Temple DNC News Bureau Correspondents

abruzzoChristopher Abruzzo is a Journalism major entering his senior year, has worked as a Temple Update anchor and producer and Update Now anchor. Chris also leads campus tours as an Owl Ambassador and aspires to become an anchor and reporter for a news station in the Philadelphia area.


Harrison Brink is a multimedia journalist graduating from Temple with a BA in Journalism in July. He is the multimedia editor at the Temple News and a video production intern for Preston and Steve at WMMR. Harrison also built the website for Temple’s Aperture Photo Agency.

Taylor Carson is a junior at Temple pursuing a degree in Journalism with a minor in English. Taylor is a sister of Delta Zeta and a National Editor for Her Campus Media. After college, she hopes to work for a magazine in New York City.


Rob DiRienzo is a junior Journalism major who is also pursuing a minor in Political Science, and says that working as a broadcast journalist has been his dream since he was seven years old. Rob is a junior reporter at Fox29 Good Day Philadelphia and previously interned at Philadelphia Magazine and has worked for WRNJ Radio, Temple Update and WPVI-TV 6ABC Action News.

DowdingJon Dowding is a rising sophomore pursuing a double major in Journalism and Spanish with a minor in Political Science. He has worked as a producer and anchor of Temple Update Ahora as well as a producer of Temple Talk, Temple’s only entertainment talk show. Jon aspires to become an entertainment reporter and TV anchor upon graduating from Temple.


Liora Engel-Smith is pursuing a Master of Journalism degree at Temple University. Smith reports on public policy, politics, health, and social justice and also has a Master of Public Health degree from Drexel University.

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Louis Finley is a senior at Temple University, pursuing a degree in Journalism with a concentration in International Communication and a minor in Political Science. With news reporting experience both locally and internationally, Louis has a focus on politics and current events, from interviewing Pennsylvania state lawmakers to covering protests in London against airstrikes in Syria.


Mike Griffith is a senior Journalism major and freelance journalist. Mike works as content editor and photographer for OMGDrift.com and has worked as an assistant managing editor for Fourteenth Street Magazine at Temple. When he is not writing, Mike is racing at home in his custom-built motorsport simulator.


Paige Gross is a rising senior in the Journalism department at Temple University. She has interned at The Philadelphia Daily News on the City Desk and at WHYY as a Youth Program intern. Paige has been involved with The Temple News since her freshman year and has held the position of Opinion editor for the last year and a half. She hopes to one day work at a news magazine covering politics, news and American culture.


Cherea Hatcher graduated in spring 2016 with her BA in Journalism from the School of Media and Communication at Temple University. Cherea has a strong passion for closing the education gap and serving the community. During her time at Temple, Cherea served two years with Jumpstart Philly as a Corps Member and Team Leader. In her last year, Cherea covered the Germantown community as a staff reporter for Philadelphianeighborhoods.com and was a radio personality for WHIP, Temple’s student-run radio station.


Jennifer Kerrigan is a sophomore Journalism major at Temple University, specializing in visual journalism. Since arriving at Temple, she has served as the Photo Editor of The Temple News, freelanced for Metro Philly and interned at the Philadelphia Inquirer as a photographer. Jennifer aspires to work in a documentary capacity, focusing on social issues and human-interest stories.


Christina Klos is an undergraduate studying Strategic Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia.  Christina received her associate’s degree from Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pa., where she is now a part-time faculty member and a multi-subject tutoring mentor. She currently resides in Bucks County with her sister Maria and their dog Mandy.


Talore McBride is a graduating Journalism major and has had a strong interest in politics since she was a young child. The grandchild of a former elected official in the State of Maryland, Talore has worked on a grassroots level in many local and statewide campaigns.


Hannah McComsey is a sophomore Journalism major and works as a reporter and weather anchor for Temple Update, Temple University’s student-run television newscast. Hannah is originally from Oxford, Pa. and has wanted to work as a broadcast journalist since she began working in her high school’s news studio at 13 years old. After graduation Hannah hopes to work as a television reporter and eventually as an anchor for a morning news broadcast.


aishAishwarya Menon is a junior Journalism major, host of “The Weewo Show” on Temple’s WHIP radio and has interned with WMMR’s The Preston and Steve Show as well as MetroKids Magazine. Aish has a passion for writing and hopes to have a career covering news and politics.


Jeseamy Muentes is a senior journalism major at Temple University. Jeseamy has interned for WPVI-TV 6ABC in Philadelphia and works as a web producer, associate producer and reporter for Temple Update. She dreams of working for the Travel Channel or National Geographic.


Alexa Ross is a rising junior Journalism major with a concentration in International Communication and a minor in Spanish. She currently serves as editor in chief of The Tab Temple and is a reporter for OwlSports Update. Alexa gives tours as student ambassador in the School of Media and Communication, is a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon and a Philadelphia native. After graduation, she aspires to work as a reporter for a news station or a magazine in the Philadelphia area.


Taylor Schwartz is a Philadelphia-born senior Journalism and History major, and a member of the Golden Key International Honors Society for academic achievement and the Phi Alpha Theta National Historical Honors Society. Taylor has worked for small publications in the Philadelphia-area, including Her Campus Temple and Broad Street Music Group. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and baking, and plans on attending a graduate program for Journalism and/or Media Studies.


Brianna Spause is a senior Journalism major with a concentration in International Communication. Her passion lies in documentary photography, which has taken Brianna around the world and helped her find a niche at home in Philadelphia. Brianna is a contributing editor of JUMP Philly Magazine, and has been published by TUSouthAfrica.com, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and The Temple News.


Michaela Winberg is a sophomore journalism major with a minor in history and sociology. She works as the Lifestyle Editor of The Temple News, and she’s most often found in the newsroom wearing socks with Birkenstocks and pasting post-its on her cubicle walls.


Tracy Yatsko is a junior journalism major at Temple University. Tracy reports for Fox 29 Good Day Weekend and OwlSports Update. After suffering from a brain injury at 17 during a basketball game, Tracy dedicated her time to help raise awareness for concussion safety and education and was a spokeswoman for Pennsylvania’s State Legislation which helped pass the Safety in Youth Sports Act.


This elite team of students from the Temple University School of Media and Communication was selected by a committee of Temple DNC News Bureau faculty and staff, with the support of additional faculty members who were familiar with each individual applicant.