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Kaycee Hallett

Kaycee rappelling in Hawking Hills, Ohio

Kaycee rappelling at Hawking Hills, Ohio

I’m Kaycee Hallett, a Bowling Green State University senior, slated to graduate in May. I’m originally from a small town by Lake Erie so I’ve grown up my whole life in the Great Black Swamp.

I enjoy the outdoors and outdoor activities, although admittedly I do not do well with insects.

My sequence in journalism is Broadcast and ideally I would like to be a reporter on television. My minor is history which I’ve been interested in as a little girl especially Ancient Greece and the American Revolution.

I’m very excited to be working on the Black Swamp Journal and hope you have as much fun reading it as I do working for it!

Saisha Gailliard

Hey there!  My name is Saisha Gailliard.  I’m currently a junior at Bowling Green State University studying broadcast journalism.  As my college experience is going so fast, I must say I have enjoyed just about every moment!  During my time in college I have continued to learn a significant amount of material, including environmental studies.

After taking an environmental studies class my sophomore year, I became even more intrigued with environmental issues.  I am excited to know that this blog will bring a further fulfillment to such interest with the environment.  Lets face, its a very important matter…we have to take care of our environment so that it will take care of us! 😉

Alesia Hill

Hi there!

I am a Senior at BGSU majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minors in Ethnic Studies and Spanish. I am looking forward to being a contributor to The Black Swamp Journal.

I plan to work in television news, but I  have a passion for print as well. One day I hope to change the way society views people of color, and inspire change.



Maia Belay

Hi! My name is Maia Belay I am a senior at Bowling Green State University majoring in Broadcast Journalism. I am a reporter for WBGU-TV and can shoot, and edit my own stories. I currently serve as the  News Director of BG24 News and president of the BGSU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. I hope to become an investigative television reporter and eventually make my own documentaries. I’m new to the blogging world but very excited to be a contributor! If you have any story ideas email me at

Jason Henry

Me and my pal, Academy Award winner Adrien Brody.

Hello, I’m Jason Henry, a senior print journalism major with a minor in film at Bowling Green State University in Northwest Ohio. Beyond classes, I work as the City Editor for the BG News as well as a variety of production-based jobs at the local PBS station, WBGU-PBS. Additionally, I interned at the Findlay Courier during the summer of 2010.

I hail originally from a small town called Crestline, southeast of Bowling Green where our graduation class was less than 50 people. In my spare time, I watch many, many movies and consider myself a film buff. Beyond that, I enjoy kayaking and camping.

Following graduation, I plan to move anywhere there is an interesting job.

Hannah Mingus

Hannah Mingus

Hi, I’m Hannah Mingus, and I’m a junior at Bowling Green State University majoring in Print Journalism, with a minor in Popular Culture.

Growing up I dreamed of following in my mother’s footsteps and becoming a teacher, but after spending two years on my high school’s yearbook staff, I decided that writing was what I was truly passionate about.

I recently began writing for the Key Magazine, and would like to become more involved in the BG News as

well.  I am the secretary for my sorority, Delta Xi Phi, and a member of Phi Eta Sigma and CSL.

Environmental Journalism is a new topic to me, but I am very excited to learn more about it!

Katelynn Mae Hickman

I’m Katelynn Hickman, I’m a fourth year Public Relations major at Bowling Green State University. I’m a student in JOUR 4900: Environmental Reporting, in the Spring of 2011 and a contributor of the Black Swamp Journal.

I’m the underwritting director of WBGU 88.1, Bowling Green State University’s streaming radio station as well as an employee of the University at the Bowen Thompson Student Union.

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Nikia Washington

My name Nikia Washington, commonly known  by Kia. I am a print journalism student, with a passion for writing, which essentially lead me to this field of study. On Bowling Green’s campus, I participate as a steering member of Dance Marathon and a videographer for the BG Football team. I am also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where I serve as the philanthropy chair.

I am originally from Cleveland, OH, but have lived in Farmington Hills, MI for the past 12 years. As the oldest of three children, I am the first of my parents children to be shipped off to college.

In my experience as an aspiring journalist I have worked with BG-24, BG on TV and the Key and Obsidian magazines. I also work briefly for the start up of a magazine in the Washington, D.C. area. Lately, I have been exploring writing fiction, which is quickly becoming a new hobby of mine. My ideal job is to work my way up through a magazine production company and to eventually, establish my own.

Sara Shipley Hiles

Sara Shipley Hiles

Hi, my name is Sara Shipley Hiles. I’m an instructor in the Department of Journalism & PR at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. This website is a project of a class I’m teaching, JOUR 4900: Environmental Reporting, in the Spring of 2011.

I have many years of experience as an environmental journalist. You can find some of my stories at my personal website,

From climate change to the local food movement, environmental issues are some of the hottest topics in the news today. It’s important for all of us to understand how our actions impact the planet and our health.

I hope this website will help shed light on some of these issues.

Welcome to The Black Swamp Journal

Welcome to The Black Swamp Journal, a compendium of news about environmental issues from northwest Ohio, an area once known as the Great Black Swamp. This site is a project of JOUR 4900: Environmental Reporting at Bowling Green State University‘s Journalism & PR Department.

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