Erica Bonelli is a senior multiplatform journalism and marketing double major at the University of Maryland. She currently writes for Baltimore Magazine and is a contributing writer to TastingTable.com. Last year she studied in Barcelona, Spain, where she spent her days exploring, traveling, and indulging inSpain’s gastronomic greatness. She previously worked at Capital News Service and the Diamondback.
Eleanor Mueller is now a graduating senior at the University of Maryland. With a double-degree in Multiplatform Journalism and Government & Politics expected May 2017, she is currently interning for CNN’s Digital Politics team. In the past, Mueller has worked in the newsrooms of McClatchy, USA TODAY and the Kirkland Reporter. On campus, she has spent four years covered student, local and state politics for the Diamondback and Capital News Service. @eleanor_mueller
Dana Priest is a Washington Post reporter and John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and three-time finalist, Priest uncovered secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe and deplorable conditions for veterans at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington. @DanaPriest
Grace Toohey is currently based in Baton Rouge, working as a crime and criminal justice reporter for the largest newspaper in the state, The Advocate. She covers breaking news, investigates the criminal justice system, and monitors local law enforcement, in a state with the highest incarceration rate and a history of racial injustice. In May 2016, she graduated with honors from The University of Maryland-College Park with a double degree in Multi-platform Journalism and Government and Politics, and a minor in Spanish. @grace_2e
Rebecca Torchia is a senior journalism student at the University of Maryland, minoring in French and creative writing. She is the editor-in-chief of Unwind magazine and has completed internships with Whirl magazine, DC Modern Luxury, and Pro Construction Guide. She hopes to visit Montpellier–where she studied abroad for three weeks–again. From Pittsburgh, Torchia is an avid supporter of the Penguins and loves animals.
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