Photo Editor/Photographer, Austin American-Statesman
Briana Sanchez is a visual journalist based in Austin, Texas. She currently works at the Austin American-Statesman, previously the El Paso Times. She is a Chips Quinn scholar, has worked at the Fergus Falls Daily Journal, the West Central Tribune, and the Argus Leader. In 2015, Brianainterned at the St. Cloud Times as part of her Chips Quinn scholars program.
She lived in Minnesota for two years, South Dakota for two years and has lived in Texas for the past four years working as a photojournalist covering the border and central Texas.
Briana is an award winning journalist with images that have appeared in USA Today, Reuters, Associated Press, New York Times and news outlets throughout the country.
Investigative Reporter, KXAN-TV
Kelly Wiley is an award-winning investigative reporter at KXAN-TV in Austin, TX. In Texas, she has taken on investigations ranging from abuse inside Texas schools to gaps in oversight of the state's home building industry. Most recently, she published a four-part series into the state's teacher shortage. She has been honored with two Suncoast Emmy awards for her investigations into a Florida diocese. Kelly got her start in Augusta, Georgia as a multi-media journalist and anchor before joining the investigative team at WJXT in Jacksonville. Kelly was born and raised in Columbia, SC and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.
Content Creator, NBCLX
Beth Peak is a Content Creator for NBCLX based out of Dallas and an investigative photojournalist. She’s worked in Denver, Cleveland, Louisville, and Anchorage. Her investigative work includes police transparency, digging into federal data surrounding COVID bonuses and nursing homes, chasing down corrupt judges in parking lots, and looking into cold case homicides. Her work has helped change laws in Kentucky and Ohio. She’s picked up a fair share of Emmys and Murrows along the way. Beth specializes in taking a video poor, mundane story and making it sing, finding ways to make paperwork and data look good on TV, and walking the line between photographer and producer.
Reporter, KXAS/NBC 5
Before coming to North Texas, Noelle was a reporter and fill-in anchor in San Francisco and a freelance correspondent for the NBC Network and MSNBC. Noelle has also worked in Los Angles, Minneapolis and Santa Barbara covering everything from feature stories to major news events, including the 9/11 attacks in New York City. She has been recognized for work with several Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for writing and reporting.
In her spare time, you’ll find Noelle out on a run or urban hike, or trying out a new restaurant. She also likes to cook. She’s known in her previous newsrooms for her secret chocolate chip cookie recipe, which she’ll gladly bake, but never share!
Dallas Morning News
Erin Booke is the food editor at The Dallas Morning News, where she has worked for 18 years. Erin is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, is a native Houstonian, and now lives in Plano with her husband, 9-year-old son, and spoiled cattle dog.
Dallas Morning News
Sarah Blaskovich is the senior food reporter for The Dallas Morning News. Sarah attended the University of Missouri Journalism School and has minors in fashion and sociology. She's worked at The Dallas Morning News for 10 years. She has two little girls, ages 2 and 6.
Dallas Morning News
Claire Ballor is a food reporter for The Dallas Morning News. She previously covered breaking news and local government. Claire attended the University of Dallas and graduated with a degree in English and minors in journalism and international economics. She also had a stint studying Italian cuisine at Scuola di Arte Culinaria Cordon Bleu in Florence.
Natural disasters, social injustice, and mass shootings. Victoria De Leon has covered several crises in just a few years, each time witnessing grief, loss, and pain in the communities she’s served. She’s now a former reporter continuing to advocate for journalists prioritizing their mental health to better tell their communities’ stories.
She was most recently an MMJ at KENS 5 in San Antonio, Texas. Victoria has also worked at KUSA in Denver, Colorado as their Race and Culture Journalist and at KBMT in Beaumont, Texas. Originally from Houston, Texas, she’s happy to be closer to family.
Teresa Woodard is a weekend anchor and senior reporter at WFAA-TV, the ABC station in Dallas-Fort Worth. She’s a veteran journalist who started her career in 1997 in radio in College Station, Tex. She then made the move to television and reported and anchored in Waco, Tex., Knoxville, Tenn., and St. Louis, Mo. before landing a job at WFAA – the station she grew up watching every night as a news-loving little girl. Teresa is an Emmy and regional Edward R. Murrow Award recipient. A series of stories on domestic violence reported by Teresa and a team of WFAA journalists won a national Edward R. Murrow Award. She has won Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalism awards for reporting and is a three-time recipient of a Barbara Jordan Media Award, given by the state of Texas to journalists for stories on people of differing abilities. Teresa is a marathoner, a dog lover, a baseball fanatic, and she adores both Bruce Springsteen and George Strait.
Director of Visuals, San Francisco Chronicle
Nicole Frugé is the Director of Visuals for the San Francisco Chronicle, where she leads one of the most diverse metro photo staffs in the nation. Frugé was named the Jim Gordon Photo Editor of the Year in 2019, Photo Editor of the Year in 2018 and the Chronicle's photo editors were twice named the Picture Editing Team of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism contest in 2014 and 2017. Before photo editing, she spent ten years working as a staff photographer for newspapers in Texas and Florida. She covered the war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, as well as long term documentary stories on social issues and the environment for the San Antonio Express-News.
Acacia covers Texas news and politics for The Associated Press in her hometown of Austin, TX. Before working with AP, she interned with publications including The Texas Observer, The Texas Tribune and The Wall Street Journal. She graduated in 2019 from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of journalism degree and a certificate in human rights and social justice.
Maria Guerrero is a bilingual journalist with over 15 years of experience in local television news. Maria’s career has taken her from Louisiana to the Midwest, Southwest, Pacific Northwest and back home to Texas. She joined KXAS NBC 5 in 2017 as a general assignment reporter. Maria also contributes to sister station Telemundo 39.
Neima Abdulahi is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning journalist who has carved out a niche style of storytelling that pinpoints the dynamic intersection of culture, social justice and entertainment. Neima has earned credibility in the media industry working in top TV markets, serving as the Global News Anchor of Revolt TV along with being an Atlanta-based culture journalist for NBC Atlanta’s 11Alive News. She started her career as a general assignment reporter for FOX46 Charlotte.Her journalistic skills and expertise has been featured on VH1, CNN, MTV, FOX Soul, VIBE Magazine, Right This Minute, Will Packer Productions’ Central Ave show, and several other credible platforms. Over the years, Neima has landed interviews with well-known voices such as Killer Mike, Charlamagne Tha God, Tamika Mallory, ambassador Andy Young, T.I., Senator Cory Booker, Bubba Wallace, Lil Baby, Gucci Mane, and the list goes on. Her unique perspective on the state of the culture helps facilitate necessary conversations with a wide-range of influential figures. Neima is a graduate of Elon University and a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the prestigious Emma Bowen Foundation.
Katie is a reporter at 9News in Denver, Colorado where she shoots and edits her own stories.
Every day she hopes to make you understand the people she gets to meet in hopes of bringing us all closer as a community.
Her stories have won five Emmy awards and earned her numerous accolades within the National Press Photographers Association.
While at 9News, she's had the privilege of riding in a Sno-Cat during a bomb cyclone snowstorm, traveling to California to report from the fire ravaged town of Paradise and meeting kids who truly defy all odds.
Katie worked at the Boston Herald as a video journalist and was running the Boston Marathon in 2013 when the bombs went off. She spent much of her time there telling stories of the survivors, and that race will always hold a special place in her heart.
After graduating from Emerson College in 2011, Katie began her career in Des Moines, Iowa as a reporter at the ABC affiliate, WOI. While there, she got a few cameos on the Colbert Report and became known as the "Intrepid Cub Reporter."
Katie is originally from Maine, and when she's not at work, she's adventuring with her husband, Ciaran.
Tiffany Liou is a Taiwanese American reporter at WFAA in Dallas. With a business degree, she left a cushy corporate marketing job to pursue her curiosity of journalism, and she never looked back.
In just over four years, she learned the industry hands-on in California, Louisiana, Iowa and Oklahoma. Tiffany then landed a job at WFAA in 2018.
Tiffany is proud to haul around her gear, turning down “reporter” positions for MMJ spots. She loves the whole process and believes it makes her a stronger journalist. She’s been able to tell stories around the world. Her most memorable experience was soloing in Haiti.
Tiffany is co-president of the Asian American Journalism Association Texas Chapter. She's taken home a few Emmy, Texas AP, RTDNA, and NPPA awards.
When Tiffany is not busy turning daily stories, you’ll find her on a plane/beach/mountain, with her dogs, holding a camera, or all of the above. She's also a first-time mom to a beautiful baby boy.
Julia is an independent photojournalist based in Austin, Texas. She began as a staff photographer for large metropolitan dailies and small-town newspapers across the US covering everything from house fires to professional sports. She returned to her hometown in 2009 and covers the great state of Texas for clients including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.