Staff Bios

Brandon Bridges is a second year graduate student in print journalism. He is originally from Chicago , and earned his undergraduate work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduation, he plans a career in newspaper or magazine journalism. He wanted to investigate the effectiveness of Teach for American, the volunteer teacher corps aimed at closing the achievement gap in America ’s public schools. “I believe young volunteer teachers may key,” he says, “in providing minority and low-income children a chance at a successful life.
Gloria Angelina Castillo is in her last semester as a graduate broadcast student. Immediately upon graduation, Ms. Castillo will be seeking employment in a Spanish or English language television news station. Click here to see her resume. After two and a half years in journalism school, she aims to become an outstanding bilingual reporter and she greatly admires the work of Maria Elena Salinas. Ms. Castillo earned her bachelors’ degree at the prestigious University of California , San Diego , where she majored in Ethnic Studies and minored in Communications. A child of Mexican immigrants, Ms. Castillo is thankful for the educational opportunities she has had as well as the supportive teachers and mentors along the way. She looks forward to giving back as a community reporter and someday as a journalism instructor for disadvantaged youth.
Yoo Mi Chin is a second year graduate student in print journalism. She came to the U.S. in 2002 after she graduated from Jakarta International School . She earned a bachelor's degree in comparative literature and minor degree in Spanish literature and language from USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences in December 2005. Having attended a private high school where classes did not exceed 25 students, her exploration of Downey ’s crowded Warren High School resulted in a story about the impact of large classes on learning.
Carla Maria Guerrero is a second year graduate student in print journalism. She received her bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from Pomona College in Claremont , Calif. As an undergraduate, Carla traveled and lived in Cuba , Mexico , Peru and Bolivia where she was able to study in a Cuban classroom, conduct research in a rural Mexican town and teach on a tiny island on Lake Titicaca . When she graduates, she hopes to work in Spanish-language news media in the U.S. and cover issues affecting the Latino community. Her dream is to eventually move to Latin America to cover the developing political and social stories affecting the region. Carla has interned with 60 Minutes in Washington , D.C. , and is currently working as a research assistant at USC .
Matthew Mundy is a second year graduate student in print journalism. He hails from Toronto , and earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from Montreal ’s McGill University . He is currently interning at Los Angeles CityBeat and has also worked as a reporter at a newspaper just outside of Toronto , The Mississauga News. He is an avid music fan as well, and writes for smokingsection.net, a hip-hop website. His interests in journalism are wide-ranging, but revolve predominantly around politics and issues relating to race, class and all the conflicts in between. He was attracted to the issue of homeless schoolchildren because of his interests in social and urban issues, as well as his lack of knowledge about the topic. He would eventually like to pursue a career in long-form journalism in either newspapers or magazines.
Emily Pauker is a second year graduate student in print journalism. She hopes to work for a print publication covering features, education, entertainment or business, and possibly freelance for radio. She enjoys reading fiction, writing, reading the newspaper and magazines, and listening to the radio. She also loves all kinds of music, indie film, and live theatre. She chose to write about testing in schools because she wanted to learn about the challenges teachers face with standardized exams. While writing the story, she learned that at Vermont Avenue Elementary the biggest challenges teacher Jeanette Boston faced were English language learners and working in a Title I school.

Katie Riese is finishing her master’s at Annenberg. She’s majoring in Broadcast Journalism, minoring in communication law and media policy, and concurrently pursuing a master’s in Online Journalism. Katie started at Annenberg Television News on the assignment desk four years ago. Since then, she’s spent multiple semesters as a producer and a writer/shooter/editor, and has done nearly every position in the studio including director, technical director, and teleprompter. She currently serves as Thursday’s Executive Producer, Wednesday’s director, and the web coordinator.This past summer, Katie interned for NBC Dateline, where she spent most of her time in court with the rest of the media covering the Phil Spector trial. She has also interned twice at NBC’s Seattle affiliate, KING-TV, as well as here in Los Angeles at Good Morning America, CNBC, California Connected, and KCAL/CBS2. Katie got her start in journalism as a Cherub at Northwestern and as horoscope writer for her high school newspaper. Outside of ATVN, Katie is Co-Director of the Annenberg Ambassadors. A native of Seattle, Katie loves boating, watching Grey’s Anatomy, baking with her roommates, and taking trips to Orange County. Ultimately, Katie would love to produce for either a daily news show or a newsmagazine.

Megan Chao is the webmaster for USC's Watt Way, and finishing her master’s degree in broadcast journalism at Annenberg. She has produced several segments for USC's newsmagazine show, Impact, and plans to work in longform television production, hopefully for The Discovery Channel, The Science Channel or National Geographic. She is interested in science and health reporting, having double-majored in her undergraduate days at University of California Riverside in Biology and Creative Writing. She has reported for and published articles with The National Academies of Science, and has worked for KNX 1070 Newsradio in Los Angeles. She currently works for The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships. Megan is a native of California, enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, playing the piano and traveling.

Andy McHargue is the technical lead for the USC Annenberg website, and provides consulting services to administrative units, faculty, programs and projects within the school. Before joining USC, he worked as a web developer on Knowledge Adventure's educational website, education.com, and was a technical developer for Knowledge Adventure CD-ROM products including Math Blaster and Kaplan High School Success. He is a graduate of Syracuse University , where he discovered the Internet on accident. He lives in Torrance with his wife and four children.
William Celis is an associate professor of journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, with a courtesy appointment at the USC Rossier School of Education. He is a former education correspondent for The New York Times and a former domestic correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. His work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Education Week, Columbia University ’s Teachers College Record, Voices in Urban Education, the quarterly produced by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, and other publications. He is the author of Battle Rock: The Struggle Over A One-Room School in America’s Vanishing West and is completing Remembering Richard: Immigrants and Their Quest for the American Dream. He earned his master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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