Fellows

The Global Reporting Program brings graduate students around the world together to produce ambitious, in-depth reporting projects with impact.

2022

Michelle Gomez is a working journalist with a background in foreign affairs. Her undergraduate degree was in International Relations; she worked several internships in this field, including two semesters working for Global Affairs Canada, before making the switch to journalism. She currently works in the CBC Vancouver newsroom in many different roles producing stories of all kinds for web, radio, and TV.

Sonal Gupta is a multimedia journalist and filmmaker with a passion for solutions-oriented stories. She has reported on culture, travel, and environment and her work has been featured in The Tyee, Conde Nast Traveller, Los Angeles Travel Magazine, Bright Trip, Salmon Nation, and Reforestation Nation. She is currently a Research Assistant at the Global Reporting Centre. She first came to J-school in hopes of kick-starting her career as a documentary filmmaker, but after her first year she is convinced that she can expand her journalistic pursuits into more than one medium.

Hanna Hett is a journalist currently based in Vancouver B.C., where she is a candidate in UBC’s Master of Journalism program. She is interested in reporting on the environment, global affairs, and current events, and has been published in Canada’s National Observer, Capital Daily, Open Canada and others. Prior to graduate school, she worked, lived and studied in Latin America, West Africa and the Middle East. She has a Bachelors of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, where she majored in international development and minored in political science.

Vidisha Khaitan has five years of experience in digital media and consumer behaviour. She is interested in innovative problem-solving for products at the intersection of journalism and technology. This led her to an internship with CBC Kids News where she developed standards and practices for this challenging demographic. She is committed to telling impactful stories with the Global Reporting Program during her master’s in journalism at the University of British Columbia.

​​Shaurya Kshatri loves crafting stories on many aspects of life but finds charm in those that focus on the environment. Having grown up in Nepal, both under the gaze of the pristine mountains and the choking pollution of Kathmandu, he is intrigued by the love-hate relationship between people and nature. As a journalist, Shaurya looks forward to writing intriguing, in-depth stories about the environment and conservation, and in the process, learning a lot! When he is not scouring for stories, he finds himself immersed in a book, or making music.

Victoria Mann (she/her) is a multimedia journalist interested in social and policy issues, international politics, and global affairs. Her enthusiasm for international reporting began during her undergraduate degree in French and Spanish at the University of Exeter, and she moved to Vancouver in 2021 to develop this interest through UBC’s Master of Journalism program. Victoria recently completed spring and summer internships at CBC’s London bureau, CityNews Vancouver and ITV’s Good Morning Britain, gaining experience in breakfast and evening TV news, daily news and features writing, and radio. She is currently working as a part-time producer for CityNews’ 6 and 11 pm news shows across Canada.

Hafsa Maqsood completed her bachelor’s degree in communications and media studies at the University of Calgary, graduating with first class honours in 2020 before pursuing a Master of Journalism degree at UBC. She recently concluded two internships with CBC Calgary and CBC Toronto’s Kids News, where she wrote scripts and stories on diversity and minorities in Canada. Hafsa enjoys learning about different cultures and languages, fueling her interest in international reporting. She is currently working on a Master’s thesis on the racialized experiences of hijab-wearing journalists in Canada. When she’s not researching, you can find her crocheting and binge-watching romcoms or crime shows.

JJ Mazzucotelli completed their undergraduate degrees at the University of Nevada, Reno where they received a bachelor’s in Journalism and a bachelor’s in History. They began pursuing their Master’s in Journalism in 2021 at UBC and in 2022 began working as Right-Wing Extremism Researcher.

Aastha Sethi is a master’s student in journalism. She completed her bachelor’s in India, securing a university gold medal. She is interested in writing stories on environmental and socio-political topics. One of her articles was awarded CAJ’s Data Journalism award for 2022. During the summer, she worked with Daily Hive and is now interning with Vancouver Magazine until the end of December. Aastha enjoys making graphic illustrations, which is also a self-taught hobby.

Megan Wilde was a small-town newspaper and public radio journalist in Texas before taking a break to raise three children. Stay-at-home motherhood scrambled her brain in a way that turned her into a visual storyteller, which brought her to UBC to reboot her career. She now produces videos and a podcast for Generation Squeeze and recently finished an internship with About Here.

2021

Natasha Caton

Natasha Caton (University of British Columbia) is a medical student at the UBC Vancouver campus. Previously, she completed a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Population Health at Simon Fraser University, and a Bachelor of Science at the University of Victoria. The connection between advocacy and medicine is largely what draws Natasha to the practice, and she envisions a future career serving both the one and the many.

Gardy Chacha

Gardy Chacha (Aga Khan University) is a senior Health and Science Reporter at Standard Group Plc in Kenya. He joined the company in 2012: first as an intern then as a reporter. He became a journalist out of choice, having graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Microbiology from Kenyatta University. At Standard, Chacha’s main roles include reporting and editing health and science stories. He is however best known for executing analytical human interest features. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in digital journalism at Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media and Communications.

Ashishvangh Contractor

Ashishvangh Contractor (University of British Columbia) is a multimedia journalist with a passion for fast-paced radio and television news broadcasting. She is interested in reporting on health, social issues, arts and culture and global affairs. As a graduate student of Journalism at UBC, she has interned at the local level with CBC Sudbury as well as at an international level, with CBC Toronto. Currently Ashishvangh is an associate producer for the CBC News Network. She enjoys exploring the outdoors, videography, watching live theatre and trying new foods.

Yejin Jo

Yejin Jo (Kyung Hee University) is an aspiring journalist from South Korea. She has a huge passion for storytelling and believes in the importance of real-life people’s stories. Her enthusiasm for sharing impactful stories has led her to take on multiple personal video projects. She is a senior studying international studies and she hopes to create documentaries that bring people together. She is especially interested in environmentalism, global affairs, women’s rights, Korean reunification issues, and mental health.

Susan Kendi

Susan Kendi (Aga Khan University) is a Multimedia Journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya and is passionate about human rights and justice. Her work has been published in the Daily Nation, Standard, Star and Journalists for Justice. Susan holds a Bachelor of Journalism with a specialisation in Broadcast from the Multimedia University of Kenya. She is currently pursuing Masters in Digital Journalism at the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communication.

Heung-su Kim

Heung-su Kim (Kyung Hee University) is a sophomore at Kyung Hee University in Korea, majoring in Media. Among the media studies, Heung-su is most interested in Journalism and has been taking part in the school’s English newspaper since the first year. Heung-su has focused on issues related to Korean society, and is interested in covering global issues such as aging, climate change, technological development, and politics.

Sandra Korhonen

Sandra Korhonen (University of Jyväskylä) is a Finnish master’s student in journalism. Sandra has recently completed an exchange at the University of Malta in communication and media. She is interested in documentaries and pursues to tell important or even complicated stories in an entertaining way. She has studied Social Sciences as her minor and especially global issues are close to her heart. By now she has worked in local newspapers, but she would like to extend her journalistic experience to a wider range.

Michelle Meiklejohn

Michelle Meiklejohn (University of British Columbia) completed her bachelor’s degree in communication studies at Concordia University, graduating with honours in 2016. After graduating, she worked as a copywriter in the digital marketing sector. Michelle then completed a six-month public information consultancy for the UN Migration Agency (IOM) in Accra, Ghana, before starting her master’s in journalism at UBC. Michelle recently wrapped an internship with the CBC multiplatform health unit, where she wrote about social determinants of health and vulnerable communities.

Chiara Milford

Chiara Milford (University of British Columbia) worked at Greenpeace International for six years and lived in five different countries before moving to Vancouver. She cares deeply about the climate crisis and the intersection of human and environmental rights. Since starting the Master’s of Journalism programme, she has freelanced for Sweden’s only online English-language news source and been published in The Narwhal. Her name is pronounced “Kya-rah.” It’s Italian, although she is not.

Rowan Smart

Rowan Smart (University of British Columbia) is a PhD student in Kinesiology. His research focuses on age-related changes in muscle and tendon, and how this contributes to older adults’ ability to accomplish activities of daily life. He is also passionate about making research more accessible and engaging for the public. Outside of his research, he is an avid photographer and enjoys combining writing with photography to tell a more compelling and visually appealing story.

Sabina Staempfli

Sabina Staempfli (University of British Columbia) is a practicing emergency Registered Nurse and PhD student in Canada. Sabina is passionate about researching healthy work environments and improving the quality of life for patients and residents through good quality care. She hopes to expand the scope of knowledge translation practices in traditional academia by integrating lessons from global journalism. She loves to write, explore the outdoors, and eat chocolate.

Arrthy Thayaparan

Arrthy Thayaparan (University of British Columbia) is a multimedia journalist from Vancouver, BC. As a former pre-med student, Arrthy switched into journalism after realizing her love of science reporting and sharing stories of marginalized communities. This year she completed internships at News 1130 and Capital Daily, where she (remotely) dove into a newsroom and explored key local stories. When she’s not writing or taking pictures, you can find her hunting for unique snacks or getting competitive with board games.

Vilma Timonen

Vilma Aholuoto (University of Jyväskylä) is a Helsinki-based journalist interested in all things global. She has completed her BA in journalism studies and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree. Prior to her studies she lived in Australia and New Zealand for three years. Vilma has worked as a foreign news journalist in Helsingin Sanomat and is passionate about covering topics relating to climate change, women’s rights, global politics, diplomacy and the Australasia region.

Saana Uosukainen

Saana Uosukainen (University of Jyväskylä) is a master’s student in journalism studies. Uosukainen is a Helsinki-based journalist interested in issues in the Arctic areas and foreign policy involving Finland and the Russian Federation. She has worked as a journalist in different Finnish newsrooms for over ten years. Uosukainen also pursues her own creative goals as a documentary film-maker, and is a mom for a toddler.

Kiundu Waweru

Kiundu Waweru (Aga Khan University) is a journalist, features writer and media trainer. He always strives to humanize the science story, from health to environment and the climate crisis. He has written for the major newspapers in Kenya and beyond, and now he works at the media development organization, Internews Earth Journalism Network. He’s pursuing a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism as he believes the future of media is digital.

Ridge Zhang

Ridge Zhang (University of British Columbia) is a journalism student who has a background in computing and user experience design. He loves to write about corporate social responsibility, global affairs, technology, business and finance. He grew up as a performer. His favourite work is Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Music has taught him to be persistent in facing adversity.

2020

  • Mashal Butt, University of British Columbia
  • Alejandrina Alvarez Debrot, University of British Columbia
  • Emma Gillies, University of British Columbia
  • Prerna Gupta, University of British Columbia
  • Akshay Kulkarni, University of British Columbia
  • Priya Bhat Manjeshwar, University of British Columbia
  • Yasasvi Mehta, University of British Columbia
  • Rhea Mogul, The University of Hong Kong
  • Alexandra Phillips, University of British Columbia
  • Simone Rawal, University of British Columbia
  • Taya Triffo, University of British Columbia
  • George Tubei, Aga Khan University
  • Doreen Wainainah, Aga Khan University

2019

  • Wesaam Al-Badry, University of California – Berkeley
  • Asim Muhammad Ameen, Centre for the Excellence in Journalism
  • Drusilla Anyango, Daystar University
  • Nkurikiyinka Julien Astrida, Daystar University
  • Rabia Bugti, Centre for the Excellence in Journalism
  • Kassidie Cornell, University of British Columbia
  • Fabian Fröhlich, University of British Columbia
  • Hina Imam, University of British Columbia
  • Braela Kwan, University of British Columbia
  • Candice Lipski, University of British Columbia
  • Maria Jose Athie Martinez, University of British Columbia
  • Ben Mussett, University of British Columbia
  • Newsha Naderzad, University of California – Berkeley
  • Aria Nasimi, University of British Columbia
  • Lydia Mukari Okang’a, Daystar University
  • Alison St. Pierre, University of British Columbia
  • Logan Turner, University of British Columbia
  • Rida E Zehra Zaidi, Centre for Excellence in Journalism
  • Jennifer Cortez, University of California – Berkeley

2018

  • Prisca Baike, Makerere University
  • Oscar Beardmore-Gray, University of British Columbia
  • Cameron Bullen, University of British Columbia
  • Paige Dean, The University of British Columbia
  • Dandan Dong, Nanjing University
  • Caroline Graham, University of British Columbia
  • Abi Hayward, University of British Columbia
  • Ryan Patrick Jones, University of British Columbia
  • Sulaiman Kakaire, Makerere University
  • Stephan Kroener, Universidad de los Andes
  • Hao Luo, Nanjing University
  • Emmanuel Ngabire, Makerere University
  • Dustin Patar, University of British Columbia
  • Monique Rodrigues, University of British Columbia
  • Sebastian Romero Torres, Universidad de los Andes
  • Annie Rueter, University of British Columbia
  • Rehmatullah Sheikh, University of British Columbia
  • Rithika Shenoy, University of British Columbia
  • Thomas Smith, University of British Columbia
  • Jonathan Ventura, University of British Columbia
  • Yuxian Wang, Nanjing University
  • Shumin Wei, Nanjing University
  • Melanie Woods, University of British Columbia
  • Vito Zou, University of British Columbia

2017

  • Sophie Gray, University of British Columbia
  • Alexander Kim, University of British Columbia
  • Emma Loy, University of British Columbia
  • Holly McKenzie-Sutter, University of British Columbia
  • Alex Migdal, University of British Columbia
  • Sharon Nadeem, University of British Columbia
  • Andrew Seal, University of British Columbia
  • Aryn Strickland, University of British Columbia

2016

  • Maria Camila Agudelo, Universidad de los Andes
  • Arunava Bannerjee, Jain University
  • Jaione Belza-Guede, University of British Columbia
  • Megan Devlin, University of British Columbia
  • Kunyuan Huang, Nanjing University
  • Liu Huilan, Nanjing University
  • Stefan Labbe, University of British Columbia
  • Peggy Lam, University of British Columbia
  • Rohit Joseph, University of British Columbia
  • Akshatha M, Jain University
  • Romita Majumdar, Jain University
  • Prabhu Mallikarjunan, Jain University
  • Emilie Rauschuetz, University of British Columbia
  • Efraín Rincón, Universidad de los Andes
  • Cherise Seucharan, University of British Columbia
  • Alexander Villegas, University of British Columbia
  • Sophie Woodrooffe, University of British Columbia
  • John Woodside, University of British Columbia
  • Wenjuan Xu, Nanjing University
  • Yuan Yuan, Nanjing University

2015

  • Emily Blake, University of British Columbia
  • Michelle Ghoussoub, University of British Columbia
  • Codi Hauka, University of British Columbia
  • Jon Hernandez, University of British Columbia
  • Mike Lakusiak, University of British Columbia
  • Peter Mothe, University of British Columbia
  • Ahmed Najdat, University of British Columbia
  • Konstantine Roccas, University of British Columbia
  • Natalie Walters, University of British Columbia
  • Daisy Xiong, University of British Columbia

2014

  • Olivia Fellows, University of British Columbia
  • Emily Fister, University of British Columbia
  • Maura Forrest, University of British Columbia
  • Linda Givetash, University of British Columbia
  • Darryl Hol, University of British Columbia
  • Pauline Holdsworth, University of British Columbia
  • Hala Kamaliddin, University of British Columbia
  • Valentina Ruiz Leotaud, University of British Columbia
  • GP Mendoza, University of British Columbia
  • Emi Sasagawa, University of British Columbia

2013

  • Umbreen Butt, University of British Columbia
  • Britney Dennison, University of British Columbia
  • Allison Griner, University of British Columbia
  • Angel Lin, Shantou University
  • Classic Luo, Shantou University
  • Emma Smith, University of British Columbia
  • Aurora Tejeida, University of British Columbia
  • Carlos Tello, University of British Columbia
  • Jimmy Thomson, University of British Columbia
  • Katelyn Verstraten, University of British Columbia
  • Mike Wallberg, University of British Columbia
  • Helen Wu, Shantou University
  • Echo Xie, Shantou University
  • Cherry Yang, Shantou University
  • Lynn Yao, Shantou University
  • Leif Zapf-Gilje, University of British Columbia
  • Renee Zhang, Shantou University

2012

  • Sadiya Ansari, University of British Columbia
  • Emily Bodenberg, University of British Columbia
  • Malin Dunfors, University of British Columbia
  • Alexandra Gibb, University of British Columbia
  • Alexandra Minzlaff, University of British Columbia
  • Kim Nursall, University of British Columbia
  • Lucas Powers, University of British Columbia
  • Heather Roy, University of British Columbia
  • Keith Rozendal, University of British Columbia
  • Lindsay Sample, University of British Columbia

2011

  • Hassan Arshad, University of British Columbia
  • Shannon Dooling, University of British Columbia
  • Sam Eifling, University of British Columbia
  • Lisa Hale, University of British Columbia
  • Farida Hussain, University of British Columbia
  • Jacqueline Ronson, University of British Columbia
  • Aleksandra Sagan, University of British Columbia
  • Calyn Shaw, University of British Columbia

2010

  • Jes Abeita, University of British Columbia
  • Sarah Buell, University of British Columbia
  • Rebecca Cheung, University of British Columbia
  • Evan Duggan, University of British Columbia
  • Daniel Hallen, University of British Columbia
  • Emily Jackson, University of British Columbia
  • Jenna Owsianik, University of British Columbia
  • Niamh Scallan, University of British Columbia
  • Robyn Smith, University of British Columbia

2009

  • Kate Allen, University of British Columbia
  • Sarah Berman, University of British Columbia
  • Kerry Blackadar, University of British Columbia
  • Brandi Cowen, University of British Columbia
  • Darren Fleet, University of British Columbia
  • Rebecca Lindell, University of British Columbia
  • Karen Moxley, University of British Columbia
  • Sarah Stenabaugh, University of British Columbia
  • Alexis Stoymenoff, University of British Columbia
  • Magally Zelaya, University of British Columbia
  • Faiza Zia Khan, University of British Columbia

2008

  • Ian Bickis, University of British Columbia
  • Shira Bick, University of British Columbia
  • Krysia Collyer, University of British Columbia
  • Allison Cross, University of British Columbia
  • Dan Haves, University of British Columbia
  • Doerthe Keilholz, University of British Columbia
  • Jodie Martinson, University of British Columbia
  • Blake Sifton, University of British Columbia
  • Leslie Young, University of British Columbia

2007 (Pilot year)

  • Anupreet Sandhu Bhamra, University of British Columbia
  • Dan Haves, University of British Columbia