Entering September 2012
Liyan Chen graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College with a B.A. in History. She spent her junior year at Sciences Po Paris studying French and international relations. While in college, she wrote for student publications in English and French. Liyan covered local business and political news as an intern for The Galena Gazette in 2011 and for The Toledo Blade in 2012. At The Blade, she worked on investigative projects on the Asian community and Chinese investment in Toledo. Inspired by her senior thesis on online activism and Chinese politics, Liyan hopes to become a technology reporter and cover the intersection of technology, business and politics. In her free time, she loves cooking and trying out different ethnic cuisines. She also enjoys traveling, with a goal to visit at least a different country every year. A native speaker of Cantonese and Mandarin, Liyan is a citizen of China.
Sonya Chudgar graduated from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in French. She interned for nearly two years at QSR magazine, a trade publicationcovering the food service industry, where her average day involved interviewing the CEO of Krispy Kreme or talking with executives from Papa John’s and PepsiCo about why fast food brands should get involved in sports marketing. Sonya loves all things French, and spent the spring semester of her junior year studying journalism in Paris at l’Ecole de Science Politique. She blogs from time to time, and once wrote a post about procedural TV dramas that got 10,000 hits after Hart Hanson, creator and executive producer of “Bones,” Tweeted about it. Sonya loves reading, traveling, trivia, bad puns, the NFL, and her Tar Heels. She is a citizen of the United States.
Kathryn Dill graduated with Honors from Boston College with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing. She reported for several months from the United Nations Office in Geneva, covering topics ranging from nuclear nonproliferation to Swiss flea markets. While covering the July 2008 Doha Round, she developed a strong interest in international trade as it relates to developing countries. Kathryn later worked as a stringer for the Chicago Tribune, focusing on the northern suburbs. In 2011, she spent time in rural Haiti observing NGOs and local coffee growers associations as part of an economic justice program. Her writing and photography have appeared in publications including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Daily Herald, and National Geographic Intelligent Travel. Kathryn blogs, bikes, and plays the guitar. She is an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox and New York magazine. She is a citizen of the United States.
Megan Durisin graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Journalism. She spent two years as a reporter and editor at the campus newspaper, The State News. She also completed summer internships at The Bay City Times and Grand Rapids Press with MLive Media Group and in the corporate communications department of Consumers Energy. In 2011, she earned an Associated Collegiate Press Award for a story featuring the struggles of Libyan students at MSU at risk of being deported home during the Arab Spring turmoil. Megan enjoys Michigan beaches, music festivals and MSU basketball. She is a citizen of the United States.
Robert Ferris graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Anthropology and Communication. He worked as a researcher for two years at Russell Reynolds Associates, a global executive recruiting firm, where he specialized in the technology industry. In 2008, he joined the Yeshe De Text Preservation Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to reprinting and distributing the major collections of classical Tibetan Buddhist texts. From 2010 to 2012, he worked as a research assistant for the Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages, an affiliated institute that facilitates the translation of Buddhist literature by mainstream academics from Asian languages into English and other European languages. He has studied Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Spanish, and is a citizen of the United States.
Sarah Ann Jacob graduated with a B.A. in Economics from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai. For four years she worked at The Economic Times, the world’s second-largest English business daily. As Principal Correspondent, she has written numerous articles on business developments in India, often focusing on the retail, consumer goods and spirits sectors of the economy. She was named The Economic Times’ best young journalist in 2011. Sarah joins the BER program as the Wall Street Journal Asia Fellow at NYU for 2012-2013 (a fellowship for Asian business journalists sponsored by the Dow Jones Foundation). She enjoys traveling and cooking and is trying her hand at photography. She can speak Malayalam (native) and Hindi. Sarah is a citizen of India.
Yue Jiang graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in Journalism and Economics after transferring from Zhejiang University in China, where she studied English and German for a year. She interned at the Columbia Missourian as a beat reporter and as a multimedia reporter. Before that, she interned at the Chinese Business Morning Post. She worked for Theglobalexperts.org, a website project with the United Nations during her last semester at college. Yue Jiang speaks Mandarin Chinese and English. Her career goal is to cover the economy and financial markets in Asia. She also wants to establish a foundation to help journalists in developing countries, especially China, work on issues such as freedom of speech. She is a citizen of China.
John Kapetaneas graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Economics. He started the BER program as a part-time student in the fall of 2011, and is joining BER-14 as a full-time student. At the University of Connecticut, John studied in the economics scholars program and completed graduate and honors coursework in economics law and economics writing. Concurrently, he worked in the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where he devised a marketing strategy for an upstart biochar company. In his free time, John helped manage his family’s restaurant business in Fairfield County. John speaks fluent Greek, and was active in the Greek community at UConn. He enjoys all sports and trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Saranya Kapur graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras with a M.A. in Economics and a minor in English. She interned at some of the top publications in India, such as The Hindustan Times, The Economic Times and Business Today and developed a focus in features and macroeconomics. She has also interned as a researcher at the Union Bank of India, the Industrial Credit Rating Agency and IFMR Mezzanine, a mezzanine investment fund for small and medium microfinance institutions. She recently completed her Master’s thesis, a Panel Granger Causality Analysis of political instability and economic growth, through the channels of investment and inequality. She is a trained Indian classical vocalist and an enthusiastic long-distance runner. She is fluent in Hindi and has intermediate proficiency in Spanish. She is a citizen of India.
Jamie Lee graduated with Second-Upper Honors from Nanyang Technological University with a B.A. in Communications Studies. She worked for four years at The Business Times, a business-news daily operated by Singapore Press Holdings. She reported a wide variety of business stories, focusing on coverage of the stock market, regulation, corporate governance, and shareholder disputes. In 2010, she won the financial journalist of the year award from a shareholder-rights advocacy body, the Securities Investors Association (Singapore), setting the record as the youngest recipient in the award’s ten-year history. A year later, Singapore Press Holdings gave Jamie its award as Young Journalist of the Year. She is a citizen of Singapore.
Katie Lobosco graduated magna cum laude from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Economics. She worked two and one-half years as a news reporter at The Coast Star, a weekly newspaper based in Manasquan, NJ. She reported on municipal government, local politics, school districts, police activity and community events in southern Monmouth County. Katie received an award from the New Jersey Press Association for her stories exploring the behind-the-scenes operations of answering and dispatching 9-1-1 calls. The series brought to light how the impending merger of these services between municipalities could save tax dollars and change how 9-1-1 calls are answered. Katie enjoys the beach and traveling. She is a citizen of the United States.
Anders Melin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in Finance. As a collegiate swimmer he served as team captain at Mizzou and earned seven All-America honors and two NCAA titles while swimming for Limestone College from 2007 to 2009. He brings a wide variety of experiences to the BER program. He has interned with Customer-Business Development at Procter & Gamble, worked for Investigative Reporters & Editors, blogged for Collegeswimming.com, and tutored students in grade school. Born and raised in Sweden, Anders enjoys the bright Scandinavian summers, European beer, electronic music, and exploring the United States by car. Anders is a citizen of the kingdom of Sweden.
Jessica Summers graduated as valedictorian and summa cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.A. in Communications and minors in Journalism and Political Science. She spent a summer abroad at Oxford University, where she studied history and politics. She took advantage of going to college in New York City by gaining practical journalism experience. She worked internships at CNN International, CNBC Business News and WABC in New York, as well as KPRC in Houston. She has also worked as a freelance reporter for OK! Magazine and has interviewed an array of personalities, from Donald Trump to the cast of Saturday Night Live. She is an aspiring broadcast journalist. Jessica enjoys reading, writing, traveling, playing tennis, and trying new restaurants in the city. She is a citizen of both the United States and Australia.
Wenqian Zhu graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in Journalism. She worked as a reporter for The Daily Collegian, the campus newspaper at Penn State, focusing on localizing major news events. She won a William Randolph Hearst Foundation Journalism Award for her coverage of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in Shanksville, Pa. Previously, she interned at China Daily and China Central Television in Beijing as a business reporter, and interviewed top executives of Citibank China and Starbucks. At Penn State, she worked in a peer-mentoring program assisting first-year students of diverse backgrounds. Wenqian enjoys playing the piano and traveling in her spare time. Wenqian is fluent in Mandarin. She is a citizen of China.