hand experience with filming city officials, LGBTQ figures and community organizations. From his experience with NLGJA, he hopes to acquire the essentials to be a credible and cutting-edge journalist.

 

 

 

Tre Simmons is a journalism major and music minor at Texas State University. On their campus, they work at KTSW 89.9 (the radio station) as an assistant music director and at the Writing Center as a writing tutor/creative writing lead. They are interested in all things art: music, fashion, illustration and the like. They aspire to be a successful musician (they play bass, guitar and sing) and to start their very own music magazine and website, covering the intersections of music and personal identity. Follow them on Twitter @softtraderevolt and on Instagram @apocalypsegorl.

 

 

 

Carmen Triola is a literary studies student at The New School and a native New Jerseyan. She specializes in pop culture reporting, social justice issues, as well as financial and tech journalism. During her college career, Triola edited the Opinion section for her former school’s paper, The Occidental Weekly, while her “real-world” experience ran the gamut of internships from The Hollywood Reporter to Mashable Tech, Out Magazine and The Aquarian Weekly, New Jersey’s longest-running music alt-weekly. In her spare time, she plays rugby and listens to a lot of podcasts. Seriously, way too many podcasts. Follow her on Twitter @carmentriola.

 

 

 

Salgu Wissmath is a documentary photographer from Sacramento, California, pursuing a master’s degree in photography at Ohio University. During their undergrad at University of California, Berkeley, they spent all four years in the The Daily Californian’s photo department, and have interned at The Kodiak Daily Mirror and The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Their current work explores the intersections between photojournalism and conceptual documentary. After graduation, they hope to work as an advocacy journalist, telling visual stories for nonprofits and NGOs. When they are not on assignment, they enjoy taking shadow selfies, hashtagging on Tumblr and discussing the artistic process. Follow them (@salguwissmath) on Instagram and Twitter.

 

 

Crystal Wong is a multimedia journalist from Hong Kong with a B.S.S degree in journalism and communication at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has worked on a documentary featuring a same-sex couple and received the Zengzik Scholarship for Social Justice Journalism 2015-16. Her focuses are gender, politics and social justice, leading her to produce documentaries and photo stories in America, China, Taiwan, Kazakhstan and beyond. In Spring 2016, she studied abroad at The University of Texas at Austin, where she was inspired to challenge the rules and make her short experimental films. She moved to New York in Spring 2017 and has been doing projects concerning race and identity. Follow her on Twitter @crystalwongcy.

 

 

Hani Zaitoun is studying political science and economics at Davidson College in North Carolina. At the age of 18, Hani left Syria and moved to Germany where he learned the German language. Hani has practiced journalism in Germany with media outlets including CNN, The Washington Post, ZEIT ONLINE and Syria Untold. Hani is fluent in Arabic, English and German, and he works currently as an assistant teacher for Arabic and German at Davidson College in addition to being a publicity assistant for the Music Department. Hani is interested in broadcast media and aims to become an international correspondent for an American-based news outlet.