Chipsters embrace new challenges

Moving on:

Marian Liu

Marian Liu

Marian Liu (Spring 2001) is a community manager for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. She writes, “I’ll be spearheading a new entertainment site they’re doing. …I’m so grateful for Chips Quinn, the initial push when I did the program in college and the lift off from the program in Nashville, which enabled me to get a new job.” Liu was also accepted to a MediaStorm multimedia workshop and was an editor for a project that can be seen at

Patrick Delabrue (Spring 2005) is a reporter for the Menominee Nation News in Keshena, Wis.

Khristopher Brooks (Summer 2006) is an education reporter for The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. He recently received a master’s degree in literary reportage from New York University.

Adolfo Flores

Frank Shyong

Two Chipsters are headed to the Los Angeles Times’ Metpro in the fall: Adolfo Flores (Summer 2009) and Frank Shyong (Spring 2012). Flores is a reporter for the Pasadena (Calif.) Sun, while Shyong reports for The Orange County Register. Shyong says, “I know the training I had at Chips must have boosted my application significantly, so I have you all to thank for that. I actually spent a lot of late nights during my time in Nashville working on that application because the deadline came right after Chips orientation ended.”

Kay Nguyen

Kay Nguyen (Summer 2011) is a reporter covering K-12 education at the American News in Aberdeen, S.D. She says, “I am extremely excited and nervous for the big move.” Nguyen recently graduated from Oakland University in Detroit.

New Beats:
Stu Woo (Summer 2007) is moving to New York City to cover sports for The Wall Street Journal. He writes, “It’s the dream job for a single, 25-year-old dude.” Woo has worked in the Journal’s San Francisco bureau for three and a half years, covering politics and then technology.


Cindy Carcamo

Cindy Carcamo (Summer 1999), a reporter for The Orange County Register, is a finalist for a 2011 Livingston award. She writes, “While winning is a long shot, it’s quite an honor to just be finalist. I was nominated by Slake, a new Los Angeles-based literary magazine that published my story, ‘Return to Sender.’ The in-depth narrative story chronicled the first 48 hours of a deportee’s life after his return to Guatemala. I worked on the story after completing a Register story that documented the flight of 117 deportees returned by federal immigration officials to Guatemala City.” Winners will be announced June 6. Carcamo adds, “None of this would have been possible without Chips Quinn. You all gave me my first internship in 1999 with the El Paso Times. Thank you so much for giving me my start in journalism.”

Allissa Hosten Richardson

Allissa Hosten Richardson (Summer 2002), assistant professor of communication studies and coordinator of the journalism program at Morgan State University, was named by the National Association of Black Journalists as Journalism Educator of the Year.

Bao Ong (Spring 2005) and Leezel Tanglao (Summer 2003) co-chaired an inaugural fund-raising event May 18 in New York for the largest chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, AAJA-NY. With support from the chapter board and members, the Trivia Bowl raised more than $20,000 for scholarships, stipends and professional training programs. Ong is a freelance writer and Tanglao an weekend/evening homepage editor for ABC News.

Seven Chipsters will work as mentors and students at the National Association of Black Journalists’ 2012 Student Multimedia Project during its convention in New Orleans in June.

Students are:
Marissa Evans (Summer 2012), Marquette University
Kenneth Hawkins (Summer 2011), North Carolina A&T State University
Brooke Kelly (Spring 2012), Jackson State University
Kelcie McCrae (Summer 2011), North Carolina A&T State University
Tiffany Williams (Summer 2010), Michigan State University
Mentors are:
Stan Donaldson (Summer 2001), The Plain Dealer
Jennifer Dronkers (Spring 2002), The Poynter Institute

Other News:
Two Chipsters are featured in the Asian American Journalists Association’s (AAJA) recognition of members as part of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. They are Carolyn Chin (Summer 2009) and Holly Pablo (Summer 2012).


Tiffany Williams

Tiffany Williams

Tiffany L. Williams (Summer 2010) graduated from Michigan State University with a Master of Arts degree in journalism. She is a freelance journalist and the owner and operator of TwIce Media, a company specializing in photography and video production. While at MSU, she made a documentary film, “Paul Robeson-Malcolm X Academy: Education By Any Means Necessary.” Williams will work for the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute as a multimedia lab assistant.

Jamie Hughes (Summer 2009) married Christopher Gibbons April 21 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Enid, Okla., her hometown church. She writes, “We were married at 7:30 p.m. …We had a full mass wedding. We’re now living in New Orleans, as I’m preparing to work as an early childhood educator in the Recovery School District as a member of the 2012 Teach For America corps.” Gibbons graduated from Oklahoma University in May with a degree in botany and chemistry.

Mr. and Mrs. Gibbons (Photo by Frances Whalen Photography)

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