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Founding Directors

  • Richard Just is the editor of National Journal magazine. He was formerly the editor of The New Republic, which he led to a National Magazine Award nomination for general excellence in the thought-leader magazine category in 2012. He subsequently worked at Newsweek, where he served as Washington editor and then editor of the magazine. His work has also appeared in The Washington PostSlateThe Washington Monthly, and The American Prospect. He graduated in 2001 from Princeton University, where he was editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian.
  • Michael Koike is a principal at a New York-based private equity firm. He previously worked for the chief executive officer of a power supplies manufacturer and in the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch & Co. He graduated in 2001 from Princeton, where he was executive editor of The Daily Princetonian.
  • Gregory Mancini teaches at the Paideia School in Atlanta. He teaches English and History, works as the Debate Coach, and serves the school in a variety of other roles. He is a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School and previously studied in Berlin on a Fulbright scholarship. He graduated in 2001 from Princeton, where he was founding editor of The Prince Magazine.
  • Rich Tucker is an attorney in New York City and a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. He was previously a reporter at The Florida Times-Union, where he covered courts and the Florida Legislature. He graduated in 2001 from Princeton, where he was managing editor of The Daily Princetonian.


  • Marin Cogan is a magazine writer living in Washington, D.C. She is a writer-at-large for National Journal, where she covers politics, and a contributing writer for ESPN The Magazine. She was GQ's national campaign correspondent for the 2012 presidential election. She has also written for New YorkThe New RepublicPolitico, and more.
  • Amanda Cormier is the managing editor of National Journal Magazine. Prior to joining National Journal, she was an editorial assistant at The New Yorker and a deputy editor at BKLYNR. She graduated from Columbia University in 2012, where she edited The Eye, a weekly student magazine. Amanda attended the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program as a student in 2007 and has returned each year as a counselor since 2009. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Melisa Gao Tucker works at a healthcare startup in New York. Previously, she was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. She graduated in 2006 with a degree in chemistry from Princeton, where she served as editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian and was a residential adviser. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School. 
  • Katie Zavadski is a politics blogger for the Daily Intelligencer at New York Magazine. She previously blogged at Andrew Sullivan's blog, the Dish, and 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 staff writer at Philadelphia Magazine and a contributing writer at National Journal Magazine. He has also written for Politico Magazine, Newsweek, The New Republic, The Boston Globe, and other publications. He graduated from Brown University in 2011 with a degree in American History.

Photos by Brian Rokus