Katryna Perera


Location icon United States

Education & Food Reporter for Frederick News-Post

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, '17


Frederick News-Post

The Frederick News-Post
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.

The Frederick News-Post
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
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.

The Frederick News-Post
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
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
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
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
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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