A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Shapelle currently resides in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois and is a member of professional organizations including National Association of Black Accountants, DuPage County NAACP and currently serves as an officer in the Chicago Chapter of the KSU National Alumni Association. In her personal time, she enjoys cooking, organizing and traveling with her husband and two boys.
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 has worked as a science researcher and energy reporter with the digital nonprofit independent science and news organization Climate Central. As a journalism student, Jillian’s reported on infrastructure, energy technology, and policy in Chicago, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Germany since 2016. She earned her master’s in editorial journalism specializing in health, environment, and science reporting from Northwestern University in 2019.
Jillian led in student media as news editor for her university paper and broadcast producer for the university’s weekly news radio show. At the same time, she also worked professionally as an associate editor with an independent LGBT publisher. Her work received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Florida Press Club.
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.
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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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.
Prior to joining Borderless, Yazmin spent four years at the Chicago Reader, where she helped create and grow the Chicago Independent Media Alliance, an alliance of over 60+ Chicago media outlets working to generate new revenue streams and increase visibility. Yazmin has previously worked as a reporting fellow for City Bureau and a production assistant for WTTW Chicago.
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.
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.