2017 Staff

Amelia Kibbe


Amelia, 22, is a recent graduate from St. Bonaventure University. She majored in journalism and English and edited the campus newspaper, The Bona Venture.

She also wrote and edited for the university’s website and publications and reported two summers at the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

Last year, Amelia interned in communications at Corning Inc. and was one of five national winners in the Jim Murray memorial sports writing contest, impressing judges from The New York Times and New York Post.

This year, she’s returning to Corning before beginning a journalism master’s program at Ohio University.

Amelia grew up in Harrison Valley, Pennsylvania, near the New York line. She and her three siblings have all attended St. Bonaventure. Her younger brother, Ethan, was sports editor while she served as editor-in-chief.

Julia Schuller

julia_croppedJulia, 22, is a recent graduate of Penn State University. She majored in Communications and is well-versed in broadcasting and video production.

Last summer, she interned at the non-profit Kidsave, producing short documentaries on orphans searching for forever families, and worked part-time for NBC’s Washington, D.C. affiliate.

Julia has also worked as a radio DJ, Production Director and Operations Manager.

Her paper, “Broadcasting the Backstage: Essena O’Neill’s Facework as an Instagram Model,” was recently honored as the Overall Top Paper at the Eastern Communication Association’s Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Boston

The work examined Instagram model Essena O’Neill’s career in an effort to illustrate how Goffman’s theoretical concept of facework can be used to study social media.

Rob DiRienzo

rob_croppedRob is a senior journalism major at Temple University. He’s dreamed of working as a broadcast journalist since he was 7.

He landed his first newsroom job at 16 at a small AM radio station in his New Jersey hometown. He quickly gained a reputation for chasing stories around town on his bike — recorder in hand.

Rob went on to cover a number of major stories, including the pope’s 2015 visit to Philadelphia, the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

He’s currently a junior reporter at Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia and will be interning for CBS News in New York this summer.

William Derry

derryWilliam, 19, is entering his sophomore year at Penn State’s Beaver campus, where he’s majoring in broadcast journalism. He writes for the student newspaper, is a host on the student radio station and plays on the soccer team.

Last semester, through a study abroad program, he met students at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, interviewed citizens of Old San Juan and visited El Yunque National Forest.

At 17, William co-founded The Empire: All Things College Basketball In Philadelphia.


Liz Allen, retired writer and editor, columnist at Erie Times-News. Twitter: @ETNallen

Marta Gouger, editor of Times News in Lehighton, Pa. Twitter: @tnmartagouger

Mike Sisak, reporter and social media/UGC editor, Associated Press. Twitter: @mikesisak

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