Cuba’s future population is tied to the strength of its private sector

By Caroline Tanner Medill Reports HAVANA – For young people in Cuba, like 19-year-old computer science student Julien Martos Farinos, the emerging private sector presents the greatest opportunities for professional growth and wealth after six decades of Communist Party rule. “Most young people want to go to the private sector because it represents more money,” […]

First-time female Congressional candidate hoping to challenge the status quo

By Caroline Tanner Medill Reports CHICAGO – “Even now, I talk to women my age and they’re still looking for permission,” said Democratic political hopeful Sameena Mustafa. “I think that we’re in a moment where it’s clear that we’re not going to get permission.” Rather than waiting to be told, Mustafa, a former real estate […]

It’s not too late to train for your first marathon, top coaches say

By Caroline Tanner Medill Reports “If you can put one foot in front of the other faster than you walk, then you’re a runner,” says New York City running coach and triathlete Corinne Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald uses this mantra to guide marathon runners as a coach at Mile High Run Club (MHRC), a studio that trains […]

In tough times, influential women unite to inspire one another

By Caroline Tanner Medill Reports CHICAGO – “Every woman is a pioneer,” rang loudly through the Chicago Theatre on October 24, during a night of honest talk between eight women on a couch, designed to portray a conversation you’d have with your friends in your living room. Aimed at uniting public figures with fellow women, […]

From YouTube consumer to vlogger, David Budimir taps back to his sixth-grade roots

By Caroline Tanner Medill Reports   WASHINGTON, DC — A content marketer for a D.C.-based tech company by day, Columbia Heights resident David Budimir, 26, has been producing “vlogs,” or video blogs, since he was a 12-year-old at Williamsburg Middle School in Arlington, Va. “The first video he made was a promotional video that played at […]

From high school senior to politician, Josh Lafazan continues his political quest

By Caroline Tanner Medill Reports SYOSSET, N.Y.— On most days, at just 23 years old, Democratic Nassau County Legislative candidate Josh Lafazan is the youngest one in the room. It’s something that Lafazan is used to by now, since becoming one of the youngest elected officials in the history of New York State. In 2012, […]