Meet the Staff

Katie Emmets
University of Florida
Katie is a senior at the University of Florida. Currently, she is a staff writer for The Independent Florida Alligator. Katie has interned for the Skagway News in Alaska, Gator Bait Magazine in Gainesville and she was the freelance editor for The Independent Florida Alligator. Upon graduation, she would like to write about the arts for a daily newspaper.

Jessica Gillespie
University of Central Florida
Jessica is a junior at the University of Central Florida, where she is majoring in journalism. She has always had the goal of becoming a copy editor, partially due to her love for correct spelling and proper grammar. Jessica plans to minor in Sport Business Management. She also recently picked up some American Sign Language courses to continue studying the language she has been learning since elementary school. This addition to her schedule has rekindled her childhood career goal of being a sign language interpreter. After graduation, Jessica hopes to be a sports writer/editor and a freelance sign language interpreter.

Ashley Crane
Palm Beach State College
Ashley is a sophomore and the campus editor and photographer for Palm Beach State College Gardens campus. She is majoring in photojournalism and currently works as an freelance assistant photographer shooting weddings and events. Although new to the fields of photography and journalism, she aspires to make a huge impact on society through her work. After years of travel and experience in the field, Ashley plans to return to school for a degree in education so she can give back her knowledge and experience to the youth.

Veronica Vela
Florida Gulf Coast University
Veronica is a new member to the Society of Professional Journalists. She is a Communications major at FGCU and writes for the student newspaper, the Eagle News. Over the summer she blogged for Credit Card Management Services in her hometown of West Palm Beach, FL and hopes to one day intern for the Naples Daily News.

Ashley Hemmy
University of Florida
Ashley is a third-year journalism major at the University of Florida, concentrating in print and online media. She hopes to spend her future reporting truthfully and objectively for a big city newspaper. She is the president of the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She has worked as a reporter and copy editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and writes for Advantage Publishing, Inc., a magazine company targeting North Florida.

Gideon Grudo
Florida Atlantic University
Gideon is a full-time student majoring in multimedia studies at FAU. He is currently the managing editor of the University Press at FAU. Gideon hopes to one day change the world with words.

Hannah Mobarekeh
University of Central Florida
Hannah is a junior at the University of Central Florida, where she is majoring in journalism with a minor in marketing. Hannah hopes to write, photograph and take over the world. While the latter is a joke, Hannah’s future is not. She hopes to make her mark on the travel or fashion industry at an influential publication, such as Harper’s Bazaar or Travel + Leisure Magazine.

Jinna Marbry
Kennesaw State University
Jinna is a senior at Kennesaw State University in Georgia and treasurer for Kennesaw State’s Society of Professional Journalists campus chapter. Her major is in Communications with a concentration in Journalism and Citizen Media. While Jinna is focused on graduating in 2011, much of her time is spent as a single mom to her 8-year-old daughter, Gillian. Presently, Jinna is exploring her options for after graduation but her desire is to use her love of journalism and media technology in a way that helps those in need.

Caity Kauffman
Florida Gulf Coast University
Caity is a senior at FGCU, where she will be graduating with a major in Communication and minor in Journalism. She hopes to pursue a career in sports media, and currently works as the Director of Media Relations for the Florida Jr. Blades hockey organization. She has interned and freelanced for both major Southwest Florida newspapers, Naples Daily News and the Fort Myers News-Press.

Emily Fuggetta
University of Florida
Emily is a journalism student at the University of Florida and editor in chief of the student newspaper, The Independent Florida Alligator. She has also interned for the Orlando Sentinel and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. After graduation, she hopes to get a job writing features for a newspaper or magazine on the West Coast.

Catherine Meyer
University of Northern Colorado
Catherine is a senior journalism and mass communications major with an emphasis in news-editorial and minors in environmental studies, biology and visual arts. She has worked as a copy editor for UNC’s campus paper, The Mirror. Her aspirations are to continue her journalism career and obtain her master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. At Boulder, she would like to combine her love for writing and the environment and major in environmental journalism.

Carlos Sanz
Lynn University
Carlos is an international student from Barcelona, Spain at Lynn University. Sanz is a senior majoring in Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Multimedia Journalism. He traveled across Europe playing international tennis tournaments and this eventually led him to the United States. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Lynn University’s daily publication, iPulse. Listed on the Deans List and having recently received the Academic Achievement Scholarship, upon graduation, Sanz aspires to pursue a graduate degree in the field of communication and media.

Michael Slavin
Lynn University
Michael Slavin is currently a multimedia journalism junior at Lynn University. Since joining the school newspaper, iPulse, in spring, 2009, he has been a copy editor, writer, graphic designer and currently, managing editor. He has studied abroad in Australia, Egypt and Spain. Other campus activities include marketing director for Relay for Life and part-time photographer for the university marketing department. His goal in life is to become a fiction book publisher while simultaneously traveling the world.

Sarah Malhotra
Eckerd College
Sarah is in her second year as a staff writer for the college campus newspaper The Current, though she hopes to also become a copy editor. She is passionate about helping the homeless people of St. Petersburg, Fla., and reaches out to them through ECHO (Eckerd College Homeless Outreach), comprised of several compassionate students committed to helping those in need. In her spare time, she enjoys laughing, riding yellow bikes, and dreaming about world peace.

Daylina Miller
University of South Florida
Daylina is currently double majoring in multimedia journalism and psychology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. She works for University Communications and Marketing writing news stories and shooting photos for the university website. Daylina is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, both national and her university chapter. She has written opinion columns for her The Oracle, USF’s award-winning student newspaper, and for The Tampa Tribune. Her ultimate goal is to report for a daily newspaper and freelance for paranormal research and psychology magazines.

Andrew Pantazi
University of Florida
As a journalist, I hate short bios. If there’s something that deserves space, it’s telling someone’s life story. But alas, concision is key. I have five siblings; two are homeless, one by choice. I transferred to UF in January after being rejected four times. In my first week at UF, I started working as a copy editor, and later I became a staff writer. As a staff writer, I spent three weeks homeless and wrote a story about squatters in Gainesville. I was born for journalism. Telling stories is a religious experience that everyone does, and journalists do it better.

Karla Bowsher
Florida Atlantic University
Karla is a “very super senior” studying Spanish at FAU. She’s been in college off and on for nearly 10 years, intermittently studying at Stetson University and now FAU. She’s been the editor in chief at the University Press since May, and she lives in and loves the newsroom. Karla is a night owl, although she doesn’t care about her school’s mascot, and she is usually caught e-mailing her newspaper staff at 3 a.m. While editor of the paper, Karla has been heading up the investigation against FAU’s administration who fired the University Press advisor, Michael Koretzky.

Stephanie Colaianni
Florida Atlantic University
Stephanie got the chance to explore photography in high school. She joined the FAU student newspaper, the University Press, to be published and ended up working as a senior photographer, photo editor and art director. Throughout her photography career, she’s been published in South Florida publications like Sun-Sentinel and Palm Beach Post and worked as house photographer for Live Nation concerts. For her love of music, she started …Ish, a website for previews/reviews of South Florida concerts.


Rachael Joyner
Florida Atlantic University Alumna
Rachael works for the Christian charity Cross International as a staff writer and photographer reporting on clinics, schools, and other social developments projects in Africa and Central America. She was also a staff reporter at the Sun Sentinel and currently serves as the Secretary for the Society of Professional Journalists’ South Florida Pro Chapter.

Michele Boyet
Florida Atlantic University
Michele is an online producer at the Sun Sentinel, vice president of the Florida College Press Association, and the 2010 Florida College Journalist of the Year (as awarded by the Society of Professional Journalists). Michele recently started an independent newspaper at FAU called the Owl Times. She is also a journalist with a superhero complex.

Dori Zinn
Florida Atlantic University Alumna
Dori serves as the Vice President of Membership for the Society of Professional Journalists South Florida Pro Chapter. She currently works as a Communications Assistant and Contributing Editor for the Association for Retail Environments – a non-profit retail trade magazine based in Hollywood, Fla. She has freelanced for South Florida publications such as New Times, and She graduated from FAU in 2008. Her dream is to continue to educate the masses on journalism.

Michael Koretzky
Michael is president of the Florida College Press Association, a national at-large director with the Society of Professional Journalists, spring convention director for College Media Advisers, and a freelance journalist based in South Florida.

Lyn Millner
Florida Gulf Coast University
Lyn loves her job as an assistant professor of journalism at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is the program leader for the upcoming journalism degree, to begin in the fall of 2011. She is always looking for ways that students can use multimedia to tell better stories.


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