Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Deniz graduated from Brown University in 2015, where she studied international relations and theatre arts. Upon graduating, she first worked for a UN-affiliated magazine named Brain World Magazine, and then moved to Forbes Magazine and joined their wealth team to cover the nation's and the world's richest. Her "billionaires focus" was on immigration, social justice and philanthropy, and since June 2016, she has been a freelance contributor for the magazine.
In August 2016, Deniz started her master's at Columbia Journalism School and has been getting a training in deadline and long form writing as well as video journalism. A persistent researcher (who can sometimes find herself en route to Long Island to dig up some court filings), Deniz wrote her thesis on sexual assault in the New York City comedy scene and how comedy institutions respond to sexual assault allegations. Committed to covering issues nationally and globally pertinent, she is staying in the U.S., especially during this historic time to make use of her interests and background.
Joe grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and attended DePauw University where he earned a degree in English writing in 2013. He received his first newsroom experience as a breaking news intern with The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon, in the summer of 2012 and, after graduating, worked for three years as a sports writer for a daily newspaper in southern Indiana.
At Columbia, Joe has focused on longform writing and video storytelling. His master’s thesis followed a team of mostly minority hockey players in Harlem to examine the intersection of race and hockey and he’s currently producing a short documentary about at a group of music students at a second-chance high school in the West Village. Starting in July, you can find his work at the Houston Press, where he’ll join the staff as a six-month writing fellow.