Stories by

Briana Erickson

Briana recently graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in teaching English as a second language. Following her passion for telling human-interest stories, she has reported in Cuba and Berlin and held two summer internships at The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She also interned at The Gainesville Sun in Florida. While at the University of Florida, Briana worked for the web, radio and television departments of, the NPR and PBS affiliate. This summer, she will be a news intern at The Las Vegas Review-Journal. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

The Upward Bound programs at Columbia and Fordham, which help low-income students prepare for college, have lost more than $1.2 million in federal aid, and their fate lies in the crosshairs of Washington.

A former dormitory for nurses that has been vacant since it was damaged in Hurricane Sandy will soon reopen as apartments for the elderly, expanding housing for a population struggling to pay skyrocketing rents.