Elizaveta Malykhina graduated from Boston University with a bachelor's of science in journalism and a bachelor's of arts in English. She was born outside of Vladivostok, Russia. After moving to the United States at the age of 7 she attended schools on both the West and East coasts before beginning her undergraduate studies in Boston. Her work experience includes organizations like the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass., the Boston Playwrights' Theatre, and the French Cultural Center of Boston. Her love of news and stories inspires a passion for journalism and writing. She is excited about the new direction that journalism is taking, and about the prospect of finding her place in the evolving profession.
James Passeri, a 2011 graduate from Fordham University with an economics degree immediately started working at Hersam Acorn Newspapers as a correspondent, covering various political and business stories in Connecticut. By that August Passeri had full-time editorial responsibilities at The Fairfield Sun and won a New England Newspaper & Press Association award for transportation reporting at the 2012 Better Newspaper Conference in Boston. Since then he has reported on many other topics throughout Connecticut at affiliated papers and was recently named the 2012 "Rookie of the Year" for weekly newspapers in New England, which is regarded as a highly competitive honor.