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    INTERNS 2002

    PERRY BACON (Metro, Prince George's County), a Yale senior majoring in political science, is returning for his second summer as a Washington Post intern. Last summer he was a reporter on the City Desk, covering breaking news, crime and city government. He was features editor of the Yale Daily News from October 2000 to September 2001. He was a reporting intern at the National Journal magazine (summer 2000) and Chips Quinn scholar and intern at the Louisville Courier-Journal (summer 1999).

    MICHAEL BARBARO (Financial), a senior at Yale majoring in history, spent last summer as a reporting intern at the Miami Herald, covering night police in Broward County. His assignments included a two-year-old murder case finally solved when a suspect was linked to a severed thumb left at the scene of the crime. In the summer of 2000 he was an intern/researcher for the NBC Nightly News investigative unit. In 1999 he was a reporting intern for the New Haven Register. He was elected editor in chief of the Yale Daily News in 2000 after having reported there starting as a freshman.

    YONI BROOK (Photo), a sophomore majoring in visual storytelling at New York University, was a photojournalism intern for the Commercial Appeal in Memphis last summer. He has been a freelance photographer for The Washington Post since the summer after he graduated from high school. His work has included dramatic photographs from the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the aftermath. He's also covered sports as a freelancer for USA Today.

    G. DAVID CACKOWSKI (News Art) has worked as a contract cartographer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, creating maps for a series on New Jersey farmland. He enrolled in Temple University's graduate Geography and Urban Studies Program in 1999, discovered computerized cartography courses were offered, and the rest is history. While pursuing his graduate degree, he is communications coordinator for the non-profit Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers, and he designs maps for travel brochures.

    STEPHEN A. CROCKETT (Style) is already well known in The Post newsroom. He's been working at night as a news aide since 1998 and writing occasional freelance pieces for Style and Metro while attending Maryland, where he is a sophomore English major. Last summer he interned at the San Jose Mercury News, writing hard news and features as a police and general assignment reporter.

    PAUL GLADER (Metro, Prince William County) is a senior at the University of South Dakota, where he majors in political science. He was an intern in the San Francisco bureau of the Wall Street Journal last fall, covering breaking news including the September 11 attacks. Last summer he was a Pulliam fellow and reporting intern at the Indianapolis Star. The summer before that he was a political reporting intern for Gannett News Service based in Arlington. He's also had internships at the Prague (Czech Republic) Tribune (summer 2000) and the Emporia (Kan.) Gazette (summer 1998). He was editor in chief of Volante, an award-winning weekly student newspaper in Vermillion, S.D.

    JULIETTE HENKE (Financial Copy Desk), a senior majoring in journalism at Northwestern University, has had copy-editing internships at three newspapers. Last summer she worked on the night news copy desk at the Arizona Republic. Last spring she was a reporter and copy editor at Newsday, and in the summer of 2000, she worked at The Vindicator in Youngstown, Ohio. The previous summer she was a reporting intern for CNI Newspapers, Inc., in New Berlin, Wis. She's the current deputy managing editor of the Daily Northwestern, and has also been its news editor, slot and a copy editor.

    MELODY HOLMES (Metro, Howard County) is a senior majoring in English at Morgan State University. She has been a reporting intern at the Baltimore Sun since the winter semester of her sophomore year, after a piece she wrote for the student newspaper, the Spokesman, caught the eye of an editor at the Sun. She's covered neighborhoods and police and written obituaries. She received a best news writing award for the Spokesman in 1999. She also has been a substitute teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools.

    JESSICA HOPP (Sports) is a senior majoring in journalism at the University of Missouri. She was a sports reporting intern at the Cleveland Plain Dealer last summer, covering the Cleveland Indians, the Browns training camp, the Marconi Grand Prix CART race and the WNBA. She's also had internships at WTMJ4-TV in Milwaukee, where she interviewed and wrote scripts for sports, and at the weekly Milwaukee Business Journal, where she was a research intern. At the Columbia Missourian daily, where she's worked since 2000, she's been a copy editor, reporter and assistant sports editor. She's also been a sportswriter for the Columbia Tribune.

    COLLEEN JENKINS (Metro, Southern Maryland) is a senior journalism major at the University of North Carolina. She has had summer reporting internships at the St. Petersburg Times (2001), the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C. (2000), and Bloomberg News in Washington (1999). She's covered murders, a major flood and the World Bank and written features on such celebrities as fitness guru Richard Simmons and singer Ricky Martin. She's also been staff writer and assistant desk editor for her campus paper, the Daily Tar Heel.

    CHRISTINA JEWETT (Metro, Loudoun County) is a senior majoring in journalism at Indiana University. She interned last summer at the St. Petersburg Times, where she broke a story about a controversial Philip Morris coupon promotional campaign that the company later suspended nationally. In summer 2000 she was a reporter for Times of Northwest Indiana. She's been features editor, columnist and reporter on the Indiana Daily Student newspaper, where she was voted best reporter in the fall of 1999.

    MICHELLE MASSIE (Metro Copy Desk), a senior majoring in print journalism and African American studies at Penn State, is our Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern. Last semester she was a copy-editing intern at the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa. She was a summer intern at the Chicago Tribune in 2001 and was the Art Peters intern at the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2000. She spent a month as a writing intern at the Baltimore Sun (December 1998-January 1999). She has been a staff writer and columnist for the Daily Collegian on campus.

    YLAN QUY MUI (Metro, City Desk), a senior majoring in communications at Loyola of New Orleans, is one of four returning interns. Last summer she reported for The Post's Style section. The previous summer she was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund on-line editing intern for startribune.com in Minneapolis. During the last two school years she has worked as a part-time copy editor for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. She has been an editor and columnist on two Loyola publications, The Wolf magazine and The Maroon. She also was a reporter for Voices, the convention newspaper of the Asian American Journalists Association.

    SARAH PARK (Health), a biology major at Harvard, is the Health section's Kaiser Media Fellowship intern. Her busy junior year has included a reporter-researcher internship at The Village Voice. Last spring she interned with the ABC News medical news unit in Boston. She also covers science and health care issues for the Harvard Crimson and edits the Harvard Health Policy Review. In the summer of 1999, she was a press intern for former Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci.

    JEFF PASSAN (Sports) is a senior majoring in magazine journalism at Syracuse University. He covered a variety of sports stories last summer as an intern at the Star–Ledger in Newark, N.J. The previous summer he had a sports reporting and editing internship at the Buffalo News. He was a copy editor at USA Today Baseball Weekly during the summer of 1999. At his college paper, the Daily Orange, he's been managing editor, sports editor and staff writer.

    ABHISHEK RAGHUNATHAN (Metro, Fairfax/Alexandria), a senior at Princeton, returns to The Washington Post after a summer as a City Desk general assignment reporter. He has interned on Newsday's business desk (summer 2000) and at the Chicago Reporter (summer 1999). During his junior year, he reported part time for the New York Times in its Trenton bureau. He's also been a stringer reporting on campus news for the Trenton Times and the Princeton Packet.

    ANITHA REDDY (Financial) is a senior majoring in history at Stanford University. She was a general assignment reporter last summer for The Post's Business section. Story topics included predatory lending practices, online grocers and federal ergonomics regulation. The previous summer she had two internships—as a reporter for the Dayton Daily News business section and as a production assistant at CNNfn. She's been a staff reporter, wire editor, news editor and designer for the Stanford Daily. In her junior year she studied abroad at the London School of Economics.

    BRET SCHULTE (Style) is a first-year graduate student in creative nonfiction at George Mason University. He returned to college after spending almost two years writing and editing features at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, which hired him full time in 1999 at the end of a summer internship. While an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska, he was Arts & Entertainment editor and reporter for the Daily Nebraskan (1996-1999). He's also worked as a press intern for Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa (fall 2001) and as an intern for Smart Computing magazine (spring 1998).

    MATTHEW SHEEHAN (News Desk), a senior majoring in journalism at the University of Maryland, is The Post's first intern assigned solely to page design. Last summer he was the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund copy-editing intern at the St. Petersburg Times. Before summer's end he had become the first intern allowed to design St. Pete's Metro front for a week and a half and the front page for three days. He was editor in chief of the Diamondback, the university's campus daily, and vice president of the board of the company that controls many student publications. He's also been a Diamondback reporter, designer and managing editor. His other internships include innovations intern for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Web site (2000) and copy editor/design intern at the Sumter (N.C.) Daily Item (1997-1999).

    MICHAEL VASQUEZ (Metro, City Desk) is a senior majoring in print journalism at Florida International University. He had his first internship last summer at the Miami Herald. Since September he's been a community beat reporter while attending school. There's lots of variety on the North Miami and Sunny Isles Beach beat, and he's covered hard news—politics, government, crime and education—and features. Michael has also reported for the Beacon, FIU's student newspaper.

    MARTHA WRIGHT (National Copy Desk), a senior print journalism major at the University of South Carolina, spent last summer as a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. She's also interned at the Columbia, S.C., bureau of The Associated Press (2001) and for the National Organization for Women's media relations department. She was a reporting and editing intern and stringer for The State (Columbia, S.C.) newspaper while in high school and college. On the campus newspaper, The Gamecock, she's been editor in chief, copy desk chief, copy editor and reporter.

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