Meet The Flip Team

“Individuals can and do make a difference, but it takes a team
to really mess things up.”

Kirsten O’Brien, Editor

Kirsten O’Brien

Editor

Kirsten is a digital journalist living in Seattle. She has a background in print journalism, but lately she spends a lot of time online as a journalist and social media manager for seattlepi.com, one of the first major metro newspapers in the country to go online only. She is very tall but terrible at basketball. See more of her work here. 

Steffany Powell, Contributor

Steffany Powell

Contributor

Steffany Powell worked many jobs from face-painting clown to bartender to interior designer before settling on her chosen career as a writer and producer, most recently at Amazon. She followed her bliss to become a graduate student in the Communication Leadership program. Her wide and varied knowledge extends from pop culture to politics and beyond. She is endlessly curious about the world around her and is addicted to travel and hopes to someday live overseas. She is still paying off art school, but has no regrets. She is passionate about music, film, vegan cooking and animal rights. Read all her posts here.

Samantha Hautea, Contributor

Samantha Hautea

Contributor

Samantha Hautea is driven by a curiosity about how new technologies can be used to change society and how individuals interact with each other and the world around them. Currently working on her double degree in Digital Media and Communities and Networks, she has worked for the Philippine Rice Research Institute, SEOP Asia, and the University of the Philippines Law Center as a content creator. Her professional interests include development communication, science advocacy, education, and online communities. In her spare time, she is a people-watcher, a comics and video game fan, and an aspiring screenplay writer. Read all her posts here.

Joel Magalnick, Contributor

Joel Magalnick

Contributor

Joel Magalnick is a longtime journalist, content strategist, user interaction designer, and expert in doing things the way they weren’t intended. In an unrelated note, he once wrote a book, in 140-character chunks, on Twitter. Find him occasionally posting on his other Twitter account, @newsgonedigiSee all of his articles here.

Alex Stonehill, Advisor

Alex Stonehill

Advisor

Alex is a cofounder and Editor in Chief of The Seattle Globalist. He also teaches in the Communication Leadership graduate program and is the Artist in Residence at the Communication Department of the University of Washington.  He has a background as a visual journalist and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Syria, Ethiopia and Pakistan. His work has been published by PBS, The Seattle Times, FRONTLINE/World and the Seattle Weekly. He recently directed the award-winning documentary BARZAN and he teaches journalism in the University of Washington’s Department of Communication.

Maren Hamilton, Contributor

Maren Hamilton

Contributor

Maren is a strategic social media marketer focused on creative content that delivers results. Outside of her day job at zulily, you can find her riding her bike, being crafty or enjoying a good cider.

Jillian Reddish, Contributor

Jillian Reddish

Contributor

Jillian Reddish is a Communications Leadership graduate student in the Communities and Networks track. A recent transplant from Texas, she is still suspicious about Seattle’s weather, but finds that the PNW’s selection of craft brews is making a strong defense.

Jesse Zook Mann, Contibutor

Jesse Zook Mann

Contibutor

Jesse Zook Mann is an Emmy-Award winning television and film producer and  director, specializing in subcultural storytelling. Jesse most recently released the film “Punk Jews.” Past clients include: NBC, MTV, VICE, Travel Channel, Discovery, Al Jazeera, Cafe Mom and Broadway.com. You can follow him @zookmann.

Fritz Kessler, Former Co-Editor

Fritz Kessler

Former Co-Editor

Fritz Kessler career hopped from music to restaurants, to personal injury law, to database administrator, before his current role in product marketing for a boutique tech firm in Seattle.  As a graduate student with the Communication Leadership program, he’s awed by the creative power of his classmates, and fascinated by the intersection where digital savvy and accessibility meets timeless storytelling.  As a pop culture consumer, he devours music and movie journalism like candy, and is also contributor at TrekMovie.com.  As a carbon-based unit, he lives for chicken and waffles, and, as a Seattleite, he can be found regularly at Linda’s for Sunday brunch. Read all his posts here.

Connie Rock, Former Co-Editor

Connie Rock

Former Co-Editor

Connie Rock was trained as a journalist, earning her first masters at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, with a specific focus on political reporting. Before entering the Communication Leadership program, she pursued various roles in her career, including a stint as a marketing writer for a boutique expedition cruise company, which sparked a love of travel and subsequent adventures in far-flung places. She is interested in the impact of digital media coverage on our understanding of international issues and how digital media can be used for social good. Read all her posts here.