ABOUT US

The reporters for the class JR610 at Emerson College set out to measure change in the Boston neighborhoods, in which, they immersed themselves in this spring.
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Jerry Lanson Adrienne Lamplough Vivienne Belmont Diana Schoberg Will Albright Drake Lucas Sofia Celeste Tingting Zhao Lucy Sutherland Marcela Flores Iga Mike Barresi

 

 


Lucy Sutherland is a graduate student with a focus in print journalism. She hopes to pursue a career as a business reporter. She has freelanced for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Entrepreneur Magazine and Women's Business Boston. As an M.B.A who is working towards her master's degree in Journalism, Lucy would like to make business and economics reporting more colorful, accessible and relevant to general readers. When she's not on the phone or working on her laptop, you can find her immersed in the Wall Street Journal and drinking cappuccino's in
Harvard Square.
lucysutherland@comcast.net

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Tingting Zhao is currently pursuing a master’s degree in print and multimedia journalism at Emerson College. She was born and raised in Beijing, China. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Beijing Broadcasting Institute in 2000. After completing her Master, she will stay in Boston and work for a Chinese language newspaper. But in the long run, she will go back to her country to be a reporter and teach Journalism.
ting_ting_zhao@emerson.edu

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Diana Schoberg graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1998 with majors in Zoology and Conservation Biology. After deciding the life of a scientist was not for her, she moved to San Diego, where she worked at a women’s shelter and learned to surf. To her surprise, she missed wearing sweaters, hats, mittens and long underwear so she made the cross-country journey to Boston, where she is currently pursuing her master’s in journalism. In her (nonexistent) free time, Diana enjoys hiking, camping and traveling.
dlschoberg@yahoo.com

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Mike Barresi is currently in graduate school, again. “As long as I’m in school, I don’t have to pay back my $75, 000 in loans,” he sighs. After receiving a B.A. in Political Science from Merrimack College in 2001, Mike headed directly to Northeastern University where he received an M.A. in Political Science, concentrating on American Government and Politics and Comparative Politics. He is currently working on his M.A. in Print Journalism at Emerson College where one can often find him in one of many local bars extolling the decline of the inverted pyramid. But when the day he has to grow up comes, and as his parents say, “IT WILL COME,” Mike hopes to find a job doing what he loves: writing for a newspaper or magazine.
msbjr6@yahoo.com

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Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Marcela Flores Iga graduated with honors in 2000 from the Tech of Monterrey with a bachelor in Spanish Literature. In college she began researching Feminist and Deconstruction Theories, became attached with Latin American authors, realized she was an existentialist, and became a web junkie. Later, she worked as the chief writer for a communication agency, where she wrote daily articles for newspapers inside Mexico and South America. Before moving to Boston to complete a master degree in Print & Online Journalism at Emerson College, she worked for two years as the web editor of the University of Monterrey. After her graduation in December 2004, she wants to continue writing and producing for the web and finish her first book. No title yet.
macelaiga@hotmail.com

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Sofia Celeste graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in English (Creative Writing) and Italian in 2001. Celeste grew up on Guam, an American territory in the West Pacific. Most people’s first question, she says is: “Where in the world IS Guam?”
“I’m neither surprised nor annoyed by this question,” she says with a grin. “I don’t expect anyone to know that the island, which is only 30 miles long, lies at the vertex of a 90-degree angle formed by Manila and the tip of Australia.” Growing up in what she described as “an idyllic, tropical yet small-town setting,” nearly 6,000 miles away from the United States mainland, she explained, is one of the reasons why she is so eager to travel.In 1999, she studied Art History at Syracuse University in Florence. Prior to attending Emerson College’s Graduate School of Journalism, she lived in Milan, Italy, and worked as an intern for W magazine and Women’s Wear Daily. She later moved to Boston and worked in the sales department of the Harvard Club of Boston before deciding to pursue a Master’s degree. This summer, she will be completing her thesis in Rome, while also interning at the Associated Press and freelancing for US Italia Weekly, for which she writes regularly about Boston’s North End. After graduation, she hopes to obtain a permanent position in Europe as a foreign correspondent.
Sofia_Celeste@emerson.edu

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Drake Lucas grew up in the cow pastures of Central California. She left home at 17 for the University of Puget Sound and has since visited 16 countries and lived in four different states. She hoped to continue traveling, but poverty drove her back to school where she can live off of loans. If she had free time she would spend it reading old books, memorizing French poetry and baking chocolate chip cookies. Drake always has her camera and notebook with her, but never a watch or a cell phone. Her favorite words to hear are, "How 'bout a Jack and coke?"
drakedl@hotmail.com

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Will Albright loves puppies and hates mean things. He also likes nothing more than enjoying a warm sunny day as he sits in the Emerson computer lab and works on a story. Always sincere and honest, he never employs sarcasm in his writing or daily life. Will frequently talks about himself in the third person and lives his life under the pressure of deadlines. A barfly to the end, he smiles while sipping Pabst Blue Ribbon and running his mouth about just anything, even if it is for arguments sake. A Michigan alumnus and huge Wolverine football fan, he can be found in the fall as the only customer in Crossroads on Saturday mornings yelling at the TV with his favorite bartender Pat and a Bloody Mary so hot it could strip the paint off a car. At night, Will unwinds to a long marathon of CSPAN.
Will_Albright@hotmail.com

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Diana Schoberg graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1998 with majors in Zoology and Conservation Biology. After deciding the life of a scientist was not for her, she moved to San Diego, where she worked at a women’s shelter and learned to surf. To her surprise, she missed wearing sweaters, hats, mittens and long underwear so she made the cross-country journey to Boston, where she is currently pursuing her master’s in journalism. In her (nonexistent) free time, Diana enjoys hiking, camping and traveling.
dlschoberg@yahoo.com

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Vivienne Belmont studied Creative Writing and French at the University of Colorado at Boulder. As an undergraduate, she worked as a writing tutor, a contributing writer for the school newspaper and an editorial intern at a national consumer magazine and a literary review. She spent the summer of her junior year in France, where she studied at a language institute in Annecy. After graduation, she landed in Boston where she went to work for a large global corporation and later, a university. Currently a graduate student at Emerson College, she looks forward to a life of penury as an ink-stained scribbler.
vivbelmont@hotmail.com

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Adrienne Lamplough is an official Army brat. After moving eight times in the first 11 years of her life, her family finally settled in Chelmsford, Mass. After graduating from Westfield State College in 2003 with a degree in Communications, she wasn't quite ready for the working world. She is currently avoiding getting a full-time job and is working towards her M.A. in Print Journalism at Emerson College. After graduation she hopes to find a job as a reporter and begin to pay off her student loans.
alamploughl@hotmail.com

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A writing coach and sometime columnist, Jerry Lanson teaches journalism at Emerson College and has been chair of its Department of Journalism for five years. A political junkie, inveterate traveler, occasional mountaineer, would-be singer and wanna-be basketball player, he has taught at seven colleges and universities, worked at four newspapers and lived in eight states. Lanson is the co-author of two journalism textbooks. He is a former acting city editor and deputy city editor at the San Jose Mercury News and was part of the city desk staff there that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for its coverage of the Loma Prieta Earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area . He and his wife Kathy live in Lexington, MA, with their younger
daughter, their golden retriever and their two cats.
jerry_lanson@emerson.edu

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