Authors, 2018

Denise Hassanzade Ajiri

Denise Hassanzade Ajiri is an Iranian-Assyrian investigative and data journalist, specializing in covering Iran and the Middle East. Beyond journalism, she writes satire in Persian and book reviews for the Christian Science Monitor.



Cody Elliott

Cody Elliott is a writer and dramaturge currently earning an M.F.A in Dramatury at Columbia University. He has directed, written and performed acts of dramaturgy in several plays—”CODYCALISHO” and “SKULLSKULLSKULLSKULLSKULLSKULLTIKI.” He has also written about comparative histories of Sargon the Great of Akkad, blogs about fashion at “Ridiculously Sublime,” and maintains an Instagram store.



Alina Entelis

Alina Entelis is a dual M.A./M.S.C. student at Columbia University studying International and World History with a focus on Eastern Europe. She received her B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Before coming to Columbia, she was a political adviser for the Israeli mission to the United Nations, consulting on matters regarding the U.N. Security Council.



Audrey Fein

Audrey Fein is a junior at Barnard College studying History and English. She loves all things arts & culture in NYC.



Isaac Fornarola

Isaac Fornarola is from Brooklyn, NY. Prior to Columbia University, he taught critical writing and political journalism at Pace University. He’s a freelance writer for the Huffington Post, writing opinion and criticism about politics, gender, music, and comedy. He studied Creative Writing at The New School and wrote his thesis on the history of 19th century cemeteries. He enjoys American history and architecture, the history of transportation and railways, and the effect of national politics on small towns.


Caitlin Foster

Caitlin Foster hails from Atascadero, California. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2010 with a degree in English. She was a Naval Officer for six years before transitioning to attend Columbia University to study investigative journalism.



Lindsay Holcomb

Lindsay Holcomb grew up in New York City and graduated summa cum laude from Swarthmore College in 2016 with degrees in Political Science and Philosophy. Before coming to journalism school, she worked as an editorial assistant at Harpers’ Magazine.



Adiel Kaplan

Adiel Kaplan is an investigative reporter. She previously worked for the nonprofit newsroom InvestigateWest, where she covered environmental issues and the Washington state legislature. She now writes about the adolescent mental health system, the illicit trade of cultural artifacts and many things in between.



Jonathan G. Lee

Jonathan G. Lee is a culture reporter who has been covering esports since 2011. He was co-founder and editor-in-chief of GLHF Magazine, the world’s first esports magazine. He is currently pursuing an M.S. degree in Columbia Journalism School and covers Internet culture, Muay Thai, Asian American identity and hate groups.


David Mora

David Mora is an investigative journalist based in New York City. He has a very adorable dog named Tuna.



Megan Massana

Megan Messana is currently a master of science student at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Her focus is in creative non-fiction writing generally regarding subcultures and arts & culture in NYC.



Tess Orrick

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Tess Orrick completed a Bachelor of Communication degree, majoring in Journalism, at the University of Newcastle. She worked as a political news and programs producer at Sky News Australia before coming to Columbia Journalism School.


Gershom Gorenberg


Gershom Gorenberg is an Israeli historian, journalist and blogger. Gorenberg has been covering Middle Eastern affairs and the interface of politics and religion for three decades. His most recent book is The Unmaking of Israel, on the crisis of Israeli democracy and the history behind it. He is also the author of The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements 1967-1977 and The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount, and coauthor of Shalom Friend, a biography of Yitzhak Rabin that won the National Jewish Book Award. A senior correspondent for The American Prospect, Gorenberg has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Foreign Policy and other leading publications in North America, Europe and the Middle East.