Razi Jafri | Stateside Production Assistant

Razi is a Hamtramck-based journalist and documentary producer, photographer and filmmaker. He is a passionate storyteller whose work focuses on ethnicity, religion, culture, immigration, democracy, and the changing cultural landscape in America. His current projects include a documentary film called Hamtramck, USA, which examines the benefits, tensions and complexities of multiculturalism and diversity through the lens of Hamtramck’s 2017 municipal elections.  Another film he is producing called Loyalty, follows the stories of three Muslim chaplains in the US armed forces. He is also working on a long term photography exhibit project called, Halal Metropolis, which examines Muslim visibility in southeast michigan through commerce, design, art, culture, food, muslim and architecture.

Razi is a former engineer, who decided to quit his job a few years ago to pursue more meaningful work through journalism, photography, film, art, design, entrepreneurship and other social impact projects.

He was previously a fellow in the Documenting Detroit Fellowship in documentary photography and photojournalism. Most recently he was named a member of the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrants Artists (NYFA) Fellowship Program.  He is also currently serving as a mentor in Kartemquin Films Diverse Voices in Docs fellowship.

Lauren Janes | Newsroom Intern

Lauren is a junior at the University of Michigan, where she studies English and American Culture. Her start in radio was volunteering at WCMU in her hometown of Mount Pleasant. In her free time, she enjoys being active outside (weather permitting) and trying new recipes in her apartment’s tiny kitchen—always with Michigan Radio playing in the background!

Nisa Kahn – Digital News Intern

Nisa Khan is a digital intern for Michigan Radio. She is currently a senior in the University of Michigan’s School of Information, studying User Experience. Her experience includes being a news editor for The Michigan Daily, an Asian American Journalists Association fellow, a Knight Foundation/CUNYJ fellow, an intern for ProPublica, and an intern for the investigative team here at Michigan Radio. She’s so excited to be here! Continue reading “Nisa Kahn – Digital News Intern”

Sarah Leeson | Stateside Production Assistant

Sarah Leeson is a production assistant for Stateside and a University of Michigan grad. After spending four years studying communications, writing, and French, Sarah is happy to discuss anything concerning social networks, mass media, or crêpes. She also worked on the Michigan Daily as a columnist, contributing poignant stories about her own misadventures at home and abroad.

Isabella Isaacs-Thomas | Stateside Production Assistant

Bella is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan currently working as a digital media intern for Stateside. While in school, she started her own blog, produced a podcast series alongside her senior thesis on the intersection of women’s health and environmental quality, and worked as a host and producer of “It’s Hot In Here” on WCBN-FM. Continue reading “Isabella Isaacs-Thomas | Stateside Production Assistant”