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Cronkite Students behind "Hidden Arizona"

Ricardo Avila Alvarez

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I'm a passionate journalist from Mexico City, and have been for the better part of 15 years. I'm all about telling the important stories, and the stories people should know but don't necessarily do. I graduated from Pepperdine University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. I am currently attending ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, obtaining my master's degree in Sports Journalism. View my portfolio.

Scott Bourque

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I like to tell stories. I spent my formative years as a combat correspondent, decided to get a degree in public relations because they told me that's where the money was, and fell back into journalism after the 2016 election. After this project, I hope to focus on DSLR videography and audio storytelling through radio and podcasting. Covering politics is my dream journalism job, and my real dream job is working as a divemaster on a dive boat somewhere near the ocean. View my portfolio.

Brendan Campbell

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Originally a son of the Great Lakes, Brendan has made my home for the past decade, in the Sonoran Desert. Graduated magna cum laude from ASU with a B.S. in Political Science and current Graduate Student at ASU for Journalism & Mass Communications View my portfolio.

Chelsea Chiapuzio

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My name is Chelsea Chiapuzio. Most of my friends call me Chip. I am originally from Orange County, California. I recently graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. My favorite form of journalism is entertainment news. E! Network is my favorite channel and I hope to work for them one day. To see some of my best work, visit my portfolio.

Lindsey Clinkingbeard

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I'm a Phoenix native who enjoys story-telling through photojournalism. I'm dedicated to my time with the Cronkite School, where I am working towards my Master’s degree in Mass Communication, with an emphasis on Public Relations. In my spare time you can find me on my yoga mat or exploring my favorite hiking trail at Piestewa Peak. View my portfolio.

Renata Correa Clo

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My name is Renata. I was born and raised in Brazil. I have always loved telling stories and writing, so I guess journalism has always been in my path. I also like travelling, getting to know new cultures and talking to different people. I plan on reporting in economics and immigration. View my portfolio.

Carino Haro

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My name is Carino Dominguez but most people know me as Carrzi. I am currently attending ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism pursuing my master’s degree in Sports Journalism. I used to teach elementary music as well as write music curriculum for a private school but an opportunity arose that led me to change career paths. I am also a passionate gamer and hope to take my skills learned at Cronkite and apply them to the world of eSports. View my portfolio.

Drake Dunaway

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My name is Drake Dunaway and I am from Dayton, Ohio. I did my undergrad at DePauw University in Indiana where I was a Biology major and on the golf team. I am on the Sports Journalism path here at Cronkite. View my portfolio.

Nate Fain

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After receiving a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Oklahoma, Nate moved to Phoenix to get his master's degree in sports journalism. He hopes to someday be an investigative reporter, but also has a big ego and desires a career a on-camera career in broadcasting. He considers reporting on a magazine style TV show, like 60 Minutes and Real Sports his dream job. View my portfolio.

Nathanael Gabler

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My name is Nathanael Gabler and I am a sports journalism masters student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. I earned my bachelor’s degree in 2016 from Vanderbilt University, graduating with a degree in molecular and cellular biology. Following a year working in a pharmaceutical chemistry lab at the University of California at San Francisco, I decided to follow my passions and pursue a sports journalism degree. I like football. To see some of my best work, see my sports blog.

Jake Goodrick

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My name is Jake Goodrick and I am a graduate student at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. After graduating from Cleveland State University with a degree in Psychology, I decided to change career paths and pursue journalism. I enjoy traveling and writing, with the hopes of becoming a sports writer. View my portfolio.

Jimmie Jackson

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I am a recent graduate from the University of Illinois and now an Arizona State University graduate student. I grew up with two siblings in a south suburb of Chicago called Riverdale, where I was involved in music for most of my life. After studying journalism for four years, I decided to continue with a more specialized area, business journalism, to have a better understanding and sense of direction when covering business and money. View my portfolio.

Frank Kane

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I'm a graduate of Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri with degrees in English and Political Science. After a brief stint as a Jesuit seminarian and a year in Denver working as a freelance writer and communications specialist, I returned to school to pursue a Master’s in Mass Communication at ASU’s Cronkite School, where I hope to integrate a passion for disability advocacy with radio reporting. View my portfolio.

Max Kelley

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My name is Max Kelley and I am a graduate student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. I earned a Sport Management degree from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and worked for the Wisconsin Badgers in sponsorship and sales. After my time with the Badgers, I worked for the Wisconsin State Journal as a part-time high school sports reporter. I've always enjoyed sports, reading and writing so I decided to pursue my degree in Sports Journalism. Here is my portfolio for reference. View my portfolio.

Ben Leibowitz

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My name is Ben Leibowitz. Prior to attending the Cronkite school in pursuit of a sports media Master's degree, I graduated magna cum laude with a journalism degree from the University of Arizona. I worked for Bleacher Report as an NBA Featured Columnist, then joined a startup in Santa Barbara, California, where I wrote data-driven sports articles that were syndicated to partners like Sports Illustrated, NBA.com and Yahoo Sports. I enjoy editing, playing basketball, and drinking hoppy IPAs (usually not all at once). To see more of the work I put together this semester, see my portfolio.

Alicia Longo

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My name is Alicia Longo and I am a graduate student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. I was born in the city of Buffalo, New York, and grew up outside the city of Niagara Falls in a town called Lewiston. I received my undergraduate degree in English Literature and Writing from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. I interned as a "foodie writer" for a West Side Los Angeles magazine called Silicon Beach Magazine before moving to Scottsdale, Arizona. I hope to work for the Food Network someday. Guy Fieri has my job. View my portfolio.

Ashley Mackey

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Hi! I earned my BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Montana and I’m currently working towards a MA in Sports Journalism from Arizona State University. My passion is video storytelling and I look forward to continuing to perfect my craft. View my portfolio.

Josh Martinez

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My name is Josh Martinez and, in short, I am a writer, husband, student and a sports journalist. I am from Los Angeles and spent my teenage years in Springville, Utah. I attended college at Southern Utah University, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Spanish. I now attend Arizona State University where I am working toward my Master’s Degree in Sports Journalism. I also work as a reporter for the Scottsdale and Paradise Valley Independent. View my portfolio.

Amanda Mason

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Amanda Mason, is pursuing a broadcast journalist and currently living in Phoenix, AZ as a Graduate Student in the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. This summer, she interned with Arizona PBS "Arizona Horizon" hosted by Emmy-winning Host Ted Simons. For the past nine years she lived in New York City as a opera and musical theater singer. She holds a Masters in Music for classical vocal performance from the International Conservatory Manhattan School of Music. Amanda finished her tour in August working with Feld Entertainment as a Live/On-Camera Host for Monster Jam: Triple Threat Series East Tour. This past Spring she performed in 45 Live Shows and 23 Private Pit Parties in 15 Different Cities. View my portfolio.

Amanda Morris

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My name is Amanda Morris and I am a graduate student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Communication at Arizona State as well. I have very much enjoyed getting to dive in and learn about all things mass communication and look forward to growing in this crazy yet exciting industry! View my portfolio.

Margaret Naczek

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My name is Margaret Naczek, and I am pursuing a Masters of Sports Journalism from Arizona State University. I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I graduated from the University Wisconsin-Madison in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Polish language and journalism. Growing up a football fan, I am interested in working in the sports journalism industry, but what I really love doing is telling people's stories no matter the subject or viewing platform. View my portfolio.

Niki Nelson

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My name is Niki Nelson, and I am pursuing a Master's Degree in Mass Communication. I am originally from a small town at the northeast tip of New Jersey, just minutes away from NYC. My work background is entirely in automotive, and despite an intense passion for cars, the industry does not help me make use of my innate communication skills. Because of this, I returned to school after taking two years off for work. With my family being in human relations, it seemed natural for me to pursue communication studies. I love all aspects of journalism, but I discovered a strong interest in public relations this semester. I look forward to delving into this subject and expanding my knowledge even more by being at Cronkite. Here is my portfolio.

Justin Parnham

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Justin Parham

@Jparhamtv

Sports reporter, US soldier, and producer. Live every day like it's your last because one day you will be right! What channel is the game on? View my portfolio.

Pat Poblete

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My name is Pat Poblete and I am a Graduate Student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University studying Broadcast Journalism. My interest in the field was sparked while I earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of New Mexico. I realized the enormous role that the media played in informing the American electorate, and wanted to be a part of the telling the story. I am still at an early stage of my journey, but my work thus far can be viewed on my portfolio.

Roger Ratley

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Roger Ratley is an accomplished media professional with more than 17 years in television news production. He is an Arizona native, born and raised in Phoenix. Roger graduated summa cum laude from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration. He is currently a graduate student pursuing a Master of Mass Communication at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In his spare time, he enjoys songwriting and is a musician, playing several instruments including guitar, keyboards and drums. View my portfolio.

Gabby Revilla

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Hello! My name is Gabby Revilla and I am a current graduate student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU. I was born and raised in the great city of San Antonio, TX and attended school there at St. Mary’s University where I earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. I decided I wanted to work more with people, so I hope that once I graduate I can land a job in the public relations field, specifically the hospitality industry. When I’m not busy, you can usually find me hanging out at home with my five fur babies. Check out my portfolio.

Conrad Romero

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I’m a Colorado native currently working on a Masters in Mass Communications at the Cronkite School in Phoenix, Arizona. Apart from being an aspiring writer and photographer, I am a voracious reader of fiction, a movie buff, and an enthusiast for all things outdoors. Visit my portfolio to see my work.

Stephanie Shields

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I am from Texas where I got my Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Journalism from UTEP. I decided to pursue a Master’s in Sports Journalism at Arizona State University, and hope to become a sports reporter. I’ve always loved writing and enjoy the ability to tell people’s stories. View my portfolio.

Danny Smitherman

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My first SLR camera was a Christmas present in 1978 – a Fujica St605n. My first roll of film was shot in Tehran, a month before we were evacuated. My first semester at the University of Texas, I was registered in the Journalism school, and intended to be a photo-journalist. Thirty-seven years later, I've gotten back on track. See my portfolio.

Art Spell

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Born in San Francisco, raised in San Mateo and living all over the Northern California Bay Area, I’m presently a Sports Journalism graduate student at the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Phoenix, AZ. I’m a Sonoma State University graduate with a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a minor in Theater Arts. I’m a lifelong performer (act, sing, dance, etc.) who craves the spotlight, I love playing and watching sports and entertainment, and since my birth, I am the #1 San Francisco 49ers fan EVER!!! View my portfolio.

Jake Trybulski

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My name is Jake Trybulski and I am an aspiring Sports Journalist currently attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication seeking a Masters in Sports Journalism. I come to Arizona State University after completing my undergrad at California State University San Marcos in North County San Diego where I graduated in 2017 with a Bachelors in Communication and played baseball collegiately. As my baseball career came to a close recently, I currently seek to use my passion for athletics in a slightly different avenue moving forward in my new field of competition, journalism. I have grown and learned so much this semester and I can't wait to see what the future has in store. I hope to one day work for MLB Network or ESPN covering baseball. Check out my portfolio to see a few things I have worked on this semester.

Victoria Valenzuela

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Hello, I'm Victoria Valenzuela. My road to journalism is a unique one. I didn’t know I wanted to be in the broadcast news industry until I made it through my undergraduate coursework. In May 2017, I earned my Bachelors of Science in Marketing from the W.P. Carey School of Business, and originally planned on pursuing a degree focus in public relations. Once I started my Journalism Skills course, I caught the bug. Writing, filming and editing consumed me, and I can’t imaging pursuing a career in any other field. View my portfolio.

Taniyah Williamson

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My name is Taniyah Williamson. I enjoy listening to music, singing, playing soccer and having a good laugh. I look forward to having an incredible year with everyone! I am a graduate student studying Broadcast Journalism at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication. I received my bachelors in Communication from ASU in 2016. I am New Jersey native, but have lived in AZ for the past five years. See my portfolio.


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