About Northattan

Northattan.com covers Manhattan’s northern neighborhoods from Inwood to the Upper West Side and everything in between. Multimedia reporters from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism are on the ground scouring for stories from the top of the city. Meet the reporters:

Amber Binion covers Hamilton Heights in West Harlem. A Georgia native, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Spelman College in Atlanta, where she also hosted and produced an online radio show that reached hundreds of college-aged listeners every week. Binion has experience in advertising and marketing from Starcom Media Group, as well as corporate public relations experience as a communications coordinator at Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. Now earning her Master of Science in journalism at Columbia University, she hopes to work as an on-air journalist specializing in art and culture. Follow her @AmberBinion.


Turner G. Cowles reports about Spanish Harlem for Northattan. Originally from Fairhope, Ala., Cowles was raised in Naples, Fla., and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Florida State University in Tallahassee; he minored in broadcast journalism at Florida A&M University. He was the vice president and co-founder of the FSU chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists. Cowles led most of the major collegiate news outlets in Tallahassee simultaneously, serving as assignments editor for V89 News, news editor for the FSView & Florida Flambeau and live newscast anchor for the FAMU “News 20 at 5” newscast. He also interned for the local ABC affiliate. Follow him on Twitter @turnercowles, his website and on Facebook.


Richard Dinardo covers East Harlem. He is a former combat correspondent and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. During his time at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, he contributed to the live broadcasts of reconnaissance satellite launches and Intercontinental Ballistic Missile tests on the NASA channel. He documented and produced news packages of prominent mission activities used for the base’s website and Armed Forces Network. While deployed in the Middle East, he documented and uploaded daily combat mission highlights to the Pentagon, where officials used the information to make mission-critical decisions. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from New School this past May. Follow him on Twitter @Dinardo743


Emma Elbuzedi reports on South Harlem. Hailing from the East Coast of Scotland, Elbuzedi holds a master’s degree with joint honors in international relations and Arabic from the University of Saint Andrews as well as an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, where she studied on a competitive scholarship from the Carnegie Trust. She has worked at Al Jazeera English, Radio Sawa and MBC. Elbuzedi has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, where she studied Arabic at the Bourguiba Institute in Tunis, read political science at the American University in Cairo and worked with Palestinian and Iraqi refugees for the UN in Damascus. Her reporting interests are eclectic, from social justice and Middle Eastern politics and culture to music, fashion and entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @Emmoushe.


Jon Gerberg covers culture, race, communities and power; and their various intersections on the streets of Harlem. He has worked as a video journalist in New York for a number of years, mainly as a video producer for the TV and radio world news hour “Democracy Now!” Currently pursuing a master’s in broadcast journalism at Columbia University, he has also contributed to The Guardian, Brooklyn Independent Television, Free Speech Radio News and New York City’s Indypendent. Follow him on Twitter @JonGerberg.




Mustafa Hameed covers Hamilton Heights. He was born in Pakistan and completed high school in Indianapolis before getting his Bachelor of Arts at Columbia University. After working for PBS in Indianapolis as a writer and producer, Hameed returned to New York to study political science before beginning his master’s program at the Graduate School of Journalism. As an undergraduate, Hameed was president of CIRCA, the international relations organization at Columbia, and managing editor of the Journal of Politics & Society. He has also directed a number of short films and is in the documentary program at the Journalism School. Follow him on Twitter @mustafahameed.



Gayatri Kaul was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She has a thirst for learning and a dream of becoming a journalist that have propelled her all the way to New York. She has a background in political science from St. Xavier’s College and is currently reporting on Inwood. With a love for film, music, travel and mayhem, she hopes to make documentaries and report on the world in a period of transition. You can find her at a Coldplay concert or on Facebook and Twitter @ViolentSpring.