Meet the Staff of 2016

Princess-India Alexander Princess-India Alexander is a student at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She is majoring in journalism with minors in Spanish and African American studies. Covering everything from pop culture criticism to race theory, she aspires to work in the magazine industry. Follow her on Twitter at @princessindiaal.




Daniele de GrootDaniele de Groot is a senior at Boston College. She is majoring in history and communications, and her focus is in digital journalism, specifically video and photography. She has been the video manager for The Gavel, a student news organization, since her sophomore year. Originally from New Jersey, she has spent several summers interning for production companies in New York and spent summer 2014 working as a correspondence associate for the Office of Presidential Correspondence at the White House.


Louis FinleyLouis Finley, a senior at Temple University, is pursuing a degree in journalism with a concentration in international communication and a minor in political science. Louis has a focus on politics and current events, and has covered events from the floor of the Democratic National Convention to protests in London against airstrikes in Syria. Louis is interning this fall with ABC News 20/20.




Senait Gebregiorgis Senait Gebregiorgis, who was born and raised in Chicago, received her bachelor’s in journalism with a specialization in African American studies and political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2016. As a multimedia storyteller and straight ally to the LGBTQ community, Senait has aspired to learn about different social identities in order to provide a platform for underrepresented communities. She spent summer 2016 as a fellow at the Knight Foundation and interned at the Harlem Focus, a publication in collaboration with the Amsterdam News and the City College of New York. Senait wants to continue to travel and visit places where she can document stories about different cultures, education, entertainment and social justice.



Charlie Kadado Charlie Kadado is a senior broadcast journalism major at Wayne State University in Detroit. As the 2016 UNITY fellow, he is covering the five national conventions for underrepresented journalists. He has interned at the NBC affiliate in Detroit and is a reporter for a community television station in Macomb County, Mich. He aspires to report on Middle East affairs.




Kent McDonald Kent McDonald, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is double majoring in English and dramatic art. He is the assistant state and national editor at the Daily Tar Heel newspaper. Kent spent his summer working in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as a theatre outreach and social media intern for an NGO that focuses on art therapy and education. He hopes to pursue a career in television production and writing.




John-Michael Murphy John-Michael Murphy graduated from Davidson College in 2016 with a degree in Environmental Humanities. He is spending a year as a fellow with the President’s Office at Davidson. Upon completing his fellowship, John-Michael hopes to find a job in magazine or radio journalism. On the side, he plays classical piano, cooks, and tweets.




Joon Park Joon Park, a junior at Boston College, is pursuing a major in economics and a minor in computer science. Joon is involved in various student organizations, and he is a vocal advocate for queer students and students of color. He specializes in graphic design and photography and has used these skills to promote diversity and representation for marginalized communities through various photo campaigns.




Nick Seymour Nick Seymour, a senior at the University of Georgia, is studying magazine journalism and English and pursuing a New Media certificate. Nick has interned with Atlanta Magazine’s digital department, where he produced articles for online publication. In summer 2015, he studied travel journalism in the Czech Republic, where he wrote about dog-friendly parks and restaurants in Prague and a cancer research and advocacy non-profit. Nick’s primary goals while participating in NLGJA’s student project are to produce a piece on how climate change may be affecting those experiencing homelessness in Miami and to network with professionals within NLGJA to launch his career.



Siali Siaosi Siali Siaosi, a native New Mexican, is studying journalism at the University of Central Oklahoma. He works as a part-time digital editor at The Oklahoman, Oklahoma’s largest newspaper, where he helps manage web content on Siali previously interned for The Gayly, an LGBT publication in Oklahoma City, and volunteered as the technical director for an LGBT podcast called “Oklahoma: Inside Out.” He has a dachshund named Penny Wieners. Follow him on Twitter at @SialiSiaosi.




Jesse Sparks Jesse Sparks, a senior at Northwestern University, is studying journalism and African American studies. As a journalist and designer, he focuses on the intersections of identity and social justice for marginalized communities. His work has appeared in The New York Times and The Chicago Sun-Times and has been discussed on Follow him on Twitter at @Jesseasparks.




Cai Thomas Cai Thomas is a fellow with “Historically Black,” an American Public Media podcast. Cai, a native of Miami, received her B.A in communications and film studies in 2016 from Boston College, where she was a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar and a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar. She has produced documentaries on race, sports, gender, and environmental issues in Boston, Brazil, Birmingham and beyond. Her short documentary “Blake Bolden,” which follows a black female professional hockey player, aired on New England Sports Network. An avid traveler, Cai enjoys connecting with different communities and telling their stories.