Abi Aronson is a senior broadcast journalism student from Fort Mill, South Carolina. She is passionate about video production and any technical behind-the-scenes work that keeps her from being in-front of the camera. Aronson works as the Head of Video Production for the top-ten-ranking Children's Miracle Network Dance Marathon program in the nation. Even outside of school, it’s rare to find her without a camera in her hands. Her long-term goals are to work in video marketing and content creation.
Adam Orfinger's love for television production drives him to seek out opportunities at every turn. Orfinger has directed newscasts at WIS, the top station in Columbia, South Carolina, while specializing in editing, graphics and audio operation. Previously, he worked at ABC Columbia as a morning producer. Orfinger’s interest in sports pushed him to work in a variety of roles on hundreds of live broadcasts, ranging from USA Basketball to Division I college football. When he isn’t in a control room, you can usually find Orfinger with his pit bull Bossman.
Born and raised on the South Carolina coast in the seaport town of Georgetown, Allen Marcus Harter loves to tell stories that affect the local community. Besides local news, he has always been the most interested in sports, especially college athletics, ever since his dad took him to his first football game at the age of four. He likes how the power of sports can bring different people together. Although his ultimate goal is to become a sports journalist, he has experience in reporting, editing, and producing.
Amanda Mack is a senior Broadcast Journalism student from New Jersey. She is the Social Media Director of the South Carolina Victims Assistance Network in Columbia, South Carolina. Mack has also published blog posts on the Study Abroad International website (saiprograms.com). After graduation, she hopes to use her creative storytelling abilities to work in travel or entertainment journalism.
Angelica Iglesias is a broadcast journalism student with a passion for connecting with communities and music. She has loved consuming news since she was 14, so journalism always seemed like the perfect fit. She was head intern for The Lexington Ledger for two years doing everything from covering stories to co-hosting the morning show. She's a music writer for The State’s “GoColumbia” section and produced a podcast for the University of South Carolina Department of English. Her dream is to one day interview her favorite band, Kings of Leon.
Born and raised in Belton, South Carolina, Anna Grace Galloway is a broadcast journalism student with a passion for storytelling and helping others. Upon entering the university, she dove into her field of study by joining organizations like Student Gamecock Television and the National Association of Black Journalist, which helped her find a love for journalism. She interned at Ryan Seacrest Studios in Charlotte, where she furthered her passion for helping others by encouraging children at Levine Children's Hospital. Using that new found love for journalism and her goal to help others, Anna Grace is pursuing a career in local television to support her community and to find those special stories that need to be told.
Ariana Mount is an aspiring reporter fueled by her passion for pop culture and the entertainment industry. Ariana has interned for Stars and Celebs, a celebrity news website, and had her own weekly column on current pop culture trends in social media. While reporting, she strives to find the face behind every story, to tell a unique and personal perspective. Ariana intends to use her interests in fashion and videography in her next venture.
Ashten Latta is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. She enjoys helping her community through service and education. Recently, Latta had the opportunity to experience her passion for the community through internships with a local State Farm agent and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. Through these opportunities she has learned how to write stories and develop relationships throughout the community. Her plan is to pursue a career in broadcast media to connect and educate the community.
Having traveled to Thailand, Laos, and Africa to teach and volunteer, Brooke has an understanding of the struggles many face around the world each and every day. Her travels planted the seed for character growth and strength. From there, she realized that just because an issue isn’t in your face doesn’t mean it’s not impacting others in major ways. She hopes to bring this newfound passion to her journalism career by shedding a spotlight on issues around her that are often neglected. Brooke aspires to become an investigative reporter.
Camille Doloughty is a multimedia journalist from Columbia, South Carolina. Having a love for storytelling her whole life, Doloughty immediately found herself interested in journalism and has been involved in the field since high school. She has used her skills to work with local businesses to accumulate a following through social media which sparked an interest in local news and the people involved. Doloughty has a passion for long form storytelling and hopes to be a reporter that can focus on the people of the stories and their issues.
Chad O’Donnell is a senior broadcast journalism student at the University of South Carolina. Originally from Fort Mill, South Carolina, he has grown up with a passion for storytelling and video production. He is a Production Assistant for the New and Creative Media department at the University of South Carolina and his work has been featured on SEC Network. After graduation, he hopes to work in the control room at a news station or for an athletic department on their social media team.
Daniel Carter is a senior broadcast journalism student from Charleston, S.C. With his work being featured on Fox Sports South as well ESPNU, his passion for sports and creativity are at the forefront of his craft. Daniel currently works for athletics at USC as a New and Creative Media producer, photographer, and videographer. His work is on Gamecock Football, who was recently ranked the most interactive college football account in the nation. His goal is to be a director of media production for either a college or professional sports team.
As a native of Greenville, SC, Darbi Horne's passion for people and the power of words led her to pursue journalism. In every career choice she has made, there is always one common denominator. Giving voice to those who should be heard. This can be seen through her production internship at Charlotte's Ryan Seacrest Studios and the podcast she co-hosts for USC's Student Health Center. Ultimately, Horne's goal is to pursue a career in reporting to continue this passion.
Aside from being a full-time mother, Destiny Gettis is an aspiring storyteller. At the age fourteen, Destiny created a weekly newscast “A Youthful Prospective” where she bought the news to the youth ministry in her church to keep the youth informed. It was then she discovered her passion for storytelling. Destiny has interned with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation as a and at WACH-FOX 57. She has a passion to be the voice for the voiceless and empower women with her unique story. Destiny’s future aspirations are to report at a local news station and change the lives of the people of the community.
Dominic Delfidio is an aspiring sports play-by-play on air personality studying broadcast journalism from — production to reporting. His passion for sports runs deep as he was introduced at a young age while also obtaining core values such as hard work, determination and never quitting on yourself or your team that he implements in his works. Through an internship with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s Public Information Office, his journalism skills broadened by providing content for the social media department from live streams to updates while also covering press conferences.
A New Jersey native, Heather Fordham has been interested in unraveling the latest news for as long as she can remember. Fordham has interned at ABC Columbia under the sports director and as a general assignment reporter for The State Newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina where she strengthened her writing skills. She has covered a wide array of topics but looks to focus in on entertainment or business journalism on a national platform. Check out her portfolio (https://hfordham8.wixsite.com/website-1) for published work.
Jamie Gilbert-Fitzpatrick is an aspiring investigative journalist from Irmo, South Carolina. Since she was little, she has always had a passion for people and telling their stories. She particularly loves to report on stories focusing on marginalized people and human rights issues. Jamie’s ultimate goal is to improve the media coverage of women and minorities in the mass media. Outside of journalism, Jamie spends her free time giving back to her community, traveling to new places and spending endless hours in her hammock with a good book.
Jenna Schiferl is a South Carolina native and multimedia journalist. She is the print articles editor of Garnet & Black Magazine and a former intern of South Carolina ETV, the Darla Moore School of Business, Jasper Magazine, and the South Carolina Press Association. She is passionate about arts and culture, the environment, and social issues.
Jeremy Rivera is a Senior Broadcast Journalist at USC from Syracuse, New York who has always been fascinated with culture and society ever since he could remember. He is eager to further harness his natural skills of writing and storytelling to inform the world. Besides just broadcast he has been involved with filmmaking in documentary, experimental, and audio production. This has lent him an eye for both cinematic and visually stunning formal shots. He is interested in issues regarding animal rights, environment, health, food and social. Rivera’s main drive is to be able to give a voice to the community.
A senior broadcast journalism major raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Jimi Boinest has aspired to be the Grantland Rice of his generation for as long as he can remember. Entering today’s ever-evolving technological climate, Boinest seeks to recreate the same quality of Rice’s famed prose through a multitude of media platforms. Possessing a proclivity for producing longform and broadcast pieces, Boinest has previously interned at ESPN Radio 94.7FM/910-AM in Charleston, and hopes to continue generating unique sports content in a variety of ways after graduation.
Born in Bohemia, New York but raised in Fort Mill, South Carolina, John Romanski’s passion for writing and storytelling naturally led him down the path of journalism. His work with Fort Mill High School’s television program The Buzz TV won a regional Emmy award, which led him to a job at the Southeastern Interscholastic Press Association during his time at USC. In his free time, Romanski likes writing and performing music and acting, which has shaped his on-camera presence and personality.
Raised in Kingstree, South Carolina, Kiana Miller is an aspiring photojournalist, documentarian and writer. Miller has a deep passion for the welfare of marginalized people and uncovering the truth. While working for USC’s newspaper, The Daily Gamecock, Miller obtained skills copy editing and also has skills directing, editing and producing video content. Miller’s ultimate goal is to have a career that provides her with opportunities to use her storytelling abilities to advocate for social change and keep the public informed about issues both foreign and domestic.
Curiosity and a passion for fostering connections has launched Florida-native, Maggi Marshall, into a career in Broadcast Journalism. Marshall strives to be a leader in her community, and to provide credible information and answers to hard-hitting questions. Her work ethic, strengthened through her reporting internship at WIS News 10 in Columbia, has been to be the first to arrive to the scene and the last to leave. Outside reporting, Marshall’s passion flows for Children’s Miracle Network, through her role as Vice President of Operations for the top 10 national Dance Marathon program. Check out her work at https://maggimarshall.wixsite.com/website
Maggie Rhoads is an aspiring online content creator from Charlotte, North Carolina. She has a passion for politics, world news and science. Her knowledge on politics has been expanded through her internship with Hannah News Service where she helped collect and write information on South Carolina’s legislative subcommittees. She hopes to incorporate her love for traveling and experiencing new cultures into her job as well. Her ultimate goal is to uncover unique stories that expose new issues and experiences around the world.
Mary Ramsey is an award-winning journalist passionate about telling the stories of how politics and policy affect everyday life. As an intern with McClatchy Carolina’s The Sun News, she covered everything from campaign stops by Vice President Mike Pence to the effects of sea level rise on tourism. In more than three years at The Daily Gamecock, a student-run publication serving USC’s more than 34,000 students, she held multiple leadership positions, including editor-in-chief. She plans to cover government at the state level for a daily newspaper.
Matt Bumbaca is a senior broadcast journalism major from Rockville Centre, New York. His passion for sports and music is obvious in front of a camera or microphone. He has DJ’d for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, WUSC the University of South Carolina’s campus radio station, and has also interned at Fox Sports Radio. Even though his ultimate goal is to work in sports he has the ability to do news reporting, directing and producing. Bumbaca plans to continue creating broadcast content that captivates his audience.
Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, Matthew Marzulla is a senior multimedia journalism student with a passion for investigative writing, specifically in sports and loves engaging with people. His love of sports helped him cover Division I sports for Vox Media’s SB Nation blog where he improved his writing abilities. Marzulla is looking to create media that helps show the deeper meaning of sports and its athletes in their community’s. His ultimate goal is to develop his own journalistic brand for sports media and bring it to the national spotlight.
Maygen Bazemore is an aspiring multimedia journalist with the intentions of focusing on arts culture. She found a desire to write on music specifically through her involvement in music for twelve years, studying primarily clarinet. She is now writing for Columbia-based music magazine Scene SC and can be found attending anything from the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra to local alternative bands in grunge venues. Through her studies in journalism, she has picked up storytelling skills in both short and long form articles and enjoys sharing untold stories in the arts through her words.
With a passion for people, Mills Hayes is eager to tell political or entertainment stories that will change lives. She previously interned at WIS-TV in Columbia, SC as a reporting intern. Hayes spent two summers in Washington, DC interning on Capitol Hill and in a public affairs firm. On campus, she served as the station manager of SGTV where she gained invaluable broadcast and management skills. She currently serves as the University of South Carolina Student Body Vice President where she works to empower women and advocate for mental health.
Rodrick Jones, an aspiring journalist was seized by the powerful nature of sports from a young age. His passion for people has grown even more since interning at Ryan Seacrest Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rodrick’s ultimate dream is to depict a different perspective on sports through debating and talk shows. Outside of journalism, he will pursue his masters in Counselor Education with hopes of one day becoming an outlet for young professional athletes.
Born and raised in Charleston, SC, Sasha Graddick’s passion for sports journalism was inspired by watching games with her father. She saw the lack of women on the sideline, particularly those of color, and wanted to change the landscape. Graddick has interned with 12Up, a sports news website where she has published nearly 200 articles. Check out her portfolio (sashagraddick.com) for published stories and videos. Graddick’s ultimate goal is to work for professional sports team with a unique personality and to tell the untold stories of the players.
Scott Gavlin is an aspiring story teller from Lexington, SC, who has always had a heart for people. His desire to learn about others is always on the forefront and has helped him get an internship with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has even taken him overseas. Whether visual, written, audio, or all of the above Gavlin believes the story is where the heart is and hopes to use his platform to tell the stories that the subjects cannot.
Shayla Nidever is a Texas native who has a passion for people and telling their stories creatively using words and multiple mediums. She was an editorial intern for Columbia, S.C.’s daily newsletter, COLAtoday. She enjoys writing long form stories and covering unlikely topics. She plans to use her writing to cover difficult stories often avoided and put those people and issues in the spotlight. Along with writing, Nidever wants to tell stories in many different ways, using everything from audio to video to digital design.
Spending most of her youth moving up and down the east coast, Sydney Pendrick’s passion to connect and expand her knowledge based on the experiences of unique individuals around her, lead her to a career in Broadcast Journalism. Pendrick prefers to be behind the camera and enjoys the excitement and fast paced environment of video production. She has interned as a social media coordinator for Village Idiot Pizza and Columbia City Ballet. She found a love for nonprofit organizations and hopes to somehow combine her passion for broadcast journalism and nonprofits in her future. After graduation, she hopes to stay in the southeast and work in a control room at a news station or run a company’s social media platform.
Tyria Goines chose to pursue a career in journalism at the age of 14. After nearly six years of experience in journalism working for numerous publications and networks, she has not swayed from the field at all. She is pursuing a B.A. in journalism and minoring in English. During college enrollment, she is known by students and faculty as the girl from equipment checkout in the journalism department. She has interned for the Kershaw County Current newspaper, ABC Columbia 25 Sports, and Carolina Living travel magazine. Raised in the small town of Elgin, South Carolina, she enjoys writing about the community and travel, and aspires to become a multimedia journalist.
Zack Bennett is native South Carolinian, born and raised in Greenville. Always curious, and passionate about stories and writing, journalism was a natural fit for Bennett. Through internships in media relations at the Greenville Drive and media production at the Lexington County Blowfish, he has gained experience managing internal and external communications, as well as strengthened his skills in writing, copy editing and shooting and editing video. His work has been featured by Minor League Baseball (milb.com) and in the Drive Magazine.
Zoe Nicholson is a South Carolina native with a passion for storytelling that led her to journalism. Nicholson honed her skills in arts and entertainment writing and editing during her internship at Charleston Magazine and in her role as digital editor for USC’s Garnet & Black magazine. During her internship at The Congaree Land Trust, Nicholson discovered a zeal for telling stories about the environment and the impending effects of climate change. For her next challenge, Nicholson hopes to report on entertainment or climate news.