About the New Media Studio

Who We Are:

Sade Abiodun, GS, NEU

"Stories and experiences are all inherently driven by their underlying narrative, the way that they ebb and flow as different information is added. This allows us to merge our creative understanding of storytelling with our empirical knowledge of how we consume them. That’s why I love getting to be a storyteller as well as a story analyzer, and why I love incorporating this awareness into my creative and intellectual practice. I have been invited to collaborate as part of the New Media Studio program, and I'm excited to leverage my skills to both learn and teach!"

Genevieve Allotey-Pappoe, GS, MUS

"I am excited to work on new media iniatives as part of the GradFutures program. In the 21st century, digital technology has transformed the circulation of information and knowledge both spatially and temporally. This project is a great avenue to explore the various ways graduate students can use new media in their work. This will also contribute immensely to the professional development of those students who have the desire to be public intellectuals. The GradFutures program is a great initiative for the professional development of graduate students at Princeton."

Rebekah Haigh, GS, REL

"Taking part in the GradFUTURES Fellowship program was an enriching experience both professionally and personally. It opened up a whole world of experiences and possibilities that I plan on exploring in the future."

Francine Henry

Francine Henry is the audio engineer for the GradFUTURES Podcast, and a visual identity strategist for the GradFUTURES New Media Studio.

Francine has also contributed to the broader visual identity for a range of GradFUTURES projects and events, including the GradFUTURES Forums in 2020, 2021, and 2022.



B. Rose Huber

Rose is Director of Communications & Senior Writer, Office of Public Affairs and Communications in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

Rose promotes the research of 90+ tenured faculty at SPIA by way of feature stories, news releases and research briefs, Q&As, and social media. In the podcast realm,…

Margaret Koval *83

Margaret Koval is the Director of Special Projects at Princeton University.

An Emmy-award winning journalist, Margaret Koval is a 1983 Princeton graduate alumna. She worked briefly for the U.S. Congress prior to launching a career in broadcasting. Koval wrote and produced for the ABC News programs “Nightline” and “20/20,” then…

Elio Lleo

On the digital stage, Mr. Lleo acts as Executive Producer for the African American Studies Podcast at Princeton University. Additionally, Elio served as Executive Producer for Priority One: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast, providing weekly reviews and commentary of the headlines from the Star Trek Multiverse. 

Shelby Lohr, GS, HIS

"I'm a storyteller and media enthusiast pursuing a PhD in American History. Outside of doctoral work, I've studied comedy writing and creative writing. I'm interested in harnessing the narrative tools often reserved for fiction and film to craft compelling public-facing content inspired by research."

Scott Lyon

Scott is a communications specialist in Princeton's School of Engineering and Applied Science. In this role he tells stories for a broad audience about the big technical questions of the day, covering 60+ faculty and 400+ students and researchers. Those stories appear across various media, including news and feature articles, social media posts…

Jason McSheene *15, MOL

Jason McSheene, PhD graduated from the Department of Molecular Biology in 2015. He created and hosted the PhD in Progress Podcast for graduate students and postdocs interested in exploring careers within and beyond academia to promote personal and professional development. By pairing his experience in biomedical research with his enjoyment of…

Ingrid Ockert *18, HOS

When I was at Princeton, I took every opportunity that I could get to chat with people who I didn't know at all, but deeply admired, because I wanted to learn about their careers. I was so lucky - so many of them were willing to grab tea and share their life journey with me!

A. Brad Schwartz, GS, HIS

I'm a writer and historian seeking new ways of telling stories about America's past in order to help us understand our present. My current research project, advised by Julian E. Zelizer, explores the intersection of media and politics by taking a fresh look at the career of pioneering newsman Edward R. Murrow. My previous work has reexamined…

Molly Seltzer

Molly Seltzer is a writer and photographer with a passion for storytelling and talking to strangers.  She began working at Princeton University in June 2018 where she currently serves as communications specialist for the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.  She started her career in sustainability consulting, and has been…

Wright Seneres

Wright Seneres co-founded and co-leads the Princeton Podcasters Network, which is a group for podcasters on campus to share knowledge, best practices and guidance on podcasting at Princeton. He is also an advisor to the GradFUTURES Podcasting and New Media Group and co-teaches a Wintersession course on starting a podcast. 

Denise Valenti

As a writer and editor in Princeton's Office of Communications, Denise Valenti has written and overseen news, feature and research stories for the University homepage since 2017. She was a reporter and producer for Princeton's "We Roar" podcast, which featured student, staff, faculty and alumni experts on a variety of topics related to the…

Hellen Wainaina, GS, ENG

"I am determined to be a good steward of my time and the talents I have been granted and those I have nurtured; to author meaningful scholarship in Black literary studies; and to reach back and around to help others in the pursuit of their intellectual inquiry. I am a University Administrative Fellow, collaborating with the GradFUTURES team to launch a new podcast."