Meet Your Reporters
Lehigh County, PA
Prior to joining PBS39, Chloe Nouvelle worked at NBC News producing segments on worldwide events for NBC Nightly News, Today, Dateline and MSNBC. As a member of the network’s foreign unit, she contributed to NBC News’ chronicling of the war in Syria, the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and the refugee crisis across Europe. Today, she resides in Lehigh County pursuing relevant and reflective coverage of the Lehigh Valley for PBS39’s Reporter Corps.
Hunterdon County, NJ
Erica Andrews is a Southern California native who has worked as a director of communications, editor, news reporter and producer for NBC. Prior to that, she wrote for magazines and newspapers including The Malibu Times, Z Living Network, Patch and Caring Magazine. Erica has a master’s degree in Specialized Journalism from the University of Southern California.
Carbon County, PA
Haley O'Brien was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She attended Marywood University in Scranton. Before joining Reporter Corps at PBS39, Haley worked as a news photographer at WNEP-TV, covering stories all over northeast and central Pennsylvania. Haley also has experience working in the control room at WNEP, and loves video editing and creative storytelling. Haley is excited to get to know the people of Carbon County and tell their stories.
Bucks County, PA
Hayden Mitman is an award-winning reporter who has been covering Philadelphia and the surrounding community since 2004. His background is in covering breaking news, issues facing the community and social justice along with covering crime and courts. Hayden's work has appeared in the Philadelphia's Metro newspaper, Philly.com, Philly Weekly, PhillyVoice.com, The Intelligencer, the Bucks County Courier Times and other publications. He grew up in Allentown and is a graduate of Moravian College in Bethlehem.
Warren County, NJ
Karishma Desai recently worked as an MMJ in South Bend, Ind. She was also with PBS WNIT and WNDU, an NBC affiliate. She has a master's in journalism from Boston University and enjoys covering politics, health and entertainment. Karishma was a freelance web producer at New England Cable News NBC Boston & reporter at Somerville Neighborhood News. She also interned at WGBH, MedTech Boston and the Bangalore, India bureau of "The Hindu," India's second-most circulated English daily newspaper.
Northampton County, PA
Megan Frank grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University. In 2010, she received the Temple University Legacy Award for excellence in reporting on diverse communities. During her time at PBS's WHYY in Philly, she reported for the station's flagship radio program "NewsWorks Tonight" and worked on NPR's shale gas reporting project "StateImpact Pennsylvania" as an investigative research aide. Most recently, she reported for stations in Pennsylvania's capital city, Harrisburg, and hosted an on-air segment that highlighted issues of the Digital Age. Her print work has been featured by Philly.com's "Trend" and Temple University's "Fox Focus" magazine. Meg's Lehigh Valley ties include family, some of whom worked for Bethlehem Steel in the ‘90s just before the company ceased operations.
Schuylkill County, PA
Tracy Yatsko is a reporter, host and producer for PBS39 and a recent graduate of Temple University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism. While at Temple, she served as Anchor and Reporter for the OwlSports Update program, work that garnered her a Mid-Atlantic College Emmy Award for Best Talent. Tracy has hosted PBS39 community conversations, has been featured on Let’s Go, and she recently starred in Tracy Tries It. Last May, she received the Temple University Diamond Award which is the highest recognition that can be bestowed on an undergraduate student. Tracy has been a brain injury awareness advocate and a public speaker for nearly a decade. It is her passion to help people with brain injuries after suffering from a concussion that ended her high school athletic career.
Monroe County, PA
Zinnia Maldonado is a recent graduate of Penn State University, a Philadelphia native, and a winner of the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition. Zinnia was previously a reporter and anchor for Penn State’s Emmy Award-winning Centre County Report. She has also hosted specials for WPSU, a PBS/NPR Member Station serving central Pennsylvania. Her love for storytelling and writing has driven her career choice as a reporter. Outside of work, Zinnia loves to travel internationally, and has explored Barcelona, Tokyo, Osaka, Toronto and London.
Berks County, PA
Brittany Sweeney is passionate about telling compelling stories in her home state of Pennsylvania. She grew up in the Philadelphia area and went to Temple University. Her most memorable and intense experience in northeast Pennsylvania was covering the Eric Frein manhunt after an ambush-style attack on a state police barracks. Brittany is always looking for intriguing story ideas in Berks County and loves volunteering.
Montgomery County, PA
Harri Leigh joined PBS39 in April. She has hosted “Let’s Go!” and has the distinction of being the first reporter to join Reporter Corps, already filing reports from her home turf of Montgomery County. A native of Philadelphia, Harri earned a B.S. in International Relations and Italian at Tulane University and an M.S. in Communications at the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University. She spent the last two years working as a multimedia journalist in the frigid Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and is excited to be back on the East Coast.