March 1, 2021

Alums on the Move: 2021 Winter Edition

SJI Staff

The last two years have been busy indeed for 2015 SJI alum Zolan Kanno-Youngs. The 2016 Northeastern University graduate was a sports intern at USA Today as part of his SJI summer. He also had an internship at the Cape Times in South Africa, and did high school sports reporting for the Boston Globe before moving to news side as a Wall Street Journal reporter.  In the spring of 2019, Kanno-Youngs moved to The New York Times, where his byline soon became a familiar one to anyone reading the front page regularly, as he covered homeland security, including a memorable A-1 story headlined “Death on Rio Grande: A Perilous Migrant Route.” On Feb. 21, Kanno-Youngs made news of his own with the announcement that he’d be joining The Times’ White House reporting team and “covering a range of domestic and international issues with a focus on extremism and homeland security.”  

"I may be in the news world now but I learned the bread and butter of deadline writing from SJI," he said. "I would encourage anyone entering the field to refrain from limiting your opportunities to any specific area of journalism. I know political writers that have gone on to cover the NBA and courts reporters who have broken stories in college football. Regardless of the topic, you approach each story with the same fundamentals: do your research on each stakeholder, listen to the subjects and ask tough questions of those in power. Then write the thing with accuracy."

More news from the SJI family:

- Souichi Terada (Class of 2018) has joined to cover the Boston Celtics. He was previously a University of Missouri reporter at The Kansas City Star.

- Kennedi Landry (Class of 2020) was named the Texas Rangers beat reporter for

- Kendra Andrews (Class of 2017) NBC Sports Bay Area as the Golden State Warriors beat reporter. She was previously a Denver Nuggets reporter at The Athletic.

- Nick Creegan (Class of 2012) will play a recurring role in NBC’s “Law & Order: Organized Crime”.

- RJ Young of the 2012 class joined FOX Sports as a national college football personality in 2021 at after a stint hosting national sports talk on ESPN Radio in 2020.

- Arianna Vedia (Class of 2019) earned a 2021 AWSM internship. She will intern at The Dallas Morning News this summer.

- Joseph Salvador (Class of 2020) was named a news trending reporter at

- Nick Alvarez (Class of 2020) joined the Montgomery Advertiser, replacing 2018 Andre Toran, who joined the staff at the Courier-Journal in Louisville.

- Ethan Sands of the Class of 2020 will intern this summer in sports at the Los Angeles Times. Sands worked remotely as an intern for the Tallahassee Democrat last year.

- Andrew Golden of the Class of 2020 will intern this summer in sports at The Washington Post. Last summer, he worked remotely as an intern for The Kansas City Star.

- Landon Bost of the Class of 2020 landed a photo/video internship with the Cincinnati Enquirer.

-Lila Bromberg of the Class of 2020 landed an internship at Sports Illustrated for this summer.

- J.L. Kirven of the Class of 2019 earned the Pulliam Fellowship and will intern this summer in the Indianapolis Star sports department.

- Brandon Theo Dorsey of the Class of 2013 joined WPTV/ESPN West Palm Beach.

- Kellen Becoats (Class of 2017) joined the staff at The Ringer,

- Jonathan Abrams of the Class of 2004 has returned to The New York Times, where he covered the NBA before leaving to join the staff of Grantland and, later, Bleacher Report. Abrams, who has also worked at the LA Times, is a best-selling author of two books. “All the Pieces Matter” and “Boys Among Men.” Abrams is a USC graduate who interned for the Des Moines Register while he was in SJI.

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