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.