Meet the Group


Christina Belasco

Hometown: Belmont, CA

Major: Journalism

What do you want to get out of this experience? I would like to immerse myself in Uruguayan culture and learn and grow as much as possible. I hope to produce professional work that will accurately and beautifully convey the life in this country.





Kelsey Bradshaw

Hometown: Medford, OR

Major: Journalism and Public Relations

What do you want to get out of this experience? In Uruguay, I’m hoping to improve my photography, videography, and interviewing skills. Of course, it’s an added bonus that I’m improving my photography by taking pictures of whales! I’m excited for the many opportunities for learning that such a dynamic, progressive country offers.





Michael Buisán

Hometown: Beaverton, OR

Major: Advertising

What do you want to get out of this experience? Professional experience and find the opportunity to return and continue working in South America






Brandy Dominguez

Hometown: Springfield, OR

Major: Journalism

What do you want to get out of this experience?I would like to gain an understanding of how to perform the duties of an environmental journalist in relation to the human and nature connection and how to effectively express all sides of a controversial issue.



Casey Paoli Minter

Hometown: Elko, NV

Major: Journalism and Environmental Science

What do you want to get out of this experience? Many things. Mainly, a new experience that will alter my personality and perspective. New things breed ingenuity. Despite anything that may happen, simply throwing oneself into a completely new experience such as this will inevitably cause an evolution in self.





Carolina Reid

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Major: Journalism

What do you want to get out of this experience? I am excited to combine my international experiences and my interest and studies in journalism to tell the world about some of the fascinating stories that make up the heart of this country. I’d like to learn how I can contribute my skills in a group of talented student journalists.





Julia Reihs

Hometown: Damascus, OR

Major: Journalism

What do you want to get out of this experience? This is my first experience in environmental journalism. I hope to build my multimedia skills so that I can return to the University of Oregon with a better sense of the direction I want to go in my career in journalism. This experience will show me the value of working in a dedicated group and allow us to discover more about our skills and ourselves.





Meredith St. Clair

Hometown: Portland, OR

Major: Public Relations

What do you want to get out of this experience? I want to learn how to cover a story that has huge environmental and social consequences. There is a delicacy to these types of pieces, and I want to learn how to tell both sides of the story to allow people to make their own decisions on the topic.




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Carol Ann Bassett

Carol Ann Bassett is an award-winning author of three works of literary nonfiction: Galápagos at the Crossroads: Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin’s Cradle of Evolution (a finalist for the 2011 Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction); A Gathering of Stones: Journeys to the Edges of a Changing World (also a finalist for the 2002 Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction), and Organ Pipe: Life on the Edge (Desert Places series). Her essays have been anthologized in the American Nature Writing series. Her new book, After the Wave, a collection of poetry, will be published in winter 2013.Bassett spent 16 years as a full-time freelance writer and contributed regularly to The New York Times and Time-Life, Inc. She was also an independent producer for National Public Radio and an award-winning documentary scriptwriter on alternative energy issues. Her work has appeared in The Nation, Science 86, The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, Condé Nast Traveler and dozens of other national publications. Bassett has traveled extensively around the world to write about nature and culture on five continents. She teaches environmental writing & literature, narrative nonfiction, and multimedia at the University of Oregon. Bassett is the director of a University of Oregon Study Abroad Program: “Nature & Culture: Multimedia Storytelling in Uruguay.”


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