Meet the team
Harrison Blackman is a rising senior at Princeton University, where he studies the history of science, urban studies and creative writing, with a particular focus on how these topics intersect with modern Greece. A Princeton International and Regional Studies Fellow, he is the Editor-in-Chief of Tortoise: a Journal of Writing Pedagogy, has served as Head Fellow in the Princeton Writing Program and as the Arts & Features Editor of The Daily Princetonian. Additionally, his writing has appeared in The Nassau Literary Review, US-1, Affairs Today and The Culture Trip.
Amanda Blanco is a rising junior at Princeton University, where she is studying sociology and journalism. She is currently a Senior Reporter at college media platform The Tab, and is interested in expanding her work in photojournalism and metadata. Her work on Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson protests has been used by Daily Mail and Vice News. She plans to pursue journalism as a career after graduation.
James Haynes is a rising junior at Princeton from Cullman, Alabama. James is a Classics major, studying ancient history and Mandarin Chinese. His interests include the history of late antiquity, particularly early Christianity in the Roman Empire, as well as early Church fathers and medieval writers, such as Dante and the author of Beowulf. James plans to pursue a career in journalism after earning his bachelor’s degree from Princeton, and to that end is the current publisher and student head of The Princeton Tory, an ISI Collegiate Network publication, and is a former editorial board member of the Daily Princetonian. After this course, he plans to return to a reporting internship at the Houston Chronicle. With this experience, James hopes to either work abroad as an Asia-based foreign correspondent or as an investigative reporter stateside after graduation.
Ally Markovich is a rising senior, studying politics with a focus on Ukraine and Russia. Freelancing with Princeton’s University Press Club, her work has been published in The New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as New Jersey publications like Princeton Alumni Weekly and the Times of Trenton. She has interned as a staff writer at the Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s primary English language newspaper. After graduation, she plans to pursue political or narrative journalism.
Hayley Roth is a rising senior in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where she studies international relations with a focus on the European Union. She is also involved in the journalism and Italian departments. A member of the EU Program and a EUROGLOB undergraduate research fellow, Hayley is a reporter for the on-campus radio station WPRB 103.3 FM, a member of the Princeton Pianists Ensemble and Princeton Chapel Choir, and a leader for the Outdoor Action program. She hopes to pursue graduate degrees in law and journalism.
Iris Samuels is a rising sophomore at Princeton University, where she is focusing on international relations and creative writing. She grew up in Israel, where she completed her mandatory service in the Israel Defense Forces prior to beginning college. She is a senior columnist for The Daily Princetonian.
Joe Stephens, Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, is a veteran investigative reporter for The Washington Post who has reported and conducted journalism training in the U.S., Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. He has won more than 30 journalism honors, including an Overseas Press Club award and three George Polk Memorial Awards. He is a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
The team, on ferry enroute Lesbos > Chios: