2012-2013 CUABJ Board

 

Sylvia Obell

Sylvia Obell
President

This New Jersey native graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a B.S. in Journalism & Mass Communications this past May and jumped right into Columbia University Journalism School’s centennial class as a M.S. in Digital Media candidate three months later. Her journalism experience includes positions such as reporter, news editor, and managing editor of A&T’s campus newspaper The A&T Register. She has also served as reporting intern at the Greensboro News & Record in North Carolina and the Danville Advocate-Messanger in Kentucky. In addition, Sylvia has been a part of two great programs: The Freedom Forum Diversity Institute Multimedia Program (2011) and NABJ’s Student Projects Program (2012). She’s been an active member of NABJ since 2010 and the 2012 recipient of NABJ’s Digital Task Force Scholarship Award. sylviaobell@gmail.com

Stephon Dingle

Stephon Dingle
Vice President

Originally from Baltimore, he graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2012 with a B.A. in history and African Diaspora Studies. Upon graduating, he participated in the New York Times Student Journalism Institute in New Orleans, and interned at NBC’s Today Show in New York City as the 2012 NABJ Summer Fellow. As an active 2-year member of NABJ, he’s a master of science candidate at Columbia University, and studies broadcast journalism.

 

 

Ismaela Best

Ismaela Best
Treasurer

A former digital media marketing maven, Izzy is currently a digital media concentration at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She served as Managing Editor of The New York View and contributed articles covering Crown Heights, Brooklyn focusing on business reporting. Izzy enjoys writing about media, technology, business and politics. Email her at ib2310@columbia.edu or athttp://about.me/izzybest

 

 

 

Cassie Owens

Cassie Owens
Secretary

Cassie Owens is a student reporter and freelance journalist. She specializes in cultural reporting. She studied Comparative Literature at Brown University for undergrad before completing a Fulbright in Brazil. For her Fulbright, she researched the literature of Brazilian favelas (slums.) After returning stateside, she wrote as a contributor for Philadelphia City Paper. She also interned at Val Shively’s R&B Records, the home to four million 45s that span the rhythm and blues tradition.

 

Lance Dixon

Lance Dixon
Secretary Alternate

Lance Dixon is a full-time M.S. newspaper concentrator  who earned a degree in English with a journalism minor from Morehouse College in Atlanta and served for three years as a staff writer, associate news editor and managing editor of the Maroon Tiger student newspaper. He is a former press intern for the William J. Clinton Foundation and a student member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Lance was a member of the print team for the student projects at the 2012 convention in New Orleans and looks forward to growing in the national organization and contributing to sustainable growth in Columbia’s chapter. Twitter: @LDixon_3 Email: ld2542@columbia.edu

 

ADDITIONAL MEMBERS

Danielle Bennett, Public Relations & Special Affairs Committee

Michaelle BondGeneral Member

Khadijah Carter, Public Relations & Special Affairs Committee

Matthew ClaiborneGeneral Member

Rachael JohnsomGeneral Member

Ntshepeng Motema, General Member

Kristen Reed, Public Relations & Special Affairs Committee

Matthew VannPublic Relations & Special Affairs Committee

Meghan Washington, Multimedia Committee Social Media Chair

Kaitlyn Wells, Multimedia Committee Website and Social Media Chair