My name is Ana Durães, I am 22 years-old, born and raised in Brazil. I came to Los Angeles in 2016 looking to pursue my dreams of living abroad, getting an international education and accomplishing a degree in Journalism. I enjoy reading, 80’s and 90’s music, travelling and being with my family and friends. As a good Brazilian, I like to talk about soccer, South American history, culture and politics and hope to one day be an international correspondent like some of my favorite journalists Ariel Palacios and Gustavo Chacra. However, I do have a weak spot for fiction and historical novels, it is also a big dream of mine to work in publishing.
I’m Brenna Spalding, a 20 year old writer and self-proclaimed grammar aficionado. I enjoy caffeinated beverages, all things Harry Potter related, and $5 movie Tuesdays in downtown Santa Monica. I also think every dog I notice is “the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.” I’m welcome to all new experiences in this endeavor and I’m looking forward to bringing my presence to The Corsair this semester.
My name is Irving Santiago, I am from Oaxaca, Mexico. I’m 18 years old and this is my first year at Santa Monica College. I graduated from Alexander Hamilton High in 2018. I’m a photographer and videographer. I love using cameras and I’m very ecstatic to be part of the Corsair Staff.
Since joining the Corsair, I’ve learned to broaden my horizons outside of video games and nerd culture to constantly paying attention to politics and social issues.
Whether he’s hopping on a plane to Shanghai or sleeping in a van bound for Vancouver, Andrew Narvaez has a thirst for an adventurous life. After gaining experience in both the tech and music industry he decided to return to school and pursue his master’s degree with an emphasis in journalistic multimedia storytelling.
My name is Adriel Navarro, I am 22-years old, was born and raised in Venice,CA. A passion and hobby of mine is doing film photography, i hope to one day have some recognition when i have finally collected enough into my portfolio. Other than i am a student, working full-time hoping to get a bachelor’s to have a stable income, sooner than later.
This is my first semester at the Corsair, third at SMC. I came back to school last year after spending the previous three years working as an assistant in the CBS Television show Hawaii Five-0’s writers’ office. I grew up in Miami, Florida, and later spent some time living in Boise, Idaho. I’m passionate about cooking, and collecting recipes from places I’ve travelled, and enjoy having friends over for large meals, embracing the French tradition I was raised in. Journalism is what drives me, and as News Editor, I look forward to serving the SMC community through accurate and precise news coverage.
Nicole Washington, born and raised in Los Angeles California. She enjoys spending time outdoors at the mountains snowboarding or hiking . In the city she enjoys exploring new events and listening to people's stories.
I want to change the world with my camera and inspire others to do the same.
2018 Fall STAFF
Hey there! My name is Pyper Witt and this is my first semester writing for the Corsair. I’m a journalism major at SMC, but I am also getting my certificate in photography, with an emphasis on black and white fine art. Originally from Carmel-by-the-Sea, I also spent six years of my life growing up in a little mountain town called Boquete, Panama. I returned to the Monterey County area when I was in 6th grade and hence moved around until we found ourselves back in the quiet town by-the-sea. I am a yoga enthusiast, plant mama, and lover of good (fair trade) coffee. Bubbly, passionate, and bright- ready to write!
Hello my name is Dylan Cortez. I am an aspiring photojournalist. Photojournalism is important to me because not only do I get to express myself through photos, but I also have the ability to write and possibly change someone's life for the better. I was raised in Diamond Bar, California with two older brothers and a younger sister. I enjoy snowboarding, surfing, skating, and photography in my free time. This is my second year here at SMC and my first semester with the Corsair Newspaper. My biggest fans are my parents, and they are also my best friends!
I am a journalist who has been published on such websites as BuzzFeed, MMASucka, We Are The Mighty, Business Journal, and The All-Warrior Network. I have been fortunate enough to have filmed segments for ESPN. I am also a touring stand-up comedian who has done many USO shows and Armed Force Entertainment shows. I have been fortunate enough to have opened for comedy legend Louie Anderson at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas.
My name is Cristian Jose Vasquez Arellanes. I was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and was brought to Los Angeles at the age of three. I am a second-year student majoring in journalism. I am a huge fan of sports, especially football and baseball. I love watching college football, particularly my favorite team the Texas Longhorns. During my spare time I like spending time with friends and family, playing the clarinet and playing baseball. I hope to someday become a sports broadcaster, like my idols, Brent Musburger and Verne Lundquist.
Ricardo Herrera is a 20 year old student at Santa Monica College majoring in Film Studies. His emphasis is in cinematography and has joined the Corsair publication as a photographer to sharpen his skills in visual storytelling.
Originally from Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, Shayn Almeida attended Green Mountain College in Vermont as an English major before taking time off to travel.
He attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood CA., earned a degree in Recording & Sound Engineering, and worked as a sound engineer and product specialist for Native Instruments.
Writing throughout high school and college, Shayn continued to write from within the music industry covering music production techniques, hardware/software reviews, new music reviews, and personality profiles for magazines such as URB, BPM, Future Music Magazine and, most recently, covering Arts & Culture for The Santa Monica Daily and The Corsair Newspapers.
With a focus on Holistic Health, the Arts, Music, Yoga, DJ'ing, and writing about Dance Culture, Shayn Almeida is currently pursuing a degree in Journalism and Multimedia Storytelling from Santa Monica College.
Based in Santa Monica, Blake Atwell is in his first semester as Multimedia Editor for the Corsair. He covers UCLA athletics (football and men’s basketball), the NFL, WNBA and more for News4UsOnline.com, an L.A.-based sports media outlet. Blake spent the last two summers working as a high school intern at the L.A. Times, producing local arts and sports stories. He previously covered high school sports with the CIF Southern Section, Prep2Prep Sports, L.A. Times HS Insider and others. Blake is a freshman at Santa Monica College and studies journalism.
My name is Evan Minniti and I am nineteen years old. I graduated high school last Spring, June 2018, and this is my first semester at Santa Monica College. I worked for three years at my high school newspaper and I am incredibly excited to start work with the Corsair. You can typically find me walking my dog, reading too much and procrastinating from doing my homework. I also love pizza and Italian food in general. I’m a pretty vocal socialist, but I tend to get along with people personally, no matter their beliefs.
-OPINION EDITOR & DESIGN EDITOR-
My name is Lauri Helin. I am 18 and the Opinion editor of The Corsair newspaper. I like reading books and talking to strangers. Anton Chekhov is my favorite author. I’m gravitated towards people who aren’t afraid to express their views and opinions.
My name is Jacob Victorica, I am 20 years-old, born and raised in Hawthorne, California. I am a Mexican-American majoring in Filmmaking. My first passion was photography for over 4 years until I began to peak interest in film. I have no prior knowledge to journalism but I am willing to learn. I figured I’d take this class to get back to producing photographs on the regular and learning a new thing or two. Some of my interests are 80’s pop culture, music, clothes, sneakers and eating Japanese food with friends. My dream career is to either be a cinematographer in the film industry or work at an advertising agency.
-social media editor-
Yasser Marte is from Lawrence, MA. His family is from a small campo in the Dominican Republic. He is a SMC Journalism major and hopes to travel and write books on human rights. He also enjoys discussing history, novels, film, photography, and astronomy.
-CULTURE EDITOR & DESIGN EDITOR-
Hi, I’m Casey Contreras current Culture and Design Editor for The Corsair. I discovered my passion for journalism when I joined my High school paper, and have been doing it since then. I love music, reading, photography, art, and obviously writing. Basically anything creative. My biggest motto in life is to always be kind to people no matter how ugly they are to you. Stay kind people!
My name is Muhammad Asad Khokhar I am from Pakistan. I am a Journalist, I have written columns on Pakistan national Politics. I am looking forward to pursue my career in the field of Journalism. I started my bachelors in University of Central Florida, I’m a transfer student. I came to LA to explore more cultures and diversity. I have enjoyed my time in America as an international student and look forward to achieve more.
A Santa Monica transplant, Julie holds a BA cum laude in Economics from Mount holyoke College. Former financial advisor to the State of Colorado for local governments, Julie segued from finance to film, where she worked in feature and trailer editing. After leaving work to care for her mom, Julie returned to SMC to polish and update her skills, and is in her second semester at the Corsair. During the Spring 2018 semester, two of her short videos helped competing SMC proposals both win grants from the SMC Foundation. She has backpacked around the world, and recommends that everyone take improv comedy.
Writer and photographer Oskar Zinnemann is on a mission for the truth. Observing the world through his own philosophical filter, he strives to uncover and articulate factual information for the benefit of anybody willing to listen. Oskar now takes photos for the Corsair following his past two semesters as editor for the News and Opinion sections.