From Where I Stand


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

Khadijah bint Costello

Khadijah bint Costello



Josh Spear

Josh Spear



Zeinab Said

Zeinab Said


Khadijah bint Costello is a senior studying Journalism and International Affairs at Rutgers University-Newark. She is an activist in women’s issues and a street photographer.  During her free time she likes to write short stories. 

Josh Spear is a non-traditional senior studying journalism at Rutgers University-Newark . He is a veteran stand-up comedian with extensive experience talking about himself. He enjoys hanging around but never has free time. 

Zeinab Said is a pre-med student majoring in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. She is the Editor-in-Chief of RU-N’s Scarlet magazine and aspires to become a pediatric doctor who continues to work in narrative journalism.

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