Godland is the work of students in Professor Ari Goldman’s “Covering Religion” seminar at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The purpose of the course is to develop student journalists’ abilities to write and report about matters of religion and faith for diverse audiences. This year, the seminar focused on covering religion in Israel, where the class traveled in March as part of an 10-day reporting trip sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation. This is the 17th reporting trip Professor Goldman has led abroad. In past years, the class has gone to Israel, Jordan and Palestine, Russia and Ukraine, Ireland and Northern Ireland and Italy.

Augusta Anthony covers Sunni Islam and Christian Palestinians.  She is a history graduate of the University of Edinburgh and studied on exchange at the University of Virginia.  Before coming to Columbia Journalism School, she spent a year teaching English in Hong Kong. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram and at augustaanthony.com // @augusta_ant // ada2164@columbia.edu

Steph Beckett covers Reform Judaism. She has worked for CBS-affiliate radio station WCHL as a reporter and large-market country station WQDR as a personality. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @stephlbeckett if you like pop culture and self-deprecating humor.

Galie Darwich covers Modern Orthodox Judaism. She is a Colombian-American journalist. Darwich previously worked for various shows of Telemundo Network Group, a division of NBCUniversal. She doubled majored in broadcast journalism and religious studies and minored in political science at the University of Miami. Currently, Darwich is reporting a long-form piece on Colombia’s narco-soap operas and how these soap operas have influenced people’s perception of Colombia. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @Galie_Darwich // gd2495@columbia.edu

Liz Donovan covers Catholicism, and has reported on female veterans and social justice topics. A Pennsylvania native, she now lives in New York City and has worked 12 years as a magazine editor for regional and national lifestyle publications. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from York University in Toronto, Canada. Follow her work on Instagram and Twitter.

Vildana Hajric covers mainline Protestantism. She’s currently working with MSNBC’s documentary film unit and is a writer at Stash Invest. Before coming to Columbia Journalism School, Vildana worked at CNBC’s “Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer” and as an NBC Page. She is a graduate of Colgate University and can be found on Instagram and Twitter. @vildanahajric // v.hajric@columbia.edu

Kanishk Karan covers Shia Islam. Karan is a part of data concentration program at Columbia University. He graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from Manav Rachna International University, India. He has interned with VICE-India, The Hindu and TechRadar. You can connect with him on his Twitter or get to know more about him through his website.

Colin Marston covers Eastern Orthodoxy. He graduated from The New School with degrees in literature and philosophy. He worked at Narratively, Bookforum, and on a permaculture farm before coming to Columbia Journalism School. Check out his tweets here for all things bookish, queerish, religious-ish.

Kat Moon covers Sephardic Jews, and is completing her thesis on mental health services provided by Protestant churches in the U.S. She is a student in the Data Journalism program, and recently graduated from Columbia where she studied literature and psychology. Check out her tweets on religion, culture, and K-Pop here.

Patrick Mulholland covers the Druze. He read toward a B.A. in Theology and Religion at Trinity College, University of Oxford, graduating in June 2017. His undergraduate thesis explored Christian anarchy and mysticism in the later works of Leo Tolstoy, with reference to The Kingdom of God Is Within You. Before coming to Columbia Journalism School, Patrick interned as a copy-editor with The Times in London, and worked briefly as a parliamentary assistant at the Palace of Westminster. Follow him @p_o_mulholland.

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Matthew Taub covers Coptic Christianity. He graduated from Columbia with a degree in English and worked in the theater and film industries before coming to Columbia Journalism School, where he focuses on the arts and religion. Follow him on Twitter at @mjtaub1, or email him at mjt2168@columbia.edu.

Fergus Tuohy covers Sufi Islam, Anglicanism and Catholicism. He spent 12 years as a financial planner before coming to Columbia Journalism School. He is currently working on a longform magazine piece and a book, both of which explore the intersection of religion and social justice. He is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, where he studied history and French. Follow him on Twitter @fergus_tuohy

Isobel van Hagen covers Ahmadiyya Islam. Before coming to Columbia Journalism School, she graduated McGill University with a degree in International Development and Politics. Isobel is a native New Yorker and looks forward to working for the Opinion Section of Newsday this summer. Follow her on Twitter: @isobelvanhagen or Instagram: @isobel.vanhagen

Sarah Wyman covers Mormons. She comes to Columbia from southern California, where she studied communications and French at UCLA and spent much more of her time outdoors. She looks forward to working in radio and podcasting after she graduates. Stay tuned on Twitter and Instagram.

Faculty bios:

Professor Ari L. Goldman, a former religion correspondent for The New York Times, has been teaching the “Covering Religion” seminar at Columbia since 1993. This year’s study-tour is the 18th he’s led with Columbia students. In past years, the class has gone to Russia, Ukraine, Italy, India, Ireland, Israel, Jordan and the West Bank. Professor Goldman was born in Hartford, Conn., and was educated at Yeshiva University, Columbia and Harvard.  He is the author of four books, including the best-selling The Search for God at Harvard. His new book, The Late Starters Orchestra, was published in June 2014.


Haroon Moghul is the Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He has been published at The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME and CNN. In 2016, he was honored with the Religion News Writer’s Awards for Religion Reporting Excellence. Haroon is the author of three books, including How to be a Muslim: An American Story, which the Washington Post called “an extraordinary gift,” and “an authentic portrayal of a vastly misunderstood community.” He doesn’t tweet @hsmoghul.


Thea Piltzecker is a documentary filmmaker and a 2018 Pulitzer Crisis Reporting Fellow. Her associate producer credits include PBS, Vice, NBC, and independent documentaries. She is the US field researcher for an international sociology of religion study based in Abo, Finland. Thea is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and Bard College. She can be reached at @theapiltzecker on Twitter and @thealation on Instagram.