NBTB Co-Director Beatrice Motamedi gives the morning chalk talk before students head to classes and then afternoon activities.

Our educational philosophy is grounded in the idea that students learn best by doing, and no one knows that better than our faculty and staff, who combine real-world experience with a thorough understanding of journalism fundamentals.

Our faculty are among the best journalism educators in the country. Guest speakers contribute insights and experience from the world of professional journalism and emerging media. Our talented team leaders are available day and night to help students both inside and outside the classroom. Our 1:8 ratio of faculty/staff to students enables us to be attentive to our students’ academic and personal needs.



Beatrice Y. Motamedi is a teacher, writer and youth media advocate who turns classrooms into newsrooms. She is executive director of Global Student Square, an international student journalism network. Beatrice was a 2015 John S. Knight Fellow in Journalism at Stanford University, where she studied design thinking, entrepreneurship and the history of Iran and Islam. A Dow Jones News Fund Distinguished Adviser and California Journalism Educator of the Year, Beatrice spent 10 years teaching in public and private high schools and also served as program director for the Student Voice Project. She has helped students launch publications in Oakland, Los Angeles, Washington, Paris, Seoul and Ha Noi, Vietnam. Her students have won more than 200 awards, including the Pacemaker and the Wikoff award for editorial leadership. Before becoming a teacher, Beatrice was a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, United Press International and WebMD; her three-part series on inner-city teens and stress,The Long Arm of Childhood,” was published in the East Bay Times. She also served as associate editor for “24 Hours in Cyberspace,” the landmark book on one day in the life of the Internet. Beatrice has been a Kaiser Foundation Fellow, a California Endowment Health Journalism Fellow and a Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, Wired, The New York Times, The International Herald-Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times and the Los Angeles Times in addition to two literary anthologies. Beatrice serves as visiting teacher and journalist-in-residence at the American School of Paris. She will be a “Globalizing the Classroom” fellow at Harvard University next year. Contact Beatrice at bymotamedi@gmail.com.

Paul B. Kandell, the 2009 Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year, and the 2009 California Journalism Teacher of the Year, earned a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and reported for Newsweek before becoming a high school journalism instructor in 1996. In addition to advising two award-winning journalism publications — Verde magazine and The Paly Voice — at Palo Alto High School, he serves on the board of the Journalism Education Association of Northern California and has served on the Student Press Law Center’s Advisory Council Steering Committee. The Paly Voice is a five-time winner of the National Scholastic Press Association’s Online Pacemaker Award and one of only two scholastic journalism winners of the Webby Award from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. A frequent presenter at local, state and national scholastic journalism conventions, Paul has served as co-director of Internet Youth Journalism Advising, an adviser-training program formerly headquartered at San Francisco State University’s Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism, and director of the East Palo Alto Journalism Institute, an educational/internship program designed to help youth leapfrog into scholastic journalism programs and pre-professional media opportunities. The lead writer for the University of California’s model Advanced Journalism curriculum, Paul also is one of the leading writers for 21st CenturyLit.org, an online curriculum for promoting digital, information and citizenship literacy in American high school English classes. He is one of the driving forces behind Palo Alto High School’s $10 million media arts center, scheduled to open in Fall 2014. Contact Paul at pkandell.nbtb@gmail.com.

Summer 2017 staff


Adriana Becerra (Year 1 team leader) is a rising freshman in the strategic public relations masters program at the University of Southern California. She recently graduated from the Cronkite School at Arizona State University as a member of Barrett, the Honors College. She received her bachelor of arts degree in journalism and mass communication with a minor in political science, film and media studies and a certificate in international studies. As an undergrad, she worked with PBS for two years as both a production crew member and program coordinator. Last school year, Adriana held an internship and freelance reporting position with Times Media Group, and worked as a digital reporter in the future/technology beat with Cronkite News – Arizona PBS. In her spare time, Adriana likes cuddling with her dog, Bella, and binge-watching Friends on Netflix.

Alex_CremerAlexandria Cremer (Year 1 team leader) will be returning to Newsroom By The Bay for her third year as a Year 1 team leader. A former staff writer for the (North Dakota) Jamestown Sun, Alex has worked on a wide range of stories, from exposing a backlog of background checks for daycare providers to compiling data on Jamestown’s housing market. Alex also mentors student journalists at a local college. A 2015 graduate of the University of Oregon, Alex covered breaking news and higher education for the Emerald Media Group, an independent student-run publication. Among other stories, she covered a lack of diversity in faculty and a lawsuit filed by an alleged rape survivor against three U of O basketball players.Alex enjoys visual journalism, including using data, videos, photo and graphic design to tell stories. After NBTB this summer, Alex will be hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and writing about her adventures on her blog, Alexandriasadventure.com.

cksCasey Miller (Year 1 team leader) started at Newsroom by the Bay four years ago as a Year 2 student, serving as photo editor for the NBTB 2013 “One Day, One Story” project. Since then, she has also held positions as CIT, program assistant, and project coordinator for “Worlds Apart,” NBTB 2016’s pop-up project on homelessness in San Francisco. A rising junior at the University of Oregon, Casey is majoring in journalism and writes for the Daily Emerald’s art and culture section. Casey was founding co-editor-in-chief for Global Student Square and has blogged for the Huffington Post. Casey also spent four years working at Campolindo High School’s publication La Puma, initiating and completing the publication’s format transition from dated newspaper to modern magazine. Casey’s interests include photography, travel, and exploring the world of journalism one story at a time. She can’t wait to travel and study abroad in Prague next fall.

Catherine Seok (counselor-in-training/NBTB photo editor) is a rising senior at Cupertino High School in Cupertino, California. Currently the photo editor of The Prospector, she loves writing lifestyles and features articles. Although she enjoys writing, her main interest and passion has been photography ever since she picked up a camera four years ago. Catherine was a member of NBTB’s Y1 group last year.

Celine Lopez (Year 1 team leader) is a freshman at Stanford University, considering a double-major in communications and political science and a minor in Spanish or education. As a former editor-in-chief of The Stagg Line newspaper at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Stockton, California, Celine is passionate about journalism and the news, and finds the best stories focus on humans. Having covered Islamophobia, terrorism, police brutality, food insecurity and immigration, Celine is committed to social justice and plans to tackle injustices not only through activism but also her writing. Although she is most experienced in print, Celine enjoys working with multimedia, web, graphic and layout design, and photography. When she is not studying, she is tutoring low-income, first-generation students like herself from East Palo Alto and Stockton. Celine is a policy research intern for Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton and hopes to make a change in her low-income community through education policy. In her free time, she enjoys lying on the grass on sunny days at Stanford, reading literature or poetry and listening to jazz.

DonMugDon Bott (faculty) has advised high school publications since 1986, when he founded his school district’s first bilingual literary magazine. During his tenure as adviser to The Stagg Line newspaper, his students have won seven National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker awards and the Journalism Education Association Impact Award, as well as California Journalist of the Year and 1st Place for both NSPA Story of the Year and News Photo of the Year. Don was named Dow Jones News Fund Teacher of the Year in 2002, and was honored with the Journalism Education Association’s Diversity Award in 2008. He also gives presentations at national journalism conventions on topics from design to diversity. Most recently, Don helped pioneer the Stagg Online. Don earned his bachelor’s degree in literature from University of California, Santa Cruz, and his master of arts degree in English from Sacramento State. He is most proud of his column written about his son and published on Father’s Day in the Chicago Tribune. Contact Don at donbott1@gmail.com.

Eric Burse (faculty) is returning for his fourth year, teaching video storytelling and media law. He is a former journalist and currently a law student at the University of Kentucky. Prior to law school, Burse earned a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. He did his undergraduate work at the Annenberg School of Communications & Journalism at the University of Southern California, where he covered national politics and breaking news for NBC Network News. In 2012, the National Association of Black Journalists honored Eric as student journalist of the year. Most recently, he was engagement editor at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, then a law clerk with the Federal Communications Commission in Washington. Eric’s interest in law and policy is shaped by practical experience in mass media as an innovator, educator and creator of content. 

Jefferson Leiva (counselor-in-training/NBTB video editor) is a graduating senior at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Stockton, California, where he served as web editor. A self-taught video editor, he managed to lead several video projects, from an investigative report on what it’s like to live off the minimum wage to the bad decisions teens make when driving under the influence of drugs. Jefferson’s versatility allowed him to live cover a Bernie Sanders rally and his town’s mayoral race. He strives to give the voiceless a voice and report the facts.  Jefferson returns to NBTB as a Year 2 student.

Julia Satterthwaite (faculty) advises the El Estoque newspaper and website at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California. She is a certified journalism educator and was recently elected as director-at-large to the board of the Journalism Education Association. Before moving to California last year, Satterthwaite advised The Talon newspaper and website in Rochester Hills, Michigan for 11 years, and also served as Michigan’s state director. Her students’ publications consistently earn top state and national honors. She was awarded Michigan’s Adviser of the Year in 2014. Satterthwaite earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Michigan State University. She loves spending time with her family, reading, singing, being outdoors and traveling. Her love for travel developed when she attended 10th-12th grade at Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan.


Jordan Tichenor (Year 2 team leader) is an Oregon-based journalist returning for his fifth year at Newsroom by the Bay. He received a bachelor’s degree from the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in 2014, where he worked for the Eugene Weekly and the Daily Emerald. Jordan has reported on a wide range of topics, including contract negotiations, animal care and crime. In college, he garnered awards for newswriting and graphic design, and a Hearst award for a long-term exploration of public safety issues in southern Oregon. In addition to writing, Jordan has also held jobs as a graphic designer, web designer and researcher, and has worked with journalism education programs in Oregon and California. He works with an Oregon-based nonprofit to implement journalism education in schools across Lane County. In his free time, Jordan enjoys watching bad movies and making music.

Macy Quinn-Sears (counselor-in-training/NBTB social media editor) is a rising senior from Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla, Washington. She enjoys riding horses, doing homework, and writing absolutely anything. Macy will take over as editor-in-chief for The Wa-Hi Journal her senior year, is an avid opinions writer and believes firmly in  the humanity and truth behind journalism. Macy was a part of the Y2 group last year, where she was involved with reporting on homelessness, and later became involved with helping the homeless in her own community.

Meghan Bobrowsky (Year 1 team leader) is a rising freshman at Scripps College in Claremont, California. She worked for her school newspaper, The HUB, in Davis, California, for three years, most recently as multimedia and social media editor-in-chief. Meghan has worked for The Davis Enterprise, for two years. She is also Global Student Square‘s video editor and in January spearheaded #45for45, a video project that features students around the world  expressing their opinions about America’s 45th president. In April, Meghan was honored as the Journalism Education Association’s 2017 national high school journalist of the year. In her free time, she runs cross and track and reads non-fiction memoirs. Her favorite food is sushi burritos.

Phillicity Uriarte-Jones (counselor-in-training/NBTB web editor and CIT team leader) is a graduating senior at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Stockton, California, and editor-in-chief of The Stagg Line, a nationally award winning newspaper. She is also co-editor-in-chief of the new and only literary magazine in the county, The Scribe, and a strong member of the yearbook staff. Phillicity joined NBTB as a Year 1 student last year. Her experience is primarily in print, but she has been working on different forms of digital journalism for the past few years. Phillicity will be attending San Jose State University as a freshman this fall. 


Riley Stevenson (Year 1 team leader) is a media studies graduate student at the University of Oregon, where she also completed her bachelor of arts degree in journalism. As an undergraduate, she founded the podcast, “This Oregon Life,” and wrote for various student publications. She received several awards including a Pacemaker for a story on migrant laborers in Oregon. Riley’s professional journalism career has included positions at Portland Monthly, the Gresham Outlook and Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Think Out Loud” program. Being a Spanish-speaker has driven much of Riley’s writing and professional career. She has reported on immigration issues from Mexico, Spain, and Costa Rica, and has worked for nonprofits in Latin America, primarily as a training director for Amigos de las Americas, an international youth development organization. She has also worked as a teacher in a migrant shelter, tutor, and translator. Riley loves running, the television show “30 Rock,” and all things food-related.

Rod Satterthwaite (faculty) co-advises The Campanile newspaper and website at Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, California. Before moving West last July, Satterthwaite taught and advised students in Illinois and Michigan for 28 years. His students’ publications have won Pacemakers from the National Scholastic Press Association and Gold Crowns from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. In addition, he has been named Michigan’s journalism adviser of the year and a Dow Jones News Fund Distinguished Adviser. Rod serves on the board of the Journalism Education Association of Northern California, the JEA Certification Commission and the Student Press Law Center’s Advisory Council Steering Committee. In addition to NBTB, he teaches at summer workshops in Nebraska, Indiana and Michigan.

Simon Greenhill (Year 1 team leader) is a rising senior studying economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He spent fall semester studying Arabic and economic development in Amman, Jordan, where he also interned for the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development, a human rights non-governmental organization. In Berkeley, Simon is a reporter and photographer for the Daily Californian, UC Berkeley’s student-run newspaper. He also served as founding co-editor-in-chief for Global Student Square, an international student journalism network. This is Simon’s fifth year at NBTB; he began in 2013 as a Year 2 participant, worked as a counselor-in-training in 2014, and returned as a team leader in 2015 and 2016. Outside of school and work, Simon enjoys landscape photography, rock climbing and backpacking. Drinking coffee and reading Westerns are his favorite Saturday morning activities.

IMG_2565Steve O’Donoghue (faculty) taught journalism for 27 years in Oakland, California. He founded The Media Academy, a school-within-a-school program built around journalism. Long involved with scholastic journalism issues, he was the 1990 Dow Jones Newspaper Fund National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, California State High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, and the recipient of the Medal of Merit for the Journalism Education Association, the Pioneer Award from the National Scholastic Press Association, and the James F. Paschal Award and Gold Key from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. In 2011, Steve received the Carl Towley Award, JEA’s highest honor. He is director of the California Scholastic Journalism Initiative, a non-profit program to improve journalism in California schools.



Taylor Blatchford (Year 1 team leader) is a rising senior studying print and digital reporting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. This is her third summer as a NBTB team leader. She recently worked on the production desk at POLITICO Europe in Brussels, Belgium, and this summer she will be reporting on local and business news for the Charlotte Observer. Taylor has also reported for the Columbia Missourian, a daily community paper, and served on the editorial board of The Maneater, MU’s independent student publication. When she’s not doing journalism, she enjoys spending time outside, petting dogs, cooking and exploring new cities.

XaviXavier Boluna (Y1 team leader and tech team leader) is a reporter, writer, programmer, backpacker and nature photographer. He is a rising freshman at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and served as editor-in-chief for the Raven Report, the student-run website and newspaper at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California. Xavi loves journalism and online media storytelling, working outside of school for organizations, including CoinBuzzTechandCode and Global Student Square. He has also participated in several entrepreneurial efforts including “Project UNE” and the soon-to-be-launched Aniva Audio.



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