Faith Vander Voort

Deputy Press Secretary to Vice President Mike Pence at Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.

APU journalism graduate. Has previously worked for the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Department of the Interior.


Katie Richcreek

Editor - The Action Network

APU journalism graduate. Has worked for ESPN, Bleacher Report and KABC. Served as the Director of Capture (now ZU TV) while at APU.


Nathan Foster

Currently serves as ZU Media faculty advisor and APU's public relations manager in the Division of Strategic Communication and Engagement. As a student, Nate served as editor-in-chief of ZU News for two years, news editor for one year, and opinion editor for one year. Former video production intern at Newsweek. Has been published in APU Life magazine, the Media Project, the Columbia Daily Herald, Monrovia Weekly, Arcadia Weekly, Pasadena Independent, and the Empire State Tribune.


Brandon Huffman

National Recruiting Editor - 247Sports

APU journalism graduate. Has previously worked at Scout Media Network and Fox Sports.


Toph Buzzard

Radio Broadcaster - Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

APU journalism graduate. Served as the General Manager and Sports Director of ZU Radio while at APU.


Annie Z. Yu

Director of Engagement - Politico

APU journalism graduate. Has worked for the LA Times and ProPublica.


Alyssa Burlingame

News Writer - One America News Network

APU journalism graduate. Served as the EIC for ZU Magazine while at APU


Amanda Mayfield

Reporter - Nat Defense Magazine

APU journalism graduate. Previously worked for the Washington Examiner.


Anna Savchenko

Anna graduated from Azusa Pacific with a B.A. in journalism and is currently working towards an M.A. in English at the university. She has a profound interest in creative non-fiction writing, the inner-functionings of Joan Didion's mind and Lev Tolstoy's literature.


Arianna Shell

Reporter - KYMA Yuma

APU journalism graduate. Served as a Producer of ZU TV while at APU

Brandon Rodriguez

News Assistant - KABC7 Los Angeles

APU journalism graduate. Served as the Sports Editor of ZU News while at APU and is a diehard Steelers fan.


Cynthia Arroyo

Communications/Content Coordinator - Lifewater

APU journalism graduate. Served as the Editor-in-Chief of ZU Magazine while at APU.


Charissa Enns

Editor-in-Chief - ZU News

Charissa is a Senior Journalism and Honors Humanities major. She loves journalism because it gives a voice to others through storytelling. In addition to being a storyteller, Charissa loves to sing, read books and explore the world. Along with her position as Editor-in-Chief, Charissa has worked for The Story Exchange and L.A. Style Magazine as an intern. She has been working for Zu Media since her sophomore year and truly enjoys working with her fellow journalism students. Feel free to contact her at


Candelario Plascencia

Executive Producer - ZU Radio/Podcast - Managing Editor - ZU Magazine

Candelario (or Candy) Plascencia is a senior majoring in journalism with a minor in public relations. He is from Indio, California, and hopes to move to San Fransisco or Los Angeles after he graduates. Along with working with ZU Media, Candy also serves as a Resident Advisor here at Azusa Pacific University. Candy also just wrapped an internship with L.A. STYLE Magazine. With a passion for reporting, he one day hopes to write for a gaming magazine or be a social media manager. He enjoys gaming, drinking coffee, being with loved ones, and cooking/baking. Feel free to contact him at or by sending him a direct message on Instagram.


Caitlin Thropay

News Anchor/MMJ - KESQ Palm Springs

APU journalism graduate. Served as Executive Producer of ZU TV while at APU


Erin Antoch

Account Coordinator - Fullscreen

APU journalism graduate. Erin was actively part of ZU Media. Previously worked for Twentieth Century Fox, Nailed It! Media and HerCampus.


Jesse Merrick

Reporter - Spectrum Los Angeles

APU journalism graduate. Has worked for NFL Network, KABC and FOX4 Alabama.


Joelene Millan

Copy Editor - ZU Media

Jordan Green

Sports Editor - ZU News

Jordan is a journalism major with a concentration in sports. Along with writing for ZUMedia, Jordan is also a sports contributor for the Monrovia Weekly, and he continues to work on his own personal blog which is called Sports Talk with Jay.


Kara Hinton

Production Assistant - Tennis Channel

APU journalism graduate. Was an active contributor to ZU Media content throughout her time at APU.

Kaitlyn Miller

Lifestyle Editor - ZU News

Kaitlyn is a senior journalism and acting for the stage and screen double-major at APU. Reading and telling stories has been something she's treasured since she was a kid (she was the girl who preferred reading Magic Treehouse over running around a playground, if you catch my drift). She currently works as a freelance writer for Houstonia Magazine, a local publication in Houston, Texas where she was born and raised, a staff writer at GREY Journal, and the lifestyle editor here at ZU Media. When she's not typing away, she loves reading an entire book in a single sitting (nothing has changed since the playground), or listening to True Crime podcasts.


Mike Benton

Play-by-Play Announcer - Everett Silvertips

APU journalism graduate. Has worked for the Alaska Aces, Stockton Thunder, Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks.

Reid Conant

Executive Producer - ZU Radio/ZU Podcast/ZU TV

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Reid is a senior sports journalism major. This is Reid’s first year being on ZU Media staff as an Executive Producer for both ZU TV and ZU Radio/Podcast. Reid currently works in a part-time role for CBS Los Angeles in Studio City as a production assistant in the sports department. Reid previously worked as a student assistant in the sports information department at Azusa Pacific and is the voice of many Cougar athletic teams including APU baseball. Reid was the voice of the Bismarck Larks in the Northwoods Collegiate Baseball League during the summer of 2019, calling over 70 games. He plans on continuing to write and broadcast throughout his final year at Azusa Pacific before hopefully jumping into a full-time role in broadcast media, or production.


Sarah Sudfeld

Executive Producer - ZU TV

With a love for storytelling and video-making, Sarah is a senior journalism major graduating in May 2021.