The Finch is more than just a podcast. It's a perspective.

The Finch was born in Athens, Georgia in April of 2020, amidst the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was built upon a simple principle: let's dissect complex issues through a multidisciplinary approach. Our nine desks provide refreshing, bold perspectives on the most important issues of our time:

The Finch is student-led.

Alex Benoit

Co-founder, The Finch Media

ATHENS—Alex is a Franco-American high school senior full-time dual-enrolled at UGA studying microbiology and mathematics. He plans on studying Organismic Evolutionary Biology and Public Policy at Harvard University next year. His research interests rest in infectious diseases, market regulation, and metaphysics. When he’s not on The Finch, Alex plays squash, soccer, and the guitar. 

Will Fang

Co-founder, The Finch Media

ATHENS—Will is a senior at Cedar Shoals High School also dual-enrolled at UGA. He plans on studying Computer Science with a focus on Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University next year. He is also passionate about ethical computing and equity in education.

Our student-led team spans campuses and countries. Contact us if you are interested in joining one of our desks.

Sudhan Chitgopkar

Branding Director, The Finch Media

Senior Editor, The Finch 

ATHENS—Sudhan is a second-year at the University of Georgia currently studying International Affairs and Computer Science. He currently manages brand identity and web development for The Finch.

Krishie Desai

Outreach Director, The Finch Media

ATHENS—Krishie is a first-year student at the University of Georgia majoring in cellular biology with a minor in Spanish. In the future, she hopes to attend medical school, in order to become a neurosurgeon. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, photography, dancing, and playing tennis.

Jenny Crum

Senior Correspondent, The                   Desk

CARTERSVILLE—Jenny is a junior at Cartersville High School and a part-time library clerk. She enjoys studying literature and art history, playing the violin, and reading scientific nonfiction. She plans on becoming an immigration attorney in the United States. Outside of academics, Jenny mountain bikes, swims competitively, and is the president of two civic engagement clubs at her school. With her unyielding curiosity about the world, Jenny has a fervor for learning that is rarely pacified.

Celina Zhao

Senior Editor, The             Section

CAMBRIDGE—Celina is a freshman at MIT double majoring in environmental engineering and science writing. She hopes to use science communication to bridge the knowledge gap between researchers and the general public. In her free time, Celina enjoys reading, playing with her dog, and watching Tiktoks.

Isabel Zhang

Senior Correspondent, The                    Desk

PHILADELPHIA—Isabel is a second year at the University of Pennsylvania studying computational biology and healthcare management. She is a research assistant at the Perelman School of Medicine as well as the Wharton School. She is also very involved in The Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare Club, where she is the Career Development Chair. In her spare time, she loves to play the piano, hike, and cook.

Cassandra He

Senior Correspondent, The                    Desk

ATHENS—Cassandra is a senior at North Oconee High School who is also dual-enrolled at Georgia Tech. Her passions lie in biological engineering, mathematics, and astrophysics. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, fencing, and playing the cello.

Mariah Norman

Senior Correspondent, The                    Desk

CINCINNATI—Mariah is a senior at Mason High School and plans to study Public Policy at Harvard University in the fall. She is passionate about social justice and has been organizing in her community for the past four years, leading direct action on a variety of issues — from racial justice to women’s empowerment — as well as encouraging new generations of student activists. In her free time, she enjoys fashion, watching movies, reading, and writing.

Celestine Wenardy

Senior Editor, The                 Review

JAKARTA—Celestine is a senior at the British School Jakarta in Indonesia planning to study bioengineering and linguistics in university. She enjoys speculative fiction, magical realism, and Bildungsromans, amongst other literary genres. When she's not doing research or reading, you can find her in a figure skating rink or baking cookies.

Esther Domagalski

Graphic Design and Art, The Finch Media

ATHENS—Esther is a senior at North Oconee High School and a glorified lunch lady at Stripling’s General Store. She enjoys authenticity, soft grass, existentialism, and any flavor of ice cream. She is honestly not sure what she’ll be doing next year, or any of the years after that. However, she is sure of her passion for and fascination of the arts; Esther sees art as a lovely pathway of communication and intends to send the world a powerful message someday.

Marcos Rios

Senior Correspondent, The              Desk

EVANSTON—Marcos is a first-year student at Northwestern University studying industrial engineering. He enjoys transportation science, environmentalism, and human-centered design.  In his free time, he loves cooking and eating and taking photos of food he cooked or ate.

The Finch is a critically acclaimed, award-winning media group.

We'll get you Antarctica.

That's 53 languages!

With a reach across the world, The Finch has been featured by leading outlets and academic organizations.

2 May 2020

The Red & Black. Lara Strydom.

18 June 2020

University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs.

18 June 2020

Love in the time of COVID.

26 June 2020

National Public Radio. Colin Bergen.

30 June 2020

University of Virginia Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

30 June 2020

University of Georgia College of Public Health.

2 July 2020

The Oconee Enterprise. Julia Fetcher.

16 July 2020

Classic City News. Joe Johnson.

28 July 2020

Flagpole. Blake Aued.

25 August 2020

The Atlanta Inquirer. John B. Smith Jr.

2 September 2020

Oxfam Newsroom.

9 September 2020

Hulme's Blog. Mike Hulme.

9 November 2020

All Clear Foundation.

18 November 2020

Cedar Blueprints. Anthony Manzione.

14 December 2020

University of Georgia Journalism. Madison Greer.

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