Class of 2020
Mary Bernard | Mary is a biological anthropology major from St. Louis. In summer 2018, she was a James M. Naughton Fellow at The Philadelphia Inquirer. She is a staff writer for The Observer, the university's independent, student-run newspaper. She became interested in journalism while writing for and editing her high school newsmagazine, the Clayton High School Globe. She is fluent in Spanish.
"I'm interested in investigative and magazine reporting and hope to explore how the opiate crisis is impacting both urban and rural America."
Mia Berry | Mia is a science-business major from Detroit. She was a Matthew V. Storin Fellow at The Boston Globe in summer 2018. She is a sportswriter at The Observer. She is also a writer for the Notre Dame Athletics Department webpage, where she creates graphics, edits video and helps manage the department's social media accounts.
"At The Observer, I cover interhall sports, volleyball, swimming and women's golf. I plan on either attending medical school or becoming a sports journalist."
Cecilia Biagini | Cece is a political science major from Washington, D.C. She is also pursuing a minor in business economics. In summer 2018, she was an intern at Kiplinger’s Weekly Forecasting Letter. She writes for both the arts and news sections of The Observer.
“I am confident that the skills I develop as a journalist will help me in any career I pursue in business or politics.”
Evan DaCosta | Evan is a political science major from Topsfield, Mass. He is the founder of Halt-Alt, a blog of political opinion. In fall 2018, he began an internship with WBND, the ABC affiliate in South Bend. He also works as a student assistant in the political science department.
"I am interested in journalism because of the power journalists have to make changes in the world. I am especially interested in news writing, politics, and conflict reporting."
Gretchen Hopkirk | Gretchen is a film, television and theatre major from Lancaster, Pa. In summer 2018, she interned at Circa News in Washington, D.C. She works as a production assistant for Bleacher Report and Fighting Irish Media.
"I am interested in combining storytelling skills from my multimedia background and the journalism program in order to produce video content for news and/or sports broadcasting outlets."
David Korzeniowski | David is a film, television and theatre major from Sudbury, Mass. He is an intern with the NBC Sports broadcast team that covers Fighting Irish football games. He also works with Fighting Irish Media.
"I went to a camp for five summers to work on my broadcast journalism skills. I one day hope to be a D1 college basketball play-by- play announcer."
Ashley Lo | Ashley, who also goes by Hsuan, is an English major from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She is a writer for Scholastic. She has interned with EMBA Magazine in Taipei. She is also a Greater China Scholar at the university. She is fluent in Mandarin.
"I would love to become a foreign correspondent because I'm fascinated by different cultures and languages, many of which I've been exposed to as an international student."
Kara Miecznikowski | Kara is a biological sciences major from Chesterton, Ind. She is a writer and editor at "Scientia," the university's undergraduate research journal. She is a radio host at WVFI and she also writes for The Observer and Scholastic.
"I'm interested in newspaper and broadcast journalism, and aspire to someday work for NPR’s weekly public radio show, This American Life."
Charlie Ortega | Charlie is a film, television, and theatre major from Miami. He is also pursuing a minor in studio art with a concentration in photography. He is a sports writer at The Observer. A native of Honduras, he is a fluent Spanish speaker.
"My ultimate goal is to bring awareness to social issues through photography."
Holden Perrelli | Holden is a film, television and theatre major from North Haven, Conn. Holden is an intern with the NBC Sports broadcast team that cover Fighting Irish football games. He has also held two summer internships at NBC Sports in New York City. He also works with Fighting Irish Media.
"I'm passionate about pursuing an on-air career in the sports industry, for radio and television."
Austin Rooney | Austin is a political science and film, television and theatre major from Darien, Conn. In summer 2018, he was a broadcaster for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League. He is a student broadcaster for Fighting Irish Media, where he announces volleyball, soccer, baseball and softball. He also broadcasts Notre Dame football, hockey and basketball for WVFI, the student radio station. In addition, he serves as an analyst on the NDTV show Shamrock Sports.
"Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to be a play-by-play broadcaster. I believe that my internship in the Cape Cod Baseball League and my diversified education will help me pursue that goal."
Susanne Seiler | Susanne is a political science major from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She is also pursuing a minor in business economics. In fall 2018, she began work as a production intern at WNIT Public Television in South Bend.
"I hope to one day be a multimedia journalist who utilizes the power journalists hold in a positive way. The ultimate dream is to host my own daily talk show."
Kelli Smith | Kelli, who hails from El Paso, Texas, is a dual major in political science and film, television and theatre. She was a 2018 summer intern at Circa News in Washington, D.C. She was also an intern at KTSM, the NBC affiliate in El Paso. She is a staff writer at The Observer. She also works with Fighting Irish Media.
"I aspire to be a multimedia journalist for a major television broadcasting network whereby I could report the news -- particularly as it relates to politics."
Natalie Weber | Natalie is an English major from Grand Junction, Colo. She held a 2018 summer reporting internship at The Denver Post. She is an associate news editor at The Observer, where she covers campus news and helps manage the paper's social media accounts.
"My ultimate career goal is to work as an investigative journalist. I am also interested in political reporting and journalism as it relates to social justice issues."