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Alumni Cover All Angles of the Ukrainian Invasion — Including with Valiant Front-Line Reporting

  • By Newmark J-School Staff
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Igor Kossov 10
Igor Kossov ’10

Russia’s ghastly assault on neighboring Ukraine has become a top 24/7 news story of 2022. And Newmark J-School alumni have raced to cover all angles of the outbreak of warfare in Europe, notably with sharp, valorous front-line reporting by Igor Kossov ’10. (Read the Q&A with Kossov in the April 2022 Alumni Newsletter.)

When he was at the J-School, Kossov was “a resourceful reporter who uncovered everything from a haphazard construction crisis in Brighton Beach to kindergarten cutbacks slamming families across the city. He never shied from any extra reporting and rewrites needed to get his class work published in local publications, including City Limits, The Queens Courier and the Brooklyn Eagle,” recalled Jere Hester, the school’s director of editorial projects and partnerships, who added: “Igor arrived at the J-School with a knack for finding people-driven stories on the ground level. He came in hungry and dogged — and left the same, bolstered by great training and his own hard work.”

Kossov has become a must-read on the Kyiv Independent, a Ukrainian startup that has seen its global audience explode, on Politico Europe, and on social media. On Twitter (@IgorKossov), he wrote: “I’m an American by citizenship and mentality. I’m also half-Ukrainian by ethnic descent. But I’m also half-Russian. And I wanted to expect better of my kinsmen. Evidently, that was too much to ask for.”

A sampling of alums’ invasion coverage, as of the newsletter’s deadline, includes reports by Shannon Firth ’12 on doctors’ struggles to deliver care in Kyiv, Irina Ivanova ’13 on the crisis hitting Americans’ pocketbooks, and Karishma Vanjani ’20 on the Swift international banking system and its role in Russian sanctions.

As Audrey Carleton ’21 filed on the departure from Russia of BP and Shell,  Jake Wasserman ’20 received his first byline at The Forward detailing how gay, Jewish activists in NYC gathered to support people forced to flee UkraineBenjamin Powers ’19 analyzed Russian warfare in cyberspace, as Amy Mackinnon ’18 has been writing almost daily, filing both exclusives and analyses.

Noah Caldwell ’16 was reporting in Ukraine for All Things Considered and Angelo Paura, EngageJ ’17 wrote for Blasting News about two young Ukrainians who fled Kyiv and are now fighting Putin online.