Meet the 20-21 Arts Journalists

Natasha Breu—Art/Contemporary Art

Natasha Breu

Natasha is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she majored in journalism with a minor in art history. She was involved with the university newspaper as a reporter and editor. She studied abroad in Italy and later reported on art and culture for the study abroad website. Natasha plans to continue pursuing her passion for art, specifically contemporary art, in the Goldring program.

Sarah Connor—Music

Sarah Connor

Sarah Connor is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied English and communication. Although her most recent gig was writing for Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering Magazine, her passion as a journalist lies with music, specifically rock n’ roll. Sarah’s love for music journalism began while she was the culture editor at the student paper, Pitt News. From there, she earned arts and entertainment writing internships at Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh CityPaper. Her ultimate goal as an arts journalist is to improve the visibility of women in the music industry.

Emily Ehle—Film

Emily Ehle

Emily graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in marketing. During her time at Georgetown, she played lacrosse and worked various jobs but eventually found her passion while working for Fine Films, an Academy Award-winning film production company based in Washington, D.C. It was during this experience that she realized storytelling is one of the most powerful tools in the pursuit of forming connections. She is driven to immerse herself in the world of cinema and plans to do so through pen and paper.

Patrick Henkels—Music

Patrick Henkels

Patrick Henkels graduated from Newhouse with a bachelor’s degree in newspaper and online journalism. As an undergraduate, he served as the entertainment lead producer for, contributing 14 stories. He specializes in music journalism, with stories ranging from event coverage to artist profiles. Outside Newhouse, Patrick gained professional experience as an intern for Zumic Entertainment, a music journalism website based in Brooklyn, where he published several reviews on new music and trending artists.

Emily Johnson—Music

Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson is a graduate of SUNY Oswego, where she majored in English and journalism. Her academic success during her final semester—despite the pandemic—led her to discover how well she works under pressure, a necessary trait for any journalist. In the summer of 2019, she was an intern at The Palladium-Times in Oswego, where she learned more about herself as a journalist in a real-world setting.

Cydney Lee—Music and Culture

Cydney Lee

Hailing from Philadelphia, Cydney is an emerging culture writer and journalist. A freelancer, she has written for Nylon, VICE and Okayplayer. During her undergraduate career at Syracuse University, she took on roles as a music columnist and staff writer for The Daily Orange. Last summer, she interned at Nylon in New York City, where she was able to network and grow both professionally and personally. Cydney is fully immersed in Black popular culture, and while her passion is music, she is looking forward to diversifying her writing portfolio to include TV, film, fashion and sports.

Veronica Maldonado—Music

Veronica Maldonado

A classically trained violinist, metalhead, occasional music teacher and Lincoln Center regular, Veronica is also a contributor to Dwell Magazine and writes about music for Salon Du Mal, a culture blog she runs with friends and former classmates. Her arts background fuels her passion for cultural criticism, specifically applying it to classical music, opera and avant-garde metal. Veronica earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Bryn Mawr College and holds a master’s degree in design history and theory from Parsons School of Art.

Matthew Nerber—Film

Matthew Nerber

Matthew is a freelance arts writer and a 2019 fellow at the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, with bylines in the Buffalo News, Berkshire Fine Arts and Third Coast Review. He earned a B.F.A. in theatre performance from the University at Buffalo, is a graduate of Shattered Globe Theatre Company’s Protege Program and was a proud ensemble member of Interrobang Theatre Project in Chicago. At Newhouse, Matthew concentrates on film writing, and hopes to bring the perspective of an artist to the craft of arts journalism. 

Samantha Savery—Film and Television

Samantha Savery

Samantha graduated from the University of North Carolina – Asheville with a degree in mass communication. She served as a copy editor and opinion editor for The Blue Banner, the university’s student-led newspaper, where she improved her editorial, interview and leadership skills. As a reporter with aspirations to cover film and television, Samantha plans to hone her craft during her time in the Goldring program. She ultimately hopes to showcase the voices and visions of those who are often unheard, while inspiring herself and others with their stories.

JD Scribner—Music and Culture

J.D. Scribner

JD is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he studied business and global politics. Upon graduation, he began working in the music industry, both as an event specialist, managing traffic and camping at music festivals, and as a marketing intern at a radio station. JD is also a DJ, releasing monthly mixes that allow him to share his music taste while also constantly digging for new music. At Newhouse he hopes to sharpen his writing skills and deepen his knowledge of digital media.

Mackenzie Snell—Art and Theater

Mackenzie Snell

Mackenzie is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with degrees in art history and history. Recently, Mackenzie was the social media coordinator for the university’s Festival of Dance. Her community work also includes theater and performance, both behind the scenes and on stage. Spending a semester at the University of Glasgow inspired her to explore and embrace a more global perspective on cultural and societal issues within the arts. She has a particular interest in the areas of art repatriation, equal access and technological innovation.