VOICE Alumni

Alex Hough

Editor-In-Chief -- Spring 2008


Achievements at the Voice:
Helped revived a paper that had been dormant for years. Organized a Rock the Vote event. Worked on new Voice Constitution and Policy Manual.

Where are they now? Transferred to and graduated from Emerson College in MA where she now works as a Development & Alumni Relations Coordinator.
Jason Stives

Arts & Entertainment Editor -- Spring 2008


Achievements at the Voice: Covered numerous local music stories including Bamboozle. Was given the Troxell Communication Award for excellence in New Media and Journalism.

Where are they now? Transferred to Rutgers and went on to write for The Daily Targum. Graduated in Spring 2012. Continues to write for Pop Break. He interviews numerous famous musicians and actors and recently was on the set of Doctor Who. Read his Doctor Who season 7 premier review here.
Susana Sanchez

Editor-in-Chief -- Fall 2008-Spring 2009


Achievements at the Voice: Expanded the staff from 5 to 15 members. Won an NJCPA second-place award for Features Writing article on the need for a health center at MCCC.

Where are they now? Transfered to Hampshire College with full scholarship graduated and is now working at Princeton University.
David C. Hoyt

Editor-In-Chief -- Sept-Nov 2009


Achievements at the Voice: Won NJCPA award for Hard News writing coverage of local juvenile corrections facility graduation.

Where are they now? Won the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship and transferred to Stanford University where he is majoring in International Relations. David was a liaison officer at the US Dept. of State and interned at The White House in summer 2011 in the office of presidential correspondence.
Emma Kay
 
Staff Photographer -- Fall 2008-Spring 2009


Achievements at the Voice: First Place NJCPA award for photographs of Big Apple Circus.

Where are they now? Transferred to Rutgers with a major in Gender Studies.
Jarret Courtney
 
Designer -- Fall 2008-Spring 2009


Achievements at the Voice: Appeared on the cover of the Voice more than any other other student in MCCC's history.

Where are they now? Transferred to University of the Arts, PA.
Caroline Fling

Copy Editor -- Spring 2008-Spring 2009


Achievements at the Voice:
Joined The VOICE after spotting numerous typos and editorial errors, circling them and taping her fixed copy to the VOICE office door. Became the first and most dutiful copy editor of The VOICE's new era.

Where are they now? An NJ STAR she transferred to Rowan.
Katrina Brophy

Opinion Editor -- Fall 2008-Spring 2009


Achievements at the Voice:
A scholar and tennis star, Katrina wrote numerous opinion articles on everything from lines in the testing center to smoking hut bans.

Where are they now? Transferred to Rutgers to major in Social Work.
Ken Rosen

Design & Layout Editor -- Fall 2008-Spring 2009


Achievements at the Voice: Learned InDesign on the fly and designed numerous covers and interior spreads. Took photos and conducted interviews, including rescuing a floundering senior reporter who got tongue tied interviewing a local congressman.
Where are they now?
Transfered to Savannah College of Art and Design. Became Editor in Chief of SCAD's paper, District, which won Columbia University's Gold Crown award in Spring 2012 (among dozens of other awards) under Rosen's leadership. Now working for Mashable.com
Eva Surany + Kendra Yu (center and right)

Designers -- Fall 2008-Spring 2009

Achievements at the Voice: Won NJCPA award for Layout & Design spread on Obama's Inauguration. Yu won Honorable Mention for photographs of the inauguration.

Where are they now? Surany transfered to University of the Arts, PA and Yu transferred to Temple U. in PA
Matt Williams

Staff Reporter -- Fall 2008-Spring 2009


Achievements at the Voice: Won First Place Regional Mark of Excellence award and Third Place NJCPA award for his article "Hate Crime hits too close to home" and Second place NJCPA for his opinion article "Porn reduces our capacity for intimacy."

Where are they now? Attended Burlington CCC then transferred to Rutgers to study Psychology.
Ron Russell III

Science Reporter -- Spring 2009-Spring 2012


Achievements at the Voice:
Ron wrote a well regarded article in the fact that, despite the rumors, Rutgers does not have its own strain of gonorrhea. He wrote other pieces on science and health and wrote an award-winning article in the increase in number of students taking remedia classes because of state wide cut score changes.

Where are they now? Working as a TA in Mercer's bio labs.
Daisuke Katsumata

Reporter -- Fall 2008-Fall 2009


Achievements at the Voice:
Daisuke contributed articles on the Late Night Series and the expansion of the James Kerney campus and assisted in the building of a core staff.

Where are they now? Left college to work.
Sarina Prior

Copy Editor -- Fall 2009-Spring 2010


Achievements at the Voice:
Wrote fair and balanced articles on topics such as the imbalance ratio of male to female students at MCCC and the sources behind increased text book prices. Sarina served as a mentor to many reporters exhibiting great patience in helping them develop strong writing skills.

Where are they now? Left Mercer to devote time to her family.
DeChele Covington

Senior Reporter -- Spring 2009-Fall 2009


Achievements at the Voice:
Wrote investigative reports on MCCC's English class course fees and the demand for night classes. Wrote an opinion on how men need to pull up their pants at MCCC (one of the most read articles on the VOICE website).

Where are they now? Transferred to Rider University and graduated as a Journalism, Public Relations and TV major. She now works for the BlackRock financial services company in Princeton, NJ.
Amber Zahn

Senior Reporter -- Spring 2009-Spring 2010


Achievements at the Voice:
Wrote numerous articles with particular focus on daily issues for students such as high unemployment rates and the lack of parking and handicap access.

Where are they now? Transferred to Rutgers University where she works for the RU Television Network.
Jackie Pachuta

Senior Reporter -- Spring 2008-Spring 2010


Achievements at the Voice:
Wrote on topics as varied as school spirit at Mercer to men's soccer to reviews of the Rocky Horror Picture show. Jackie covered the entire campus.
Where are they now? Transferred to TCNJ.
Veronica Furman

Senior Reporter -- Fall 2009-Spring 2010


Achievements at the Voice:
One of the chief contributors to the VOICE's viral and award-winning article on the LGBTF kiss-in being broken up by campus police.
Where are they now? Transferred to Montclair State University.
Matt White

Senior Reporter -- Fall 2009-Spring 2010


Achievements at the Voice: Was lead writer on the LGBT Kiss-in story that helped propel The VOICE to the number one spot in the nation in the SPJ Mark of Excellence awards. Main writing focus was Arts & Entertainment, specifically revealing the best of the local music scene. Wrote on the MCCC - Phish connection.

Where are they now?
Transfered to Rutgers Camden and graduated in Spring 2012. 
Dmitry Gurvits

Senior Reporter -- Fall 2009-Fall 2010


Achievements at the Voice: Covered numerous award  winning topics including the county sheriff interrupting a class (a story that went viral), students being banned from campus, a controversial kiss-in by the LGBTF and a murder and manhunt in Mercer county.

Where are they now? Wrote for the United Nations News Service. Transfered to The New School in NYC.
Sara Gatling


Editor-in-Chief-- Fall 2009 - Spring
2010


Achievements at the Voice: Took over mid-semester, organized the Voice's first (and only) First Amendment Free Food Festival. Won a national finalist (and first place in region 1) SPJ award for breaking news reporting: "Murder and Manhunt in Mercer County."

Where are they now?
Transfered to Columbia University in NYC where she is currently on the Dean's List.
Kelly Smith

Editor-In-Chief -- Fall 2010


Achievements at the Voice: Lead the CMA trip to Louisville, KY where the VOICE won second place for best in show awards. Organized the VOICE's 5K road race. Covered many major campus events including campus crime increase and suicides of 3 students within one week.

Where are they now?
Transfered to TCNJ as an NJSTAR and majored in Exercise Science. Graduated in spring 2012.
Daniela Rocha

Senior Reporter -- Fall 2009-Spring 2011


Achievements at the Voice: Covered numerous award-winning topics including Megan's law, the 9/11 memorial, roadside memorials, and prescription drug abuse on campus. Won more awards for writing and investigative journalism than any other VOICE staffer before or since.

Where are they now?
Transferred to San Diego State University.

Lisa Olson

Senior Reporter -- Fall 2009-Spring 2011


Achievements at the Voice: Covered numerous topics including motorcycle safety laws, Cornel West's lecture at MCCC, a prayer vigil at the UN and a visit to Buck's County by President Obama.

Where are they now?
Transfered to Baruch College -CUNY

CJ Harker

Photography Editor -- Fall 2009-Spring 2011


Achievements at the Voice: Won first place in the nation for his sports photography of MCCC men's soccer and first place in Region 1 (includes all of North East and Mid Atlantic states) for his feature photography spread on
roadside memorials from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Where are they now?
Transferred to University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Will graduate May 2013.

Tim Hester

Senior Reporter -- Fall 2010-Spring 2011


Achievements at the Voice: Wrote
articles on problems with advising at MCCC and the lack of recovery and AA meetings on campus. Attended CMA conference in Louisville, KY.

Where are they now?
Transfered to Rider University with a substantial scholarship. As of summer 2012 he has a 3.8 GPA.
Jason Pomerantz

Editor in Chief -- Spring 2011


Achievements at the Voice: Lead the VOICE through a turbulent series of adviser shifts. Increased staff size. Won numerous photography awards including regional and national SPJ Mark of Excellence awards. Won more photography awards than any other staffer in the history of The VOICE.

Where are they now?
Changed majors and is graduating from MCCC in spring 2012.
Anna Bosted

Editor in Chief -- Fall 2010-Fall 2011


Achievements at the Voice: For her reporting on an altercation between an African American student and a student who was dressed as a Nazi won third place Society of Professional Journalist's Region 1 Mark of Excellence award. Lead the VOICE through a series of leadership transitions. Attended two CMA conferences.

Where are they now?
Transferred to Rutgers University to study Labor Relations. Will graduate spring 2013 and commence graduate study. 
Amanda Knoblock

Reporter -- Fall 2011-Spring 2012


Achievements at the Voice: One of the only VOICE staffers to get her first article on the front page of the VOICE, Amanda wrote several page 1 above the fold articles. Her first was on mold shutting down a school in Trenton. Her second was on a tuition hike and its link to Chinese New Year. She had a talent for tying together disperate material..

Where are they now? Graduated from MCCC spring 2012.
Val DaGrain

Sports Editor -- Fall 2010-Spring 2011


Achievements at the Voice: Wrote numerous sports stories and won awards for his sports writing and photography throughout the 2010-2011 school year.

Where are they now?
Planning to return to the VOICE in Fall 2012, we hope!
Kellie Rendina

Senior Reporter -- Fall 2011-Spring 2012


Achievements at the Voice: Was one of the lead writers on the article series that uncovered Prof. Watson's behavior at MCCC. Also wrote on issues related to foreign language offerings at MCCC and ops on MCCC clubs and on military integrity.

Where are they now? Graduated from MCCC spring 2012. Transfered to TCNJ as an NJSTAR. 
Laura Pollack

Senior Reporter -- Fall 2010-Spring 2012


Achievements at the Voice: Starting out on the sports beat and working her way up to Editor-in-Chief, Laura lead one of the strongest investigative reporting teams in the history of The VOICE. Over the course of two-and-a-half years, Laura wrote dozens of articles, including the Prof. Watson trilogy, an article about cuts in NJSTARS funding, an investigative report on Mercer's non-compliance with the Clery act, and investigative report on prostitution in Trenton. She won severals awards for her work including an NJCPA award for photo illustration.

Where are they now? Graduated from MCCC in December 2012. Transfered to Ramapo. 

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