The students worked under the direction of Cronkite faculty members Rick Rodriguez and Jason Manning. Rodriguez, former executive editor of the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, is the Carnegie Professor of Journalism at the Cronkite School, where he teaches a seminar on Latino issues and a depth reporting class. Manning, former political editor for washingtonpost.com, is the director of student media at ASU and a member of the faculty at the Cronkite School. The two have guided students in previous in-depth reporting projects on immigration and border issues in the U.S. and Mexico.
Cronkite technologist Nic Lindh designed and built the website, while Jason Manning and Cronkite Student Steven Totten served as producers.
“Chiapas: State of Revolution” was made possible by a grant from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Illinois-based nonprofit organization founded by the international photojournalist, author and philanthropist.
A Cronkite Graduate student, Lacey Darrow holds a bachelors degree in communications from the Hugh Downs School at Arizona State University. Originally from Battle Ground, Washington, Darrow moved to Arizona to pursue multimedia journalism. When she is not in school, she enjoys the outdoors and playing with her dog.
Emilie Eaton is a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She has previously worked as a general news reporter for InMaricopa, a magazine and newspaper south of Phoenix, and as a Washington, D.C. correspondent for Cronkite News Service. In 2011, Emilie traveled to Istanbul, Turkey as part of a journalism study abroad program, covering religious identity and LGBT rights. Emilie will graduate in December 2014, and aspires to work as a foreign correspondent once she graduates. She enjoys traveling, baking and running, and is an avid TV and theater consumer.
Yihyun Jeong wants to tell stories in order to build empathy and knowledge because that is the first step toward creating positive change. Yihyun is a Barrett Honors student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism focusing on the digital platform. She will graduate in May 2015 with a dual bachelor’s and master's degree in journalism and mass communication and minors in Political Science and International Relations. She has interned at the Arizona Republic, CNN, KPNX, RightThisMinute, and for the City of Phoenix.
Alex Lancial is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning documentarian with a passion for visual storytelling and in-depth journalism projects. She has been a part of three documentaries, including the documentary made for last year’s borderlands project, “Two Borders,” which won an Excellence in Research award at the 2014 BEA Festival of Media Arts. Alex hopes to pursue investigative environmental reporting since graduating in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a Master’s in Mass Communication.
Rachel Leingang is a reporter at the Rochester Post-Bulletin in Rochester, Minn., where she covers the city and county governments. She worked on two Borderlands projects and wrote about guest farm workers in Canada and the Zapatista movement in Mexico. She was an Ethics and Excellence in Journalism fellow with News21, working on in-depth stories about post-9/11 veterans. She's also covered health and education for Cronkite News and worked on the investigative team at Cronkite NewsWatch.
Laurie Liles is a master’s candidate at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, focusing on in-depth and accountability journalism, with an emphasis on political reporting. Laurie grew up in Tempe and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northern Arizona University. She began a 25-year career in health policy and advocacy as a research analyst at the Arizona House of Representatives where she staffed the Health Committee. Laurie lives in Phoenix with her family.
A graduate of the University of San Diego and a California girl at heart, Loftus is a master's candidate at the Cronkite School. Building on a lifelong love affair with the written word, Loftus is interested in learning new storytelling mediums. Before coming to ASU, she wrote for a number of outlets including radio news, a travel magazine and higher education marketing. Loftus decided to pursue journalism as a way to tell the untold stories after backpacking around Central America, wedged in the back of a chicken bus.
Carolina Lopez is a Phoenix, Arizona native. She prides herself in her enthusiasm for using digital media to be the most effective and efficient storyteller and composer of communications materials. Carolina is interested in producing stories meant for the web, web-native, so they can be as interactive and engaging as possible to modern digital audiences. She is a student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Barrett, The Honors College. Carolina is working on receiving both her bachelor's and master's degrees through a combined degree program offered by the Walter Cronkite School.
Martinez is a long-time resident of Phoenix, Arizona. She received concurrent degrees in journalism and political science at Arizona State University and a certificate International Studies in May 2014. Andrea previously interned at Phoenix affiliate KTVW Univision 33 and Glendale 11. Andrea is currently continuing her studies in dentistry. She will continue her journalism pursuits by using her science and future dental knowledge to deliver health information to the public.
Brittany Elena Morris is multimedia storyteller, aspiring triathlete and bookworm. She is a native Arizonan and received a bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism and communications in May 2014. She wrote for the Cronkite News Service and spent a year with The Arizona Republic. She earned awards for two investigative projects on genetically modified foods and Title I schools. Brittany speaks elementary level Arabic. She traveled to Kuwait in summer 2013 where she studied the social and political implications of a law separating men and women in classrooms. She hopes to visit Indonesia next.
Erin Patrick Ruane O’Connor is a multimedia journalist with a strong film and visual background. He attended film school at Scottsdale Community College focusing on documentary film production and visual editing. After graduating SCC in 2010, he worked in Phoenix as a freelance camera assistant and sound designer before attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Erin worked with the ASU school newspaper, the State Press, where he had the opportunity to produce multiple multimedia documentary projects, one of which placed 4th in the national Hearst competition.
Connor Radnovich received a bachelor's and master's degree in Mass Communication from Arizona State University in May 2014. He has had stories and photographs published in newspapers and online publications across the country, including The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, the Financial Times, USA Today and the Associated Press. He also was the executive editor of student-run online publication Downtown Devil and internied at the Arizona Center for Investigating Reporting.
Sauceda is a northern California native, who received a bachelor's degree in journalism and a certificate in entertainment and technology in May 2014. She is interested in reporting on diversity, government accountability and socioeconomic issues, and has a passion for adding a human interest aspect to the news. Sauceda plans to use her education in all aspects of the media industry to encourage critical analysis and skeptical consumption of the media. She enjoys reading, concert-going, cooking and eating.
Steven Totten is an Arizona native and multimedia storyteller who searches for cultural hybrids and niches throughout the world. He is especially interested in subjects that have a transnational angle. Steven is currently pursuing a master’s degree in journalism at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication. Before joining the school in 2013, Steven earned a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in English Literature and worked in early childhood education as a Spanish educator. In his free time, Steven enjoys reading comic books and dancing foolishly.
Born and raised in a small town outside of Minneapolis, Jessie Wardarski moved to Arizona to pursue a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism with an emphasis on documentary production and photojournalism. She has interned with a startup online magazine, Bite Magazine, and has served many semesters as a photographer and Assistant Photo Editor for the student newspaper at ASU. Jessie is also pursuing a minor in dance and a certificate in International relations. Upon Graduating in May 2015 she hopes continue traveling and reporting on human impact stories around the world.
Nic Lindh is the Cronkite School Web master and instructional technology analyst. He built the school’s website and the site for Cronkite News, the school’s daily news website, and he helps faculty and students use technology. He also has taught graphic design at the school. Prior to coming to ASU, he worked as a writer, programmer and system administrator.
Rodriguez is the Cronkite School’s Carnegie Professor of Journalism. The former executive editor of The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, Rodriguez was the first Latino president of the American Society of News Editors. He came to the Cronkite School in 2008 to develop a new cross-disciplinary specialization in the coverage of issues related to Latinos and the U.S.-Mexico border. Rodriguez is known nationally as a champion of watchdog journalism and newsroom diversity.
Manning is director of student media at ASU, serving as adviser and publisher to the university's student-run news outlets. He is also a member of the Cronkite School's faculty. He previously was politics editor for washingtonpost.com, where he led the website’s coverage of the federal government and national campaign politics.