Class of 2023
Maggie Clark | Maggie is a political science major from Chatham, N.J. She is a writer for the “From the Archives” section of The Observer, the university’s independent, student-run newspaper.
"Journalism offers an opportunity to serve the masses. In this era of contention, I think journalism would allow me to be a force for good and a source of truth."
Jamison Cook | Jamison is a marketing major from Erie, Pennsylvania. He is currently a sportswriter for The Observer and has had the opportunity to cover a wide variety of Notre Dame sports, with a focus on the baseball team this past spring. He also has digital experience through the management of social media content for a variety of clubs and organizations.
"Sports journalism gives me the unique opportunity to bring to life all that happens on and off the playing field and share my love of sports with others."
Liam Coolican | Liam, who hails from Ann Arbor, Mich., is pursuing a degree in international economics in French. On campus, he is a sportswriter and production assistant for The Observer, where he has covered a wide range of Fighting Irish sports.
"I want to be able to share my passions with the world, but also be a force for good, and journalism provides me with that opportunity.”
James Gilman | James is a biological sciences major from New Braunfels, Texas. This past summer, he worked as a science journalism and marketing communications intern for Notre Dame Research and the College of Science. As an aspiring science journalist, he hopes to pursue a writing focus in melittology for National Geographic — a desire stemming from his time spent in his family’s honeybee hives.
"I intend to work towards bridging the gap between research and the media so that the public can become more informed and supportive of scientific discovery."
Madisan Green | Madisan, who hails from the Philadelphia area, is an American Studies major. A high school student athlete who lettered all four years as a center forward in field hockey, she aspires to a career in sports broadcasting. A former psychology major, she is fascinated by the forces driving human behavior, especially athletic performance. Madisan hopes to focus her career on professional football coverage.
"For as long as I can remember I sat in front of the TV every Fall Sunday with my family watching football. I hope to pursue a career in sports broadcasting to bring entertainment and joy to others as it has for me."
Alysa Guffey | Alysa is a history major from Indianapolis. Alongside journalism, she is also pursuing a minor in digital marketing. In summer 2022, Alysa interned in the news and entertainment departments at the South Bend Tribune, reporting on breaking news and feature stories. On campus, she currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief at The Observer, the independent, daily student newspaper serving Notre Dame, Saint Mary's and Holy Cross, where she previously served as News Editor.
"I love the field of journalism because it fuels my curiosity and desire to learn more about the world around me, and I hope to tell meaningful stories that spark this curiosity in others."
Anna Hurt | Anna is a philosophy and theology double major from Dallas. In summer 2021, she interned for the Catholic Herald where she was able to combine her love for writing and theology. On campus, she works with The Observer’s social media team.
“I want to use the knowledge I gain while studying journalism to uncover details that would otherwise go unnoticed. I hope that through a career in investigative journalism, I can reveal truths and give a voice to those without a platform.”
Sara Kirsch | Sara, who’s from St. Louis, is a double major in business and economics. In high school, she worked with her school’s newspaper, The Voice, as both a digital editor and writer. In addition, she also served as the chief sports editor of her school’s yearbook, Echo. While on campus, she writes articles for HerCampus Notre Dame, an online publication focused on empowering young women. She looks forward to gaining new skills to reach her dream career: a business journalist.
"I am drawn to journalism because of its ability to provide the public with profound truth. I look forward to finding a career where I can combine my two passions: journalism and business."
Mannion E. McGinley | Manni, who’s from New City, N.Y., is an American Studies major and a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program. She is also pursuing a minor in gender studies. As a scholastic journalist, she was editor-in-chief of her high school yearbook, Saga. She is an associate sports editor for The Observer. She is also an assistant editor at Americana, an undergraduate research journal focused on American Studies and journalism.
"My goal is to have a successful career in sports and entertainment media with an emphasis on print and radio."
Greg McKenna | Greg is a history and economics double major from Brookfield, Connecticut. In summer 2021, he was a communications intern for Greenlit, a startup crowdfunding platform that specializes in supporting filmmakers, musicians and other creatives. His investigative work has appeared in the South Bend Tribune. On campus, he is currently the opinion editor of the student magazine, Scholastic, an associate sports editor at The Observer and a student broadcaster for Fighting Irish Media. Greg covered sports and school history for his high school newspaper, The Tabard. He has taken advanced coursework in Spanish and is studying abroad in Toledo, Spain, in fall 2021.
"A reporter once explained to me that sports journalists have ‘a license to explore peoples’ souls’ because sports “distill life into four quarters,” so that has been my dream job ever since."
Lyric Medeiros | Lyric has a passion for communications and a love for helping others, so journalism seemed like the perfect fit. Last year, she created the first Notre Dame morning news show, ND Sunrise, working with various students in the NDtv department. She looks forward to continuing the show this year, and serving in her new position as news editor for NDtv. Most recently, she worked in her hometown Honolulu as a reporting intern for Hawaii News Now. As a junior, she is cherishing every minute of her last two years as a part of the JED program.
"My passion for communications stems from a young age, as I would watch the news every night with my family. I plan to pursue my dream occupation of a news anchor, so that I can use my God-given talents to help others through making them aware of what is going on around them."
Jessica Meyers | Jess is a member of the women’s golf team and a finance major from Wexford, Pa. On campus, she is a writer for Notre Dame’s chapter of Her Campus. She is interested in using her knowledge of both finance and journalism to write about personal finance and investing.
"I look forward to using my knowledge of finance along with my skills in journalism in hopes to become a business journalist."
Oscar Noem | Oscar is an English major from South Bend, Indiana, with an additional minor in French. At Notre Dame, he writes for Scholastic, a student-run publication, and contributes to the With Voices True initiative through the Klau Center. He hopes to become a critic, in particular for narrative media.
"I have always been fascinated by the ability of words to cause change, not just in journalism but in all forms of media. I hope to enter the field of criticism in order to gain a deeper insight into the medium and share it with others."
Aidan O’Malley | Aidan is a film, television and theatre major from Wheaton, Illinois. In addition to journalism, he is pursuing a minor in digital marketing. In summer 2020, Aidan interned at Happs News, a Los Angeles-based journalism startup that crowdsources current events through livestreams. On campus, he serves as the Managing Editor of The Observer, the tri-campus' daily, independent student newspaper. He previously served as Scene Editor, the head of the culture section at The Observer, and was formerly a news writer for Scholastic.
"As a life-long fan of film, I’m especially interested in entertainment journalism and writing about arts and culture. But I also gravitate to politics and the critical role that journalism plays in our democracy."
Claire Reid | Claire is a film and television and design double major from Madison, Wisconsin, pursuing minors in Spanish and journalism. An aspiring lifestyle and news writer, she held an internship at the Los Angeles Times this past summer writing features and designing Instagram posts for the Lifestyle and Plants sections. On campus, Claire is a news writer for The Observer, vice president of the cross country and track club, and will hold the Hannah Storm journalism internship position for the 2021-22 academic year.
"My ultimate goal as a journalist is to be on the front lines of historic moments around the world. I want to create both documentary videos and written pieces that expose audiences to underrepresented perspectives."
Christopher Russo | Chris is a political science major from Reading, Pa. On campus, he serves as the director of communications for Student Government and works as a tour guide in the Department of Undergraduate Admissions. Through his roles, Chris has developed digital content for various clubs and university events. He hopes to pursue a career in politics that will allow him to utilize his digital awareness and communication skills.
“I am in awe of the way honest reporting shapes the attitudes and perceptions of an audience. I hope to use principles of journalism in a career at the intersection of my interests—politics and media.”
Matthew Smith | Matt is a business analytics major from Colorado Springs. On campus, he is employed by Fighting Irish Media, working as a camera, graphics and replay operator. He is also a sports columnist and sports reporter for The Observer.
"I have always been passionate about sports, and I hope to use my journalism and data analysis skills to pursue a career in sports journalism or in an operations role for a professional sports team."
Chloe Stafford | Chloe, who’s from Larchmont, N.Y., is a film, television, and theater major with a minor in digital marketing. On-campus, Chloe is currently a member of ND TV, the student-run campus television station. In high school, Chloe was the founder and director of the multimedia team which was affiliated with her school newspaper, The Globe. She hopes to one day combine her journalism and film skills and work in documentary filmmaking.
“I have always loved all different kinds of media. My passion started with filmmaking but has since grown to include different types of journalism as well. The overall dream is to become a documentary filmmaker and make an impact with my work.”
Abigail Urban | Abby is a film, television, and theatre major from Brookfield, Wisconsin. On campus, she has experience as an anchor and reporter for Notre Dame’s first morning news show, ND Sunrise. Abby also continues work as a communications intern with the national PBS program To Dine For with Kate Sullivan. Most recently, she has begun working with Notre Dame International, writing feature stories and creating video projects for their website. Her passions outside of journalism include acting with PEMCo and the FTT department on campus. She hopes to pursue broadcast journalism as an on-air anchor and reporter in the future.
“I’ve always enjoyed performing and communicating with an audience. I would love to continue to pursue these passions with a job in broadcast journalism or public relations.”
Riley Walsh | Riley, who’s from Lexington, Mass., is a double major in psychology and economics. He has written for The Observer and is deeply interested in investigative reporting. A scholastic athlete in football and track & field, he is also passionate about sports journalism.
"I would ideally like to travel and examine ambiguous events, ultimately reporting on important but obscure truths for the public eye."