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					    Class of 2008 - Graduate Program in Journalism, Stanford University

Derek Belch
Derek received his undergraduate degree from Stanford, where he was a member of
the varsity football team. After graduation, Derek joined Booz Allen Hamilton as a
consultant in the firm’s San Diego office. In 2010, he and a partner launched a
website: http://officelemmings.com.
                        Hetal Bhatt
                        Hetal came to Stanford from the University of Illinois-
                        Urbana/Champaign, where he graduated in 2007 with a degree
                        in Broadcast Journalism and specializations in Spanish and
                        Political Science. During his time at Illinois, Hetal worked for
                        WPGU 107.1 News, where he was an on-air anchor and live
                        correspondent, as well as a reporter and newswriter off-air. At
                        WPGU, Hetal covered a religion beat focusing on different
                        religious groups on campus and also was stationed at the
                        Illinois Republican Party Headquarters on Election Night 2006.
                        Before that, Hetal also worked at Illinois's Daily Illini student
newspaper, where he covered issues related to higher education in the state of
Illinois, political issues during the 2004 national elections, and a cicada invasion
during the spring of 2004. After graduation, Hetal joined the Hoffman Agency in San
Jose, Calif. Where he works in corporate communications.
Taylor Buley
While at Stanford, Taylor became an active digital journalist. He launched two news
sites - one about Bay Area Garbage, the other about travel. Taylor also wrote for the
Stanford Daily and worked as a consultant at Meyer Multimedia Lab. In his thesis,
Taylor looked at how Microsoft’s public relations team "spins" the press -
sometimes effectively, sometimes not so effectively. After graduation, Taylor joined
the Silicon Valley bureau of Forbes magazine where he is a reporter.
                      Andrew Burmon
                      Andrew graduated from Stanford with a BA in English and
                      History as well as a Masters in Journalism. During college, he
                      worked as a writer for The Stanford Daily, The Weekly Observer
                      (in Kampala, Uganda), and The Black Ink Review and interned
                      at Salon.com in San Francisco and National Geographic
                      Adventures in Washington, D.C. After graduation he joined
                      Solar Outlook covering energy and clean technology. He has
                      since joined the staff of Cambodia Daily, a Kampala-based daily.
                     Josie Garthwaite
                     Josie came to Stanford from the Martha Stewart magazine
                     Body+Soul, where she served first as research editor and later
                     as Green Living editor. She also edited web content and
                     regularly appeared as a guest on "The Magazine Hour" on
                     Sirius Satellite radio. Josie has written about health, science,
                     the environment, arts, and education for publications including
                     The Village Voice, Plenty, and Broadway.com, and worked as a
                     general assignment reporter for Manhattan's award-winning
                     community newspaper, The Villager. She holds a dual
bachelor's degree in Journalism and Dance from New York University. After
graduation from Stanford, Josie joined Sierra Magazine in San Francisco. She now is
a reporter covering clean-technology for the GigaOm Network
                      Erika Gudmundson Sweeting
                      Erika came to Stanford fresh from her undergraduate degrees
                      at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned a B.A. in both
                      Journalism and the Plan II Liberal Arts honors program. She
                      spent the spring of 2006 studying French at La Sorbonne in
                      Paris, France. After graduation, Erika joined The Austin
                      American-Statesman as a web editor/online content producer
                      where she worked for two years. In 2010, she joined a non-
                      profit called L3 where she will be the communications
                      manager working on the website, writing articles, producing
newsletters, and all other communications for the organization.
                    David Herbert
                    David completed his undergraduate degree in History at
                    Stanford in 2006 and his master's in Journalism in 2007. He
                    held internships at the San Jose Mercury News, the Mountain
                    View Voice, and the Daily Monitor (in Kampala, Uganda). David
                    also worked at The Stanford Daily as a managing editor,
                    columnist and staff writer. After graduation, David joined The
                    National Journal in Washington, D.C. where he wrote about
                    politics and was selected to be the National Press Foundation's
                    Paul Miller Fellow. During the summer of 2010 David studied
Chinese at Middlebury, and is now freelancing in China.
                     Tricia Huerta
                     Tricia earned her MA in Journalism and BA in Studio Art from
                     Stanford University in 2007. She now works for Tivo in Sydney,
                     Australia where she is a testing manager and member of the
                     Product Team in the Hybrid Television Services division. She
                     has moved from Engineering to Product Design and
                     development, to Project Management, to Marketing,
                     Copywriting and Social Media and back again. She has played a
                     large role in launching TiVo New Zealand and starting CASPA
                     On-Demand, our cross-Tasman entertainment platform.
                      Jennifer Martinez
                      Jennifer graduated from Stanford in 2007 with a bachelor's
                      degree in International Relations and an MA in Journalism in
                      2008. Jennifer interned at the Knight Ridder Washington
                      Bureau as part of the Stanford in Washington program, and
                      interned at The San Jose Mercury News and Reuter's Los
                      Angeles Bureau. The 2008 Daniel Pearl intern, Jennifer worked
                      in the London bureau of The Wall Street Journal before joining
                      the GigaOm Network where she wrote about technology and
                      business. In 2010, Jennifer moved back to Washington to work
in the D.C. bureau of The Los Angeles Times, covering national technology policy.

Christopher Pedregal
Chris graduated from Stanford in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in Computer
Science. While at Stanford, he helped launch several start-ups including Apture.com.
After graduation, Chris joined the XX team at Google in Zurich, Switzerland as a
Project Manager.


                     Nicole Perlroth
                     Nicole graduated from Princeton University in 2004 with a
                     dual degree in Political Science and Near Eastern Studies. Prior
                     to enrolling at Stanford, Nicole worked as the Foreign Policy
                     Intern in the Office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy and later as
                     an analyst with the Corporate Executive Board and Coach Inc.
                     As a freelance writer and reporter, her work has appeared in
                     the New York Post, AARP Magazine and Manhattan-based
                     Gothamist.com. After graduation, Nicole joined the Special
                     Projects team at Forbes in New York city. In 2010, she moved
West to Forbes Silicon Valley bureau as deputy editor of op-eds and special reports
for both print and online.
                     Amanda Schoenberg
                     Amanda spent three years as a city reporter in the
                     predominantly Latino agricultural community of Watsonville,
                     California before coming to Stanford. She also worked as a
                     reporter at The Tico Times, an English-language newspaper in
                     San Jose, Costa Rica. She earned a Bachelor's degree in
                     Comparative Literature and Spanish from Smith College in
                     Northampton, Mass. in 2000 and spent her junior year
                     studying in Seville, Spain. After graduation, Amanda joined The
                     Albuquerque Journal as a features writer.


                      Christina Yoon
                      A Bay Area native, Christina grew up in San Francisco and
                      graduated from UC Berkeley, where she earned her BA in
                      English and Mass Communications. She worked as an arts
                      reviewer for The Daily Californian, UC Berkeley's student-run
                      newspaper. She had several years of diverse professional
                      experience before beginning her graduate studies in
                      journalism at Stanford. Among other roles, she has worked for
                      Google, Inc. in Mountain View, California in online advertising
                      and in West Hollywood at IW Group Inc., one of the country's
largest public relations firms focusing on Asian-American media. After graduation,
Christina interned at the Santa Monica Daily Press and then worked as a freelance
reporter for People magazine in Los Angeles. She is now the LA West community
manager for Yelp.com.

				
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