Vidya Balasubramanyam

Vidya is a graduate student in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources program at the University of Missouri. She is interested in helping communities adapt to climate change through participatory methods and in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through green building practices. She aspires to be a better science communicator in her efforts to promote behavior change…


Eleanor Hasenbeck

In Spring 2017, Eleanor is a third-year undergraduate student at MU studying Science and Agricultural Journalism. Her interests include anthropology, food security and the environment. When she’s not writing, you can find her laughing at an improv comedy show. She can be reached at

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Catherine Wheeler

Catherine is a first-year graduate student at the University of Missouri. She is studying a combination of print and digital news, as well as radio. She has reported for the Columbia Missourian, and is currently reporting at KBIA, the local NPR member station. Before joining the School of Journalism, she received a bachelor’s degree in…


Jing Ren

Jing Ren is currently a second semester master’s student studying Investigative Reporting in Missouri School of Journalism, she will graduate in Fall 2018. Originally from China, she is determined to use in-depth journalism as a tool to serve the public. She is especially interested in science, health and environmental reporting, and she believes there are…

Elizabeth Cassidy

Elizabeth Cassidy

Elizabeth is a senior at the University of Missouri and will graduate in May 2017. She is pursuing degrees in both journalism and psychology. Before finding journalism, Elizabeth thought she would pursue a career in the science field. After taking advanced chemistry in high school, she decided she would rather write about science than practice. She…


Daniel Levitt

Daniel is a second-year graduate student at the University of Missouri, on the data journalism and visualization track. His interests include business, sports, science and all the intersections in between. Daniel enjoys learning about new things, specifically about people, and how they operate. Contact Daniel by email: or on Twitter @DanielLevitt32.


John Heniff

John is a junior studying arts and culture journalism at the University of Missouri. He grew up in Homer Glen, Illinois before enrolling at MU. In his previous journalistic adventures, he has worked for Vox Magazine, the Columbia Missourian, and In his free time, he likes to listen to classic rock, watch sports with…