About the Students

The Next Generation Radio project is a full-scale, digital-first multimedia training project with emphasis on audio. The program is a series of week-long training projects that offers students or early-career journalists the opportunity to work with mentors to report and produce an in-depth audio story. If you are interested, please contact us through our website. The May 2019 #nextgenradio project for student journalists is created in partnership with the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

Christopher Sacchi

Christopher is a Broadcast and Digital Journalism junior at Syracuse University where he’s active on the air and behind the scenes at campus outlets Z89, Citrus TV and WAER, SU’s NPR affiliate. Chris also helped start CNY Stream, a streaming service that broadcasts area high school football, basketball and baseball games. Originally from Ridgefield, Conn., Chris is working toward a professional career in TV and radio broadcasting.

Mary Catafalmo

Mary loved to write ever since middle school in Buffalo, NY. At SU, her passion for storytelling extended into the digital world. She graduated in May 2019 with a dual degree in newspaper and online journalism & English and textual studies. She was also a staff writer for The Daily Orange and worked in the news section for two semesters. As she moves into her career, she wants to use the multimedia skills she’s gained from Next Gen Radio to create more compelling news features on health, environment and education.

Malika-Budur Kalila

Malika-Budur Kalila is a broadcast and digital journalism graduate student at Newhouse School of Public Communications. Malika, who is from Kazakhstan, studied Economics and Management in Turkey for three years and earned her BA in Communication from Niagara University. As a graduate student, she interned at NPR affiliate WAER and traveled to Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan as a member of two different investigative reporting teams. She is fluent in English, Russian, Kazakh and Turkish.  Malika is interested in international reporting and covering human rights issues. In her free time, she enjoys exploring different cultures and learning foreign languages.

Jordan Muller

Jordan Muller just finished his third year as a magazine and political science dual major at Syracuse University. He moved to the East Coast from Southern California to pursue a career in journalism and immediately began writing for The Daily Orange, SU’s independent student newspaper. Next Generation Radio is Jordan’s first experience in audio storytelling.  He’s hoping to take the skills learned through the program to be an innovator in the media industry.

Stacy Fernández

Stacy Fernández is a Newhouse graduate with dual degrees in magazine journalism and Latino-Latin American studies. Fernández was feature editor of The Daily Orange, Syracuse’s independent student newspaper, with a focus on marginalized communities. She interned at The Dallas Morning News, The Buffalo News and is a freelance writer for Remezcla.com. Next Generation Radio is her first foray into audio storytelling.