Alumni

VOX highlights stories by and about former teen program participants.

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2017 Kelly-Shah Alumni Award: Teyonna Ridgeway!

Each summer at our First Draft event, we celebrate the winner of the Kelly-Shah Alumni Award! We are excited to announce that Teyonna Ridgeway is the 2017 recipient. She is pictured above with fellow VOX teens Deontez Wimbley, Veronica Coates, and Tracy Jackson. Read on as Teyonna talks about her time at VOX and why…

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Solid or Sketchy? When Training is Everything

If you’ve worked in journalism for 25 years, you can suffer an acute twinge through the heart when teenagers in 2015 categorize the Washington Post and National Public Radio as “sketchy” news sources. But that’s precisely the reason VOX developed its “Solid versus Sketchy?!” game that teens joining VOX play during their New Member Training sessions…

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Alumni Spotlight: Simit Shah

Simit Shah spent the summer of 1993 preparing to be the editor of his high school newspaper, The Pitchfork. As he was reading the Sunday, June 13 edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he came across a story about this group of teens producing a teen newspaper. At the end of the story there was a…

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Alumni Spotlight: Anna Richards Kelly

Anna Richards Kelly was 15 when she applied to be part of VOX’s Teen Olympic News Bureau Summer Program in 1996. Unfortunately, the Norcross teen wasn’t selected for an interview. This would prove to be the only role at VOX that Anna failed to hold. When then-Executive Director Rachel Alterman Wallack broke the news to…

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