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Newsroom 2018

Meet the Newsroom Staff of Spring 2018

NY City Lens illuminates the rich and varied life of New York City—borough by borough, neighborhood by neighborhood, one good story at a time. It is produced by students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. The site is staffed by students in the City Newsroom class taught by professors Dody Tsiantar, Mike Hoyt, Simon Surowicz with teaching assistants Edward Robbins and Christine McKenna.

Tulika Bose

Tulika Bose is a multi-platform journalist who covers Queens and Brooklyn, with a focus on Crown Heights and Red Hook, for NYCityLens, and is also an engagement editor for the site. She has written health features for Upworthy, the viral storytelling outlet, and her work has appeared in VICE, MTV Act, and CBS online. She’s also written and produced for an Oprah Winfrey Network television show and BBC Travel. She’s interested in health, diaspora communities, and human rights.
Contact her at, @TulikaBose

Maea Lenei Buhre

Maea Lenei Buhre covers the Bronx, with a focus on Port Morris and Mott Haven. She is also a social media editor for the site. In 2015, she graduated from the Australian National University with degrees in Law (honors) and Asia-Pacific Studies (majoring in Chinese language and Pacific Studies). Before moving to New York, Maea Lenei worked in public policy at the Department of Premier and Cabinet (akin to a Governor’s Office in the United States) in Queensland, Australia.

Contact her at, @MaeaLenei

Cecilia Butini

Cecilia Butini covers Manhattan, with a focus on Central Harlem, for NYCityLens. An Italian abroad for four years now, she previously lived in Berlin, where she covered drugs, culture, and religious extremism as a freelance reporter. She moved to New York City in July 2017. Cecilia is exploring reporting in print, audio, and video, and aims to work in international breaking news.


Contact her at, @ButiniCecilia

Raishad Hardnett

Raishad Hardnett covers Manhattan with a focus on Spanish Harlem for NYCityLens. He grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and graduated from the University of Southern California in 2014. He spent several years as an on-air news reporter in Spokane, Washington and Knoxville, Tennessee, covering general assignment stories and breaking news.


Contact him at, @RaishadHardnett

Tiana Hunt

Tiana Hunt covers Brooklyn with a special focus on Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill. She is from Houston and she loves traveling and watching basketball. She would like to be a very good sports reporter.


Contact her at, @tianahunt4

Jennifer Kang

Jennifer Kang covers Manhattan for NYCityLens, with a focus on West Harlem. She is a Korean Canadian who graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in media studies. At Berkeley, she served as a city government reporter for the student newspaper, The Daily Californian, and before that covered politics and business as well as healthcare and technology.


Contact her at, @jenniferkang

Nicolas Lupo

Nicolas Lupo is a Spanish reporter covering the Bronx with a focus on Morrisania and Highbridge. He is also a photo editor for the site. Before landing in New York last August he lived in in Beirut, Lebanon, and covered politics, social issues, the economy, and culture for several publications. He also was the correspondent for Cadena SER, a Spanish radio network, and focused on the Syrian conflict and the massive displacement of the country’s inhabitants.


Contact him at, @niluso

Yenniffer Nathali Martinez

Yenniffer Nathali Martinez covers Queens with a special focus on Far Rockaway and Jamaica for NYCityLens. She is also a photo editor for the site. Yenniffer graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Mass Media Communication. She is from the Dominican Republic and her goal is to be a Spanish-language reporter in New York City.


Contact her at, @destiny0588

Brian Pascus

Brian Pascus is a Manhattan beat reporter for NYCityLens, with a focus on the Financial District and the East Village. He was born and raised in Chicago, graduated from the University of Maryland, and worked as a real estate broker in New York City for six years before turning to journalism.


Contact him at, @brian_pascus


Taylor Romine

Taylor Romine covers Queens, with a focus on Astoria and Long Island City, and writes the weekly newsletter for the NYCityLens, and is an assistant editor (web) for the site. Taylor previously worked at KPFA Pacifica Radio, The Daily Californian, and Listen Local San Diego, and holds a B.A. in media studies and a B.A. in gender and women’s studies from the University of California at Berkeley.


Contact them at, @tayloromine

Erewa Uku

Erewa Uku covers the Bronx, with a focus on Belmont, for NYCityLens. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 2016 with a B.A. in Peace and Conflict studies. During her time there, she worked for the school’s online television network, CalTV, as a sportscaster; interned for NBCUniversal, ABC News, and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. After graduating she worked for the San Francisco Bay Area’s CBS local affiliate as a production assistant, writing part-time for weekend morning broadcasts. She is most interested in covering sports, culture and identity, and lifestyle.


Contact her at, @RayRaysofSun

Angie Wang

Angie Wang is a multimedia reporter covering Brooklyn, with a focus on Brownsville, for NYCityLens. She is also an assistant editor (print) for the site and one of its photo editors. A California native, Angie graduated from UCLA in 2017 with a B.A. in communication studies and a specialization in computing. She also worked as a reporter, assistant photo editor, and news editor at the UCLA Daily Bruin. Last summer, she interned with The Associated Press in Phoenix, where she covered breaking news and produced social videos for the AP’s West Region.


Contact her at, @byangiewang

Faith Woodard

Faith Woodard covers Queens, with a focus on Flushing, for NYCityLens. She is also a social media editor for the site. Faith was a 2017 graduate of Georgetown University, where she majored in English with a minor in Sociology. She has worked with NBC Universal, USA Today, and Starfish Media Group. She aims to report on politics, social justice, crime, and sports.


Contact her at, @TheFaithWoodard