CLASS of 2013
CRAIG GIAMMONA (’13), reporter at Bloomberg News
Where he’s from: A New Jersey native, he graduated from Bowdoin College.
What he does: “I cover breaking news and report longer enterprise stories for Bloomberg.”
How he got there: My internship at Fortune opened doors in business journalism. I came to CUNY with some general assignment reporting experience and used my Fortune clips to get in the door at Bloomberg.
How the concentration helped: “I knew how to report and write but I needed business knowledge to take the next step in my career. The program gave me a solid base and made me a much better reporter.”
Kathleen Caulderwood, money reporter, International Business Times
Jillian Eugenios, special projects reporter, CNNMoney.com
Irina Ivanova, health care reporter, Crain’s New York Business
Angela Johnson, news associate, CNBC
Laura Lorenzetti, reporter, Fortune.com
Michael Paterakis, reporter, Institutional Investor
Sofia Perpetua, producer, New York Times Video Unit
Elena Popina, reporter, Bloomberg News
Anna Teregulova, full-time freelance, Above NY LLC
Divya Verma, producer, The Washington Post video unit
Andrew Welsch, associate editor, On Wall Street
Domink Wurnig, data editor, ORF (Austria)
Elly Yu, full-time fellowship, 2014 Immigration in the Heartland
CLASS OF 2012
TAYLOR TEPPER (‘12), staff reporter at Money Magazine and Money.com
Where’s he from: He grew up in Bethesda, MD and studied cinema studies and philosophy at NYU, where he did nothing journalistic.
What he does: “I cover the investing, banking and credit beats, write features, company news stories and short items on random personal finance issues in the front and back of the book. I also have a column on the economics of being a new dad and produce a podcast on overcoming personal finance obstacles.”
How he got there: Good fortune and help from Greg David and alum Anika Anand. I interned at Bloomberg in the winter after graduation and got hired at Money on the last day of my internship.
How the Business & Economics program helped: “Well, I’ve had three internships (business desk at The Daily, Planet Money, and Bloomberg) and my current job, and all four gigs required different knowledge of the business and economics world. The program helped lay a baseline of knowledge that allowed me to succeed, to the extent I have, at each stop. Also, Greg David is a wonderful lobbyist for his students.”
MARIYA PYLAYEV (’12), video journalist at Climate Nexus
Where she’s from: A New York City native, she graduated from Hunter College with a degree in media studies.
What she does: She makes videos and animations related to environmental science and climate change.
How she got there: A video internship at CNNMoney put Mariya on track to become a web producer at AOL Money, where she was able to combine her knowledge of business and economics with a new interest in science. After a year at AOL, she was hired at Climate Nexus.
How the business program helped: “There’s a money element to practically any story, whether it’s about science, government, or art. The business program taught me to seek out the important numbers and weave them into a compelling narrative.”
Anika Anand, director of engagement, Chalkbeat
Ken Christensen, video and web reporter, Crain’s New York Business
Tom DiChristopher, reporter, Real Deal
Menglin Huang, video editor, The Wall Street Journal (Beijing, China)
Madhura Karnik, staff writer, HT Mint (Mumbai, India)
Lisa Mahapatra, infographics & data visualization editor, Moody’s
Sarah Pizon, producer/reporter, CUNY-TV; freelance correspondent for France24
Casey Quinlan, investing editor, US News and World Report
Mary Shell, associate producer, ITV Studios
Jaclyn Snow, associate video producer, Fast Company
Julie Strickland, associate web editor, Real Deal
SIMONE SEBASTIAN (’10), deputy editor, PostEverything at The Washington Post
Where she’s from: A native of metro Detroit, she graduated from Columbia University in New York, majoring in psychology and minoring in African-American studies. She has crisscrossed the country to work in newsrooms from San Francisco to Atlanta to Columbus, Ohio.
What she does: Simone seeks out compelling expert insights on the news of the day, fueling the national conversation via The Washington Post’s new digital magazine, PostEverything.
How she got there: She built a diverse resume, taking on eight internships as an undergraduate and graduate student covering various beats in different parts of the country. After five years as a full-time reporter, she broadened her skills by going back to school to study digital journalism at CUNY.
How the business program helped: The business program opened new job opportunities for Simone, including her first management experience as an associate editor on the Houston Chronicle’s business staff.
FRANCESCA LEVY (’08), business education editor for Bloomberg Businessweek
Where she’s from: She was born and raised in New York City (minus a few high school years in Miami). Before she was a journalist, she spent five years as a researcher, studying issues of at-risk youth and domestic violence for a local nonprofit.
What she does: “I manage a team that covers business schools primarily; and careers, leadership, and the business of education secondarily. We also produce two annual business school rankings.”
How she got there: My current job has a direct parallel to my graduate internship, but the road from intern to editor was indirect. While at CUNY, I interned on the B-schools team for what was then called BusinessWeek. Six years later, after having worked as a staff reporter at Forbes and the Associated Press, and later senior editor at LinkedIn, I was hired by what is now Bloomberg Businessweek as editor for the same beat I once interned on.
How the business program helped: Because of the business program, I started my journalism career with a degree of technical business knowledge and a broad understanding of economic forces that I would not otherwise have had. Before the business program, I had hardly any exposure to finance journalism. What I learned about everything from SEC filings to oil companies gave me the agility to cover beats as diverse as M&A, real estate, and financial markets. My business internships and relationships with faculty in the program were also catalysts for good clips and future opportunities.
Cristina Alescsi, ’08, correspondent, CNN/CNNMoney.com
Eliot Caroom, ’08, energy markets reporter, Bloomberg
Patrick Clark, ’11, small business reporter, Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Yudith Ho, ’11, reporter, Bloomberg News, Jakarta (Indonesia) Bureau
Ben Levisohn, ’07, emerging markets editor, Barron’s
Kathryn Lurie, ’08, digital features editor, The Wall Street Journal
Daniel Macht, ’08, managing editor, NBC Local Media
David Montalvo, ’10, producer, CNBC
Christine Prentice, ’10, reporter, Thompson Reuters
Azriel Relph, ’10, associate producer, Jigsaw Productions
Matt Robinson, ’10, reporter, Bloomberg
Eliza Ronald-Hannon, ’11, Latin American reporter, Debtwire
Joel Schectman, ’09, reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Matt Townsend, ’08, reporter, Bloomberg
Carl Winfield, ’08, conference producer/editor, PEI Media