After traveling across North Carolina and beyond, singing and meeting hundreds of people, Stephanie Bowens decided to return to her passion of journalism by taking part in the Next Generation Radio project. She realized her passion for writing at an early age and decided to pursue a career in journalism after being inspired by a high school English teacher who also served as her newspaper advisor. Stephanie majored in journalism at UNC Chapel Hill with a concentration in news-editorial. The Wilmington native spent three years editing and writing for a campus magazine called VW. She also interned at the Wilmington Star-News where she wrote stories within the news, feature and business departments.
Stephanie is passionate about writing music and found a similarity between writing in the journalism field and writing songs. Writing music allows her to tell the stories of her own soul and life. Writing and reporting allows her to tell the stories of others. What attracts her to both, is that journalism, like music, has the ability to positively impact lives. She enjoys going out into the community, meeting new people, and giving a voice to people who deserve and want to be heard. She is particulary interested in covering minority issues and human interest stories.
Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Katie Macpherson ventured south in 2004 to help bridge the divide between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University as a Robertson Scholar. During her time as a Tar Devil, Katie spent time overseas practicing both her (very poor) Xhosa and (halfway decent) French in television and radio internships in Cape Town, South Africa and Paris, France. Katie joined the staff of WUNC's "The State of Things" with Frank Stasio as an eager intern during the fall of 2007, and after impressing her co-producers with her knowledge of pop culture and cool accessories, she was hired as a part-time producer for the following semester.
Now a UNC graduate, Katie is relocating to Washington, D.C. where she'll be interning for American Public Media's program "Marketplace" and sticking her foot in the door of the NPR building.
Megan Moskop is a very recent graduate of Duke University and a life-long North Carolina resident, who is excited to explore the Triangle in a new way: as a journalist! She became interested in radio at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and as of yet, her projects have focused on Durham's rich history. As a community activist and teacher, she appreciates stories with purpose, and hopes that through them she can shed new light on our surrounding communities and the challenges they face.
John is a senior at East Carolina University majoring in Communications. He has written several pieces for the university, including an expose on the Parking and Transportation department at ECU. He enjoys travelling and writing about the places he visits. He plans to report for a newspaper or radio upon graduation and hopes to eventually host a radio show. He enjoys writing and reporting public interest stories and as he says, "talking about interesting things that people don't know about." John writes a blog called Straightside where he reports his opinion on little heard or under-reported news. John loves all things North Carolina, particularly Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands and Linville Gorge. Born in Atlanta, GA and raised in Gastonia, NC, he has lived in Raleigh, Angier, Buies Creek, Boone, and Greenville. He is an avid cook and resident foodie of Greenville, and digests the Food Network and history books in his spare time.
Ricky Watson is a graduate of Wake Forest University class of 2008. He majored in Political Science and minored in International Studies. Ricky first developed an interest in journalism while at Grimsley High School in his native Greensboro, NC. Ricky's passions include traveling, politics, film, music and all things entertainment. He considers himself a pop-culture expert and hopes to find himself on a game show circuit one day in the near future. The Next Generation program has put Ricky back on track to pursuing his goals of potentially working as a journalist in the future.