What’s Good 206 is a digital storytelling showcase and workshop for new public media produced by the coming generation of multimedia journalists. Our stories are a catalyst to inform, to inspire, to entertain and to create meaningful connections in the community, with targeted relevance to an 18–34 audience. What’s Good 206 is a division of Cascade Public Media, a multi-platform media organization that includes KCTS 9/KCTS9.org and Crosscut.com.
Abby Shalawylo is excited to be interning with What’s Good 206! Abby is a senior at Seattle Pacific University majoring in communications with a theatre minor. She is a Disney College Program alumni and currently works at CenturyLink Field for the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC games. A few of her favorite things include musicals, movies, chocolate and getting to know people.
Chris is an intern at KCTS 9 and a digital design student at Seattle University. He is passionate about creating jobs, elevating the status of designers and artists, and is currently producing an online video game that utilizes virtual reality software. Chris has freelanced as a photographer, videographer and motion graphic designer. He once taught hip-hop choreography classes in the heart of Los Angeles and is an accomplished online video gamer.
Fun fact: He likes to go to new restaurants and try the same thing.
Jen Germain is a producer with WG206. Jen is a graduate of the Film and Video Program at (the former) Seattle Central Community College, as well as a graduate of the Communications Program at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, CO. She completed an internship with Filmateria Studios and worked as a videographer with Pixel Dust Weddings before commencing working as a freelance production crew member and producer.
Fun fact: Her favorite TV show is Gilmore Girls, and she binge-watches the entire series at least twice a year.
Kelsey Hamlin is an intern with WG206. Hamlin attends the University of Washington, majoring in journalism and law, societies and justice. She completed an internship with The Seattle Times as an Olympia legislative reporter and is currently interning with South Seattle Emerald as well. See her other work on her website, or find her on twitter @ItsKelseyHamlin.
Fun Fact: When Kelsey was three years old, she had to have emergency eye surgery after her eye swelled itself shut. To this day, the doctors have no idea what caused it.
Paris Nguyen is a writer and journalist who specializes in entertainment news. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2013, majoring in psychology and cinema studies. With a passion for all things film-related, Paris spends the majority of his free time exploring the expansive world of cinema. When not munching on popcorn in a dark theater, Paris enjoys cycling, rock climbing and feebly tossing a frisbee in the general direction of other humans. Paris grew up in Issaquah, Wash., where he developed a deep fondness for hiking and pronouncing the name of his hometown incorrectly.
Rebecca is a graduate of Highline College with a degree in journalism. Currently, she attends Central Washington University majoring in film with an emphasis in production. She is also the president of Wildcat Films, CWU's student-run production company, and was the recipient of the Rising Star scholarship for film. Rebecca has a strong sense of visual storytelling and hopes to pursue cinematography after graduation. When she is not behind the camera, Rebecca can usually be found rock climbing or painting.
Rhea Panela is a summer intern with What’s Good 206. Rhea is majoring in journalism with minors in English and diversity at the University of Washington. She is also the Digital Media Editor at the International Examiner and a writer for The Daily of the University of Washington. She was named one of the inaugural UW Husky 100 and was also one of the recipients of the 2016 Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship. See her previous work on her website and find her on Twitter @rheapanela_.
Fun Fact: She has an unhealthy obsession with Hot Cheetos.
Charles Johnson is a part-time producer at WG206. Charles is majoring in journalism at the University of Washington. He is also a part-time videographer and editor for Husky Athletics and a digital content producer for The Daily of the University of Washington. Charles was a intern at KCTS 9 for six months before joining the WG206 team.
Edward Duo is graduated from Seattle University with a film degree and a theater performance minor. He is from China and currently works as a freelance filmmaker and photographer in Seattle. He moved to the U.S. five years ago. He believes film is the best way to communicate with people from different cultural background.
Fun Fact: The only reason he keeps his Facebook account is to share cute cat and dog pictures.
Gabriela Capestany is a sophomore at the University of Washington pursuing a double major in cinema studies and communication with a minor in Danish. She’s also the co-director of HuskyCreative, a student-run UW ad agency. Her main passion is film and her movies have been featured in film festivals around the world, most notably the Los Angeles Film Festival. When she’s not interning or at school, Gabi enjoys bouldering, biking, and traveling the world (21 countries and counting!)
Fun Fact: Her favorite kind of film is Scandinavian film. She just got back from studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark where she spent five months learning Danish and biking around the city.
James Germain is a graduate from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs with a degree in English literature. He’s written for CultureMob and Vinyl District in Seattle and has been bartending and playing music for over 10 years. He’s currently the bar manager at Bitterroot in Ballard and enjoys listening to old jazz tunes at home and behind the bar.
Kate Clark is a freelance journalist based in Seattle. She recently graduated from the University of Washington where she studied journalism and international studies. After graduating, she traveled to Bangalore, India to work as a journalist. These days, Kate is busy navigating algorithms and bots as she searches for a full-time writing gig.
Megan Murnane is a freelance journalist and videographer. She has had work featured in Crosscut, KING 5, and the Global Post. She is a recent graduate of Washington State University (WSU) with specialization in multimedia journalism and broadcast production. She has a second degree in history and a minor in political science. During her time at WSU, she was also the President of Cable 8 Productions and the Association for Women in Communications. She has had the opportunity report internationally from Cuba and Nepal. You can follow her on Twitter @MeganMurnane.
Melissa Seda is a film graduate from the University of Oregon. Her passion lies in film and various forms of storytelling. Her experience includes directing music videos, editing commercials and even acting in quirky short films. She loves learning new skills and meeting new people.
Fun fact: I once sang “Love Shack” with Bill Nye (The Science Guy) at a bat mitzvah.
Peter W. Choi joined KCTS 9 in October of 2016 as a production intern.
He was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the United States as an international student in 2011. He is a senior at Seattle Pacific University studying communication and sociology. He is passionate about international affairs, especially foreign relations with North Korea. He hopes to work as a foreign correspondent who covers national and world issues. In his spare time, he enjoys watching films, beatboxing and singing.
Follow him on Twitter @peterwchoi_
Trennesia Jackson is a journalism graduate of the University of Washington. She has been a part of What’s Good 206 since 2014. She has interned for both KIRO 7 Eyewitness News and KING 5 News and currently works for the UW’s online production The Daily’s Double Shot. Aside from writing Tre also enjoys playing basketball, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.