Alumni List, Alphabetical

The journalism alumni on this website are a fraction (10 percent) of the many hundreds who graduated over recent decades. We expect that more and more of them will join us here, as the word gets out. We want our journalism graduates to nourish each other.

Years ago, when she was wearing robes on a lower court, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she loved lawyers who had backgrounds in journalistic writing, and she preferred them when hiring law clerks. The skills of journalists are envied by those in politics, in business, in the sciences and in other fields. When you get to our home page, and look at our grads, you’ll note a variety of work choices, though most are in the field of journalism. You’ll note, too, a certain inner satisfaction. Derek Norman, Class of ’17, shared a dreamy photo of himself with Frank Sinatra in the background. Maybe, deep down inside, we all, like Derek, want to be able to say, “I did it my way.”

Here, below, are the alumni, listed alphabetically. You’ll see fuller bios and their photos by clicking on the “Here They Are” link on the homepage. If you want to find a specific grad, use the “find” function on your computer or smartphone.

Here goes:

Lola Alapo recently started new job as the public information officer for the University of Tennessee Police Department, previously worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel newspaper covering cops/courts, graduated in December, 2002, from Brooklyn College with a degree in journalism…

Laura Albanese, sports reporter at Newsday, graduated from Brooklyn College in journalism in 2007…

Aisha Asif, heads the Marketing at ICNA Relief, a Muslim American social services organization, graduated from Brooklyn College in 2012 (with degree in biology teaching) and then from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism…

Tatyana Bellamy-Walker, lately a CUNY Knight Diversity Fellow and student at CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, graduated as a journalism major, Spring, 2018…

Jherelle Benn, writer and poet, graduated from Brooklyn College as a journalism major in 2016…

Reuven Blau, reporter with The New York Daily News since 2012, graduated from Brooklyn College in 2001…

Dominique M. Carson, writer, Program Coordinator for Man Up! Inc, a non-profit organization in the East New York section of Brooklyn, graduated with bachelor’s in journalism and Italian from Brooklyn College in 2012 and with Master of Science degree in Media Studies from Brooklyn College in 2014…

Tameeka Castillo, writer and poet, graduated as a Brooklyn College journalism major in 2015…

Ariana Costakes, Manager of Communications and Marketing at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, graduated from Brooklyn College in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, then in 2016 earned her Master of Science degree from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism…

Paolo Cremidis, Democratic Party organizer who successful campaigned through upstate New York attempting to turn the New York State Senate from Republican to Democratic. He succeeded. He graduated in journalism and political science in 2014.

Joseph De La Cruz, Associate Producer at MSNBC, graduated from Brooklyn College in 2017 with a degree in journalism…

Sophie Dweck, editorial assistant for Us Weekly, graduated from Brooklyn College in the spring of ’17 graduate, having majored in journalism and minored in TV/Radio…

Elizabeth Elizalde, metro reporter for the New York Daily News, received her bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2015…

Paul Frangipane, writer/photographer with The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, filmmaker, graduated from Brooklyn College in journalism in 2017…

Steffon Fynes, NYC public high school teacher, graduated from Brooklyn College as a journalism major, 2011…

Dele Giwa, courageous Nigerian journalist, assassinated in 1986 in Nigeria, received his bachelor’s degree in English at Brooklyn College in 1977…

Melanie Goldberg, Associate Attorney at Tetzlaff Law Offices in Chicago, focusing on federal securities litigation, appeals, and anti-money laundering, 2013 graduate of Brooklyn College in journalism, 2017 graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law…

Taneish Hamilton, a producer at 1010WINS News Radio, graduated with her degree in journalism from Brooklyn College in 2010…

Patrick Hickey, Jr., lecturer of English and journalism at Kingsborough Community College, author, scholar in Journalism, ’08…

Rebeca Ibarra, reporter/producer with WNYC, 2015 Brooklyn College journalism graduate…

Lauren Keating, currently a freelancer for RunnerClick, worked before at Tech Times , graduated from Brooklyn College with degree in journalism in the fall of 2013…

Lovashni Khalikaprasad, in first year at Touro Law School, graduated from Brooklyn College with degree in journalism in 2015, then from Brooklyn College with a master’s in political science, concentration on international affairs…

Samairah Ali Khan, lawyer with Center for Family Representation, graduate of Brooklyn College in journalism, 2015, then from Brooklyn Law School, in 2018…

Linda Krestanova, graduated from Brooklyn College as a journalism major in 2017, now living in Prague and writing full-time for OutdoorVisit, a travel magazine…

Don Lemon, CNN anchor, graduated from Brooklyn College in broadcasting in ’95…

David Lepeska has worked all over the world and written stories for the NY Times, Atlantic, Guardian, Foreign Affairs, Economist, Financial Times, Al Jazeera and other top outlets; and he graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in journalism in 2006…

Bob Liff, Senior Vice President for George Arzt Communications, a consulting firm, former reporter for Newsday and The New York Daily News, graduated from Brooklyn College in 1970…

Mira (Thomas) Lowe, director of the Innovation News Center at the University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications, graduated as a TV/Radio major from Brooklyn College in 1984…

Reza Malek working with stakeholders across Hearst brands – Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Connecticut Post and Albany Times Union – graduated from Brooklyn College in 2016 with a degree in journalism…

Joan Martinez, working on her Master’s thesis in the TV/Radio Department (“pirate radio” being her topic), planning to be on-air talent and podcast host, received two bachelor’s degrees Brooklyn College, her more recent one in 2014, TV/Radio as major, journalism as minor, and her first bachelor’s in 2008, film production as major, with concentration in screenwriting …

Russell Midori, working at CBS News, where he’s covered conflicts in Iraq and Korea, reported on Mexico border controversies, and investigated transcontinental computer hacking, received his TV/Radio bachelor’s from Brooklyn College in ’13, and then earned a master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism…

Isaac Monterose, freelancing and looking for more work writing about technology and criminal justice, graduated from Brooklyn College in 2017 with a degree in journalism…

Paul Moses, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, book author, college professor, graduated in English from Brooklyn College, ’75…

Natalie Musumeci, reporter for the New York Post, graduated from Brooklyn College  2012 with degree in journalism…

Charmaine Nero, joined the KTXL Fox 40 team in Sacramento as a reporter August of 2018, graduated from Brooklyn College in journalism in 2012, and then graduated with an M.S. degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism…

Saskia Newton, now at Brooklyn College completing an MS in Special Education, also is a New York City Teaching Fellow; was recently hired as a Special Educator at The High School of Sports Management; graduated in 2017 from Brooklyn College with a BA in journalism…

Derek Norman, on Metro desk of The New York Times, graduated from Brooklyn College in journalism in 2017…

Jamila Pringle-Fynes, Brooklyn Borough Director for the Mayor of the City of New York, graduated from Brooklyn College in 2011 with degrees in journalism and political science…

Naima Ramos-Chapman, an artist “whose sole mission as a filmmaker is to tell stories of understated bravery and transformation,” graduated from Brooklyn College in 2011 with a degree in journalism…

Izabela Rutkowski, Assistant Director of Career Development at Columbia University, 2011 graduate of Brooklyn College in journalism, 2013 graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism…

Rachel Silberstein, capital bureau reporter at the Albany Times Union, graduated from Brooklyn College in 2013 with a degree in journalism…

Alexandra Simon, news reporter at Caribbean Life and Brooklyn Paper, 2012 graduated from Brooklyn College, with major in journalism and minor in psychology…

Angelina Tala is teaching for the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department at the New York Film Academy, Los Angeles campus; studied in Italy; earned MFA in Screenwriting at the New York Film Academy; earned her BA in journalism at Brooklyn College in 2010…

Glenn Thrush, New York Times national reporter, graduated in 1990 from Brooklyn College, where he concentrated in journalism, political science and Greek classics…

Faraz Toor, Associate Producer for Digital Content at NY1, graduated in 2015 from Brooklyn College having majored in Broadcast Journalism and English Department Journalism…

Jesus Triviño, authority on Latino pop culture, Webby-nominated content creator who has covered music, TV, film, and more for 15 years as a reporter, editor, producer and curator, 2003 graduate of Brooklyn College in journalism…

Matthew Vann, Digital Associate Producer at NBC Nightly News, received bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and political science from Brooklyn College in 2011…

Radhika Viswanathan, writer, student at SUNY Downstate Medical School, graduated from Brooklyn College’s BA/MD program in 2018…

Joseph Wade, staff producer at PBS Thirteen’s MetroFocus, where he is producing a series on Post 9/11 Veterans called “Frontline to Home Front,” graduated, 2014 with BFA from Brooklyn College’s Creative Writing program (and CUNY’s MaCaulay Honors College)…

Jhodie-Ann Williams, associate producer for CNN Opinion, graduated from Brooklyn College with her bachelor’s in broadcast journalism in 2018…

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