The Badger Report is a newscast by students in Journalism 425: Video Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The course turns into a working newsroom where students research, write, record, edit and produce a weekly newscast. Watch the newscast live on Thursdays at 4:00 on YouTube.

The Badger Report team

Ari Baldassano
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Journalism and Mass Communication (Reporting), Communication Arts (Radio, TV & Film), certificate in Digital Studies
  • Hometown: Barrington, IL
  • Favorite part about being in The Badger Report: Getting hands-on experience producing and telling interesting stories
  • Hopes for the future: Work as a producer for a local news station
Owen Desai
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Journalism and Mass Communication (Reporting and Strategic Communication), certificate in Digital Studies, certificate in Graphic Design
  • Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN
  • Favorite thing about being in The Badger Report: Actively going out into the community to learn about local stories and interviewing the people of Madison who shape and affect the news
  • Hopes for the future: Pursue a career in advertising and gain experience in the comedy and entertainment industry
Sophia Dramm
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Journalism and Mass Communication (Reporting and Strategic Communication), History, certificate in European Studies
  • Hometown: Manitowoc, WI
  • Favorite part about being in The Badger Report: Learning how to shoot and edit video
  • Hopes for the future: Work in marketing communications
Brandon Fishman
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Journalism and Mass Communication (Strategic Communication), certificate in European Studies
  • Hometown: Deerfield, Illinois
  • Favorite thing about being in The Badger Report: Reporting about the weather because it helps me determine my weekend attire
  • Hopes for the future: Work in sports PR and marketing or advertising, as well as do freelance journalism work
Erica Gelman
  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Journalism and Mass Communication, Psychology, English
  • Hometown: Glenview, IL
  • Favorite thing about being in The Badger Report: Talking to so many interesting people
  • Hopes for the future: Become a reporter, a research psychologist or an author
Jordan Haag
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Journalism and Mass Communication (Reporting and Strategic Communication)
  • Hometown: Waunakee, WI
  • Favorite thing about being in The Badger Report: Learning all the details of what goes into a real-life newscast
  • Hopes for the future: Work for an advertising agency
Megan Janssen
  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Journalism & Mass Communication (Reporting)
  • Hometown: Neenah, WI
  • Favorite part about being in The Badger Report: Learning how to tell a story visually and gaining video and audio editing skills
  • Hopes for the future: Work in the sports media industry
Cal Larsen
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Journalism and Mass Communication (Reporting and Strategic Communication)
  • Hometown: Green Bay, WI
  • Favorite thing about being in The Badger Report:fav part: Getting hands-on experience, and learning to take initiatives and getting used to meeting strict deadlines
  • Hopes for the future: Become a primetime news anchor
Jonathan Mills
  • Year: Junior
  • Major: Journalism and Mass Communication (Reporting), Communication Arts, certificate in Business
  • Hometown: Racine, WI
  • Favorite thing about being in The Badger Report: Having an opportunity to be better immersed in the campus community
  • Hopes for the future: Attend graduate school and then work at a sports media company
Jake Nisse
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Hometown: Warren, NJ
  • Favorite thing about being in The Badger Report: Seeing how a TV newsroom functions and learning how to use the equipment
  • Hopes for the future: Cover sports for a newspaper on the East coast
Taylor Palmby
  • Year: Fifth year
  • Major: Journalism and Mass Communication (Reporting and Strategic Communication), Political Science
  • Hometown: Janesville, WI
  • Favorite thing about being in The Badger Report: Hanging out with our professor Pat
  • Hopes for the future: Go to grad school to become a mental health counselor
Lilly Price
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Journalism and Mass Communication (Reporting), Political Science
  • Hometown: North Potomac, MD
  • Favorite thing about being in The Badger Report: Visualizing stories
  • Hopes for the future: To be a reporter
Noa Rubnitz
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Journalism and Mass Communication (Reporting)
  • Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
  • Favorite thing about being in The Badger Report: Bringing stories to life with classmates to create a talented broadcast
  • Hopes for the future: Be an on-air sports reporter

Jon Sklar

  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Ardsley, NY
  • Hometown: Journalism and Mass Communication (Reporting), Political Science
  • Favorite thing about being in The Badger Report: Covering a wide range of stories
  • Hopes for the future: Pursue a career producing in the media industry
Jenna Webster
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Journalism and Mass Communication; Political Science
  • Hometown: Lakeville, MN
  • Favorite thing about being in The Badger Report: Gaining experience in the industry
  • Hopes for the future: Become an anchor or producer for a TV show

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