Who We Are


Kay Nguyen@kaynguyen

Kay Nguyen is a master’s of science candidate at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Nguyen studied political science and journalism at Oakland University, where she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. After graduating in 2012, she worked as an education reporter at the Aberdeen (South Dakota) American News. An alumna of the Chips Quinn Scholars program, Nguyen is also a member of the Asian American Journalists Association. She’s creating multimedia projects for The Experiment and serving on the web design team.


Carrie Waltemeyer @cmwaltemeyer

Carrie is a multimedia reporter from Springfield, Virginia. She graduated from Duquesne University in 2014, where she studied journalism and English. She previously interned in Washington D.C., at PBS NewsHour and the Public Education Center’s National Security News Service. Carrie wrote about NowThis for the Experiment.


Lonna Dawson

Lonna Dawson is a Bronx, New York native. Before becoming a writer for Columbia Journalism Review, Lonna worked as a climate science educator with the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) in Atlanta and New York where she educated more than 60,000 students on global warming. She later became the organization’s communications manager with a focus on using media to popularize and sustain climate change interest and action in one of the most dynamic newsrooms around— high school cafeterias. Lonna has had communications experience at HBO, Atlantic Records, Fox Broadcasting Company and as a Teach For America corps member. She has also contributed to International Business Times, Good Magazine and TakePart.


Alanna Weissman

Alanna Weissman is from Manhattan’s Lower East Side. A 2014 Colgate University graduate cum laude, she double majored in English with an emphasis in creative writing and art and art history with an emphasis in studio art, achieving high honors in the former for her research on the handling of the visual arts in Transcendentalist literature. While an undergraduate, she wrote for and edited the Colgate Maroon-News and was an editorial intern at PARENTGUIDE News. Her professional interests include copyediting, arts writing, criticism and photojournalism. An M.S. candidate at Columbia Journalism School, Weissman is contributing “Second Acts” profiles to The Experiment.


Jeremy Fuchs

Jeremy Fuchs is a master’s of science student at the Columbia School of Journalism. Originally from Chappaqua, NY, Jeremy has focused on sports journalism at Columbia, and is a contributor to Sports Net New York’s high school and college basketball coverage. Before Columbia, Jeremy was a featured columnist at Bleacher Report, writing about the NHL and general sports news topics. For the magazine, Jeremy is writing about the rise of bite-sized news apps. Jeremy wears glasses, likes Diet Coke and coffee way too much, and tries to eat sushi at least once a week.


Nilkanth Patel @nilkanthjp

After graduating from Columbia University with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Nilkanth shifted career paths to join the production department at The New Yorker. For two years, he helped mold the magazine’s print and digital products, working extensively on its iPad, iPhone and Android editions. In 2013, he entered the dual degree program at the Columbia Journalism School, and will graduate in May 2015 with degrees in Journalism and Computer Science. Nilkanth has also freelanced for the digital magazine Bklynr and worked in the graphics department at The New York Times.


Teri Washington @teriwashington

Teri Washington is a Masters of Science part-time journalism student. She is currently working at American Express Company as a Global Marketplace Insights Research Coordinator. She launched her own startup publishing company, Shofar Communications that publishes Non-fiction books and a digital lifestyle magazine called HARVEST.  She is the author of a book entitled “Take off the Mask” which is currently in it’s 3rd print. She received her BA in Communications from The College of New Rochelle.  Follow her on Twitter @teriwashington or @harvestmagazine.


André Tassinari @andretassinari

I’m a Brazilian engineer turned businessman turned journalist. I love long form journalism, ideas pieces, and data-driven stories. I’m contributing with the story on the current most relevant experiments in journalism, and writing about some of the notable flops in recent history.


Alexandra Hoey @alexxhoey

Alex Hoey is a journalist from northern New Jersey. She has covered everything from rapper A$AP Ferg’s new album to teacher strikes in Paterson, NJ. Alex has been published in the Bergen Record, NorthJersey.com, Annex Magazine and spoke on a WOR Radio segment for the David Paterson Show. Currently a master’s of science candidate at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Alex enjoys reporting on culture, entertainment and social issues. Alex is writing about how social media and digital technology will affect the future of journalism for The Experiment.


Tom Davis  @TheReal_TLD

Tom Davis is New Jersey native, now living in New York City who enjoys Netflix and coffee way more than he should. Davis spends his time researching ways to drive audience and engagement. He likes to produce videos, work with social media and explore creative ways to expand his website, MORE for HIM. Davis contributed a series of podcasts to The Experiment that delve into the elements for what makes a successful digital media startup.


Nick Cimarusti @NickCimarusti

Nick Cimarusti is a journalist from Los Angeles, California. Nick has written for Advocate.com, HIVPlusMag.com, the Daily Trojan and The Columbia Journalist. He wrote an article for The Experiment about confronting old-school ethical standards in reporting and is part of the web design team.


Jack Murtha @jackmurtha

Jack is from Brick, New Jersey. He studies magazine writing and audio at the Columbia Journalism School. He worked for more than two years as a reporter for a group of newspapers in New Jersey, where he covered everything from town council meetings to programs for adults with autism. He likes to report on the media, social issues and small business. Jack wrote about news consumption on social media in “The Second Death of Tony Hart,” and worked on the Top 11 list.


Tariro Mzezewa @tariromze

Tariro Mzezewa is a Master of Science candidate at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Mzezewa is originally from Zimbabwe; she grew up in the Washington D.C. area and graduated from John Cabot University in Rome, Italy in 2014. At Columbia, she has been writing stories focusing on women’s issues and human rights. Mzezewa is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. For The Experiment, she is contributing a story about old media adapting new strategies to attract younger audiences.


Danny Funt @dannyfunt

Danny Funt is an M.S. student originally from Carmel, California. Funt, 23, graduated from Georgetown University in 2014, where he studied government and philosophy and was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Hoya. He has written for The Monterey County Herald and worked on Capitol Hill and at the Justice Department. Funt is writing for CJR about whether writing instruction has been compromised at journalism programs nationwide amid digital transformation.