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  • Richard Just is editor of The Washington Post Magazine. He is the former editor of National Journal magazine and The New Republic, both of which he led to National Magazine Award nominations in his first year as editor. He has also worked at Newsweek and The American Prospect. In 2014, he was a visiting professor of journalism at Princeton University. He graduated from Princeton in 2001.


  • Marin Cogan is a magazine writer and a senior producer for Pop Up Magazine, a nationally touring live show that mixes elements of written journalism, documentary film, photography, live music, recorded audio, and other performing arts. She writes features for New York magazine, and has written for GQ, National Journal, The New Republic, Politico, ESPN The Magazine and more.
  • Amanda Cormier is the managing editor of She attended Princeton SJP in 2007, and graduated from Columbia in 2012. She has also worked at National Journal. She has returned as a counselor for SJP every year since 2009.
  • Eliza Gray is a writer living in Brooklyn. She is a former staff writer at The New Republic and TIME magazine and former editor at Newsweek International in London. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with a degree in political journalism in 2010, and from Harvard College in 2008 with a degree in English.
  • Megan Greenwell is the editor-in-chief of Deadspin, where she oversees a 25-person newsroom covering sports and culture. In previous roles, she helped launch digital features programs at Esquire and New York Magazine's The Cut, edited investigations and narrative features for ESPN the Magazine, and covered the war in Iraq from Baghdad for The Washington Post. She has also written features for The New York Times, Wired, The California Sunday Magazine, The Atlantic, and many other publications. Her editing work has been nominated for a National Magazine Award and a GLAAD Media Award, and she was part of the Washington Post team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting for its coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings.  
  • Walter Griffin is an MBA candidate at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He spent over five years at Comcast in Philadelphia, working in human resources and recruiting, with a specific focus on diversity initiatives targeting students interested in media and entertainment. He was the SJP staff associate in 2007 and a student in the program in 2005. He graduated from Princeton in 2010, where he was a columnist for The Daily Princetonian.
  • Stanley Kay is the news director at Sports Illustrated, where he edits and writes for both the magazine and web. He graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 2014. Originally from Florida, Stanley now lives in Brooklyn.
  • Suzy Khimm is a writer based in Washington, DC. Her work has appeared in Esquire, New York magazine, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, The Economist, and Slate, among other outlets. She is a former staff reporter at The Washington Post and MSNBC. Before coming to Washington, she lived in Brazil and Cambodia, where she covered everything from Sao Paulo prison riots to the Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal.
  • Lyne Lucien is a digital freelance photo editor at New York Magazine and The Daily Beast. She has previously held positions at Architectural Digest and Refinery29. Lyne graduated from Bowdoin College in 2013, where she majored in German and minored in Film Studies. She is a 2008 SJP alum.
  • Michael J. Mishak is a senior editor at Newsweek, where he oversees magazine features on national politics and foreign affairs. Previously, he was an an award-winning investigative reporter at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C., and covered the 2016 presidential campaign for National Journal and the Associated Press. He has also written about California politics for the Los Angeles Times. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Politico Magazine and The Nation. He is a graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia. 
  • Rebecca Nelson is a magazine writer based in New York City. She writes for GQ, ELLE, the Washington Post magazine, and other outlets. Previously, she was the senior political writer for Cosmopolitan, and before that, she covered the White House for National Journal. She graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
  • Ashley Powers is a magazine writer who lives in Brooklyn. She's a contributing writer for The California Sunday Magazine and has written for The New Yorker. Previously, she was a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. An Ohio native, she graduated from the University of Toledo.
  • Tonya Riley is a writer and fact-checker for Mother Jones magazine where she covers technology and labor. Her work has appeared online in   Esquire , CNBC, Slate , and more. She has a history degree from Brown University and is SJP class of 2010.
  • Brian Rokus is an Emmy-nominated producer for CNN in Washington where he produces long-form political segments. He also covers breaking news including most recently the shootings at Fort Hood and Hurricane Arthur. Previously, Rokus produced documentaries and newsmagazine segments on topics including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, climate change, Coast Guard rescue swimmers and mine-hunting dolphins. His assignments have taken him from the Arctic Circle to Lebanon to North Korea. He graduated from Princeton in 1999 and was Managing Editor of The Daily Princetonian. He has won or been nominated for more than 30 journalism awards.
  • Chanakya Sethi is a lawyer at Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz LLP in Washington, DC. He has written about the law for Slate and was a reporter for The Globe and Mail . He graduated from Princeton in 2007, where he was editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian , and has law degrees from Osgoode Hall and Yale Law School.
  • Tasnim Shamma is a radio reporter at WABE in Atlanta, G.A. She spent two years reporting at an NPR member station, WFAE, in Charlotte N.C. after a year-long Kroc fellowship at National Public Radio in Washington, DC. She was the Summer Journalism Program staff associate in 2008 and was a student in the program in 2006. She graduated from Princeton in 2011, where she was executive editor for multimedia for The Daily Princetonian.
  • Tieisha M. Tift is the Program Associate for SJP. She spent two years as College Adviser in a high school in Providence, RI through the College Advising Corps before working as an Assistant Dean of Admissions at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Urban Studies and a special concentration in Education.
  • Katie Zavadski is a staff writer at The Daily Beast. She previously wrote for New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer Blog and Andrew Sullivan's blog, the Dish. Her work has also appeared in The New Republic, Newsweek, Buzzfeed, and BKLYNR. Katie graduated from Harvard in 2013, where she was a news executive editor for the Harvard Crimson and studied Comparative Religion.
  • Simon van Zuylen-Wood is a freelance magazine writer based in New York. He writes feature articles for publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek, Newsweek, Politico Magazine,, and others. He is also a contributing editor at Boston Magazine. Previously he was a staff writer at Philadelphia Magazine and a contributing writer at National Journal. He graduated from Brown University.


The program was founded in 2002 by four members of Princeton’s Class of 2001, Richard Just, Michael Koike, Gregory Mancini, and Rich Tucker. All four were editors at The Daily Princetonian. Today, Richard is a journalist, Michael is a partner at a New York-based private equity firm, Gregory teaches at the Paideia School in Atlanta, and Rich is an attorney in New York City.

Photos by Brian Rokus