Staff Fall 2016


Jon Allsop covers University Heights for, focusing particularly on the Jerome Avenue rezoning. He graduated with first class honours in Government from the London School of Economics in 2015, where he was executive editor of the student newspaper The Beaver. Originally from Plymouth, England, he most recently worked as a field organizer on the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union. Follow @jon_allsop on Twitter and Instagram, or get in touch by email at


Sarah Dadouch covers Morrisania for She is a UC Berkeley graduate who worked as a fixer in Turkey covering her home country of Syria, and hopes to go back to continue her coverage of the region. She is a graduate student at Columbia Journalism School. You can follow her on Twitter at SarahDadouch, and reach her at her email at


Majlie de Puy Kamp covers Highbridge for, currently working specifically on tenant harassment. Majlie holds degrees in International Relations and International Dispute Resolution from both European and American universities. She spent a couple years in the financial sector before focussing on journalism. Prior to coming to Columbia Journalism School to study investigative reporting, she was a humanitarian aid volunteer in the refugee crisis on the Greek island of Lesbos. Follow Majlie on twitter @majliedepuykamp and email her with anything Bronx related at


Shibani Gokhale is a legal correspondent covering Williamsbridge for She is currently a graduate student at the Columbia Journalism School. Shibani is a law school graduate from India with a special focus on human rights and criminal law. During her five years in law school, she interned at various media outlets, social welfare organisations and law firms and aspires to be a human rights reporter. Follow Shibani on twitter and Instagram at bani_sg or get in touch by email at


Taylor Hess covers Pelham Parkway for the She is a contributing writer for Filmmaker Magazine and has conducted approximately 100 interviews for her column Persona Project and her film festival coverage. Hess received her undergraduate degrees in drama and political science from New York University. She is currently a Masters student at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Contact her at or @taymhess.


Alejandra Ibarra Chaoul covers Soundview for She obtained a BA with a special recognition for her thesis on violence against journalists in Mexico, where she majored in Political Science. Alejandra came to Columbia Journalism School with previous experience on data visualization and political communication. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @luoach or get in contact by email at


Erin Galloway covers University Heights for the A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she studied politics and economics. Previously, she worked at the U.S. Senate on health care and economic related issues. She is currently a graduate student at Columbia Journalism School. She can be contacted via email at


Ruinan Zhang covers East Tremont for She just graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University in June 2016. During her college time, she interned at different media such as newspaper and social media company.  She is currently a graduate student at Columbia Journalism School. Contact her at


Rebecca Schuetz covers Williamsbridge. Previously, she was the Divisadero editor at Hoodline and contributed to Bay Area publications including 7×7, the Bold Italic, and SF Weekly. Before becoming a journalist, she was a public school teacher in the Atlanta metro area. Get in touch at or @raschuetz.


Sarah Blaskey covers Mottt Haven and Port Morris. Her work focuses primarily on changing neighborhoods and the effects development projects have on people and diverse areas. Prior to writing for the Bronx Ink, Sarah wrote for various publications including TruthOut, AlterNet, and Dollars&Sense. She has a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Get in touch at or @sblaskey.


Mike Elsen-Rooney covers Morrisania for The Bronx Ink. Before this, he taught high school Spanish in Prince George’s County, MD and helped run an after school literacy program for elementary schoolers in Arlington, VA. He was News Editor for North by Northwestern, an online publication at Northwestern University, where he graduated with a B.A. in American Studies and a Minor in Spanish.


Yuxiao Gao is better known as Michelle. She mainly covers the Fordham neighborhood, but roams to her colleagues’ reporting territories very often. She received a B.A. degree in Sociology and Business from Skidmore College. Shifting her career to journalism, Gao hopes to write for ethnic minorities, especially Asians in the United States. Say hi at Follow on Twitter and Instagram @mgaooo_.


Christiana Barkley covers East Tremont for the After graduating from Villanova University where she majored in English, Barkley worked in the sports advertising industry before teaching at an orphanage in Tanzania. She is currently a graduate student at Columbia Journalism School and can be reached at


Micah Hauser covers the Fordham and Norwood neighborhoods of the Northwest Bronx. Before coming to Columbia Journalism School to study investigative reporting, he worked at a literary agency and wrote for the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Huffington Post, and The Bluegrass Situation, among other publications. Tips to T: @micahhauser Insta: @_mhaus_


Corinna Burford covers the Soundview area for The Bronx Ink. She has a BA from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and has written for Noisey Australia, Thump, Addicted to Noise and Beyond Race Magazine. Before starting at Columbia, she spent 4 ½ years in Austin, Texas, working for South by Southwest (the festival, not the airline).