Spring 2007


Observer photo by Andrew Knapp

The American Observer is produced by the American University School of Communication’s graduate journalism program. This online magazine is a student publication that focuses on news from campus, Washington, and the world. The American Observer is published every Wednesday.

Staff: Spring 2007
 

Robin Bravender received a bachelor’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Michigan in 2005. She served as an Americorps VISTA volunteer for a year before pursuing a master’s degree in international print journalism at American University. Robin is currently interning at Salon.com. After graduation, she would like to cover politics and international relations for a U.S. newspaper. E-mail Robin
 

Julia Dahl received a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale and a master’s degree in fine arts from the New School. She has worked at Entertainment Weekly, Redbook and Marie Claire. Julia’s articles have also appeared in Seventeen, Slate, Time Out New York and the Washington City Paper. She is currently interning at Salon.com. Upon completion of her master’s degree in print journalism, Julia would like to write for a major news or culture magazine or a newspaper. E-mail Julia
 

Erin Donaghue received a bachelor’s degree in writing, literature and publishing from Emerson College. She previously interned at Boston’s Weekly Dig and Provokator Magazine in Prague. She spent 10 months in the Czech Republic teaching English as a foreign language. Upon completion of her master’s degree in print journalism, Erin hopes to write and report for a magazine or online publication. E-mail Erin
 

Lauren Fulbright received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia. She was a news editor for her campus newspaper, The Sundial, and spent two years in Austin, Texas as a singer/songwriter. Upon completion of her master’s degree in print journalism, Lauren wants to write for a newspaper or online publication while continuing to write music. E-mail Lauren
 

Andrew Knapp received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maine in 2006. He worked as a copy editor and city reporter for two years at the Bangor Daily News. He currently interns at the political news site Stateline.org. After graduating with a master’s degree in journalism and public policy from American University, Andrew plans to work for a newspaper or Web site. E-mail Andrew
 

Jacqueline McClure received a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J. She has worked and interned in a variety of different communications organizations, including Marie Claire Magazine, Tierney Communications, Cashman & Associates, and menswear designer Hart Schaffner Marx. Upon completion of her master’s degree in print journalism, Jacqueline hopes to write and report for a magazine or online publication. E-mail Jacqueline
 

Brendan McGarry received his bachelors degree in English from the University of Buffalo in 2002. He previously worked at newspapers in upstate New York and was a journalism fellow at the Reuters bureau in Frankfurt, Germany. He works part-time at the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization. After completing the master’s program, Brendan would like to work for a news organization in Washington or abroad. E-mail Brendan
 

Wah-Hui Ong received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Victoria University in Australia. She has worked in public relations for several years in Singapore before enrolling at American University. After completing the master’s program, Wah-Hui wants to work in communications in Washington. E-mail Wah-Hui
 

Mark Maathius received his law degree from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Mark previously worked for Dutch radio and television stations, and freelanced for several Dutch magazines, online publications and newspapers. Upon completion of his master’s degree in print journalism, Mark would like to write for a news magazine in Washington. E-mail Mark
 

Nikki Schwab received her bachelor’s degree in English and political science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006. As an undergraduate, Nikki wrote for campus publications, including The Pitt News and the Pitt Political Review, where she was an editor. She also interned at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. After receiving her master’s degree from American University, Nikki would like to work for a major metropolitan newspaper or Web site. E-mail Nikki
 

Jackeline Stewart received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications from American University in 2006. She served as a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation intern in the office of U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. After completing the master’s program, Jackeline would like to produce, host, and develop a magazine and television show for youth. E-mail Jackeline
 

Grace Verhey received her bachelor’s degree in English from Simpson University in California. She worked as a staffer in the California State Senate and as an executive writer in the office of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Grace recently married and looks forward to a future writing magazine features and raising a family with her husband, David. E-mail Grace
 

Mesha Williams received her bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College in Atlanta. Originally from Nashville, Mesha has worked as a staff reporter for two newspapers in the South, the Gadsden Times in Alabama and the Sparatanburg Herald Journal in South Carolina. After graduating with a master’s degree from American University, Mesha would like to work for a major metropolitan daily. E-mail Mesha
 

Kate Winston received a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California at San Diego. Prior to attending American University, Kate worked at a ski resort and traveled extensively. She lived and worked in Australia for four months, and visited sites in Asia. Upon completion of her master’s degree in print journalism, Kate plans to work for a newspaper or online publication. E-mail Kate