Amy Saukas is a senior broadcast journalism major with a passion for analyzing politics and assisting homeless veterans. As a co-founder of Patriot Villas, in North Charleston, South Carolina she has had experience branding, managing events, and being the executive director of community outreach for the facility that houses 74 veterans. Saukas plans on attending law school after her December 2018 graduation to obtain a dual M.B.A and Juris Doctor degree. She hopes to work in the public policy legal arena where she can have an impact on the lives of veterans.
Anjali Patel entered college with the intention of becoming a sports reporter, but now plans a career as a general assignment reporter for a television station. A lover of local news, Patel has interned at the Greenville Journal, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, COLAtoday, WIS in Columbia, and WYFF in Greenville, and recognizes how vital it is for today’s television talent to be proficient in multimedia journalism. Check out her print and visual portfolio at anjali90.wixsite.com/journalist.
Antonio Stinson is a senior broadcast journalism major from Charleston, South Carolina. Stinson has had a passion for media and sports since he was a child. He has interned for the communications department of U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and the radio company Global Communications Inc. He can report, direct, produce and shoot and hopes to incorporate his love of sports and media as a member of an NBA media team or as a producer/reporter for a sports network.
Bria Barton spent her youth moving from state to state and found an outlet in writing. She spent two years studying film and journalism at NYU and then transferred to USC. Barton worked as an intern at The Jasper Project where she wrote about the art and culture scene in and around Columbia. She has also worked at Craft, an association management firm, where she created press releases and managed the social media for various associations. Barton’s hunger for travel and exploration, coupled with her interest in human rights, fuels her desire to tell the stories of the world and its people.
Christopher Doby is an aspiring director for live sports broadcasting. As a child, Doby recognized his love for sports and wanted to be a part of what he was watching every day. From a small town in Wilmington, North Carolina, Doby continued to build his love for broadcast media by interning with WECT. Although sports directing is his ultimate dream, he is capable of doing news reporting, producing, editing, shooting video, and directing.
Cleopatra Shabazz is a senior broadcast student with a passion for storytelling and promoting diversity. Shabazz produced news stories and served as the social media coordinator for Student Gamecock Television. She is the marketing co-director of Swype Dance Organization. Shabazz creates promotional videos that highlight the diversity of the organization, while incorporating core elements of hip-hop. She aspires to become a videographer or a social media specialist.
Daniella DeRobbio is a senior broadcast journalism student at the University of South Carolina. She’s served as an executive producer for Student Gamecock Television. She is also a writer-performer for the university’s live sketch comedy show “Carolina Tonight.” Daniella’s healthy obsession with entertainment, news, and politics sets her up for a career as a writer for a late-night talk show.
Ebony Robinson is a senior broadcast journalism student from Columbia, South Carolina. She’s passionate about reporting on music, entertainment, and culture. She also enjoys shooting and editing stories to see them come to life. She is currently a DJ at USC’s radio station WUSC. Robinson’s interest in radio broadcasting was sparked by seeing family friends who work in this industry. She plans on graduating with her bachelor’s degree in May and working at a local radio station.
Born in New York, Emily Kelly has always had a passion for being in front of the camera. She worked as an MSNBC intern covering the 2016 South Carolina GOP Primary and as an NBC News intern at the Democratic National Convention and the Inauguration of President Trump. She completed an internship at the TODAY Show in the summer of 2018. These experiences solidified her desire to pursue a career in broadcasting as an anchor. Kelly consistently demonstrates strong executive presence and is proficient in Adobe Premiere, iNews, and MediaCentral.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Emily Riley has grown up with a passion for sports. Wanting new experiences, Riley ventured out to South Carolina for college where she is currently a senior broadcast journalism student, hoping to one day pursue a career in sports journalism as a reporter and writer. She has just finished up an internship working for Sonim Technologies on their social media and communications team and is a contributing author for the University of South Carolina’s community for the Odyssey. After graduating in May, she aspires to follow in the footsteps of Erin Andrews and start reporting live on the sidelines of games across the nation.
Grace McKenna is an aspiring political reporter from Atlanta, Georgia. Since childhood, McKenna has loved both politics and great stories, so a career in journalism was a natural fit. Before joining Carolina News & Reporter, McKenna interned for WSB-TV in Atlanta, WIS-TV in Columbia and was named the School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ 2017-2018 Shafto Fellow. On campus, McKenna is a South Carolina Honors College student and serves as executive director of the Gamecock Pantry.
Born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Hannah Slater’s curious nature attracted her to journalism from a young age. Slater has interned for Ryan Seacrest Studios in Charlotte and is interested in pursuing a career that brings media content to children in fun and innovative ways. She is adept at writing long form stories, as well as creating broadcast pieces. Slater’s ultimate goal is to positively enhance the lives of her readers through her storytelling abilities.
Katherine Arata is a senior broadcast journalism major from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Arata developed her passion for storytelling and love of adventure from a young age after growing up as a military brat with a nomadic lifestyle. Her ultimate goal is to manage media for nonprofits, but she also enjoys investigative reporting, as well as shooting and producing compelling news stories.
Goodale’s passion for being in the middle of the action at any sporting event is what drives her ambition to become a sideline reporter. Goodale is also interested in travel journalism and lifestyle. She ran the social media for a non-profit organization, River’s Edge Retreat, here in Columbia, SC for three years. She then worked in public relations for another non-profit, Generation Next for one year also in Columbia, SC.
Katie Turner is a senior broadcast journalism major from Blythewood, South Carolina. After serving as Miss South Carolina Gamecock in 2016, she became the social media manager for a popular women’s clothing boutique. There Turner discovered her sense of style and her ability to empower women through clothing. Her dream job would be combining her skills of storytelling with her passion for fashion in the entertainment news industry.
Kelly Ann Krueger is a multimedia journalist from New Jersey and is determined to make a difference in the world through the media. She has interned with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation and NBC’s Myrtle Beach affiliate, WMBF News. Krueger is on the University of South Carolina’s Women’s Rugby Team and executive producer for USC’s live news show, Monday Night Mash-Up. She is adept at writing print stories as well as on air pieces such as long form, voiceovers and packages. Krueger also has experience anchoring and directing.
Kyle O’Connor is a New York-born aspiring documentarian with a passion for covering crime and politics. If there is something to be uncovered, he wants to be the one to do so and tell the world. O’Connor worked as a videographer in the marketing and communications department for the USC Darla Moore School of Business where he honed his video production abilities. After graduation, he hopes to find stories in new places and travel as much as he can. O’Connor is also considering pursuing a master’s degree in criminology.
From small town Abbeville, South Carolina, Larissa Oakley believes even the smallest of voices have a story to tell. Her passion for people prompted her to pursue journalism. She hopes to work in entertainment journalism learning just as much about those behind the scenes as the biggest A-listers. Oakley has worked part-time in digital media sales for Raycom Media. She has also anchored for Student Gamecock Television’s entertainment segments.
Megan Parrott is a senior multimedia student from Lake City, South Carolina. She is passionate about storytelling, communications, copy editing and non-profit work on both a local and global level. She has interned with COLAtoday and Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter in communication and editing roles. Parrott enjoys the challenge of getting to know individuals and finding a way to share their unique stories. After graduation in December, Parrott plans a career in communications for a non-profit.
Nick Proto has a passion for sports and storytelling and hopes to pursue a career in sports reporting. He is a senior broadcast journalism major at the University of South Carolina. Proto worked with WLTX last fall, shooting, editing and writing for its Friday Night Blitz segment. He worked on campus for the news station covering various USC sporting events. He also served as the mentor captain for the University Ambassadors program. An avid sports fan from New Jersey, Proto ultimately hopes to move to a major city and work as a beat writer.
Quintara Hatten is a multimedia journalism student from Columbia who has inspired to pursue journalism since the age of nine. Hatten has interned and published stories for Study Breaks magazine, WLTX and South Carolina Department of Transportation. She enjoys writing compelling digital news stories, shooting and editing footage. Her ultimate goal is to tell inspiring stories and be the voice for the voiceless.
A native of Atlanta, Rachel Pittman has acted as arts editor for The Daily Gamecock, fiction editor for The Lettered Olive and arts contributor for the Free Times Columbia, covering local visual art and dance. She also worked as a reporting intern for Atlanta Magazine and the Forsyth County News. Additionally, she has held marketing roles with the Nickelodeon Theatre and Richland County School District One.
Rebecca Brennan is a senior multimedia journalism major from Greensboro, North Carolina. Brennan has served as the talent acquisition intern for VF Corporation in Greensboro for the previous two summers, managing over 30 interns and working with the corporate communications team to update the company’s global career site. Brennan is the president of Her Campus South Carolina, a marketing communications committee member for USC Dance Marathon, and a public relations assistant for Phi Mu sorority. Brennan’s passion for journalism started when she served as her high school yearbook’s photography editor. Visit her site, beccabrennan.wordpress.com, to view samples of her work.
Growing up, Reema Vaidya collected style magazines in hopes that she would someday see her writing in one. Vaidya has served as an editorial, fashion, and social media intern for newspapers and popular media platforms such as Royist Lifestyle, TigerBeat Media, and The Spartanburg Herald Journal. Her experience in the field of communications has taught her the importance of having a large viewership and keeping her audience inspired and interested in the world around them. Check out her portfolio (www.reemavaidya97.wixsite.com/mysite) for published content and contact information.
A South Carolina native, Sabrina Shutters is looking forward to utilizing the devotion and skills she has for multimedia journalism as a news reporter or anchor. Shutters interned with WFXG Fox 54 in Augusta, Georgia and WLTX News 19 in Columbia, South Carolina. Her journalistic interests range from covering investigative, hard news stories to feature stories that have historical significance. She was also co-producer and editor for two historical preservation films with the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program.
Sam Hough is a senior broadcast journalism student with a love for videography. Hough has worked as a production assistant for Gamecock Productions for three years. She has created everything from long-form features to small hype videos for all athletic teams at South Carolina. Hough wants to use her passion for capturing the moment in a creative way to cover the sports and entertainment industry.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, and now living in Raleigh, North Carolina, the city-turned-southern woman has a passion for sports and entertainment media. Deitelbaum has interned at Fox 26 in Houston where she gained experience reporting, shooting, and producing local news along with smartphone-style newscasts. At school she serves as the manager for the USC club men’s lacrosse team. The senior broadcast student aims to utilize her convivial personality to work on air covering sports and entertainment.
Sydney Holdridge is a senior broadcast journalism student from Charleston, South Carolina. After growing up in Atlanta, she moved to the Lowcountry, where her passion for storytelling began to flourish. Her interest in entertainment comes from her father who has been in the industry for over 25 years. Holdridge hopes to pursue a career behind the camera in film or television in areas ranging from directing to special effects makeup.
T. Michael Boddie served as a reporter and news editor for The Daily Gamecock at the University of South Carolina for three years, and reported for The Island Packet on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina for one summer. A Virginia native, Boddie was awarded Journalist of the Year in 2017 by the South Carolina Press Association. While Boddie has his heart set ultimately on teaching English, he is determined to use his writing, editing and shooting skills to serve his community. Check out his work on website below.
Born in Ballentine, South Carolina, Turner Harrison is an aspiring producer for WLTX and a disc jockey for WUSC. Harrison enjoys creating clear and dynamic content for newscasts and telling stories for audiences to enjoy across platforms. While his dream is behind the scenes producing and directing, Harrison is an effective news reporter, graphical producer, videographer and audio director.