Spring 2021 Staff
Sarah is a returning college student originally from Texas, where she did not ride a horse to school. She is in her second semester at OCC 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 school work, Sarah enjoys hanging out with her sidekick, a Belgian Malinois rescue named Lilah, eating unhealthy amounts of pizza and binge watching TV shows or movies.
Arts + Culture Editor
Jordan is a second-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, surfing and riding motorcycles up and down the coast.
Staff Writers and Reporters
Candice is a graduate of OCC returning to pursue a degree in journalism. In her free time she enjoys cosplay, traveling and being a foodie. She plans to finish her education remotely and work as a freelance videographer. She also has a degree in film and television and her dream career would involve video journalism or travel videography.
Khalid Alsadek is a first-year OCC in his first 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.
Maria Cerda is a second year college student at OCC who is currently earning her degree in journalism. She has always been passionate about helping humanity and hopes to do so by using her platform during her career. In her free time she is dedicated to staying in shape, is an avid reader, and loves to spend time with her loved ones. Maria sees herself as a humanitarian and animal advocate in her future.
|Tasmin "Taz" McGill|
Taz is a first year Journalism student at Orange Coast College and this is her first 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.
Madison is a second year journalism major and this is her first 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.
Rosie is in her second year and last semester at OCC. Though she is not a journalism major, she has always been interested in journalism. During her free time she likes to workout, hike, and take lots of road trips. She is also a huge band junkie and loves discovering new music.
Alexis is a second-year student at OCC with a journalism major. He is passionate about soccer, swimming and motorsports. He enjoys watching any soccer game, as well as any motorsports races. His goal is to become a soccer commentator or be on a TV set to share commentary. He also loves history.
Faculty and Staff
- Dr. Jeremy Shermak
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. 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 News (Mich.) and the South Bend Tribune (Ind.), working as a government/sports reporter as well as a photographer. He was as a managing editor at a market research firm and a media analyst at an internet analytics firm. 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.