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Meet Teen Vogue's 2024 Election Student Correspondents

Nobody understands young voters the way other young people do. So for the 2024 election cycle, Teen Vogue has recruited a team of student-journalist correspondents to report on how their peers are navigating this messy political landscape. Our seven-person team — chosen from nearly 200 applicants — represents seven of the key states that will determine the presidency and control of Congress: Florida, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Throughout this election year, Teen Vogue’s student correspondents will cover a wide range of subjects including on-campus organizing, the struggle for abortion access, and voter-suppression measures that target young people. These correspondents will be tracking important local races and sharing what fellow students are saying about the presidential candidates. Join us for an on-the-ground look about what matters most to young people as we head into the 2024 campaigns and beyond.

Meet our team of correspondents below.

Sarah Akaaboune, Michigan

Teen Vogue: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
SA: I am a senior at the University of Michigan studying English and neuroscience. I worked for my student-run newspaper, The Michigan Daily, over the course of the last three years as an editor and writer. I'm interested in this project because narrative-driven stories are one of the most profound ways to give people back their voices. More importantly, these narratives underscore the way we think, the way we feel, the way we love, and ultimately, the people we choose to lead us. 

TV: What are you looking forward to covering during this election cycle?
SA: I'm most excited to cover how traumatic events and the way we choose to recover from them impact voter choices and turnout in the communities of color I call home, particularly within the parameters that define the social determinants of health and wellness.

TV: What's your sign?
SA: Taurus sun, Scorpio rising, and Cancer moon.

Tori Gantz, Arizona

TV: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
SA: I am a journalism and mass communication major at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix. I have written for a student newspaper, The Arizona State Press, and various local publications. I've had internships that focus on political writing at all levels of government, including city, state, and national legislatures, fact-checking and digital production. I've been involved in rigorous courses on houselessness reporting in the Valley, a Google News Initiative-funded media literacy research project, and a national investigative news program called News21.

I want to sharpen my skills in writing about politics, identity, and education. Exercising this practice, through the lens of young people statewide, allows me to become a better cultural critic and to focus on how movements are taking shape in a hyper-polarized political climate. I believe working as a Teen Vogue 2024 election correspondent will help me promote to people in Arizona a comprehensive package of the current political problems or progress, clarify democratic threats, and make mobilization in the state approachable.

TV: What are you looking forward to covering during this election cycle?
SA: I will be looking out for bills that propose new restrictions on voting rights and ballot initiatives, such as expanding abortion access or other reproductive justice protections, and congressional candidates' on-campus meetings with student organizations to promote their campaigns.

I wonder how existing state issues, for example, policies to expand state open-carry laws to college campuses and the Legislature's over-policing of LBGTQ+ people, will ruminate with the current Arizona politicos. I am curious about how young people will turn out for new congressional candidates after years of protesting Kyrsten Sinema for liberal hypocrisy, lobby on behalf of the presidential nominees, or signal early support for a new city mayor.

TV: What's your sign?
SA: I am a Pisces!

Jane Houseal, Wisconsin

TV: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
JH: I am a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison pursuing a degree in journalism with a certificate in gender and women’s studies. I have covered a variety of topics on and off the UW campus, including local politics, campus culture, and the arts. I am currently a fellow at the UW Center for Journalism Ethics and the outreach coordinator for Sex Out Loud, UW-Madison’s peer-to-peer sexual health resource. Previously, I interned at Isthmus, Madison’s independent, local-news source, and served as an editor of a campus-life and -style magazine.

TV: What are you looking forward to covering during this election cycle?
JH: I want to discover the core issues motivating voters by examining various get-out-the-vote initiatives. I also look forward to seeing how youth activism on and off Wisconsin campus impacts the elections.

TV: What's your sign?
JH: Aquarius.

Samuel Larreal, Florida

TV: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
SL: I'm a multimedia journalism student reporting on politics, immigration, misinformation, and the rise of authoritarianism. I grew up in Venezuela and fled to Miami during my freshman year of college. Since I got to the States, I've had the pleasure to learn from amazing people at my school's student media, NBC Washington, Telemundo, and The Miami Herald.

TV: What are you looking forward to covering during this election cycle?
SL: I'm especially eager to explore how Hispanic and Latin communities might influence the outcome of this election. As an immigrant and a Spanish speaker, I want to help people better understand the complexity, multiplicity, and richness of our communities' political sensibilities.

TV: What's your sign?
SL: I'm a Virgo.

Lydia McFarlane, Pennsylvania

TV: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
LM: Hi! I am a graduating senior at Villanova University. I will be graduating with a degree in communication and one in political science, with a specialization in journalism. Throughout my time at Villanova, I have been very involved with the University’s student-run newspaper, The Villanovan, first as a staff writer and then as a co-news editor. I have had several journalism internships, with organizations like Resolve Philadelphia, Education Week, and The Hill.

I am so excited to be Teen Vogue’s 2024 election correspondent for my home state of Pennsylvania, because I love to speak and write about politics, especially to young people and marginalized groups. Politics can seem confusing and scary, but I want to help empower Teen Vogue’s young audience to vote with conviction and knowledge — and help them understand the power of their civic duty.

TV: What are you looking forward to covering during this election cycle?
LM: I am excited to cover campaigning in Pennsylvania. How will Democrats and Republicans campaign accordingly after John Fetterman’s success with campaigning to rural Pennsylvanians? I am also looking forward to covering the candidate stances on key issues such as education, abortion, and immigration, and the role of young people in influencing the results of elections.

TV: What's your sign?
LM: Virgo sun, Pisces moon, Aquarius rising.

Toni Odejimi, Georgia

TV: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
TO: Hi! I’m Toni Odejimi, a junior journalism student at Georgia State University. Politics has always been one of my passions, and I pursued political coverage at my first internship, The Atlanta Voice, my student newspaper, The Signal, and as a Georgia correspondent for the Senate races for Howard University. I also covered education with a political focus at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

TV: What are you looking forward to covering in this election cycle?
TO: The 2024 presidential race is shaping up to be a poignant one for American history. I am extremely excited to see how Trump’s indictment in Fulton County plays a role in how the race will shape up. The Georgia GOP is one to watch.

TV: What's your sign?
TO: Virgo.

Lizette Ramirez, Nevada

TV: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
LR: My name is Lizzie Ramirez, and I am entering my first year in graduate school. I am attending the University of Nevada, Reno, and will be studying crisis communication. In my time as a student journalist, I was the news editor at The Nevada Sagebrush, a student-run newspaper on campus.

Additionally, I participated in the Public Relations Student Society of American Bateman competition. In this competition, my group and I ran a campaign for the News Literacy Project and educated people on how to become news literate and how to spot fake news in the media.

I am so excited to continue my journalism career and to be working for Teen Vogue! I thoroughly enjoy interviewing people and covering political topics — they were always my favorite stories to cover as a news editor — and I can’t wait to continue it for the 2024 presidential election.

TV: What are you looking forward to covering during this election cycle?
LR: Seeing how university students respond to the political climate. We have an app on campus called YikYak, and during elections, students always post controversial debates regarding the candidates and what they believe in for the matter. [Being from] a battleground state, I am expecting students to be very open to conversation on explaining why they believe what they believe.

TV: What's your sign?
LR: I am a Sagittarius!

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