Welcome the New Campus Progress Reporters!
Meet the young voices bringing you the latest progressive news, features and commentary on CampusProgress.org–our wonderful team of reporters. Take a moment to read about both new and returning writers below.
Cassandra Balfour covers immigration for Campus Progress. She is a rising senior at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and is reluctantly majoring in Political Science. She was the arts editor at her campus newspaper, The Michigan Daily. Cassandra has spent most of her undergraduate career working and volunteering in Detroit and she is active in labor organizing on campus. She just spent this past semester studying and interning in Cairo, Egypt. Always an intern, never gainfully employed, her hope is that one-day she will be able to make a living fighting for social justice.
Candice Bernd covers climate change and the environment for Campus Progress, including the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline. She was on the ground for the first civil disobedience action outside the White House last fall, and has continued to cover the issue extensively. She is currently helping to organize the Tar Sands Blockade, a nonviolent direct action to stop the southern leg of the pipeline in Texas. She's a senior at the University of North Texas where she studies Journalism and Political Science. As a campus organizer, she helped eliminate free speech “zones,” fought to get her university off coal, and participated in an anti-fracking campaign in Denton, Texas. She reported for her school's student-run daily newspaper, co-hosted a Dallas-based progressive talk radio program, and spent her summer of 2011 in Chicago working as an intern for In These Times magazine. She is currently an electronic publishing intern at Truthout. Follow her on Twitter @CandiceBernd.
Jon Christian covers jobs and the economy for Campus Progress. He also writes for Tech.li, blogs at JonChristian.net, and is always looking for freelance work. He's a skeptic, a film and music geek, and he likes adventures, vegetarian cooking and robots (even though he's afraid they're going to turn against us.) Follow him on Twitter @Jon_Christian.
Emily Crockett is a DC-based writer who covers activism and general politics for Campus Progress. Since joining Campus Progress in the fall of 2011, she has reported extensively on the Occupy movement and a range of other topics, including civil liberties, reproductive health, and student debt. Her work has been featured at Alternet, DCist, and In These Times, and she has made appearances on The Young Turks and Free Speech TV. Emily majored in voice and English/Creative Writing at Northwestern University; she thought about majoring in political science, but eventually joined Twitter instead. She is from (but not of) Texas, went to music grad school in Boston, and taught English in Germany on a Fulbright grant. She is a professional opera singer, lends her vocal talents to The Ash Lovelies band on the side, and discovered a knack for playwriting. Follow her on Twitter at @emilycrockett.
Justin Decker covers healthcare for Campus Progress. A proud alumnus of the California Community College system, Justin transferred to the University of California at Berkeley and finished with an undergraduate degree in political science in 2011. In the past, he has held various positions with the California Community College Foundation, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Tikkun Magazine in Berkeley, and an AFL-CIO affiliated union in Northern California, where he worked as an organizer and researcher on several labor campaigns. Justin is now a candidate for an M.Phil. degree in Politics at the University of Cambridge, where he is nearly finished and looks forward to returning to the United States. Beyond obsessing over the ebb and flow of national politics in Washington, he is interested in the intersections of art and politics generally, the politics of the workplace specifically, and in the power of persuasion and community. Follow him on Twitter @DeckerJustin.
Amanda Fox-Rouch covers higher education and women’s issues for Campus Progress. She currently attends Hunter College where she is working on an undergraduate degree in Political Science. Amanda has also written for Next Gen Journal and is interested in advocacy on the part of the homeless and poor in addition to government reform.
Dahlia Grossman-Heinz covers gender identity politics in pop culture for Campus Progress. She studied English Literature at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and has worked as an editorial intern at Ms. magazine. She is interested in the intersections between pop culture and politics, and whenever possible, David Lynch and horror films. You can follow her on Twitter @salvadordahlia.
Pauline Holdsworth covers women’s issues for Campus Progress. She is a fourth-year English major at the University of Toronto and and is the Editor-in-Chief of The Strand, a student newspaper. In 2009, she was one of five national Portfolio Gold Medalists for Writing in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and in 2008, studied creative writing at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. As someone who grew up in central Pennsylvania but currently lives in Toronto, she’s interested in exploring how progressive politics manifest in different ways north and south of the Canadian border and across rural and urban divides. She’s into science fiction, superheroes, feminism, knitting, and tea, and is passionate about public spaces, mental health, and analyzing the way gender and violence are framed in the media. You can follow her on Twitter at @holdswo.
Kevin Jersey covers voter rights for Campus Progress. After changing colleges and career paths several times, he is now pursuing a Journalism degree at Los Angeles Valley College. His varied educational and work experiences have given him insight into the struggles facing both students and workers. In addition to writing for the Los Angeles Valley Star, Kevin writes sporadically for his politically-oriented blog at Wordsnotbullets.com. Follow him on Twitter @wordsnotbullets.
Jamilya Ramos covers general arts and pop culture and the right wing for Campus Progress. She is an aspiring screenwriter and seeks out discussion and haring of ideas on the political realm and its usage of media. Jamilya attended Brown University, where she studied the correlating relationship between modern media and culture. She interned and worked as an assistant to the executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking Women (CATW), an international non-governmental organization dedicated to protecting women and children from exploitation. Originally from Brooklyn, Jamilya recently moved to southern California to pursue a career as a screenwriter. Follow her on Twitter @callmejam.
Shay O’Reilly covers LGBT issues for Campus Progress. After a gap year of minimum-wage work and volunteering, Shay is now a first-year student at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, and aspires to be a Unitarian Universalist minister. He has worked as the Opinions Editor at The Daily Iowan, the newspaper for the University of Iowa community, and has been involved with various antiwar/pro-education activist projects, notably spending time in the cooperative movement. Follow his populist anger at economic injustice and the war machine on Twitter @shaygabriel.
James Russell covers higher education for Campus Progress. A perpetual college student since 2006, he is now enrolled at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Between leaving Texas Christian University and enrolling at Antioch College, he worked in a variety of fields as both an intern and employee, including in the district office of a progressive Democratic state representative, on the Inequality and the Common Good project at the Institute for Policy Studies, and at the progressive digital magazine Truthout. When not studying or working, his work occasionally appears in the Fort Worth Weekly, Huffington Post and elsewhere. He has a portfolio, at jamesmichaelrussell.com. Follow him on Twitter @james4texas, a handle he created when he ran for governor of Texas.
Grace Tatter covers racial justice and democracy for Campus Progress. She studies history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she writes for the Daily Tar Heel and is an editor at Campus BluePrint, a publication in the Campus Progress Journalism Network. She has also reported for GothamSchools.org, a blog that covers the New York City public school system. This fall, she will attend Sciences Po in Paris, France. Follow her on Twitter @gracetatter.
Bridget Todd covers racial justice and democracy for Campus Progress. She has worked as an organizer for the Sunlight Foundation and as a new media director for Credo SuperPAC. She currently teaches courses on writing, social justice, and activism full time at Howard University. Her writing has appeared on Jezebel, DCentric, and Racialicious. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetMarie.
Phy Tran covers immigration for Campus Progress. She is an old-school Chicagoist, who runs on books and coffee. Phy Tran owns a fountain pen and contributes her snarky writing to Campus Progress. While being a global advocacy fellow for Planned Parenthood and a Young People For fellow, she is also a part-time fan of Robert Doisneau's photography. She loves good food and backpack traveling. Follow her on Twitter @phytran.
Brian Stewart is the communications manager at Campus Progress.