From Where I Stand

Visuals: David Bergeland and Journalism students
Sound: Ogechukwu Gbanite, Haminah Johnson, Evan Leblanc


Audio essays by students in Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Robin Fisher’s narrative journalism class. Photo portraits by David Bergeland. 

Ogechukwu Gbanite

Ogechukwu Gbanite


Haminah Johnson

Haminah Johnson


Evan Leblanc

Evan Leblanc


Dina Sayedahmed

Dina Sayedahmed


Ogechukwu Gbanite  is a Nigerian-American journalism major at Rutgers University-Newark. A dreamer, Oge believes she can do it all and tries. She acknowledges that growing up in America has distorted her perception of what it means to be Nigerian, a notion engrained into her by her parents, because now she believes she can be anything she wants to be.

Haminah Johnson was born and raised in Newark and stands proud at Rutgers University-Newark. She considers herself living proof that it doesn’t matter where you come from but where you are going. She is the first in her family to attend college.

Evan LeBlanc is a senior in the Journalism and Media Studies program at Rutgers University-Newark. He appreciates the dynamic power that a genuine story can convey. Having learned to write a unique and illustrative piece of narrative journalism is something that he will always hold dear to his heart.

Dina Sayedahmed is a junior studying Political Science and Journalism at Rutgers University-Newark. She is an avid storyteller and collector of narratives. During her free time, she enjoys cliff diving and roller coasters. Instagram: @bintabuahmed

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