Staff – Fall 2017

Pepper Baker is a social media editor for The Brooklyn Ink and covers Park Slope. The Florida native graduated as a student athlete from UMass Boston in 2017 with an English degree. She reported for UMass Boston’s Sports Information Department, wrote for Mass Media, and interned at WHDH Boston Channel 7 News Sports.





Maea Lenei Buhre is a social media editor for The Brooklyn Ink and covers Crown Heights and Prospect Heights. She completed a double-degree in Law and Asia-Pacific Studies at the Australian National University. She worked in policy development in state government in Australia before arriving at Columbia University.




Aysha Choudhary covers Flatbush and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens for The Brooklyn Ink. She grew up in Long Island and attended New York University where she majored in Political Science. She previously worked in communications at Médecins Sans Frontières.






Isobel Cockerell is a social media editor for The Brooklyn Ink and covers Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens. She is a writer at The Huffington Post and Bonhams Magazine and has worked at Fremantle Productions and The Museum of Modern Art.






Joe Dobkin covers Gowanus for The Brooklyn Ink. Born and raised in Queens, he’s been living in Brooklyn for almost a decade. Before pursuing a career in journalism, Dobkin worked in several different fields, including early-childhood education, emergency medical services for the FDNY, as well as in the arts.





Nafisa Eltahir is a managing editor for The Brooklyn Ink and covers Greenpoint. She grew up in the Boston area and has also lived in Khartoum, Sudan. She graduated from Harvard University in 2015 with a degree in Sociology. She has been published online at The Atlantic and The Fader.





Lynn Fantom covers Sunset Park for The Brooklyn Ink.  She is the former CEO of ID Media, which won recognition as one of the “Best Places to Work in NYC.” She is a graduate of Smith College, where she majored in Latin and Greek.






Caitlin Foster covers Brighton Beach and Coney Island for The Brooklyn Ink. Raised in California, Caitlin graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2010 with a degree in English. She was a Naval Officer for six years before transitioning to attend Columbia University to study investigative journalism.





Morgan Hines is a photo editor for The Brooklyn Ink and covers Williamsburg. She grew up on the Connecticut shoreline and graduated from Georgetown University in 2017 with a B.A. in History. Hines has written for the Hartford Courant, Washington City Paper, USA TODAY College, TrendCT, and other publications. She is an avid runner and loves to travel.




Momo Hu covers Bedford-Stuyvesant for The Brooklyn Ink. A native of Shanghai, she graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in History from Washington University in St. Louis. She has written for her college newspaper StudLife, Student Health 101, and worked for a year as the Editor-In-Chief of SAGA Innovations’ monthly newsletter. 





Brian Pascus is a photo editor for The Brooklyn Ink and covers Fort Greene. Before attending the Columbia Journalism School, he graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in History and worked as a licensed real estate broker in New York City for six years. He was born and raised in Chicago.





Marvin Richards Jr. covers Bushwick for The Brooklyn Ink. Raised in Virginia, Marvin holds a degree in Political & Social Thought from the University of Virginia. Before coming to Columbia to specialize in broadcasting, he was an elementary school teacher for five years in Atlanta.





Jennifer Sigl is a managing editor for The Brooklyn Ink and covers Red Hook. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she graduated with degrees in Communication and Spanish from Santa Clara University. Sigl has worked for USA TODAY College, The Santa Clara, and NBC Bay Area News.





Rebekah F. Ward is a copy and style editor for The Brooklyn Ink and covers Bay Ridge. A Montreal native, she has experience in newsrooms such as CBC Radio and The Newfoundland Telegram. She earned her B.A. in Peace & Conflict Studies and Psychology from Colgate University. Prior to graduate school, she worked in International Development and completed a Watson Fellowship.




Daniel Ynfante is a copy and style editor for The Brooklyn Ink and covers Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn. Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., Ynfante graduated with degrees in Journalism and Spanish from Manhattan College. He has interned at and freelances for the Riverdale Press.

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