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Pritish Behuria (BSJ05)

Dr. Pritish Behuria is currently a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Politics, Governance and Development at The University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute.

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Vanessa Glavinskas (MSJ05)

Vanessa recently took a job with the Environmental Defense Fund as a staff writer. She looks forward to helping EDF tell stories about the most critical issue of our time: climate change.

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Vivek Shankar (MSJ04)

Vivek has joined The New York Times as a senior staff editor and will be based at the newspaper’s Asia hub in Seoul. He will work closely with the news and Live operations, assigning, editing and writing. He goes to the Times after almost 17 years at Bloomberg News, where he covered companies, markets and governments from postings in Washington, Sydney and San Francisco.

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Kristin Thorne (MSJ05)

Kristin Thorne was recently promoted to Investigative Reporter at the nation’s #1 local news station – WABC-TV Channel 7 Eyewitness News in New York. She is the creator, writer, producer and reporter of a new True crime series called “Missing.” In it, she investigates the disappearances of people from New York City. The show will premiere on Hulu this year and is already available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and at ABC7NY.com.

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Kathleen Lopez (BSJ03)

Kathleen Lopez (BSJ03) has been promoted to Partner at Weaver Schlenger LLP, a women-owned business immigration law firm based in San Francisco. Weaver Schlenger is excited to recognize Lopez’s extensive legal expertise, success in client management and contributions to the firm. Lopez brings her previous experience as a journalist to discern pertinent facts, tell compelling stories and advocate on behalf of her clients.

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Emily Glazer (BSJ10) and Deepa Seetharaman (BSJ08)

A Wall Street Journal reporting team with Medill alumni Deepa Seetharaman (BSJ08) and Emily Glazer (BSJ10) won a 2021 George Polk Award for Business Reporting for their series “Facebook Files.”

Long Island University gave further insight into the selection:

“Reporter Jeff Horwitz and the staff of the Wall Street Journal have won the Business Reporting award for “Facebook Files,” an explosive series documenting how Facebook (now Meta) ignored internal findings that company practices promoted anger, divisiveness and extremism; protected drug cartels, human traffickers and dictators; and endangered teenage girls susceptible to body-image concerns, anxiety and depression. Files Horwitz obtained from a whistleblower demonstrated that top executives rejected fixes they feared might reduce profitability or create political friction.”

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Juliana Tafur (BSJ07)

Juliana Tafur’s newly released TEDx talk, “Listening Courageously Can Bridge What Divides Us”
How can we transform judgment to understanding? In a talk perfectly suited for our polarized times, Juliana Tafur invites us to listen courageously to create understanding across differences. As the director of “List(e)n”, an award-winning documentary inviting Americans in disagreement to connect on a human level, she encourages us to connect with people’s stories, to understand their lived experiences. She poignantly lays out some of the lessons from her filmmaking journey with the documentary that transformed her life – and her perceptions, from judgement to understanding.
She weaves in her identity as a Colombian-American woman, emboldening us to combat the “us vs. them” mentality that doesn’t serve us, but hurts us. As the creator of a movement to promote empathy and heart-centered dialogue, she lays out the conditions necessary for courageous listening. A powerful talk, inspiring us to go past the surface, to see people – not as issues or labels – but as multidimensional beings.
Watch and share here: https://www.ted.com/talks/juliana_tafur_listening_courageously_can_bridge_what_divides_us_feb_2022

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Juliana Tafur (BSJ07)

Juliana Tafur was selected as a Obama Foundation Scholar for the 2021-2022 academic year at Columbia University. She will join 11 other rising leaders from the United States and around the world who are already making a difference in their communities.

Juliana was chosen for designing and implementing a listening methodology to inspire positive dialogue across differences and foster human connection, following the production of her award-winning documentary List(e)n.

Her film brings together Americans with opposing viewpoints and facilitates opportunities for them to connect across their differences. Inspired by the documentary, she created Listen Courageously, a workshop series providing tools for participants to engage in heart-centered dialogue.

She runs Story Powerhouse, a professional and social development organization that uses film to cultivate understanding. Her workshops have built bridges at corporate settings, academic institutions and non-profit organizations, guiding participants in empathic listening.

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Debbie Cassell (MSJ00)

Debbie Cassell is senior associate director of marketing and communications for alumni relations and development at Northwestern University. In her spare time, she is president of the Evanston Community Tennis Association. Debbie also was producer of the Woman’s Club of Evanston’s 68th Annual Revue, “Singin’ in the Game,” an evening of musical comedy that raised funds for Girls Play Sports, a local nonprofit; Debbie wrote several song parodies—on topics such as commonly mispronounced words, sports bras and presidential tweets—for the benefit show, in addition to directing and performing.

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Meribah Knight (MSJ09)

Meribah Knight won a 2021 Peabody award for the second season of her podcast, The Promise. The series, reported and hosted by Meribah, tells the story of two neighborhood schools divided by race and economics: one almost entirely Black and low-income, the other almost all white and well off.

Meribah is a senior reporter/producer of special projects with Nashville Public Radio. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a photojournalist at the Tennessean, their 2-year-old son and the family’s five cats.