One baby, two weddings and many new jobs

New Jobs:
LaSharah Bunting/@LaSharah (Summer 1999) is director of journalism for Knight Foundation in Miami. Previously she was senior editor for digital transition at The New York Times.

Alejandra Matos/@amatos12 (Spring 2010) is a state politics and government reporter for the Houston Chronicle, based in Austin. Previously she was a reporter for The Washington Post.

Shako Liu/@shakofilm (Spring 2014) is a video producer for NBC News. Previously she was a producer at NowThis.

Beatrice Dupuy/@Beatrice_Dupuy (Summer 2015) is a breaking news reporter for Newsweek in New York City. Previously she was a metro reporter for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.

Briana Sanchez/@brie_san11 (Summer 2015) is a photographer-videographer for the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D. Previously she was photo and video editor for the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minn. Sanchez, who was a Chips Quinn Scholar at the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times writes, “The Argus Leader is the biggest paper in the state. I’m one of two on the photo desk. The St. Cloud Times and the Argus Leader are both owned by Gannett, so I feel like my Chips Quinn summer is coming full circle.”

Wynston Wilcox/@wynstonw_ (2016) covers high school sports for the Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He graduated in April from Ohio University. “I am extremely grateful to have a job in my career soon after graduation,” he writes. “I am excited to get my career started.”

Julieta Martinelli/@ItsJMartinelli (2017) is remaining at her CQS internship site, Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN, for one year as the inaugural news fellow with the station’s newly created diversity fellowship program. She graduated in May from Georgia State University.

Sharon Nunn/@sharonmnunn (2017) was hired by her internship paper, The Wall Street Journal, as a Washington, D.C.-based reporter covering the economy. She graduated in May from the University of North Carolina.

Jenny Ung/@jenny__ung (2017) joins The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., in October, covering schools in the Coachella Valley and focusing on enterprise stories. She graduated in May from Arizona State University.

Emma Carew Grovum/@emmacarew (Summer 2009) is a product manager for The Daily Beast, working at the intersection of technology and editorial. Previously she was assistant managing editor. Read more about Carew Grovum and her new position in a story published by

New beat:
Adolfo Fores/@aflores (Summer 2009) has a new beat at BuzzFeed News: national security correspondent for immigration. Previously he was both a member of the news team and a Latino affairs correspondent.

Melissa Gomez/@MelissaGomez004 (2017) has had her internship extended at the Tampa Bay Times to December.

Olivia Peterkin/@orpeterkin (2017) is an intern for Civil Beat in Honolulu, a nonprofit digital organization.

Two Chipsters won in the National Association of Real Estate Editors’ 67th Annual Journalism Awards, recognizing excellence in reporting, writing and editing stories about residential and commercial real estate. They are:

  • Jason Hidalgo/@jasonhidalgo (Summer 1995), Reno rebirth reporter, Reno Gazette-Journal
    Gold winner for Category 10: Best Commercial Real Estate Story in a Daily Newspaper
  • Blanca Torres/@BlancaWrites (Summer 2001), real estate and economic development reporter, San Francisco Business Times
    Gold winner for Category 12: Best Weekly Newspaper Story
    Silver winner for Category 24: Best Blog

Professional Development:
Esteban Hernandez/@EstebanHRZ (Spring 2014), City Hall reporter for the New Haven (Conn.) Register, was one of 20 journalists selected to participate in the National Press Foundation’s four-day training in public health issues in Washington, D.C., in July.

Nolan McCaskill/@NolanDMcCaskill (Summer 2014), a White House reporter for Politico, has been awarded a Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship for 2017-2018 by the National Press Foundation. From September to June, the fellows receive an overview of reporting in the nation’s capital.

Convention News:
Kainaz Amaria/@kainazamaria (Summer 2007), visuals editor for Vox and Emma Carew Grovum (Summer 2009), product manager for The Daily Beast, will be conference speakers at the Online News Association’s 2017 conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 5-7.

Other News:
Allissa Hosten Richardson/@DrAlliRich (Summer 2002) is a journalism professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Previously she was a professor at Bowie State University in Maryland.

Mike Corpos/@Mcorposdr (Summer 2003) is production chief for the Spartan Daily, San Jose State University’s daily student newspaper.

Daniela Velasquez/@VDanielaV (Summer 2005) is director of communications for ACLU of Missouri.

Lindsay Machak/@LMachak (Spring 2011) is communications manager for Live Baltimore. Previously she was a digital engagement manager for Maryland Food Bank.

Jessica Alexander/@journojess_RCN (Spring 2014) is a social media coordinator for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Previously she was the media specialist/crime analyst at the Reidsville (N.C.) Police Department.


(Photo by Tanisha Lynn Pyron)

J. Gabriel Ware/@JGabinator (2017) and Kendra Ann Flournoy were married at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit on July 21, two days after he completed his internship with Yes! Magazine. The couple met in high school in Detroit in 2006 and began dating in 2011. Both are graduate students at Western Michigan University, living in Kalamazoo, where Kendra co-founded the all-women Faceoff Theatre Company. They spent their honeymoon in New York City, where they plan to live and work, J. as a journalist, Kendra as a playwright, after they graduate in April.






Bettina Hansen/@bettinahansen (Spring 2009) and Bill Arnott were married on July 29 in a small ceremony in Sequim, Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula. Hansen is a photojournalist for The Seattle Times, and Arnott is co-owner and brewer of Seattle’s Machine House Brewery.






Tony Gonzalez/@TGonzalez (Summer 2007) and wife Katie welcomed their first child, Lillian Mae Gonzalez, on Sept. 2. She was “a healthy 7 pounds, 2 ounces and a lengthy 20 inches,” he writes. “She arrived after 27 hours of natural labor with an impressive yelp. Everyone is tired but doing well!” Gonzalez is an enterprise reporter for Nashville Public Radio.

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