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Founder & Executive Director

  • Richard Just 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, and his writing has appeared in The Washington PostSlate, and The Washington Monthly. In 2014, he was a visiting professor of journalism at Princeton University. He graduated from Princeton in 2001.


  • Marin Cogan is a magazine writer living in Washington, D.C. She writes for New York magazinewhere she covers politics. She was GQ's national campaign correspondent for the 2012 presidential election. She has also written for National JournalThe New RepublicPolitico, 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 London. She is a former staff writer at The New Republic in Washington D.C. and TIME magazine in New York. She has also written for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and the European Voice in Brussels. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tonya Riley is a freelance journalist based in New York. She covers technology and has written for publications including Cosmopolitan, Fusion, Mic and The Daily Dot. She is a 2015 graduate of Brown University with a degree in history and a 2010 alum of SJP.
  • Amanda Rinderle is an entrepreneurial fellow at Yale School of Management, CEO of Tuckerman & Co. (a sustainable apparel company), and partner at Quarterdeck (a web development and design agency). She fell in love with SJP when she interned for the program during her sophomore year at Princeton and saw how impactful the experience was for the 20 students in it that year.

  • 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 Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, DC. Sethi 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 degrees from Yale Law School and Osgoode Hall.
  • 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.
  • 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