Reporting Staff 2021-2022

Catherine Zhang is a photographer and no-lingual journalist covering culture, arts, social justice and video games. She’s currently a graduate student at Columbia University Journalism School, where she explores her skills in data journalism and data analysis. For her past works, refer to Instagram @zyx_catherine. She covers Buddhism.

Dana Mathura is constantly questioning the world around her with an intense curiosity to know who, what, where, when, why, and most definitely how. As a practicing journalist for over five years equipped with a B.A. in Communications. She hopes to see herself as a local television reporter in her hometown: New York City. When she’s not unearthing unique stories, you can find Dana styling an outfit, taking tons of photographs, binge-watching a show, or critically watching a film. She covers Sikhism.

Eleonora Francica is a journalist originally from Rome, Italy. Her reporting focuses on social issues, religion, health, education, and local news. She graduated with a degree in international affairs specializing in philosophy at John Cabot, the American University of Rome. Francica has worked as a United Nations correspondent at New York City-based online newspaper La Voce di New York. Her goal is to start a foreign correspondent career in the future. She enjoys exploring new places and is also passionate about discovering new cultures. During her free time, she is a volunteer at Make-A-Wish Foundation. She covers Orthodox Judaism.

Elizabeth Brewer was born and raised on Manhattan’s Upper West Side before moving across the country to earn her Bachelor of Arts in English and Politics from Occidental College in Los Angeles. She previously worked for Occidental’s weekly student-run paper and interned for DAME Magazine. She is interested in covering education, culture, public health and politics. She covers Progressive Judaism.

Emily Schutz reports on arts, culture, and religion in audio and print. She graduated from Florida State University with a double major in English and Communications. While studying there she was an intern for Home and Yard Magazine and a contributing writer at ILS Network. Recently her stories have appeared in Marketplace, The Queens Chronicle, The Queens Daily Eagle and Columbia News Service. She covers Progressive Evangelicals.

Emma Van Slyck is a journalist, scriptwriter, competitive sailor and US Coast Guard veteran. Throughout her education and military service, she has been to 12 countries, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She has recently graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, having previously studied political science at Western Washington University. As a writer, Emma has covered rent, religion, international politics and tabletop gaming. She currently covers Sufism, a mystical branch of Islam.

Lucy Grindon is an audio journalist from Altadena, California. At Columbia, she’s reported on local news in Harlem and Hell’s Kitchen, arts education, Ukrainian Orthodox churches, music and food. She wrote her master’s thesis on Palestinian and Israeli knafeh makers in New York and New Jersey. She has previously written for The National Catholic Reporter, Commonweal Magazine, and The Middlebury Campus. She graduated in 2019 from Middlebury College, where she hosted two radio shows and studied history and Arabic. She covers orthodox Christianity.

Richa Karmarkar is a dual-degree student at Columbia in pursuit of an M.S. in Journalism and an M.A. in Religion. She is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she earned B.A. degrees in History and Religion in addition to Journalism. She has covered various religious institutions and their role in housing development, violence prevention, public health, and social activism – including an SPJ national award-winning piece about a Milwaukee church’s involvement in 2020 Black Lives Matter protests. Aside from reporting on the Black Church for the class, Richa enjoys classic rock, soft pretzels, & psychological thrillers. She covers the Black Church.

Riley Farrell is a multimedia journalist who worked as an intern for The New York Times, an editor for Odyssey, a reporter for D Magazine and a news talk show host. A humanities fanatic, Riley studied communications, journalism and Spanish at Texas A&M University. She covers Catholicism.