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Noelle Hancock
Mentors: Mark Anthony Ramirez & Carole Montgomery

Noelle Hancock was born and raised in Houston, TX, and graduated from Yale University in 2002. She is a former staff writer for the New York Observer and helped launch Us Weekly magazine’s entertainment blog as well as Pagesix.com (R.I.P.). Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, GQ, Blender, Stuff, New York Post, Maxim (including three cover stories), Page Six Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire U.K., Fashion Week Daily, Nymagazine.com, and Gawker.com, among other publications. Her six-word memoir is featured in the book “Six- Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak.” Noelle has provided weighty commentary for such shows as Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Access Hollywood, VH1 News, TV Guide Channel, VH1’s The Fabulous Life Of, Studio B with Shepard Smith, Fox & Friends, Lips & Ears, and Red Eye, on which she once defended a school teacher who was fired for making paintings with his butt. She is currently at work on her first book, “My Year With Eleanor,” to be published by HarperCollins/Ecco Press in 2010. She lives in New York City with her
parakeets, Jesus and Stuart. Her parents are still holding out for law school.

Lori Harfenist / The Resident
Mentors:  Gina Brillon & Mark Anthony Ramirez

Lori Harfenist has been hosting and producing “The Resident” for TV and the web since 2000. She’s one of YouTube’s All-Time Most Subscribed, and she’s been named one of the
the Best Internet Personalities by Yahoo!. Lori has produced work for NBC’s NY Nonstop, CNN, DirecTV, Russia Today, Al Jazeera, and many others over the years, bringing her
signature brand of sarcasm and fun to all the pieces she does. Check her out on her site at http://www.theresident.net.

Taryn Winter Brill / Good Morning America
Mentor:  Jeffrey Gurian

Taryn Winter Brill joined ABC News’ “Good Morning America” as the morning news program’s features correspondent in March 2008. As “GMA’s” “ambassador of fun,” Brill searches the country for all things interesting, exciting and unique — reporting live from ABC’s Times Square Studios in the heart of midtown Manhattan as well as various locations around the city.

TWB (as her friends like to call her, her middle name is Winter) joined “GMA” after spending two years with “Good Day Sacramento,” the top-rated local morning show in Sacramento, where Taryn anchored the weekend broadcast and delivered lively feature reports on weekdays. From ice curling and skeet shooting, to Oktoberfest dance lessons and learning the art of a good mud wrap, no live shot is off limits — as Brill puts it “the quirkier the better!”

Some of her most memorable assignments include flying in a U.S. Air Force jet at 600 mph (the “hurl of a lifetime” as Brill reported) and sky diving with the U.S. Army Golden Knights. Brill was also known in Sacramento for her signature “Phat Tuesday” segments (a franchise she created) that explored the world of luxury living — from cruising on private jets to sampling the most expensive shampoo in the world, Tuesdays in Sacramento got a little bit fancier.

Through it all, Brill is known for her wacky sense of adventure, dry sense of humor and signature curly hair. Before moving to Sacramento, Brill lived in Los Angeles where she got her start as a reporter for Channel One News, a national news program broadcast in high school classrooms. She segued into entertainment as the host of the Emmy-nominated channel AOL Music-on-Demand. Brill was also a host for AOL Movies & Moviefone, interviewing all of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities at press junkets, red carpets and movie set visits.

Brill has appeared in several national commercial and print campaigns. She is an avid tennis player, loves to bowl and is currently seeking a competitive ping pong league. She resides in New York City.

Robert George / New York Post
Mentor: Mark Anthony Ramirez

Robert A. George is an incredible editorial writer for the New York Post and an occasional stand-up comic and improv performer.

He is a former Senior Writer for Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Coalitions Director for the Republican National Committee.

His written work includes contributions to National Review, Reason, The New Republic and The American Conservative. He also operates Ragged Thots and contributes to the Political
Capital blog.

Rob Hoell / WPIX
Mentor: Billy Bingo

Rob Hoell joined the CW11 News Team in 2005 as the Long Island reporter for the CW11 news at Ten. Since that time he has been honored with 2 FOLIO awards for his outstanding reporting and a New York Press Club Award for Best Anticipated New Story for his coverage of “Flight 800 Ten Years Later.”

Hoell grew up on Long Island and has been covering news there since the late 90’s. He got his start at WLNY and worked for News 12 Long Island and Westchester.

Hoell graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a Masters Degree in communications. He lives in Nassau County, where he enjoys sailing with his wife and 2 children.

Nikki Egan / MSNBC

Nikki Egan is an Emmy Award – winning senior producer at MSNBC.  She’s hoping something else will happen in her lifetime so that won’t be the first line of her obituary. Not that she doesn’t like MSNBC (she loves it), but she’s milked that Emmy line for a while and her friends are tired of it.  As a producer, she’s been right in the middle of some of the big stories of the past (redacted) years, including the 2000 ballot debacle in Florida.  (Don’t ask to see her hanging chads.  She’s shy.)  Besides attempting standup comedy, Nikki also runs around the park occasionally, dances better than Britney at the VMAs (who doesn’t?), eats her vegetables and sleeps.  She’d like to thank Kermit the Frog, Walter Cronkite and Mary Richards for inspiring her to become a journalist.


Ellis Henican / Newsday / Fox News

Ellis Henican is a staff columnist for Newsday, an electrifying political analyst at the Fox News Channel and the voice of “Stormy Waters” on the prime-time Cartoon Network series, Sealab 2021. Henican’s award-winning newspaper column — “a personal, opinionated look at the news of the day” – appears in the paper’s front section every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Before taking on his current assignment, Henican wrote Newsday’s subway column, leading the paper to a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Union Square train wreck. At Fox, Henican appears frequently on “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity & Colmes,” “Fox & Friends” and many of the network’s other programs. He also fills in as a guest host. Fox viewers know Henican for his lively take on the news and for dissecting complex issues in an engaging, understandable way. His work has been recognized with the Meyer Berger Award for Distinguished Writing About New York City, the National Clarion Award for Column Writing and shares of two Pulitzer Prizes for spot news.