Katryna Perera

Journalist

Location icon United States

Education & Food Reporter for Frederick News-Post

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, '17

Portfolio

Frederick News-Post

The Frederick News-Post
07/08/2020
Former and current FCPS students create group to address racism in school system

For some, the idea that racism is still prevalent in modern-day society is a preposterous idea. Slavery is over. Segregation is over. Equal opportunities seem to exist for everyone. But Sirad Hassan, Crystal Yuille, and Amya Diggs know that is not the case, because they experienced it almost daily within the walls of each Frederick County Public School they attended.

The Frederick News-Post
02/11/2020
County considers closing Sabillasville Elementary over dwindling enrollment

In one of the northernmost parts of Frederick County, about a 10-minute drive from the Pennsylvania line, sits Sabillasville Elementary School. It can be a bit of a hike to get there - through winding, wooded roads and hills - but the drive is scenic, a polar opposite environment to the bustling sidewalks of downtown Frederick or the more developed parts of the county such as Urbana.

The Frederick News-Post
08/02/2019
His new story: Mentorship program helps Frederick man overcome past incarceration

Jamontrez Williams walks around the white folding tables in the basement of Asbury United Methodist Church and greets some of his favorite people. To some, he asks how they are. To others, his tone becomes parental. "Did you wash your hands?" Williams asks as one boy shovels chips into his mouth.

Frederick News-Post
What I learned and ate over two weeks in the Philippines

It may not have been obvious, but for the first two weeks of November, I was halfway across the world in the Philippines. I spent Halloween night on a plane and landed in the nation’s most densely populated island of Mactan on Nov. 1. A little fun fact, the Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands. One of my best friends, Julia, is Filipino and over a year ago she invited me to come along with her family for a vacation and family reunion. Of course, I jumped at the idea. And of...

The Frederick News-Post
12/10/2019
Mason Lord: Author and philanthropist at age 7

When her son asked if he could take a bedtime request and turn it into a book, Bethany Lord was a little taken aback. Six-year-old Mason was asking to take on a huge project, and writing and publishing a book was not something Lord knew how to even begin to help him do.

The Frederick News-Post
09/05/2019
The race to get a Popeye's chicken sandwich in Frederick

Why did the human cross the road? To check if their local Popeyes had a chicken sandwich. That's what many humans, including your new food reporter, spent the last three weeks doing after Popeyes Louisiana Chicken debuted their first-ever fried chicken sandwich.

The Frederick News-Post
09/08/2019
A push for more diversity in Frederick County school lessons

Mary Harris has spent the majority of her life in Frederick, including her school years. The 80-year-old attended a segregated primary school and then Lincoln High School - now Lincoln Elementary School in Frederick - the school where black high school children in the county went.

Frederick News-Post
Frederick County Public Schools serves up healthy and tasty school lunch options

This week’s review is a little different. For the entirety of last week, schools across the country celebrated National School Lunch Week. Board members and superintendents went to schools and served food and an article published in the News-Post highlighting some of the lunch staff at Waverley Elementary School. It’s a week that deserves to be celebrated, as according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2018 nearly 5 billion school lunches were served across the country, with almost...

The Frederick News-Post
11/04/2019
From music therapy to heavy metal: Cade Suddith's drumming journey

With blazing red hair, sticks firmly in hand, and a focused look on his face, Cade Suddith took the stage at the Great Pumpkin Patch festival at Old National Pike Park in early October. Cade, 10, and his band, Electric Rainbow, were the first group scheduled to perform at the festival that morning. Over a half-hour period, the band played songs by bands as varied as Kiss and Paramore. Cade maintained his focus throughout, drumming so fast his sticks could snap, and occasionally flipping...

The Frederick News-Post
10/17/2019
Frederick County Board of Education passes redistricting plan

The Frederick County Board of Education voted Wednesday night to pass the proposed Linganore-Oakdale-Urbana redistricting plan. The vote was unanimous among board members, with an abstention from the student member. The plan, proposed by School Superintendent Terry Alban in early September, will affect almost half of FCPS students.

CBS News

CBS News
Democrats reject Trump's temporary DACA offer for wall funding

President Trump is defending his first concrete proposal for compromise since the government shutdown began. He offered immigration concessions in exchange for billions in border wall funding. But he did so without consulting Democrats who rejected it almost immediately. Major Garrett reports.

Columbia Journalism School

NY City Lens
04/22/2017
Finding Flamenco at 75

On Saturday afternoons, 75 year-old Betty Dooley can be found tapping and swaying in a dance studio in Midtown.

NY City Lens
04/10/2017
Astoria: New Technology, Old Guard

In Astoria, many of the old family-run businesses that put down roots in the community long ago are still in place. If you stroll down Broadway, you'll see them. There is Sac's Place, a simple and rustic Italian restaurant that has been open for nearly 20 years.

NY City Lens
04/04/2017
Spreading a Message of Diversity Through Music

On Monday nights, singing voices accompanied by a piano can be heard floating through the windows of a private school building in the East Village. This is where Lavender Light: The Black and People of All Color's Gospel Choir rehearses. Three black, gay men who felt excluded by their churches formed the group in 1985.

The Ink.nyc
12/02/2016
Memorial Honors New Yorkers Who Have Died of HIV/AIDS

Waldo Rodriguez, Jeff McPherson, Barry Washington. Those were just three of the thousands of names read on Thursday honoring New Yorkers who have died of HIV/AIDS in the 35 years since the first reported case in the city. Their names were read during the dedication ceremony of the new AIDS Memorial in St.

The Midtown Gazette
"Fame" school calls for a return to its original mission

BY Katryna Perera In early August a petition titled "Bring Fame back to the 'Fame' school" was created by members of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School community who think that the school ought to stick to what it does best - develop the artistic gifts of New York City's most talented youth.

The Hawk

The Hawk
St. Joe's, the Jesuits and Slavery: Part 1

Last November students at Georgetown University sat in protest outside the office of their university president. They were sitting in solidarity to object the university's recent announcement that a newly renovated residence hall would be named after a former Georgetown president, Thomas Mulledy, S.J.

The Hawk
St. Joe's, the Jesuits and Slavery: Part 2

Saint Joseph’s University was founded as St. Joseph’s College in 1851 by Jesuits from the Maryland Province, just 13 years after the Maryland Jesuits sold off their slaves.

The Hawk
A handshake with the pope

When they won the election for executive positions on the Saint Joseph's University Student Senate, two students never dreamed that election would mean that they would one day shake the hand of the pope. During the Student Senate meeting Monday, Sept.

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