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College Beat is produced by the CalMatters College Journalism Network, a collaboration between CalMatters and student journalists across the state.
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Meet the Team
Vanessa Arredondo, Fellow: Vanessa Arredondo is a student journalist at UC Berkeley. Originally from Los Angeles, she got her start in journalism by working for the Pierce College Roundup newspaper at her community college.
Ethan Coston, Fellow: Ethan Coston is a fourth-year student at UC San Diego, where he previously served as managing editor of independent student news outlet The Triton. He writes about politics, policy, and sexual misconduct.
Aidan McGloin, Fellow: Aidan McGloin is in his fourth year reporting at Mustang News, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He covers campus policy and founded the Cal State Student Wire, an effort to unify reporters across the CSU system.
Felicia Mello, Editor: Felicia Mello has covered higher education for CalMatters since 2018, focusing on affordability, equity and innovation. A UC Berkeley graduate, she was a finalist for the Education Writers Association’s beat reporting prize in 2018.
Omar Rashad, Fellow: Omar Rashad is the Editor-in-Chief of The Union, El Camino College’s student-run newspaper in Torrance, CA. He reports on education, homelessness and state legislation and is most interested in exploring how culture and religion play into the lived experiences of minorities in America.
Bella Ross, Fellow: Bella Ross is a graduating senior from San Diego State University, where she served as editor in chief of The Daily Aztec. She would like to one day report on national politics for a large news outlet, and when she’s not on deadline, enjoys binge-watching “Parks and Recreation” and visiting thrift stores.
Janelle Salanga, Fellow: Janelle Salanga is the assistant campus news editor of The California Aggie, UC Davis’s student-run paper, where she reports on grassroots movements and creates engagement initiatives. She also produces the computer science podcast #include
Adria Watson, Fellow: Adria Watson is a senior studying journalism at Sacramento State University. She’s particularly interested in criminal justice and the needs of student parents, and has written for The State Hornet and The Sacramento Bee.