Meet the Team

Welcome to KUJH-TV and our Spring 2024 season. Our show focuses on delivering reliable, interesting, and informative news to Lawrence, Kansas, and its surrounding communities. KUJH operates on the combined efforts of two classes offered by the University of Kansas School of Journalism, JMC 552 and 620. We take pride in lending a hand to our young journalists so they may develop skills applicable to all facets of a working broadcast station. We’re excited to provide our audience with our content this season, so get to know us below!

Allie Haggar, Lead Producer

Alexandra (Allie) Haggar is a senior from Lincoln, Nebraska, double majoring in News and Information and History. She previously volunteered for KUJH in 2022 and got to help out with the midterm election night coverage. Allie has worked for the University Daily Kansan as a copy editor and Arts & Culture beat reporter. She will also cover the Kansas Legislature in Topeka this semester for her Statehouse Reporting capstone. Outside of the J-school, Allie is the Dole Institute of Politics Student Advisory Board president. This summer, she interned at History Nebraska (formerly the Nebraska State Historical Society) and curated video content for History Nebraska’s social media platforms. After graduating this spring, Allie plans to find full-time employment in the political communications or news media industry.

Kristy Diggs, Web Producer

Kristy Diggs is a third-year senior from Leavenworth, Kansas, majoring in News andInformation Journalism with a Communications minor and a Professional Selling certificate. While new to KUJH this semester, she also served as an Editor for the University Daily Kansan. This summer, she interned for C2FO as a Marketing Intern. This year, she will work as a Kansas City Chiefs College Brand Ambassador and Sales and Events Intern for the Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts. In her free time, Kristy enjoys dancing, spending time with her friends, and walking on campus. After graduation, Kristy plans to move to Kansas City and continue working in the multimedia industry.

Ariana Totta, News Anchor

Ariana Totta is a committed student at the University of Kansas and an active journalism school member. Ariana has been a member of Good Morning KU, Good Evening KU, The Daily Kansan, and KUJH-TV. Aside from her on-air presentation, Ari enjoys writing, public speaking, and researching. Before Ariana’s admission into the journalism program at the University of Kansas in August 2021, she attended Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, Kansas. Ariana is currently a junior to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in communications. Ariana Totta is set to graduate from the University of Kansas in May 2025 and hopes to land a multimedia journalist position.

Grace Gaume, News Anchor

Grace Gaume is a first-generation Indian-American from Mission Hills, Kansas. She is studying Multimedia Journalism and Digital Marketing and Communications. She is interested in broadcast journalism and is excited to grow her anchoring and reporting skills in KUJH. She enjoys her friends, sushi, and watching movies, contributing to her Film and Media studies minor. In her spring semester as a senior, she is looking forward to all the opportunities that will come after graduation.

Emma Saville, Social Media Producer

Emma Saville is a third-year student from Mulvane, Kansas studying Multimedia Journalism and Digital Marketing, Advertising and PR, minoring in Photography. This is Emma’s first semester with KUJH but she has worked with Media Crossroads on Good Evening KU and Accent TV. She has also copyedited for the University Daily Kansan. Outside of academics, Emma has interned with Trozzolo Communications Group as a copywriting intern and is the Executive Director of Student Union Activities at KU. In her free time, Emma enjoys taking walks with her camera and trying new teas.

Brock Niemeier, Sports Director / Sports Anchor

Brock Niemeier is a senior majoring in News and Information with a minor in Sports Management. This is his second semester being involved with KUJH, but he has been involved with other productions through KU Media Crossroads including Run It Back. Brock broadcasts baseball and softball for KU Athletics. He broadcasts football and both men’s and women’s basketball for KJHK, the student-run radio station, on 90.7 FM. He is also currently interning at KSNT in Topeka. Growing up on the Missouri side of Kansas City, he is a passionate Chiefs and Royals fan. When he is not covering sports, he enjoys playing golf, going to the lake, and spending time with his friends. Brock hopes to work in the field of sports media after graduation.

Ashton Rizzo, Weather Anchor

Ashton Rizzo is a junior from Kansas City, Missouri. She is majoring in Atmospheric Science with a concentration in news forecasting. She works for News Press Now in St. Joseph, Missouri, as their weekend weather reporter. Last semester she helped with the Good Evening KU show and is now excited to be a part of KUJH this year. She has a strong passion for communicating weather to the public and enjoys growing her knowledge on weather-related topics. Ashton has always been inspired by the meteorologists from Kansas City and hopes to return after graduation. 

Carson Shea, Sports Director / Sports Anchor

Carson Shea is a junior at The University of Kansas majoring in Journalism with a minor in Business. Carson is from Highlands Ranch, Colorado and has a strong passion for sports. He has been on-air talent for Good Morning KU, Take a Side, and Playmakers. Outside the studio, Carson takes pride in his love for boy band Big Time Rush and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Carson’s dream is to one day be a national sportscaster.

Carolyne Abel, Social Media Content Creator

Carolyne Abel is a junior from Chicago, majoring in Multimedia Journalism and minoring in Sports Management. Carolyne has had the opportunity to be involved in Media Crossroads through Good Evening KU and LFK Unscripted. Aside from working on air she has also worked as a copy editor for the University Daily Kansan Newspaper. Outside of the newsroom she enjoys watching films and all things pop culture. After graduation Carolyne plans to move back to Chicago in a communications role.

Isabel Scarbough, Social Media Producer

Isabel Scarbrough is a junior from Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is majoring in News and Information with a minor in Sports Management. While this is her first semester involved with KUJH, she has been involved with MediaCrossroads through Take A Side and Good Morning KU Sports. Last semester, she also helped edit for The University Daily Kansan. Isabel has always had a love for sports and hopes to use that passion to engage others in the same way. In her free time, she loves spending time with friends and family, cooking, and exploring Lawrence.

Shamaria Massenburg, Sports Anchor

Shamaria Massenburg is a senior from Raleigh, North Carolina, majoring in Broadcast Journalism. Most recently Shamaria completed an internship with Apple as a Sports Programmer. She can be found doing interviews for Good Morning KU, her own show in the J-School; Outside The Locker Room, or working for KU Athletics. In her spare time, she loves to take yoga and boxing classes at the rec center or travel overseas.

Ellie Mueller, MMJ

Ellie Mueller is a third-year journalism student on the News and Information track, with a focus on broadcast television. Her involvement includes the University broadcast programs Good Morning KU and LFK Unscripted, where she experienced reporting, anchoring, hosting, and editing.  Ellie is looking to learn and grow as a professional through internships and post-graduation opportunities.

Stella Uriarte, Anchor

Stella Uriarte is a junior from Shawnee, Kansas, majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Sports Management. Stella has had the opportunity to be involved in shows through Media Crossroads, including Good Morning KU. Additionally, she has worked with both Fox Sports and CBS Sports for basketball and football at the collegiate level. She is excited to be a part of the KUJH team and hopes to gain even more knowledge and experience as an anchor, reporter, and much more. In her free time, Stella enjoys finding new music to obsess over, spending time with her friends, and trying out all the delicious food on Massachusetts Street. 

Grace Steensma, Social Media Content Creator

Grace Steensma is a senior majoring in Journalism with a minor in Film and Media Studies. During her time at KU, she has interned as a videographer for the Kansas City Mavericks and worked abroad in London as a social media manager for the Institute of Technology and Design. Currently she volunteers as a photographer for the University Daily Kansan and is a digital marketing assistant for the University of Kansas Biology Department. Grace will be graduating in May if 2024 and plans to pursue a career in sports media. In her free time, Grace enjoys running, rowing, and going on walks with her chihuahua.

Barry Anderson, MMJ

Barry Anderson is a current junior at the University of Kansas majoring in Journalism with a concentration in Sports Media. He is minoring in Communication Studies. He is from Kansas City, Kansas born and raised. Barry has been an on-air talent here at the Journalism School for numerous shows such as Playmakers, Good Morning KU Sports, Run it Back, Take A Side, Good Evening KU, and Unscripted. He’s also played a part behind the scenes for Good Morning Playmakers by running audio, teleprompter, and being behind the camera. He also is a member of the KJHK Sports Radio. He calls some games here and there and it’s a pretty fun experience for him. Barry also finished his first internship last semester called “C You In the Major Leagues Foundation”. What Barry loves to do in his off time is play video games, watch Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated, working out, and read his Bible.

Francesca Onofrio, MMJ

My name is Francesca Onofrio, a junior from the city of Chicago, double majoring in News and information and creative writing. My involvement started my first year as an on-air talent for Good Morning KU and assisting on KUJH. I have also been a breaking news intern for Oigetit, finding hard-hitting News to report on. I studied global media during my sophomore spring semester at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. I was not only able to experience journalism in a different country but also learn about and immerse myself in the Italian culture and language. In my free time, I enjoy cooking and spending time with my newly adopted dog, Adler. I hope to grow and learn from this class and gain real-life experience. 

Kameron Macrorie, MMJ

Kameron Macrorie is a junior from Olathe, Kansas, majoring in Multimedia Journalism with a minor in Communications Studies. In addition to being a member of KUJH this semester, she is an Arts & Culture reporter for the University Daily Kansan, where she writes about local events and organizations. She is passionate about broadcast journalism, which she first explored during her time as a member of LFK Unscripted, a student entertainment broadcast. Upon graduating in May of 2025, Kameron hopes to uncover new stories as a reporter for a Kansas City news station. Outside the newsroom, she enjoys cooking new recipes, weight lifting, and digging into the latest thriller novel.

Jordan Ziegler, MMJ

Jordan Ziegler is a junior from Olympia, Washington, majoring in News and Information, with minors in Political Science and sports management. Jordan has worked for KJHK as a sports broadcaster, Media Crossroads as an on air talent and The University Daily Kansan as a beat reporter for multiple sports. Outside of the newsroom, Jordan enjoys watching the Seattle Mariners.

Emily Sutter, MMJ

Emily Sutter is a sophomore from Omaha, Nebraska, studying Sports Media with a minor in Spanish. Emily has anchored on production shows at the J-School such as Good Morning and Good Evening KU, and currently is a producer of Good Morning KU Sports. She loves to spread her passion for communication and sports through her on and off camera work at the J-School. In her free time, Emily likes to exercise, hang out with friends, watch KU basketball, and give campus tours as a student ambassador. She is excited to continue growing her passion for broadcasting, and hopes to become a sports reporter after graduation.

Mily Favella, MMJ

Mily Favella is a Dallas junior studying Sports Media and Sports Management. She is excited to combine her passion for communications and sports as part of the KUJH team. In her free time, Mily likes to cook, exercise, and yell at the TV during football season. After graduating from the University of Kansas in 2025, she plans to enter the broadcasting industry as a Sports Reporter.

Landon Quesinberry, MMJ

Landon Quesinberry is a Sophomore from Roanoke, Virginia majoring in Multimedia Journalism and minoring in business. This will be his first time working with KUJH but he has had experience on-air on Good Evening KU and throughout high school. After graduation he hopes to be working in the world of sports media covering NASCAR.

Raneem Alasmi, MMJ

 Raneem Alasmi is a Syrian American senior majoring in multimedia journalism with a French minor. Having witnessed war firsthand, she is passionate about sharing untold stories and giving a voice to those in need. Raneem has anchored and produced for shows like “Accent” and “GMKU” at the J-School. She loves trying new things outside her comfort zone, seeing them as the key to growth and learning. Fluent in Arabic, English, and French, Raneem aspires to work in broadcasting and utilize her experience to deliver a wider range of voices.

Kristen Howell, MMJ

Kristen Howell is a native of San Antonio, Texas studying Sport Media with a minor in Sport Management. She has been involved in numerous shows produced at the University of Kansas’ Journalism School as on camera talent and doing behind the scenes work, on shows like Good Evening KU and Playmakers. She is excited to be a part of KUJH and continue to tell visual stories and to gain more newsroom experience. Outside of the newsroom Kristen loves to travel, try new food, and find local coffee shops in different towns and cities.

Murray Hamilton, MMJ

Murray Hamilton is a junior study abroad student from Biggar, Scotland who studies BA History and Journalism Studies. His home university is the University of Stirling. He looks forward to the opportunity to contribute to the newsroom and bolster his skills in Broadcast Reporting through gaining valuable experience at KUJH TV. Murray has previously written magazine articles and conducted interviews with a few high-profile people. These include a Comedian, a Horse Racing Commentator, and a former Member of the Scottish Parliament. He also has experience with print journalism, after contributing to creating a newspaper. He hopes to be a foreign correspondent or a news anchor, with a passion for journalism from an early age. Outside of studying, he enjoys going to the gym, socializing, watching sport and attending music festivals.

August Cooney, MMJ

August Cooney is a second-year senior pursuing a major in News and Information Journalism with a minor in Sociology. August has had the opportunity to be involved in Multimedia Crossroads through Good Evening KU where they helped with behind the scenes multimedia and live newsroom productions. They have also been involved with the University Daily Kansan Newspaper as a copy-editor. Their passion is with music and pop culture. They also enjoy examining social issues in depth. After graduation, they plan to utilize their journalistic skills in a Kansas City newsroom.

Ryn Drummond, MMJ

Ryn Drummond is a sophomore from Tulsa, Oklahoma, majoring in Multimedia Journalism. She works as an associate news editor for the University Daily Kansan, a reporter for the Eudora Times, and an ambassador for the journalism school. She also has experience in social media management and grant writing through her summer internship at a nonprofit consulting firm. Ryn is excited to be part of the KUJH team this semester and to continue developing her skills within the journalism field. Outside of the newsroom, she enjoys being active, listening to music, and spending time with friends.

Savannah Meier, MMJ

Savannah Meier, is a junior from Tampa, Florida majoring in multimedia journalism and minoring in sports management and dance. She has volunteered numerous times within Media Crossroads with Good Morning and Good Evening KU news segments on and off-camera including anchoring and hosting on both shows. With her passion for informing her community and communicating through visual storytelling, she cannot wait to see what she will accomplish on KUJH. Outside the newsroom Savannah is involved on campus with the university dance company, as well as spending time with friends and family.

Grace Ludes, MMJ

Grace Ludes is a junior at the University of Kansas majoring in Journalism with a minor in Communications. Grace is from Orange County, California and loves to communicate on and off camera. She has been on-air for Good Evening KU and participated in KUJHK’s street team where she promoted the organization through creating flyers and setting up table events. Outside of school and the studio Grace loves to read, bake, and spend time with friends and family. She intends to pursue on-air opportunities after graduation.