Biographies

Nancy DeVille

I’m a student at the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to relocating to the Bay Area, I spent six years as a reporter for The Tennessean in Nashville writing about everything from local politics and education to health and religion. At Berkeley, I’m focusing on radio and long-form feature writing.

When I’m not writing or interviewing sources for my next radio story, I enjoy watching football, grabbing a bit to eat at new Bay Area restaurants, taking in a movie or browsing at a local bookstore.

Upon graduating in May 2015, I hope to land a job in public radio.

 

Imana Gunawan

I am a Seattle-based journalist, dance artist and senior at the University of Washington double majoring in journalism and dance. I currently work as news editor for The Daily of the UW and dance critic for SeattleDances.com. I have contributed written, photographic and/or audio work to The Jordan Times, Seattle Weekly, The Seattle Lesbian, International Examiner, Northwest Asian Weekly and The Seattle Times Blog. I enjoy cats, international politics, impromptu dances and strong coffee/chai latte.

 

Constanza Gallardo 

I was born and raised in Mexico. I’ve always loved media and knew that I wanted to work in it. When I started college, at Florida International University, I decided to major in journalism. Every semester I had internships with different media outlets, such as CNN Mexico, Discovery Latin America, WLRN-Miami Herald News and Radio Ambulante.  These experiences helped me discover my two passions: radio and photography.

As a Spanish-speaking immigrant, I want to use these mediums and tell Latin American stories both inside and outside the U.S.

 

Alyssa Mendez Batista

My name is Alyssa Mendez Batista and I am a senior at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras studying Journalism and French. My passion for journalism began in high school when I joined the Journalism club and wrote for my school’s newspaper. On my first semester of my freshman year in college, I quickly became involved in many student organizations, including the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Puerto Rican Association of Journalism Students, both of which have opened my eyes to great opportunities for careers within the media.

I have had the chance to travel to Europe for studying abroad as well as to many cities in the United States for internships and journalism training programs that have helped shape the skill sets that I have acquired throughout these last 5 years. I am looking forward to the next step of my life by jumpstarting my journalism career when I graduate in December.

 

Gabriela Saldivia

I am senior at Michigan State University, where I am studying journalism, Spanish and documentary film. From working as the news director at my college radio station to interning at mid-Michigan’s NPR member station to working as a producer on a grant-funded documentary project, I have learned a lot in my time at MSU.

My passions are radio storytelling and documentary film but also riding my bicycle and taking photos with disposable cameras. I enjoy stimulating conversations, the excitement of meeting new people and a book that can make me cry.

My curiosity and creativity are definitely the driving forces in my life. After college, I plan to pursue a career working in public media.

 

Ann Kane

Ann  Kane  got  her  start  in  radio  with  KUOW’s youth media training program RadioActive.  She  is  a  recent  graduate  of  the  University  of  Washington,  where  she  studied  International  Studies  and  Music. She lives in Seattle.

 

Reynaldo Leanos Jr.

“My name is Reynaldo Leanos Jr. and I am a senior journalism and international studies student at Texas State University.

I was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, but I am currently living in San Marcos, Texas, where I am the news director at KTSW 89.9, my university radio station.

My dream job is to become an international journalist in any type of media, preferably stationed in Latin America, or anywhere else that allows me to travel.

I enjoy traveling, exploring and learning!

Special Project: Japanese Brazilian school counselor

Steven Ono immigrated to the United States at age 11. Music helped him through the struggles of learning English and figuring out the school system. Twenty years later he is in his first year as a school counselor at a Bellevue middle school. He hopes to become the kind of counselor he needed as a student.

Urban Death Project: turning human bodies into compost

Everybody will one day die. But the way people say goodbye to the recently deceased body varies to the country and culture. In the U.S. there are two main options: traditional burial and cremation.

A Seattle architect hopes to change that.

Katrina Spade is the founder of the Urban Death Project in Seattle. Listen to her talk about the process and space for the project:

Watch the video with Katrina:

Special Project: An exploration of death and dirt

Grace Seidel, 55, recently decided to have her remains composted once she dies. Seidel has a passion for death and dirt which reinforces the idea of her body going back to the earth.

“It’s easier for me to just know that when my life s over, it will be over,” says Seidel. “So I can make the best of what I have now, be the kindest person I can be, and hope people feel good when they think about me.”

 

Listen to Seidel talk more about dirt and death:

 

Special Project: Mushroom hunting to survive

 

Jeremy Faber is a commercial mushroom hunter in Seattle, Washington. When he’s not managing his business, he promotes eating wild food.

 

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Listen to his story here:

Jeremy says his business, Foraged & Found Edibles, can deliver around 500-600 pounds of mushrooms a day.

Special Project: Jemil’s Big Easy food truck Positive Reinforcer

Since 2011, Jemil’s Big Easy food truck has brought savory and flavorful dishes that define Cajun cuisine from New Orleans up to the streets of Seattle, Wash. For Next Generation Radio, Alyssa Mendez Batista hopped inside the food truck to talk to Candace Lachelle Johnson, the food truck’s Positive Reinforcer. Candace is daughter of Chef and owner Jemil Aziz Johnson and has been working on the truck since the summer of 2012 bringing her positive attitude and vibrant personality every day at lunchtime.

Mr. Ono becomes the school counselor he needed

Steven Ono

“If I did have a counselor who was Japanese from Brazil and he was my middle school counselor, I think I would have had more questions answered then I had at the time. And I think that’s what every student wants is to have somebody that can answer those questions.”