Logan Anderson

Aspiration: Multimedia journalist

Hometown: Walterboro, SC

Logan Anderson is an aspiring reporter from the low country of South Carolina.  He has an intense passion for video games, photography and politics. Anderson is taking steps to one day work at a major gaming publication or find a career reporting daily news and politics.

Sierra Artemus

Aspiration: Broadcast journalist

Hometown: Columbia, SC

Sierra wants to gain experience in all aspects of Journalism. Primary interest includes, anchoring, technical directing and producing; with a focus in entertainment politics and invoking human curiosity by appealing to people’s natural desire to know about the world around them.

Trevor Beck

Aspiration: Broadcast journalist

Hometown: Fort Mill, SC

After co-anchoring a local news show in Charlotte at the age of 12, Trevor Beck knew he wanted to pursue journalism. Beck reported on news throughout high school and interned at Columbia’s WIS news station. While he enjoys working behind the scenes for news shows, he also enjoys writing and reporting stories. His biggest interests are in local, national, entertainment and film news.

Meera Bhonslé

Aspiration: Multimedia journalist / anchor

Hometown: Lexington, SC

Bhonslé intends to graduate in May of 2018 and attend graduate school to obtain her master’s degree in journalism or attend law school to pursue child advocacy law. A long-term goal of hers is to write for Vogue or Southern Living Magazine. Bhonslé has a wide range of interests, which she enjoys learning more about through her research and writing.

Bailey Blanchard

Hometown: Fort Mill, SC

Aspiration: Film and edit Disney’s commercials.

Bailey Blanchard dreams of working for Disney, filming and editing inspirational commercials for the Disney theme parks and cruise line. As a cheerleader for the University of South Carolina, Blanchard loves to see the cameras on the sidelines. She would enjoy taking her sports expertise to the SEC Network or ESPN.

Jordan Blanding

Aspiration: Sports journalist

Hometown: Williamsburg, VA

Jordan Blanding is a senior broadcast student. Her passion for sports comes from her father. Growing up with three sisters, she always enjoyed following in her father’s footsteps and his love for sports. She aspires to become a sports journalist for a professional team.

Brianna Briggs

Aspiration: TV/ digital content host

Hometown: Spartanburg, SC

Brianna Briggs has held a variety of positions from being an intern at Gamecock Productions to being the current president of the Association of Black Journalists. She is confident in her abilities to tell stories from a wide variety of topics, but holds a special place for creating original content for her personal YouTube channel. Briggs hopes to use her skills to create exciting videos for an entertainment news outlet.

Alyssa Butterson

Aspiration: Anchor/sports reporter

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Alyssa Butterson started her journey as a journalist in 2015 when she joined Student Gamecock Television. She quickly became an active member of Capital City Sports as an anchor and a reporter. When she’s not covering a Gamecock sporting event in Columbia, she’s traveling with ESPN working Monday Night Football.

Ciano Chandler

Aspiration: Multimedia journalist

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Ciano Chandler has worked as social media coordinator for The Daily Gamecock and as an intern for Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. Chandler’s dream job is to become a multimedia journalist for one of Columbia’s local news stations combining graphics, sounds, videos, and images to tell an interesting story.

Joshua Clothier

Aspiration: Multimedia journalist

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Joshua Clothier is a multimedia student who enjoys writing and reporting, but he is also interested in on-set production and anchoring.  Clothier hopes to gain experience and produce some of his own pieces of work in both broadcast and multimedia journalism this semester.  He recently worked an internship with ESPNU on their Campus Connection team.

Morgan Cox

Aspiration: Sports broadcaster

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Cox is a senior broadcast student. Her interest in broadcast comes from other family members who have worked in the industry, including her grandfather who encouraged her to chase her dreams of sports broadcasting. She plans to earn her masters degree after she graduates in May and hopes to land her first job in a city she has never lived in before.

Will Dodson

Aspiration: Broadcast operations

Hometown: Greenville, SC

A Greenville native, Will Dodson has enjoyed working in film and TV since he was in his early teens. His talents emerge behind the camera as director and editor. Dodson was a production operations intern for WYFF News 4 in Greenville. He is working to become a director for a national television market in the next few years.

Brad Dountz

Aspiration: Multimedia journalist

Hometown: Fort Mill, SC

Brad Dountz is from Fort Mill, South Carolina, and has loved writing and storytelling for as long as he can remember. He wants to hone those skills at USC, but also immerse himself with editing and working with the cameras. He plans to travel the world and report on issues that have an impact on people across the globe.

Karie Grace Duncan

Aspiration: Retail brand communications

Hometown: Lancaster, SC

Karie Grace’s inquisitive nature attracted her to a career in journalism. She enjoys questioning people in interviews as much as questioning the copy when editing. The only thing Karie Grace has more of than questions is clothing. She’s spent summers working in e-commerce and sales as well as writing about fashion for College Fashionista and arts and culture for The Jasper Project.

Tori Gessner

Aspiration: Broadcast journalist

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

You can find Tori in front of the camera reporting on general assignment stories occurring throughout the community. This past summer, she interned at WIS, a local news station in Columbia. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Tori is working to land a job as a reporter in a local market after graduation.

JazBriel Golden

Aspiration: News/ entertainment reporter

Hometown: Greenville, SC

After interning at Columbia’s WACH FOX News and WYFF4 in Greenville, JazBriel Golden found her niche in journalism. Golden has covered local news stories, but her true passion lies in entertainment news. She plans to use her skills and experience to be a successful multimedia journalist.

Allisha Gray

Aspiration: Sports analyst/commentator

Hometown: Sandersville, GA

Allisha Gray is a professional basketball player currently in the WNBA and the 2017 WNBA Rookie of the Year. She returned to school to finish her degree. When she is finished playing pro basketball she plans a career as a sports commentator or producer.

Kayland Hagwood

Aspiration: Broadcast journalist

Hometown: Lancaster, SC

Kayland Hagwood has worked for three years as a freelance reporter for The Lancaster News, earning a S.C. Press Association Award. While in college, she also interned at WBTV in Charlotte, N.C. She plans to use her skills in news writing, photography and editing to become a multimedia journalist.

Lexi Hill

Aspiration: Content creator

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Lexi is a senior multimedia journalism student with a passion for women’s empowerment and digital content creation. She’s the president of Her Campus South Carolina and Ed2010, as well as a contributor for Garnet & Black magazine. Outside of campus leadership roles, Lexi has also served as an editorial intern for Her Campus Media, Philadelphia Style magazine and FlockUniversity. Check out her portfolio (alexahillportfolio.com) for published clips, branding experience and event management.

Vania Ibanez

Aspiration: News or talk show producer

Hometown: Goose Creek, SC

Vania Ibañez plans a career in the producer’s chair, working behind the scenes to create dynamite newscasts. She interned for WCIV in Charleston and worked as an executive producer for Student Gamecock Television. Ibañez hopes to work in entertainment television as a morning or late night talk show producer.

Larissa Johnson

Aspiration: Multimedia journalist

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Larissa Johnson has worked for three years on The Daily Gamecock staff as a copy editor, news editor and editor-in-chief. She’s written almost 100 articles for the Gamecock, in addition to pieces in the student quarterly and literary magazine. Johnson’s passion for covering administrative and political issues sets her up for a career in government and international issues.

Kylie Jones

Aspiration: News or entertainment anchor

Hometown: Westborough, MA

Kylie Jones discovered her real passion for being on camera while interning with WCVB in her hometown of Boston, MA. She has also worked with Student Gamecock Television and has written for Intercom magazine, the alumni magazine at the SJMC. Kylie loves being able to bring all different kinds of stories to life and hopes to become reporter and anchor someday.

Daniel Kelly

Aspiration: Multimedia journalist

Hometown: Fort Mill, SC

Danny Kelly wants to take his multimedia journalism skills to a sports beat at a newspaper or television station. Kelly, who has followed college and professional sports since he was young, would also like to do play-by-play. He has experience with Student Gamecock Television and participated in Campus Connection with ESPNU.

Jesikah Lawrence

Aspiration: Reporter/ documentary journalism

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Jesikah Lawrence has always had a fascination with storytelling. From writing news stories for Live 5 News to currently being secretary of the Association of Black Journalists, Lawrence feels that all of her experiences have shaped her into a well-rounded journalist. Lawrence enjoys sharing inspiring and moving stories and hopes to take her skill to the next level.

Ryan Lawson

Aspiration: Multimedia journalist

Hometown: Indian Land, SC

Ryan Lawson has always had a passion for sports. At the University of South Carolina, he covered basketball and football for The Daily Gamecock. Those experiences and opportunities confirmed his intention to write about sports for a living.

Kristina Lobo

Aspiration: Anchor/reporter

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Kristina Lobo is an aspiring anchor/reporter. When Kristina’s grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s she discovered her passion for telling stories for those who aren’t able to tell their own. After graduation, she hopes to work for a local news station and work her way up to a national news network.

Chandler Mack

Aspiration: Sports Journalist

Hometown: Columbia, SC

Chandler Mack is an aspiring photojournalist for WLTX and a production assistant for the South Carolina Gamecocks. Chandler has had a love and admiration for telling stories since he was a small child. Although his ultimate goal is to become a sports journalist, he is capable of doing news reporting, directing, producing, and shooting.

Chris McConaghey

Aspiration: Multimedia Journalism

Hometown: Lake Norman, N.C.

Chris McConaghey enjoys a wide variety of interests – from traveling, music, sports, and even grammar. He is open to exploring all types of journalism and aims to present the news in an accurate, unbiased form. He has created content for several organizations, and has worked for the ESPNU Campus Connection project.

Calvin Mitchener

Aspiration: Multimedia journalist

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Calvin Mitchener is a journalism major specializing in multimedia with a minor in sport and entertainment management. He has internship experience with the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA and Augusta National Golf Club. Mitchener hopes to pursue his passion one day by getting a job in the sports industry.

Kayla Pace

Aspiration: Sports reporter

Hometown: West Caldwell, NJ

Kayla Pace has worked as an Executive Producer for Capital City Sports on SGTV and has also had internships involving a variety of mediums and sports. She was a promotions assistant at WFAN Sports Radio in New York; has shot high school football for WLTX in Columbia, SC and covered pro and college sports at WXIA 11 in Atlanta. Her goal is to report on unique sports stories that go beyond just the scores.

Kristina Rackley

Aspiration: Multimedia journalist

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Kristina Rackley has a passion for writing and current events. In her time as an endowment intern at SCETV, she wrote articles daily for the Palmetto Scene blog and covered a variety of stories from USC Olympic athletes to local political debates. Rackley hopes to pursue a career as a multimedia journalist focusing on politics and local news.

Bill Rizzo

Aspiration: Multimedia journalist

Hometown: Chadds Ford, PA

Bill is looking to become a multimedia journalist in his hometown of Philadelphia. He has a passion for politics and sports and plans to cover them in a creative way by taking advantage of the digital age.

Jada Samuel

Aspiration:  Multimedia journalist/digital content creator

Hometown:  Greenville, SC

When Jada Samuel isn’t writing in her journal, taking photos or listening to music, she is pursuing her passion to empower women and girls through her nonprofit organization, iShapeMe Inc. She has interned locally at WLTX News 19 and at Time Inc. in New York City. Samuel plans to work for an entertainment media outlet or a local news station as a multimedia journalist and on-air talent.

Kristen Schneider

Aspiration: Investigative journalist

Hometown: Shelby, OH

Kristen Schneider plans to spend her career investigating stories and crafting features. Schneider also works part-time at WACH Fox 57 as a Digital Content Producer. This allows her to utilize social media and publish web stories for the station on the weekend. She uses her skills on the web and behind the camera to push stories forward and captivate viewers.

Amanda Sharp

Aspiration: On-Air personality

Hometown: Warminster, PA

As a former media intern with The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a former Good Day Philadelphia intern with Fox29, Amanda Sharp’s experience stems from beyond the classroom.  With a minor in political science, and morning show background, Sharp is excited to get out into the world, covering either politics and government, or lifestyle.

Kylie Sheaffer

Aspiration: International journalist

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Kylie Sheaffer, a multimedia journalist, is interested in creating long-form investigative pieces. Kylie has a background in theater and has worked on a satirical news program for Student Gamecock Television for the last three years. She studied abroad in England and has since become passionate about international broadcasting and current events from around the world.

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Julia Solari

Aspiration: Multimedia Journalist

Hometown: Ossining, NY

Julia Solari is a multimedia journalist from the Univeristy of South Carolina. She enjoys being in front of the camera, and hopes to one day fulfill her dream of being the next Ellen Degeneres.

De’Angelo Stevenson

Aspiration: Videographer, producer, sports/entertainment Reporter

Hometown: Columbia, SC

De’Angelo really enjoys being behind the camera. Making videos and bringing stories to life. A former employee of Student Gamecock Television, De’Angelo has experience working behind the scene. With hopes of being a reporter one day, he still plans on producing and creating the best content possible.

Michael Stewart

Aspiration: Multimedia Journalist

Hometown: Greenville, SC

Michael Stewart is passionate about reporting on government, culture and sports and telling stories that have an impact on people’s lives.  He has written for the sports website TrendBetting.com and USC’s Columbia Voice, and founded, with others, the culture blog Serial Binger. He plans to become a freelance journalist with an emphasis on powerful storytelling.

Maria Tellez-Theiber

Aspiration: International Correspondent

Hometown: Bluffton, SC

Maria Tellez was originally born in Bolivia and moved to South Carolina when she was eight years old. She has since traveled to five continents and spent five months living in Australia. She enjoys traveling and is working her way to become an international news correspondent.

Janelys Villalta

Aspiration: News Producer

Hometown: Beaufort, SC

Janelys Villalta has always been passionate about storytelling. She currently interns at Sofluencial, a startup entertainment magazine. While she is able to cover a variety of topics, she is most passionate about covering social justice and political issues. Whether that be in front of the camera or behind it, Janelys always has her ear to the ground looking for the next captivating story.

John Wagoner

Aspiration: Multimedia journalist/reporter

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

John Wagoner has interned with several local stations and has been an executive producer for Student Gamecock Television in his time at USC. John is interested in working on long-form and human interest pieces, as well as getting involved in creative content in the sports world.

Jenni Warren

Aspiration: Broadcast production

Hometown: Coto de Caza, CA

Jenni Warren has worked for Gamecock Live Productions as a technical director, replay and camera operator for the past three years. She spent her last summer interning for ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut. Warren plans to continue a career in sports production either as a director or technical director.

Mike Woodel

Aspiration: Multimedia journalist and author

Hometown: Erie, PA

Mike Woodel spent four semesters as a news writer and editor with The Daily Gamecock, also crossing over with TDG Sports to report on Gamecock baseball, football, soccer and hockey. Mike previously interned with Columbia-based investigative news website Quorum and was a 2017 recipient of the David J. Morrow Scholarship for Business Journalism. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of Jimmy Breslin and David Simon to tell the stories of American cities.