STUDENTS’ BIOS

Christine Angstman graduated from the University of Utah this Spring with a degree in International Business. The past few years her passion for travel grew immensely as she had the opportunity to travel overseas several times and study abroad in Spain. This Summer she served as a Hinckley Intern for the Democratic National Committee in Washington DC in both the Communications and Research departments. This positive experience opened her eyes to the political process and sparked more interest in our political system. Christine would like to pursue graduate school, but looks forward to this Fall and the opportunity to cover this country’s political process.
 
Although Drew Conrad is a business major at the University of Utah, his interests include politics, astronomy, Spanish, and biology. His hometown is Loveland, Colorado, so there is no surprise that snow skiing, waterskiing, golfing, and football are listed among his pastimes. Drew served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Paraguay Asuncion Mission; he calls this his greatest life experience. In May of 2008 he married Camie Petersen and they live in Midvale, Utah.
 
Feng Miaolan is a senior student of Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication, majoring in television broadcasting. She will be in charge of the video shooting and editing jobs during the U.S. Presidential Election Reporting trip.
 
Gao Wenhuan is a third-year Master’s student, majoring in international journalism at Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication, Shantou University.  He interned with Caijing Magazine and Southern Metropolis Daily, which are the two most progressive and respected print media in China.

Since March, he has been working as intern with Los Angeles Times Beijing Bureau as news assistant and sent to cover Sichuan earthquake. He worked in 2007 with former CNN war correspondent Peter Arnett as teaching assistant for one year.

 
Gong Jietong is a senior at the Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication majoring in International Journalism. In 2006, Jietong received a Good News Prize in Guangdong province for her excellent reporting. In May 2008, she joined in the African report team of Shantou University and wrote stories in Uganda and Ghana, which have since been published in China Daily.
 
Leslie Heath is a twenty year old junior studying at the University of Utah. She is seeking a degree in political science and gender studies and looks forward to pursing a career in law, possibly related to gender issues in government. A graduate of Davis High School, Leslie was born and raised in Kaysville, Utah, where her passion for politics grew from her frequent involvement in community and local government projects. Her optimism and craving for knowledge edifies all who meet her. Though actively involved in pursuing her education, she finds time to continue developing her talents in music. She loves percussion and educates elementary and middle school students in the community through assemblies with her garbage can band Stickatto. Leslie is the fifth of six children in her family.
 
Hua Qi is a first year postgraduate student in the Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication at Shantou University. Her study field consists on a strong focus surrounding New Media. She completed her undergraduate education in Shanghai, majoring in Law.  She likes writing and photography and her current occupations goal is to become a qualified journalist.
 
Jed Layton returned two months ago from a two-year LDS mission to Toronto, Canada. There he gained many of the skills he considers essential for journalism. Attributes such as hard work, patience, sacrifice, tolerance, quick wits and study habits are among the list of benefits. Even though Jed was away from newspaper and computer he continued to practice writing by using old grammar books and writing profiles of people he lived with in his spare time. Jed is currently a sophomore at the University of Utah, majoring in communications, and he is also focusing on pre-medicine. He is currently a writing for the university student newspaper, the Daily Utah Chronicle, a position he also had before leaving for Toronto. Jed graduated from Viewmont High in 2005 and was the Sterling Scholar in the social sciences. He also served as the editor-in-chief of the high school student newspaper, the Danegeld. In this capacity he was able to interview Olene S. Walker, then the governor of Utah. He also worked on a variety of different publications over time including an internship at the New Era magazine. Jed is the oldest of five children and is an avid collector of used books, baseball cards anc bouncy balls.
 
Ma Jing is currently a junior at the Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication, majoring in Broadcast Journalism.   She is the department leader of photojournalists at the university’s newspaper, Shantou University Youth. She has published a lot of photos in several domestic media, including Southern People Weekly, Guangzhou Daily, and China Daily. In May 2008, she joined the team of Shantou University students who recently traveled to Africa.
 
Edward Thomas Nelson was born and raised in Salt Lake City and graduated from Judge Memorial Catholic High School. He is currently an English major at the University of Utah. He is a member of the Honors College and wrote a work of fiction for his thesis. His interest in government led him to join the student counsel as a representative of the College of Humanities. He did a summer study abroad in Oviedo, Spain. Thomas is considering post-graduate study in law, but after being accepted to several schools has decided to delay enrolling. He is very excited about the opportunity to attend the conventions and live in Washington D.C. during what he believes to be the most important election in the last thirty years. He currently works as a surgical research assistant at the University of Utah, and enjoys running, hiking, and reading fiction (his favorite authors are Vonnegut and Steinbeck). Writing is his first passion, and he hopes to hone and refine his journalistic abilities during this internship.
 
Zhang Yan is a junior at the Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication, majoring in International Journalism. She is very well versed in English and Chinese news reporting.  Her goal is to bridge the gap between the Chinese and other overseas readers.
 
Zheng Jialiang is a recent 2008 graduate of the Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication with a major in International Journalism.  Jialiang served as a student reporter and the Managing Coordinator of The Shantou Beat, Shantou University’s English newspaper, was a student reporter for the school’s English website, and was one of the University’s exchange students, attending Whitman College in Washington state.