The Frontier is excited to welcome two interns for summer 2022, Marien López-Medina and Garrett Yalch.

López-Medina is a rising senior at the University of Oklahoma, where she is majoring in journalism with a minor in nonprofit organizational studies and international studies.

Originally from Managua, Nicaragua, López-Medina left her country in 2017 to earn a international baccalaureate degree at Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in Victoria, B.C. in Canada. She began her studies at OU in 2019 and served as a reporter and editor for the The OU Daily student newspaper, covering human rights and immigration among other issues. 

Lopez-Medina is also passionate about traveling and learning new languages. She speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese fluently. After graduation, she wants to earn a master’s degree in nonprofit management and pursue a career in investigative journalism. Lopez-Medina will be based in Norman for the summer. 

Yalch is a philosophy student at Washington University in St. Louis. He will work out of The Frontier’s Tulsa office.

Yalch grew up in Tulsa and graduated from Holland Hall in 2021. He has previously worked on stories about race issues for KOSU’s Focus: Black Oklahoma series.

After graduating, Garrett wants to work in journalism or to pursue a PhD in philosophy and politics.

“We’re excited for another summer of working with and learning alongside our new interns,” Frontier executive editor Dylan Goforth said. “It’s rewarding to play a role in guiding and growing future journalists, but it’s also great for our newsroom to get new perspectives. We plan on learning as much from them as they do from us.”

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