Before joining Borderless Magazine as an engagement reporter, Diane interned at the magazine and worked at the World Relief refugee agency.
She studied sociology at Northeastern Illinois University and will graduate with a Master’s in international studies from DePaul University in 2022.
She is also a cofounder of the Prism Photo Workshop, whose mission it is to provide resources and support for young photographers of diverse backgrounds to tell the stories of underrepresented people and communities with dignity. Michelle is dedicated to the mentorship and promotion of emerging journalists and artists of color and/or from immigrant communities.
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Jen has a background in graphic design and runs a travel and lifestyle blog. Born in the Philippines, and raised in a multicultural family, she considers herself a global citizen and has traveled to over 35 countries. She is fluent in English and Filipino.
Her love for travel and culture inspired her to create The Arte Vista, a mission-driven e-shop that supports fair trade and provides sustainable income for women artisans in Southeast Asia and beyond.
She likes Hemingway and has a penchant for Baroque art. She also likes gelato.
In her 15-year career, she has covered global issues as a producer at Chicago Public Radio, served as a foreign correspondent in South Korea and Vietnam, and reported on police abuse and gun violence in Chicago.
In 2019, she received the Chicago Headline Club award for best online feature story. Previously, she served as a reporting fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and a juvenile justice reporting fellow at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Queensland.
Without the Taliban’s anti-women policies, Saleha was able to complete high school and enroll in Kabul University, where she graduated with a degree in journalism and starting her career in radio and TV. Saleha was a regular contributor to ToloNews, a private news channel in Kabul, broadcasting the main bulletin every evening.
Saleha has earned multiple awards as a journalist in Afghanistan, including two “Best Reporter” Awards from Afghanistan’s parliament and senate; seven national awards, including for her reporting on human rights; and was named a “Peace Reporter” by the United States Institute of Peace. These awards reflect her expertise, experiences and commitment to the causes that are so important to her.
In addition to her journalism experiences, Saleha was an independent parliamentary candidate representing Kabul in the 2018 Afghanistan parliamentary elections.
His passion for illustrating different people’s cultures and stories through journalism led him to help establish La DePaulia, the first Spanish-speaking newsroom at DePaul University in Chicago, as well as a student chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He earned his bachelor’s degree at DePaul University and his master’s degree at Medill School of Journalism.
In 2018, at the age of 22, he moved to New York from Algiers, Algeria, where he also studied journalism and wrote for publications such as El Watan and Liberté.
In New York, he covered immigration issues and diasporic groups for publications such as Al Jazeera, The New York City News Service, and Africa is a Country, among others. He also reported on race, culture, religion, social issues, and politics.
Youcef is passionate about photography and narrative writing. He is fluent in Arabic, French and English.
She started her career in journalism watchdogging city halls and county government in Orange County, CA, the community where she grew up. She has also reported for The Mercury News in San Jose, ProPublica's Electionland project and most recently The Colorado Sun, where she received top regional honors for her coverage of the 2021 redistricting cycle.
Thy is of Vietnamese and Chinese descent and the daughter of refugees. She grew up speaking Vietnamese, and studied Mandarin Chinese while attending Haverford College.
Born in Singapore and raised in Maryland, she has written for publications including the New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, Artnews, The Art Newspaper, Artsy, and Garage.
She was formerly an assistant editor at Chicago Magazine and a staff writer at Hyperallergic.
Alex was a 2016 Peter Lisagor Watchdog Award finalist for his work on an interactive Chicago Reporter database that shows where, how and when police misconduct happens in the city of Chicago and a 2017 Peter Lisagor Award winner for Best Start-Up for his work with Borderless magazine. When not reporting he’s either riding his Vespa or camping.