David Andrukonis, Assistant to Judy
In addition to being Judy's assistant, David moonlights as a
Generation Next staffer. He has a special appreciation for technology after riding
two online classes to a May 2006 graduation from UNC-Chapel Hill (political science
major, business minor). While at UNC, he wrote for the Daily Tar Heel and the
humor magazine, BoUNCe; freelanced for USA WEEKEND; and, his mother claims, turned
Capital One's Enterprise Risk Management newsletter into a must-read.
posters in his room feature Carolina basketball, the Washington Redskins and Cosmo
Christopher Buchanan, Field Producer
Christopher Buchanan thinks he has the best job in the world, while others think that doing
the same thing -- field producing -- for 25 years suggests he's in a rut. Before
BlackBerries, cell phones, laptops
even faxes, it was still possible for
him to wander around the world finding interesting stories and setting up film
His life's goal is to have worked on every continent. The fact
that he's only one continent shy -- the Antarctic -- helps to explain his current
fascination with penguins.
His work has taken him from Afghanistan to Albania
to Australia, just to name the "A" list countries, covering serious
subjects (war, famine, injustice) and lighter topics (too frivolous to mention).
The last big "journey" project he did was Robert MacNeil's trip
across the country that became the PBS documentary "Do You Speak American?"
During more than half a year, he criss-crossed America, speaking to lobster fishermen
in Maine, truck drivers in Tennessee, computer voice recognition experts at Microsoft
and snowboarders in California.
When he's not traveling, he lives in Arlington,
Va., with two teenage kids and a border collie.
Venessa Mendenhall knows something about
the mobility of this generation. After living in three countries, six cities,
and 10 apartments in the past six years, Venessa has returned to her native Washington,
D.C. determined to stay in one place (at least for a while).
At Pitzer College
in Southern California, Venessa studied religion and politics, earning a double
honors degree in Religious Studies and Gender & Feminist Studies. After studying
abroad in Italy and Oxford, England, she moved to Portland, Ore. where she co-founded
the city's only 24-hour sexual assault crisis intervention program.
broadened her interests in politics to include comparative international urban
development while attaining her master's degree at the University of Chicago.
managed to hide the fact that she also founded a Washington, D.C. Chihuahua Meetup
group until -- to her horror and her coworkers' delight -- the Washington Post
broke the story.
Susan Mills, Executive
Susan Mills represents the boomer generation -- still trying
to figure out what she wants to do when she grows up. In the meantime, she has
had a long, rewarding career in TV journalism, starting at CBS News during the
Vietnam War as a researcher.
She has developed and produced award-winning
children's news programs, covered the wars in El Salvador, Nicaragua and the Falkland
Islands, and witnessed the overthrow of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines and
the revolution which put Cory Aquino in power. Along the way she has produced
field interviews with many of the world's leaders from Fidel Castro to Nelson
Mandela to U.S. presidents.
Over her career, Susan has garnered four national
Emmys, the Columbia Dupont journalism award, a Peabody award, and more than 12
In her free time, she frequents flea markets, gardens,
plays golf, travels around the world, and loves to cook dinners and drink good
wine with friends.
Jeff Milstein, Senior
A GenNexter at heart, Jeff brings more than 25 years of production
experience to the project. He adapted to computers and new technology during his
13 years with "ABC News Nightline"; discovered the Internet while producing magazine
pieces for NBC News; and moved on to cell phones and text messaging while developing
and overseeing programming as executive producer for WETA television.
the time he arrived at CNN for a five-year stint as a senior producer, he had
officially crossed over from a technically awkward baby boomer to a proficient
consumer of technology.
He brings that experience and three Emmys to Generation
Next -- the project he helped develop with Judy Woodruff.
Originally from New York City, researcher, writer
and GenNexter Jeff Nelson finds himself in his third job in two years.
2004 graduate of Williams College with a degree in political science, Jeff began
his post-college career as a desk assistant at NBC News in Washington, D.C. After
a short stint as a researcher at the Center for Public Integrity, this city boy
has now landed himself a corner desk in the Generation Next offices, with a beautiful
view of a suburban Virginia parking garage.
Although an avid watcher of
"The Daily Show," "Colbert Report," and "The Office," Jeff readily admits that
his music and movie tastes leave something to be desired.
While trying to
remain "outside the Beltway," he takes an active interest in politics, both national
and local. In his free time, he enjoys indulging in all things barbecue and grill-related,
Frisbee, fishing, and exploring Washington's different neighborhoods and sites.
Read, Associate Editor (Online)
Like many members of Generation Next,
Oliver refuses to grow up. He's been bouncing from city to city and country to
country for the last decade.
However, despite blatant dillydallying, Oliver
has acquired useful experience: he earned a master's in journalism from Boston
University; worked at WBUR, the NPR Boston affiliate; edited The Mongol Messenger
during a stint in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and lived for two years in Berlin, where
he co-founded New Berlin Magazine and New Munich Magazine.
On paper, Oliver
is all man, but upon meeting him you wouldn't think him older than 20.
Wolly, Editorial Assistant (Online)
Brian graduated in 2005 from Tufts
University, where he served proudly as associate editor for the Tufts Daily and
opined on trashy television on a weekly basis. He started at the Online NewsHour
in September 2005 as the desk assistant for NewsHour Extra.
he tries to be funny, he fears that his life as a humorist peaked at the 2004
Democratic National Convention in Boston when he made Jon Stewart laugh while
the comedian was appearing as a guest pundit for NBC News.
He hails from
Rockville, Md. -- the center of what his friends refer to as "uber-suburbia" --
and has since cultivated a fine hatred of chain restaurants.
When the weather
is nice, Brian enjoys playing ultimate frisbee: it's a sport, deal with it.