Where in the World are our Chipsters? 2.0

This feature is meant for alums of the Chips Quinn Scholars program to periodically post updates, especially as our alum base grows and our Scholars scatter across the globe.

Chipsters at The Seattle Times gather in the newsroom. From left: Bettina Hansen (Spring 2009), staff photographer; Zahra Farah (Summer 2013), summer reporting intern; and Katrina Barlow (Spring 2011), lead producer on the digital team.

Tokyo, Japan

Amer Taleb (Summer 2013) at the Sensō-ji temple in Tokyo. Taleb visited Japan in May as part of a nine-day Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition fellowship. He writes that the fellows “did everything from tour The Wall Street Journal and the AP’s Tokyo bureaus to visit historic shrines, and even met with a hibakusha, a person exposed to radiation from the atomic bombings, in Hiroshima.” Taleb is a student at the University of Arizona.

New York City

Chipsters on the money. Melvin Backman (Summer 2012) and Leezel Tanglao (Summer 2003) in front of the CNNMoney screen in New York City. Backman is a reporter and Tanglao is a senior multiplatform editor for the business website.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Chipsters in South Florida meet for lunch in Fort Lauderdale. From left, Gregory Lee (Summer 1995), Marian Liu (Spring 2001) and Chloe Herring (Summer 2014). Lee and Liu work for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Lee as executive sports editor and Liu as community manager. Herring is an intern with The Miami Times.

Kutztown, Pa.
Jamie Klein (Summer 2011) at the Kutztown Folk Festival in Kutztown, Pa. She writes, “I covered six days of the festival for the Reading Eagle, where I’ve been an agriculture and rural living reporter for nearly three years.”

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Salvador Rodriguez (Summer 2011), technology reporter for the Los Angeles Times, poses with his father, Salvador Rodriguez Briseño, at Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. He writes, “This summer I got to live out one of my dreams and experience a World Cup in person. My dad and I traveled around northern Brazil for 15 days, following the Mexican team through their first three games. We ended it with a quick trip to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate my dad’s 50th birthday.”

Macon, Georgia

Harold Goodridge (Summer 1997) stands in front of the “Coverage Straight from the Heart” logo for the television station 13WMAZ in Macon, Georgia. Goodridge, who is manager of digital content at the Gannett-owned station, writes, “I can’t say enough about how much I love my job.”


Chipster Nancy Yang (Spring 2003) hosted a barbecue in June for Minnesota alums at her home in Minneapolis. Attendees are (from left): Summer 2014 Chipsters William Camargo, Channler Hill and Elizabeth Hernandez; Jocelina Joiner (Summer 1991); Monica Herndon (Summer 2014); Yang; Maricella Miranda (Summer 2003); and Nicole Norfleet (Spring 2010).

Camargo and Hill are interns at the St. Cloud Times; Herndon, an intern at the Star Tribune; Hernandez, an intern at the Saint Paul Pioneer Press; Joiner, national news manager at Internet Broadcasting; Yang, national news editor at Internet Broadcasting; Miranda, digital editor at St. Paul Public Schools; and Norfleet, reporter at the Star Tribune.

San Francisco

Chipsters from the San Francisco Chronicle newsroom. From left, James Tensuan (Summer 2013), Vivian Ho (Spring 2012), Michelle Devera (Fall 2000 and Spring 2001) and Kristen Go (Summers 1996 and 1997). Tensuan is a photo intern; Ho, a reporter; Devera, a copy editor and Go, an assistant managing editor.

Kabul, Afghanistan

Chipster Antonio Gilb (Summer 2000) with children in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gilb is a media analyst at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, currently working in Kabul with NATO-International Security Assistance Forces. He writes, “I have an awesome, safe gig here. I’m proud and happy to have this job. At the same time, I see and feel firsthand how tough time away from loved ones can be. I have a deeper respect for families that go through these deployments. Paradoxically, I feel more removed from my family but also closer than ever to them.”


From left: Chipsters Zuri Berry (Summer 2006) and Andrew Tran (Spring 2006) in front of The Boston Globe building. The two CQS alums were among the Globe staffers who won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news reporting category for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013. Berry, a sports writer and producer, writes, “While I’m very honored to have played a part in the Pulitzer Prize, I’m also very cognizant of the circumstances that led to such an honor. I think everyone who aspires to greatness in journalism envisions a Pulitzer, but I don’t think anybody wants to win one this way. However, I am proud of my colleagues and how they responded in such a trying time, and I’m personally pleased with the role I played in our online coverage. It was a tragic day, but our collective response to the tragedy revealed the talent and expertise of The Boston Globe and Boston.com staff.” Tran, a data producer, says, “It was an event and week that no city should have to endure and a story that journalists should never have to cover. I’m humbled and honored to have helped cover it with such an amazing newsroom. I’m especially thankful for the many news organizations that reached out to us privately or publicly with support, pizzas and gift boxes.”

Washington, D.C.

Danielle Urbina (Summer 2012) at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Urbina is Southwest editor for Su Casa Magazine in El Paso, Texas.

Hartford, Conn.

Chipsters Zuri Berry (Summer 2006) and Maya Jones (Summer 2012) at the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists (SNEABJ) meeting in Hartford, Conn., in April. Berry is a sports writer for The Boston Globe and Jones is a senior researcher for ESPN The Magazine. Jones writes, “I thought it was pretty cool to run into another Chipster and graduate of the Sports Journalism Institute.”


Chipster Alexandria Valdez (Summer 2013) and retired University of Montana journalism professor Clem Work pose with an elephant near the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, located in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra state in India. Valdez, a student at the University of Montana, participated in the journalism school’s first study-abroad trip in January.

Valdez stands at the entrance to the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve in India. Valdez and her classmates reported for five days about issues in and around the national park.


Chipster Marina Villeneuve (Summer 2012) in Laguna Guatavita, near Bogota, Colombia. Villeneuve was an intern for The Washington Post in fall of 2013 in Colombia and a fellow for the Overseas Press Club. She was recently selected as an investigative reporting fellow for the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting.

San Francisco

CQS co-founder John C. Quinn meets up with Bay Area Chipsters in January. From left, Vivian Ho (Spring 2012), Ellen Huet (Spring 2012), Quinn and Kristen Go (Summers 1996 and 1997). Ho and Huet are reporters at the San Francisco Chronicle, while Go is assistant managing editor.

Foxboro, Mass.

Chipsters Akeem Glaspie (Summer 2013) and Danese Kenon (Fall 2000) in Foxboro, Mass. Glaspie was a card runner for The Indianapolis Star at the AFC divisional playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots on Jan. 11. Kenon is assistant photo team lead for the Star and Glaspie is a sports reporter for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass.

From left to right: Akeem Glaspie (Summer 2013), Matt Kryger and Matt Detrich at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., before the Colts and Patriots AFC divisional playoff game. Kryger and Detrich are staff photographers for The Indianapolis Star. Glaspie assisted the Star photo team as a card runner. He is a sports reporter for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass.

South Africa

Top photo: Chipster Tiffany L. Williams (Summer 2010 ) sits at the summit of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, in September 2013. Bottom photo: In this photo collage, Williams teaches social media to students from Bhambayi and Inanda Newtown C informal settlements in Durban KwaZulu-Natal during a three-day entrepreneurship conference. She traveled to South Africa with The Renaissance Group International, a nonprofit organization that helps teach and empower youth around the world.

Doha, Qatar

Aaron Morrison (Summer 2008) visited the headquarters of Al Jazeera Media Networks in Doha, Qatar, in November. Morrison was in Qatar as part of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations’ Fellowship Programme, which promotes intercultural dialogue between the Western and Arab worlds. He is a staff writer for The Record in Bergen County, N.J., and was a freelance United Nations correspondent for The Miami Herald.

Los Angeles, Calif.
Several Southern California Chipsters were on hand to staff the Chips Quinn Scholars program booth at the California Chicano News Media Association’s (CCNMA) 35th Journalism Opportunities Conference in October at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

From left: Adolfo Flores (Summer 2009), Frank Shyong (Spring 2012) and Carley Dryden (Summer 2008). Flores and Shyong are reporters for the Los Angeles Times and Dryden is Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach reporter for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

From left: Summer 2013 Scholars Virginia Isaad and Marie Estrada with Anthony McCartney (Spring 2001). Isaad was a summer intern at the El Paso (Texas) Times, while Estrada worked at the Times-Herald in Vallejo, Calif. McCartney is a courthouse reporter for The Associated Press in Los Angeles.

New York, N.Y.

From left, Emma Carew Grovum (Summer 2009), Meena Thiruvengadam (Summer 2003) and Wasim Ahmad (Summer 2003) at the Asian American Journalists Association’s annual convention in New York City in August. Grovum, a data journalist at The Chronicle of Philanthropy in Washington, D.C., and Thiruvengadam, business channel manager with Digital First Media in New York City, were speakers at the convention. Ahmad is an assistant professor of journalism at Stony Brook University School of Journalism.

Washington, D.C.

Summer 2012 Chipsters Krishana Davis (left) and Crissinda Ponder visit the Newseum in the nation’s capital. Davis is a freelance journalist based in Baltimore and Ponder is a copy editor with Bankrate.com in North Palm Beach, Fla.

Anaheim, Calif.

Summer 2013 Chipsters (from left) Alex Valdez, Adrian Garcia and Nicole Chavez at the 2013 Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim, Calif., in August. The conference is a partnership of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association.

Orlando, Fla.

Chipster Tiffany Williams (Summer 2010) and Val Hoeppner at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Orlando, Fla. Williams and Hoeppner were part of a panel that focused on the range of multimedia storytelling approaches. Williams is the owner of Twice Media Productions and a multimedia coordinator for Defender Media Group in Houston. Hoeppner, who has conducted multimedia training for the Chips Quinn Scholars program for several years, is a Nashville, Tenn.-based digital journalist, teacher, trainer, media strategist and owner of Val Hoeppner Media Consulting. (photo by Sonja Foster)

Hollister, Calif.

Farideh Dada (Summer 2006) proudly wears her Chips Quinn T-shirt while skydiving in Hollister, Calif. The bottom photo shows Dada (left) with a friend. Dada is a journalism instructor at San Jose City College and De Anza College in California.

Green Bay, Wis.

Alex Valdez (Summer 2013) in front of the Gannett building and at the entrance to Lambeau Field, the home stadium of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis. Valdez, an intern for the Green Bay Press-Gazette writes, “Wisconsin is really flat and the people drive super fast, but I like working at the paper… I’ve covered a variety of things, from Packers news press conferences to fires, and have started pitching my own story ideas.”

New Haven, Conn.

Meeting for lunch at Claire’s Corner Copia in New Haven, Conn., are Chipsters Shahid Abdul-Karim, left, and Rachel Chinapen (both Spring 2013) and Guerrero Garcia (Summer 2013). All three work at the New Haven Register, Abdul-Karim as community engagement editor, Chinapen as city hall reporter and Garcia as reporter.

New York, N.Y.

Aaron Morrison (Summer 2008), left, and Aaron Edwards (Summer 2011) meet for the first time over lunch in Brooklyn, N.Y. Both CQS alums are also alums of The Associated Press internship programs. Morrison is a freelance writer covering the United Nations for The Miami Herald and Edwards is a news producer for Digital First Media.


Chipster Marianne Refuerzo Herricht (Summer 2005) at Mt. Fuji in Japan. She writes “My husband Brian and I just returned from a trip to Japan to celebrate my 30th birthday. We ate sushi, rode the bullet train and saw real geishas.” Herricht is a records clerk for the Gilbert Police Department in Arizona.

Albuquerque, N. M.

Astrid Galvan (Spring 2008) and Greg Lee (Summer 1995) in Albuquerque, N.M. Lee writes, “I was in town to speak to the Albuquerque Black Student Union Rites of Passage Ceremony. But the night before, I was meeting with local journalists at a nightspot.” Lee is executive sports editor for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale and president of the National Association of Black Journalists. Galvan is a reporter for the Albuquerque Journal.

Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico

Blanca Torres (Summer 2001) and her mother in an agave field in Mexico with the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains in the background. Torres writes, “I took a trip to Mexico and while there did some reporting for a story about San Francisco Bay Area-based tequila start-up companies. One company, Tres Agaves, invited me to visit the agave fields and distillery that produces their tequila in Tequila, Jalisco. I was traveling with my mom, so she came along, as well. Some people were surprised that I volunteered to work while on vacation, but it was a great experience to learn more about Tequila and have my mom join me on an assignment.” Torres is a reporter for the San Francisco Business Times.

Detroit, Mich.

Chipsters in Detroit at a specialized reporting workshop called Grading the Teachers, sponsored by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and The Poynter Institute. From left: Kay Nguyen (Summer 2011), Khristopher Brooks (Summer 2006) and Marquita Brown (Summer 2005). All three CQS alums are K-12 education reporters, with Nguyen working for American News in Aberdeen, S.D., Brooks at The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville and Brown at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss. Nguyen writes, “Brooks reached out to me before we headed to Detroit for a specialized reporting workshop on teacher evaluations. …(We’re) both from the Detroit area, both work as education reporters and happened to do our Chips Quinn internships in Louisville, Ky. I was already excited to meet a fellow Chipster. Then, we were talking to fellow education reporter Marquita Brown when we found out that not only was she a Chipster but had also done her internship at The Courier-Journal” in Louisville.

Washington, D.C.

The Lopez family visits the Newseum in Washington, D.C., during spring break. Standing between parents Maggie and Manny are Drew (left), Alex and Elena. Manny (Summer 1994) is the managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a news service published by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Mich.

New York, N.Y.

Aaron Edwards (Summer 2011) and Bianca Prieto (Summer 2004) at New York City’s Financial District near Digital First Media’s newsroom. Edwards is a news producer and Prieto is a reporter for Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome. This summer DFM is hosting eight Chips Quinn Scholars in newsrooms throughout the country.

Washington, D.C.

Andrew Tran (Spring 2006) after the 2013 Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. (left photo, in a red cap with friends). He writes, “We had tickets in the orange standing section. It was pretty cold. I wish I had put hand warmers in my shoes.” The photo at right shows Tran in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Tran is a multimedia producer for Boston.com/The Boston Globe.


MaSovaida Morgan (Summer 2007) in front of the Tower Bridge in London. Morgan is a Fulbright postgraduate scholar at the University of the Arts London. She is pursuing a master’s degree in publishing from London College of Communication, one of the university’s six colleges. She writes, “Things are great here, despite the gloomy, cold weather.”

Houston, Texas

Summer 2011 Chipsters An Rong Xu (left) and Farzad Mashhood with the Prime Time Express Mounted Drill Team, preparing for the Houston Rodeo parade. Xu is a freelance photographer based in New York City and Mashhood is a reporter for the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman. Xu writes, “I had found an article about the Houston Rodeo and its claim to be one of the biggest rodeos in the world (I found out a lot of Texans tend to exaggerate this claim on many things). We wanted to see the welcoming parade for the rodeo and if it would live up to the name of being the biggest.” Xu says he was drawn to the event by the “idea of finding an Asian-American cowboy,” adding, “not not too much luck on that realm, but then the story became about the people at the parade.”

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  1. Love, love, LOVE our “Where in the World are our Chipsters?” website feature (that Michelle Hedenskoog created for us years ago).

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