About Us

Monica Alba
Monica graduated from the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism in 2009, earning her degree in broadcast journalism with minors in international relations and cinematic arts. She is the co-founder and producer of the Social Issues Documentary Film Contest (SI DocFest), a film festival that requires high school students to produce short documentaries on social issues in the San Francisco Bay Area. It awards $30,000 to students, schools and nonprofits annually. Monica is currently serving as a Research Fellow for the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards in Broadcast Journalism and interning with NBC News in its new NBC Latino division. When she finds that often elusive spare time, Monica is an avid photographer, documentary film devourer, and international soccer fan. You can follow her on Twitter @albamonica and check out her work at MonicaAlba.com.

Todd Baker
Todd has been a producer of nationally televised non-fiction programming for 14 years. He’s currently the producer of the televised version of “The Howard Stern Show” and a volunteer firefighter on Long Island. He officially became a news junkie at the age of 11 when he realized that his parents would allow him to stay up late if he showed interest in the 10:00 p.m. news. Although his credits have danced around the edge of broadcast journalism (“The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch,” the tech-news-talk-magazine program — “Attack of the Show” on G4 TV, etc.), he endeavors to make the switch to producing the news in the hope of providing his own children with a decent excuse for their nightly refusals to go to bed on time. You can reach him at tdb2122@columbia.edu.


Milos Balac
Milos graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in American Studies in 2011. After a brief stint as a Serbian popstar, Milos came to Columbia to study broadcast journalism. He has worked as a photo intern at the Washington Post and served as vice president of Slope Media Group, a student-run news organization at Cornell. Known to his friends as “Losh,” Milos enjoys photography, skiing and making music videos. You can follow him @losh_me and check out his work at lifeislosh.com.

Suvro Banerji
Suvro Banerji is a multimedia journalist from Jersey City, N.J. He graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism specializing in broadcast news with a dual-degree in Political Science. While in college, Suvro worked for KOMU-8 News, the NBC affiliate in central Missouri as a general assignment reporter and later as a multimedia producer. He has also worked at CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 in New York. A first-generation Indian-American, Suvro wishes to pack his bag and take his camera to parts of the Middle East and Central Africa. Suvro is currently pursuing a master’s degree in broadcast journalism and interning with NBC News (Digital). You can follow him on Twitter @SuvroBanerji.

Anthony Berklich
Before attending Columbia University, Anthony earned at B.A. in Journalism and Television Production from New York University. He has worked for ABC, MTV Networks and Harpo Productions. Anthony is originally from Rochester, Michigan and reports on fashion, gay issues and travel. Follow him @Berklich.

Lorena Galliot
Lorena Galliot covered the making-of this year’s Time 100 list for The 100 Project. A self-confessed “green-at-heart” journalist, she hails from Paris, France and terribly misses organic camembert cheese. Before coming to Columbia J-School, Lorena worked for the French news channel FRANCE 24, where she was in charge of the English-language part of the citizen journalism website and TV show The Observers. While her main focus is science and the environment (she contributes to Columbia’s Earth Institute blog), she’s stepped out of her comfort zone to hunt hipsters in Willamsburg for a video published on PBS’s MetroFocus.  When she’s not busy reporting, Lorena can probably be found in some kind of yoga pose, munching on something chocolate or salsa dancing to work off calories from above said chocolate. Follow her on Twitter @LorenaG or email her at Lg2654@Columbia.edu.

Jake Heller
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Jake graduated from McGill University with a B.A. in History (minors in Political Science and Economics) in 2010. He then went to work at the Clinton Global Initiative, in the British House of Commons, and for the London-based newspaper The Independent. He is interested in politics, international relations, and the future of media, and has written and produced videos about these topics for The Daily Beast, Poynter, and MSNBC.com, among others. Now back in school, Jake spends his time making rap videos about grammar and wondering why his classmates elected him class president. Connect with him on Twitter @HellerJake or by email at jakegheller@gmail.com, and check out his work at jakeheller.com.

Donna Kim
Born and raised in San Francisco, CA, Donna united her love of fashion and beauty with broadcast journalism. A contributor, brand ambassador and trend expert, Donna has worked with NBC’s The Today Show,New York Live, Sheckys Media Inc, QVC, Village Voice, POSHGLAM.com, The Curbed Network, ELLE Magazine,MTV, ABC’s Live Well Network, Shape Magazine, Entertainment Tonight/The Insider, CBS 2 News, and Kmart Fashion. She is the founder and editor of her lifestyle blog, DonnaDaily.com. Donna graduated from NYU with a bachelors degree in media, culture, and communications, and is enjoying working towards her Master’s in broadcast journalism at Columbia University. Follow her on Twitter @DonnaDaily or email Donna@DonnaDaily.com.

Tomos Lewis
Tom Lewis graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2007, and has wound a convoluted path to his MS degree in broadcast journalism at Columbia Journalism School. He freelanced for Lebanon’s English-language news outlets during a stint as a book editor in Beirut. He has traveled throughout the Middle East and would like to return there one day. He worked for BBC News in Wales for two years, and has been a freelance contributor on its Welsh-language TV and radio news programs since arriving in the US. He is an Alistair Cooke-Fulbright Scholar, is always on the lookout for a good barber, and has recently rediscovered his ability to juggle.

Lambert Mbom
Lambert Mbom spent seven years on an abortive bid to the Catholic priesthood in his country, Cameroon. He then mentored students in secondary and high schools teaching French, Religious Studies and Philosophy. He pursued a degree in marriage and family studies at the Catholic University of America graduating with a Master’s in 2006. He started a newsletter in 2008 chronicling the liberation struggle of the people of Southern Cameroons. In 2011, he spent six months interning at CNSNews.com. Follow him on Twitter@lambom2 or email him at lambert.mbom@gmail.com.

Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani
London-born Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani is a multimedia journalist and columnist for the Financial Times. Her “Culture Corner” style column can be read in the Life and Arts pages of the FT Weekend. Before studying for her Master’s in broadcast journalism at Columbia, she was a staff writer at London’s Mail on Sunday and previously freelanced regularly for diary pages of The Daily Telegraph and The Independent. She read English at Oxford University and has a love of old-smelling books, fashion, Christiane Amanpour, music and spending weekends at MOMA. Her radio and video stories can be seen via her site carolinemt.com. Follow her on Twitter @CaroMT or email at cmm2254@columbia.edu.

Nadine Natour
Nadine grew up in Appomattox, Virginia, frying chicken and mowing lawns for a living. Her work at International Media Support in Copenhagen, covering media development in countries of conflict, led her to journalism school at Columbia. She is interested in reporting on the Middle East and enjoys dancing to Beyoncé.

Julie Percha
Julie got her start in journalism covering eighth grade boys’ wrestling for her junior high school tabloid and has been hooked since. A recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Julie is a fellow at Columbia’s Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting and a research fellow with the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. She served as a reporter and editor at The Pitt News, her university’s independent daily, and has worked at ABC News in Washington, D.C., The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pitt’s Writing Center and The Hoya at Georgetown University. In 2009, Julie spent the summer traveling through the Gobi Desert to research how Mongolian nomads access news in the steppe, and she reported for The Mongol Messenger, one of the country’s two major English-language newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @juliepercha or email her at julie.percha@gmail.com.

Angela Reece
Born in Tehran, Iran to a Chinese mother and American father, Angela Reece is a multimedia journalist with an unfettered curiosity and a passion for storytelling. Raised in Atlanta, she graduated from the University of Georgia, where she obtained her B.A. in Journalism. Before moving to New York City, Angela worked at CNN International under senior anchors, Riz Khan and Jim Clancy, who inspired her to see the world for herself. In 2005, Angela taught English in Vietnam, and has since, traveled extensively around the world — primarily in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, chronicling stories about travel, culture, human rights, and lifestyle. She is also a full-time celebrity makeup artist and regularly contributes to New York and London Fashion Weeks. Angela is currently completing her Master’s in broadcast journalism at Columbia University. Follow her @ReeceAngela or email her at arr2170@columbia.edu.

Amanda Scott
Amanda moved to New York City in 1998, intent on writing for “Saturday Night Live” (ah, youth). After a year in the NBC Page Program, she decided to focus on acting, later studying the Meisner technique for two years. She has appeared in several national network commercials and was a wrap host for Burly TV. As a part-time/full-time/freelance gig, she has whooped it up in numerous costume departments on Broadway (ah, showbiz). Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Drew University and is an avid fan of doc films and nonfiction. She looks forward to more storytelling after graduation.

Nilo Tabrizy
Nilo (pronounced knee-loo) was born in Tehran, Iran and lived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates before moving to Vancouver, Canada. She graduated in May 2011 from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in Political Science and French. She’s currently pursuing her Master’s of Science at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, focusing on broadcast journalism and multimedia storytelling. When she’s not reporting, Nilo loves going on photo adventures and trying to learn new languages. She speaks French, Farsi and Azari-Turkish fluently. This summer, Nilo will be interning at Al Jazeera English in New York City. Follow her @ntabrizy and email her at nilotabrizy@gmail.com.

Martha Yuan Tao
Martha was born and raised in China and has aspired to become a journalist since she was a little girl. She earned her bachelor’s degree in international journalism from the Communication University of China and came to Columbia University after graduation. She has an interest in documentary filmmaking.

Ben Teitelbaum
Ben Teitelbaum was voted “Most Vocal” in his high school yearbook and hasn’t stopped talking since. He has, though, been refining and honing his voice, and he now seeks to help others tell their stories. During college, Ben proudly worked in sports radio for WKCR and the Columbia Lions. After graduating with a B.A. in English in 2008, he spent several years interning at Haaretz.com in Tel Aviv, writing as an NBA featured columnist for Bleacher Report, teaching English in Barcelona, and road tripping around the USA. Ben is a vivid dreamer, mostly while he’s awake. Follow him @benteitelbaum or email him at ben.teitelbaum@gmail.com.

The Professors

Lisa Cohen
Lisa Cohen is an Emmy award winning network television news producer, documentary filmmaker, book author, and media consultant. She directed the documentaries “Serving Life,” and “The Education of Dee Dee Ricks,” and has worked for over twenty years in network news, producing for ABC News “PrimeTime Live” and CBS News “60 Minutes.” Follow her @lisarcohen.

Betsy West
Betsy West is executive producer of “MAKERS: Women Who Make America,” a documentary and Internet project about the women’s movement that is currently in production for PBS and AOL. She was co-producer of feature-length documentary film “Constantine’s Sword.” Her documentary series “Turning Point,” won two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. Ms. West has also served as senior vice president for CBS News, where she oversaw “60 Minutes,” “60 Minutes II” and “48 Hours.” She was the executive in charge of “9/11,” winner of the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Documentary. Follow her @BetsyWest.