Meet the Staff

Fall 2021 Staff

Editorial Board

Sarah Guidroz
Editor in Chief
Email: sguidroz1@student.cccd.edu
Twitter: @guidrozsarah
Sarah is a second year OCC student originally from Texas, where she did not ride a horse to school. She is studying journalism, political science and business. She hopes to transfer and graduate from a four-year school, then complete a dual journalism masters and JD in law program. When she is not doing homework or work involved with the debate team or student government, Sarah enjoys hanging out with her sidekick, a Belgian Malinois rescue named Lilah, eating and binge watching TV shows or movies. 

Chris Bibona
Sports Editor
Email: cbibona@student.cccd.edu
Twitter: @chrisbibona
Chris is currently finishing his third and final semester at OCC, where he's been working towards an AAT in journalism. He is a sports fanatic (Go Dodgers!) and former athlete. Chris is also host and producer of his own radio show, "Sports Sunday on KOCI," which is a hyper-local sports program in Newport-Mesa. This Fall, Chris is working as a reporter for a new high school football startup called "Sunset Rewind"— which can be described as the SportsCenter equivalent for Orange County football. His goal is to become a sports commentator and/or analyst for a major news network.

Tasmin "Taz" McGill
Arts + Culture Editor
Email: tmcgill2@student.cccd.edu
Twitter: @ReportedByTaz
Taz is a second-year journalism student at Orange Coast College and this is her second semester on Coast Report. Her hobbies include listening to music, watching mid-2000s television shows, and traveling. In the future, Taz, sees herself hosting her own podcast. Her celebrity crush is John Oliver.

Jordan Noble
Views Editor
Email: jnoble11@student.cccd.edu
Twitter: @jordanc_noble
Jordan is a third-semester journalism student. He spent the last six years managing restaurants in L.A. and Orange County. He is passionate about pizza, literature and politics. In his free time, Jordan enjoys hiking, roller skating and riding motorcycles up and down the coast. 
Madison Reed
Features Editor
Email: mreed47@student.cccd.edu
Twitter: @madimreed1
Madison is a  journalism major and this is her second semester on the Coast Report staff. Besides writing on her free time, she enjoys being in nature, drawing, and enlightening herself with a few podcasts along with discovering new music. As for her goals within journalism, she has hopes to one day cover overlooked or misunderstood global issues as a outlet to help the world, as well as be a voice for communities in need.
 JJ Wahlberg
News Editor
Email: jwahlberg@student.cccd.edu
Twitter: @jjwahlberg
JJ is a first-year journalism student at OCC. She attended UC Irvine and obtained a bachelor's degree in math, but after graduating, she realized that journalism and news were more interesting to her. She wants to write and report for a newspaper one day. In her free time, JJ enjoys spending time with her family, working as a math tutor and watching action movies. She is also not ashamed to admit that she writes a lot of fan fiction.


Staff Writers and Reporters

 

Khalid Alsadek
Staff Writer
Email: kalsadek@student.cccd.edu
Twitter: @alsadek_khalid
Khalid is a second-year OCC student in his second semester at Coast Report. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, he is a proud Ravens fan. Outside of Coast Report, he is on the OCC men's tennis team, runs his own brand and blog at The Dreamer's Alchemy, coaches tennis at Fountain Valley High School, and is the vice president of the ISOC MYG in Garden Grove.

 Oceane Berenger
Reporter
Email: oberenger@student.cccd.edu
Twitter: @berenger_oceane
Oceane is a second-year college student and brand new student to OCC this year. She just moved to Southern California from Atlanta, and she went to Georgia State University, studying journalism/media and is continuing with her major at OCC. A fun fact about Oceane is that she was born in Africa and moved to five different countries. As you see, Oceane loves to travel and has been outgoing ever since she was born.
 Zoe Ching
Reporter
Email: zching1@student.cccd.edu
Twitter: @zoesching
Zoe is a sophomore at OCC majoring in Communications, and this is her first semester working on the Coast Report.  In her free time, she likes art, yoga, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.  
Connor Cuomo
Reporter
Email: ccuomo1@student.cccd.edu
Twitter: @CuomoConnor
Connor is a third-year biology student at OCC. While he has no intention of majoring in journalism, Connor is an avid media addict. When he does not have any pressing obligations, he enjoys consuming mainstream academic literature, running, and undertaking independent research on obscure and outwardly meaningless historical subject matter.
 Cameron Davidson
Reporter
Email: cdavidson14@student.cccd.edu
Twitter: @camerond418
Cameron is a sophomore at OCC but this is his first semester at Coast Report. Cameron hopes to become a sports writer down the road. He loves to watch and cover sports including football, basketball, baseball, and soccer. Lastly, Cameron also plays college water polo and loves to stay active. 
 

Lia Ismagil
Reporter
Email: lismagil1@student.cccd.edu
Twitter: @liaismagil
Lia is a first-year college student and plans to pursue a career in journalism. She is excited to join Coast Report and sees herself pursuing news writing in the future. She enjoys being in nature and long hikes. In her free time, she likes to go out and discover new restaurants and listen to music. She also loves to read and watch movies.

 Whitney Johnson
Reporter
Email: wjohnson59@student.cccd.edu
Twitter: @whitjohnson02
Whitney is a first-year journalism major and this is her first semester on the Coast Report staff as a reporter. Besides being a part of the women’s track and field team here at Orange Coast College, Whitney enjoys being outdoors, watching sports, being active, and traveling. Whitney plans to transfer to USC to pursue her dreams of being a sports broadcaster for ESPN one day. 
 Marissa Lavezzari
Reporter
Email: mlavezzari@student.cccd.edu
Twitter: @marissa_ondeck
Marissa is a second-year college student who is majoring in communications and journalism. Her interest in sports journalism has strengthened ever since she wrote a historical figure report on Jackie Robinson and attended her first-ever Dodgers game at the age of eight. She is inspired by women in the sports industry and hopes to one day be a sideline sports reporter for a Major League Baseball team. In her free time, she loves going on Disneyland trips, visiting baseball stadiums, baking, and spoiling her two bunnies. 
 Sam Snellen
Reporter
Email: ssnellenvanvollenhov@student.cccd.edu
Twitter: @CoastReportSam
Sam is in his second year at OCC and is in his first semester of Coast Report. He is a journalism major that hopes to transfer to TCU in the next coming year. He spends most of his time working as a server on Catalina Island or playing basketball with his friends. His dream one day is to have a successful career working in sports media/journalism. 
  

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Jeremy Shermak
Faculty Advisor
Email: jshermak@occ.cccd.edu
Twitter: @JeremyShermak
Dr. Shermak is the faculty advisor to Coast Report and journalism instructor at Orange Coast College. He teaches News Writing and Reporting as well as Social Media for Print and Online Journalism and Introduction to Mass Communications. Dr. Shermak earned his Ph.D. in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and previously studied journalism at the University of Missouri and Indiana University. He practiced journalism at the Harbor Country (Mich.) News and the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, working as a government/sports reporter as well as a photographer. He most recently worked as a freelance sports reporter for the Malibu (Calif.) Surfside News. He was a managing editor at market research firm Mintel International and a media analyst at internet analytics firm comScore Networks. His research has been published in such journals as Digital JournalismJournalism and Mass Communications QuarterlySocial Media + Society, NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, and more. He has presented his research at such conferences as the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), the International Communication Association (ICA), the American Political Science Association (APSA), the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and more. He has been featured on the Circulating Ideas and LitMatters podcasts, and quoted in articles appearing in Time Magazine, The New York Times, NBC News, the Financial Times, and more. When he is not in the newsroom, Dr. Shermak is either reading, watching or researching the news. He is a huge sports fan, especially baseball and his beloved Chicago Cubs.