Who We Are

image1Amy Haimerl is the professor behind Spartans Innovate, a course at Michigan State University teaching media innovation and entrepreneurship. As a journalist, she has covered entrepreneurship and small business since the dawn of the Internet. (Or at least since the mid-1990s.) She writes for the New York Times and Fortune and is the author of Detroit Hustle: A Memoir. She lives in Detroit and loves pitbulls and cowboy boots.


7m7a7485Nicole Bush is pursuing a second degree in journalism at Michigan State University with a focus on visual communications. She has a Humanities Interdisciplinary Studies degree, also from Michigan State, with concentrations in English, religion and geography. She has been a professional track athlete since 2009, traveling domestically and internationally for competitions. She owns one unfortunate cat and many pairs of shoes.


screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-1-58-04-pmBrittanie Chludzinski is a journalism and public relations senior at Michigan State University. She is the firm director of MSU’s student-run public relations agency, Hubbell Connections, and also works as a media communications intern with the university’s Communications and Brand Strategy Department. With a background in broadcast journalism, Brittanie hopes to combine her strategic communication skills with her passion for visual storytelling in her future career. She loves hot yoga, dancing and reading.


megdedyneMeg Dedyne is a journalism and public relations senior at Michigan State University. As an aspiring public relations professional, she is currently an assistant strategist at Piper & Gold Public Relations and the communications intern at the Office for International Students and Scholars. She is the vice president of professional development for the MSUPRSSA chapter and assistant firm director of MSU’s student-run public relations firm, Hubbell Connections. She is passionate about all things to do with the international community, the theater and coffee.


gibbard2Ashley Gibbard is a senior majoring in sports journalism at Michigan State University. She has worked as a production assistant on WKAR’s Current Sports radio show, was a writing intern for thecelebritycafe.com and is currently working on her first novel. She loves to read, write and watch football.



1163444704Jerry Liu is a junior majoring in sports journalism at Michigan State University. He is currently a sports broadcaster for a Chinese online sports channel covering major tennis tournaments around the world. He had internship with the Women’s Tennis Association at Asia/Pacific headquarters in Beijing. He also volunteered for the Western & Southern Tennis Open in Cincinnati. He was a high school tennis player and he loves anything about tennis.


fullsizerender-1Nadia Lorencz is a senior journalism student at Michigan State University. Her concentration within journalism is in sports. This is very fitting as she is also a member of the MSU track & field team. Her passions include travel, fashion and design and she is a member of MSU’s highly visual fashion magazine: VIM Magazine. She is also currently working on a travel and fashion blog that she hopes will allow her the opportunity to travel and share her experiences.


img_0192Austin Short is a senior at Michigan State University studying journalism, with a focus on sports. He currently writes and reports for Impact Radio’s sports coverage, focusing on basketball and mixed-martial arts. Austin also loves being outside. Paddleboarding, canoeing or skim boarding are some of his favorite summer-time hobbies.



spartan-id-200x200Laina Stebbins is a junior in the Michigan State University School of Journalism. She is the founding president and co-editor of The Tab Michigan State, which serves as an innovative student news source for Spartans. She loves to write creatively, and her sharp eye for detail makes editing a great joy for her. Laina is constantly listening to either music or podcasts. She ultimately hopes to use her writing as a tool to educate, shed light on injustices and corruption, hold the powerful accountable, and push for progressive change. Laina is from the Ann Arbor area, and has three rescue dogs and 9 rescue cats between her two homes.


savpicSavannah Swix is a senior studying journalism at Michigan State University. Savannah is currently an editorial assistant in the Dean’s Communications Office at the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. She enjoys working on collaborative projects and establishing connections with audiences via digital media and communication.



img_4014-1Jazzy Teen is a senior pursuing marketing and business at Michigan State University. In hopes to combine sports and business in her future career, she currently holds positions with the MSU Football and Athletic Communication departments as a student assistant and serves as president of MSU’s chapter of the Association for Women in Sports Media. This summer she will continue her career with  General Motors corporate marketing in downtown Detroit. She loves to travel, cook for her friends and binge watch New Girl.


img_9776Vanessa Xie is a junior journalism student from Michigan State University. She is also interested in pubic relations and fashion. she had internship with Chongqing Morning News in China and also working for a student organization called Humans of East Lansing. She loves music and travel.



img_2949Britney VanderKodde studies journalism and sports business management at Michigan State University. She is employed at College Fields Golf Club where she is expanding her golf insight, while playing the course on her free time. She is immensely passionate about the golf atmosphere and the PGA tour, but also follows college and professional football religiously. She is highly considering a career in the the golf industry in regards to writing or management.




Gabrielle E. Johnson is currently a junior at Michigan State University pursuing a degree in Journalism with a concentration in sports. Her interests include astrology, metaphysics, music and sports. She is a Sagittarius with a moon in Pisces and also a die-hard LeBron James fan.

1637603374Vincy wen is an international journalism senior at Michigan State University from China. She has internship experience at the biggest news organization in China, Xin Hua News. During four-year training, she has skilled at interviewing, editing and writing on different news content. Her journalism concentration is media marketing. Wen hopes to combine her marketing knowledge with her journalism skills in her future career. Besides, she loves fashion industry and talented on making up.