Chips Watch: The Latest Alumni News

Chipsters are moving up, over and on in their careers. The latest Chips Watch has this news and more. 

Moving up

Kristen Go

Kristen Go (1996, 1997) is the new executive editor for news and initiatives at USA TODAY. She supervises coverage of consumer news and technology, life and entertainment, travel, education and enterprise reporting focused on equity issues such as race, identity and social justice. Kristen joined the newspaper in 2018 to co-lead national news coverage. Her team “exposed deadly and dangerous conditions in migrant detention centers and revealed how racist policies of the past and present fueled COVID-19 deaths in communities of color, among other enterprise projects,” according to a news story. “It’s her combination of being an incredible journalist, an incredible leader and a great person and mentor that makes her perfect for this job,” Editor-in-Chief Nicole Carroll said.

Leezel Tanglao (2003) is director of audience insights and innovation for The Points Guy, part of the digital portfolio owned by Red Ventures. Previously she was senior managing editor, membership and innovation, for HuffPost.

Dalton Walker (2005), national correspondent for Indian Country Today, has been promoted to deputy managing editor.

Alejandra Matos Wasem (2010) is senior audience development manager for Wirecutter, a New York Times product. Previously she was an audience development strategist.

Akeem Glaspie (2013) has been promoted from sports producer at the Indianapolis Star to full-time reporter, covering high school football and basketball. “Basketball is huge in Indiana so it’s a big deal to cover high school sports here,” Akeem says. “I’m excited to watch a lot of great games and tell some interesting stories.”

Moving over
Katie Oyan (1997, 2000) has returned to The Associated Press in Phoenix after serving for nine months as Indian Country Today’s first managing editor through a partnership between the paper and AP. Katie has worked for AP for more than 15 years and resumes her position of West Region desk editor. Read about Katie’s departure from Indian Country Today.

Moving on

Iliana Limón Romero

Iliana Limón Romero (2002) is deputy sports editor of the Los Angeles Times. Previously she was sports editor of the Orlando Sentinel. Iliana’s many accomplishments since joining the Florida newsroom’s editing staff in 2012 include more than a dozen Associated Press Sports Editors awards for her team, the Times’ story notes. She also received the Dale Award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in 2020 for “going above and beyond to assure fair and accurate representation of Latinos in news.”

Bao Ong (2005) is lead editor of Eater New York, Vox Media’s food website. He oversees a team of five journalists covering the city’s restaurant scene through daily news stories to longer-lead projects, as well as the site’s popular maps and other service content. Previously he was the food and drink editor at Time Out New York.

Marissa Evans

Marissa Evans (2012) heads to the Los Angeles Times this month to begin covering the health beat, focusing on communities of color. “I’ll be doing enterprise and accountability reporting on race, public health, inequities and more in Los Angeles and statewide,” she writes. Marissa has been covering social issues and housing for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. Her “background made her an ideal choice. She has a deep history of writing about inequities in housing, healthcare and access to social services,” says the Timesannouncement.

Marie Estrada (2013) is a writer-producer for KTLA 5 News in Los Angeles. Previously she was a digital producer for KXTV-ABC10 in Sacramento, Calif.

Jordan Gass-Poore’ (2014) is an audio producer with CNN’s podcast team in New York City. Previously she was an independent multimedia journalist and producer.

Irena Hwang (2019) is an Atlanta-based local data reporter for ProPublica. She worked for the data team of The Associated Press in Atlanta last summer, followed by an internship with NPR’s “Planet Money” podcast.

Emma Carew Grovum (2009), a New York-based newsroom consultant, has been selected as 2021 fellow with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. Emma will focus her fellowship project on writing a playbook of solutions for newsrooms to promote and retain journalists of color in newsroom senior management.

Summer 2013 Chipsters James Barragán, statehouse reporter for The Dallas Morning News, and Ana Ceballos, state government reporter for the Miami Herald, are among the journalists selected for a National Press Foundation fellowship on covering statehouses during a time of crisis.


Dalton Walker

Several Chipsters were tapped to help other journalists hone their data journalism skills this week at the virtual conference of NICAR (National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting) and IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors). Presenters included Simone Weichselbaum (2001) of The Marshall Project, Dalton Walker (2005) of Indian Country Today, Andrew Tran (2006) of The Washington Post, Francisco Vara-Orta (2006) of IRE, Lisa Song (2010) of ProPublica and Marissa Evans (2012) of the Los Angeles Times.

Pandemic-related photos by independent photographer An Rong Xu (2011) and El Paso Times photographer Briana Sanchez (2015) were selected for inclusion in 2020 photojournalism compilations by national media. Time‘s best photojournalism of the year showcased An Rong’s photo in August of Taiwan’s first big arena concert since the pandemic began. USA TODAY Network’s “Pictures of 2020” featured Briana’s sobering Nov. 9 photo of a medical worker wheeling the remains of a Covid-19 victim to a mobile morgue.

Gabrielle Cooke (2019) has been accepted into the journalism master’s program at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. She plans to specialize in media innovation and content strategy. Previously she was a multimedia journalist and reporter for WCIA-TV in Champaign, Ill.

Bertrand Teo

Bertrand Teo (2011) is the author of “Navigating Disruption: Media Relations in the Digital Age.” Published by Marshall Cavendish, the book tells the digital transformation story of Singapore’s media landscape and offers insights for communications professionals. It also addresses minority representation in the media and advocacy of freedom of expression. Bertrand spent a decade in journalism and corporate communications. He expects to graduate in May with a master’s degree in mass communication from Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University.


Jadyn and Austen

Jadyn Watson-Fisher (2018) and Austen Adams were married Dec. 28 in Muskogee, Okla. She writes, “A lot of invited guests declined due to the holidays, which ended up working well, so we didn’t have to uninvite people due to Covid-19. We had a small celebration. …The whole thing was only about an hour and a half, to prevent exposure. Everyone sat in ‘pods,’ and masks were required. It was different, but still a wonderful day.” The couple met while Jadyn was reporting for the Times Record in Fort Smith, Ark. They moved to Colorado when she began work as a sports data journalist at the Greeley Tribune, and that’s when Austen proposed. He works in the service industry and is also attending classes.





Lucía and Joaquin

Astrid Galván  (2008) and Ricky Almada welcomed their second child, Joaquin Santiago Almada, on Nov. 27. He weighed in at “a lucky 7 lbs and 11 oz,” Astrid writes, adding, “He is almost always happy and smiles all day long. Joaquin joined his older sister, Lucía, who is smitten and loves to hug and kiss her brother. Mom and Dad are overjoyed to be a party of four.” Astrid is a border and immigration correspondent for The Associated Press in Phoenix. She wrote about being pregnant during a pandemic for AP’s “Virus Diary” series.



Maeve Rose

Nicole Santa Cruz (2009) and James Robb welcomed Maeve Rose on Dec. 20, the highlight of their year. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Nicole, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, writes, “I basically found out I was pregnant a month into Covid lockdowns (early April) and stopped working in the field with the support of my editors. Pregnancy is not for the faint of heart in normal times. But in a pandemic, it was sometimes isolating and frightening. Walking into each appointment alone, I wished my partner could join me. …I realized the doctor who delivered my baby wouldn’t recognize me without a mask, which felt impersonal. The unknown impacts of Covid on a baby had me questioning every cough. But I came to find that new life is a symbol of hope. …The year ended up being a lesson in resilience, one I hope to share with Maeve someday.”



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