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Newsroom 2019

Meet the Newsroom Staff of Spring 2019

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.

Alice Chambers

Alice graduated with an undergraduate degree in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin in 2013. She moved to New York from Berlin where she spent the previous 5 years working at the international secretariat of Transparency International, an anti-corruption organisation. Here she worked on communications and advocacy and was also part of the organisation’s employee council. During her Bachelors she studied international relations, politics, French and Russian. She spent a year in Strasbourg, France, and a summer at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Alice speaks French, German and basic Russian, she wants to move from fighting corruption at an NGO to exposing it as a journalist.

Twitter: @aflchambers, email:

Lauren Craddock

Lauren Craddock is an arts & culture reporter covering Brooklyn. She is the Facebook editor for NY City Lens. Born & raised in Los Angeles, Lauren moved to New York five years ago. She graduated from New York University with a bachelors in Journalism, Politics & Media/Communications. Lauren previously worked in both digital and broadcast news platforms.
Contact Lauren at
Twitter: @misslaurenla

Jennifer Doherty

Jennifer covers Brooklyn for NYCityLens with special interest in social justice, policy, and the arts. She has previously written for Gambit Weekly and Fashion Republic Magazine. Originally from New Orleans, Jennifer has worked on projects in France, Sweden, and Kazakhstan. These days, when she’s not out reporting she loves walking her dog around her new home base in Washington Heights.

Get in touch on Twitter: @jennie_k_doh

Olivia Eubanks

Olivia was born and raised in Sacramento California and moved to the East Coast to attend college. She has covered politics, housing, transportation and animal rights issues in the Boogie Down Bronx. She spends her down time reading, swimming or hanging out with friends. Contact her at for any story tips!

Josefina de la Fuente

Josefina was born and raised in Santiago de Chile. She graduated in 2016 from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile with a journalism degree. Former reporter at CNNChile. Now graduate student at Columbia University, she covers Manhattan, immigration and politics.

Twitter: @josefina_delaf

Morgan Hines

Morgan Hines is a reporter covering Manhattan for NYCityLens and is also the Twitter editor. Morgan completed her undergraduate studies at Georgetown University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 2017. She’s particularly fond of weird stories, craft beer and anything to do with puppies.

Hit her up at
Twitter: @MorganEmHines

Moira Lavelle

Moira Lavelle covers Queens with a focus on issues of gender and immigration. She spent the last two years in Athens, Greece doing communication for the American School of Classical Studies and intermittently teaching English. She has previously written for Rewire, Broadly, and Public Radio International.

Find her on twitter @alohamoira.

Monique LeBrun

Monique is a New York City native covering Brooklyn with a special focus on Bedford-Stuyvesant. She graduated from Penn State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. As an undergraduate student she spearheaded a student run radio station and interned for Jet24, a news station in Erie, Pa. For the past year she has contributed to The New York Times Upfront Magazine, a newsmagazine for high school students. If you have any tips or story ideas please email her at

Twitter: @Molebrun

Lizzie Mulvey

Lizzie Mulvey is a journalist and documentary filmmaker, originally from New Jersey. She received her B.A. in sociology from Princeton University and an M.A. in quantitative methods for the social sciences from Columbia University. She previously worked on two short international films in the Gambia and Iraqi Kurdistan, and is currently pursuing an M.S. at Columbia Journalism School with a documentary specialization.

She can be reached at


Lucas Manfield

Lucas covers Queens for NYCityLens. In his past life as a programmer he created Streamable, a website for sharing videos, and developed software for electric cars. His work has previously been published in Brooklyn and BronxInk.

He can be reached on Twitter at @lucas_manfield or by email at

Ero Partsakoulaki

Ero Partsakoulaki is a graduate student of journalism at Columbia University, specializing in investigative reporting. She has worked as a general assignment reporter for Athens Voice, a Village Voice-inspired free newsweekly. She holds a bachelor’s in communications and media and a master’s in European and International Studies, both from the University of Athens in Greece. She speaks English, French and Spanish and is covering Chinatown, East Village, Lower East Side, NoHo and Two Bridges. Twitter: @scooptracer. E-mail:


Sofia Quaglia

Sofia is Italian but she learned the ropes of journalism between London and New York. Now she’s a multimedia reporter covering the Bronx. Do you know of something odd happening?

Hit her up at If she’s not answering, she got lost on her last expedition.

Francesca Regalado

Francesca Regalado grew up in Manila and worked as a reporter in Washington, D.C., but loves New York most. In a past life, she wanted to be a diplomat and studied international relations. Now she wants to be a foreign correspondent, and speaks Russian, Filipino, and some Chinese. Have something to share about Lower Manhattan or business in NYC?

Tweet @cheskareports or send tips to

Dan Rudy

Dan Rudy is a Queens beat reporter for NYCityLens, focusing on Long Island City and Astoria. Born in Greece and growing up on an assortment of army bases, he graduated with a degree in political science from the University of North Dakota. After doing a stint in Zambia for the Peace Corps, he has been covering stories for newspapers in North Dakota’s oil fields and Alaska’s southeastern islands for the past six years.


Contact him at, or der.2157 on Instagram.

Emma Vickers

Emma Vickers covers the Bronx for NY City Lens, and is interested in crime, culture and New York’s diaspora communities. Prior to joining Columbia Journalism School, Emma worked in South Sudan for the UN peacekeeping mission as a conflict analyst, documenting the financing of the civil war there. When not reporting, she likes to cook, and is a poor, but enthusiastic runner. 

She can be reached on Twitter @EmmaCVickers, or on


Wufei Yu

Wufei Yu is a multimedia journalist covering Queens, with a focus on Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and Flushing, for NYCityLens. Wufei previously worked at NBC News Beijing Bureau and contributed front-page stories to the Kathmandu Post and Ketagalan Media. Born and raised in Beijing, China, Wufei graduated from Peking University with a bachelor’s degree in international relations in 2018. He is passionate about telling stories about sports, culture and immigrant society. He has been to 36 countries.

Contact him at, @Wufei_Greg_Yu