Roger Boye, Program Director

  • Cherub history: Boye has been a part of the cherub program since 1971. He was associate director before becoming program director in 1985.
  • Work experience: Boye is an associate professor emeritus at Northwestern University and served as Medill assistant dean and director of the Medill undergraduate program for 18 years. He is faculty chair of Northwestern’s Communications Residential College and parliamentarian of the Northwestern Faculty Senate. For many years he wrote for the Chicago Tribune and the Encyclopaedia Britannica Book of the Year. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree and from Medill with a master’s degree.
  • Interesting fact: He raises beefsteak begonias.

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Joe Grimm, Co-Head Instructor

  • Cherub history: Grimm has been an instructor since 2009.
  • Work experience: Grimm is visiting editor in residence at the Michigan State University School of Journalism, where he teaches reporting, editing, career branding and other things. His students publish “bias busters,” a series of guides about cultural competence. The guides have covered African Americans, Hispanics and Latinos, East Asian cultures, veterans, immigrants and more. He worked as a recruiter at the Detroit Free Press for 18 years and recruited for the Freedom Forum and Patch.
  • Interesting fact: “The Faygo Book” by Grimm came out in 2018. It follows “Coney Detroit,” another book about an iconic Detroit food.

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Mary Lou Song, Co-Head Instructor

  • Cherub history: Song was a cherub in 1986 and has been a cherub instructor since 2003.
  • Work experience: Song has a bachelor’s degree from Medill and a master’s degree from Stanford. She joined eBay in 1996 and has built internet companies as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur for the past 16 years. She is the founder and executive chairman of FuelX, an advertising technology company. 
  • Interesting fact: She learned to walk on fire.

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Marjorie Geraci, Program Assistant

  • Cherub history: This is Geraci’s first year at cherubs.
  • Work experience: Geraci started in January 2019 as program assistant for Medill pre-collegiate programs and also assists in the school’s efforts to promote our undergraduate program with high school journalists in Chicagoland area. She is also a freelance artist with bachelor degree in Fine Arts.
  • Interesting fact: She has her own studio, does portraits (pet portraits are extremely popular right now) and other commissioned works of art. She illustrated a children’s book called “The Gift,” based on a true story about a blind deer named Dillie who was rescued and now lives in a home with her own bedroom.

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Bret Begun, Guest Instructor

  • Cherub history: He was a cherub in 1993 and a community associate in 1995. He has been an instructor for 19 years.
  • Work experience: Begun is an editor at Bloomberg Businessweek. He was the articles editor for Details magazine and worked at Newsweek magazine for 13 years, principally as its front-of-the-book editor. He was Newsweek’s national affairs editor for the 2008 election and covered the 2002, 2004 and 2006 Olympic Games.
  • Interesting fact: He can juggle.

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Emma Edmund, Community Associate

  • Cherub history: She was a cherub in 2017 and a community associate in 2019.
  • Work experience: Edmund just finished her first year at Northwestern University as a journalism major and an environmental policy and culture minor. Over the past year, she was an assistant editor and reporter and assistant for the City desk of The Daily Northwestern. She has covered the city council, written about environmental reform and reported on other Evanston events. 
  • Interesting fact: She lives with a maltipoo (a cross between a maltese and a poodle) named Waffles in her hometown of Dallas, Texas. 

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Dr. Ava Greenwell, Instructor

  • Cherub history: This is her first year as an instructor at cherubs.
  • Work experience: Dr. Ava Thompson Greenwell has taught broadcast writing, reporting and production classes at Northwestern University since 1993. In addition to her teaching duties, she has held several administrative posts including associate dean for curriculum, director of the Teaching Television Program, co-curator for the nationally recognized Ida B. Wells award and director of the McCormick Tribune Fellows Program. Currently, she serves as co-director of the South Africa Journalism Residency Program. She has been a freelance correspondent for Chicago Tonight, a PBS news program. She also worked as a reporter at WFLA-TV, Tampa, FL; WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, MN; and WEHT-TV, Evansville, IN. She holds a BSJ and MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in African American Studies.
  • Interesting fact: She’s lived in Spain, Illinois, Florida, Kentucky and Minnesota.

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Lauren Harris, Guest Instructor

  • Cherub history: Lauren Harris was a full-time instructor in 2018 and a guest instructor in 2019.
  • Work experience: Harris graduated from Medill in 2018 with a degree in journalism and integrated marketing communications. She worked for the Chicago Reporter as a multimedia intern, The New York Times as a motion graphics intern and Bustle as a video and motion graphics intern. For the last year, she has worked as a page for NBC.
  • Interesting fact: Harris is obsessed with the SIMS game and plays around three times a week (not during the program, though).

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Eli Karp, Community Associate

  • Cherub history: Karp was a cherub in 2017 and a community associate in 2019.
  • Work experience: Karp is a rising sophomore at Northwestern University. He is a journalism major intending to complete the Integrated Marketing Communications certificate. The Briarcliff Manor, New York, native is a staff writer for insidenu.com, the SBNation site dedicated to Northwestern, and the Podcast Director for WNUR Sports, the student sports radio station.
  • Interesting fact: He won the ping pong tournament when he was a cherub, but has been shown by this year’s cherubs to be washed up.

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Lindsey Kratochwill, Guest Instructor

  • Cherub history: Kratochwill was a 2010 and 2011 community associate, a 2012 instructor and has been a guest instructor since 2013.
  • Work experience: After graduating from Medill in 2012, Kratochwill interned at Fast Company magazine. In 2013, she became an editorial assistant, and then assistant editor at Popular Science. She produced podcasts for The Week magazine also worked as a producer at Panoply. She also was managing editor of the Medill alumni magazine.
  • Interesting fact: The tree frog is her favorite animal.

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John Kupetz, Instructor

  • Cherub history: Kupetz has been a cherubs instructor since the early 1980s. He has taught several staff members, including guest instructors Cynthia Wang and Bret Begun.
  • Work experience: Kupetz is a professor at the College of Lake County, a Medill adjunct professor and faculty fellow at Northwestern’s Communications Residential College. Previously, he was a placement director and assistant professor at Medill for 10 years. He has master’s degrees from Medill and Bowling Green State University.
  • Interesting fact: “There’s nothing at all interesting about me. I have no personality.”

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Carlin McCarthy, Instructor

  • Cherub history: McCarthy has been an instructor since 2017.
  • Work experience: McCarthy is a production associate at ABC News’ World News Tonight with David Muir, where she is responsible for production and reporting support as well as shooting and editing stories for air. Previously, she was an assistant production coordinator at BuzzFeed where she worked on a variety of series including “Worth It,” “Ladylike” and “Queer Prom.” She has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University. 
  • Interesting fact: She lives in Brooklyn.

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Rachel Schonberger, Community Associate

  • Cherub history: Schonberger was a cherub in 2017 and a community associate in 2019.
  • Work experience: She is a rising sophomore at Northwestern majoring in journalism and minoring in theatre and psychology. She also intends to complete the Integrating Marketing Communications certificate. Next fall, she will be an assistant editor of North by Northwestern magazine. She is also a staff writer for Her Campus, a media site written by and for college women. Outside of journalism, Rachel is involved in the theatre community and Hillel.
  • Interesting fact: She loves “Big Brother,” “Big Little Lies,” “The Bachelorette” and many other TV shows.

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Erica Snow, Instructor

  • Cherub history: Snow was a cherub in 2014, a community associate in 2016 and an instructor in 2019.
  • Work experience: Snow graduated with double majors in journalism and political science in June. She spent the fall working full-time at the Wall Street Journal’s Chicago bureau, where she covered everything from Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke’s murder trial to McDonald’s. Before that, she ran around Capitol Hill interviewing lawmakers as a Congressional reporter. She also spent a summer investigating juveniles convicted of life in prison without parole for homicide for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. While on campus, she served as campus news editor and investigations editor for The Daily Northwestern and worked as a campus tour guide. 
  • Interesting fact: She traveled to Brussels and Amsterdam on a solo trip to celebrate graduating college.

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Meredith Sonnefeldt, Instructor

  • Cherub history: Sonnefeldt was a first-time instructor in 2019.
  • Work experience: She graduated from Medill in June. While at Northwestern, she focused on TV/video production and reporting with the student-run news station, Northwestern News Network (NNN). She also created a variety, student-interest show called Catnip. Her internship experience includes positions at Windy City Live, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and NBCUniversal’s Oxygen Media.
  • Interesting fact: She once went shark cage diving off the coast of South Africa.

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Karen Springen, Instructor

  • Cherub history: Springen was a cherub instructor in 2010, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • Work experience: Springen has taught at Medill since the spring of 2004. She also directs Medill’s journalism residency program. Springen holds an undergraduate degree in international relations from Stanford and graduated from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. She worked at Newsweek for 24 years, but always freelanced on the side. She has been published in Elle, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, and other publications and still writes a review every week for Booklist.
  • Interesting fact: She ran the Boston Marathon while pregnant.

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Cynthia Wang, Guest Instructor

  • Cherub history: Wang was a 1988 cherub, a guest instructor for 20 years and a full-time instructor from 2012-2016.
  • Work experience: Wang graduated from Medill in 1993. She worked for People Magazine for 18 years as an entertainment writer, reporter and editor. She has traveled to five Olympic Games, nine “American Idol” finales and seven “Survivor” locations. In 2011, Wang left People and moved to Australia to work as a staff writer for Who (People’s Australian sister magazine). She is currently features editor at TV Week Magazine.
  • Interesting fact: Wang can draw an object on paper with one hand and use the other hand to control a mouse to draw the same object on a computer.

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