America Media Announces 2020-2021 O’Hare Fellows

Erika Rasmussen, Molly Cahill, Kevin Robles

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Rev. Matthew F. Malone, S.J., president and editor in chief of America Media, announced today the selection of three graduating seniors from U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities to serve as the 2020-21 Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Media Fellows. This year’s fellows are:

  • Molly Cahill: graduating senior, Boston College
  • Erika Rasmussen: graduating senior, Santa Clara University
  • Kevin Christopher Robles: graduating senior, Fordham University

O’Hare fellows spend one year at America Media working on print, digital, audio and film projects while benefiting from mentoring and professional development opportunities. Fellows reside at Fordham University Lincoln Center, where they engage in a dynamic community in the heart of New York City, the media capital of the world.

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“This is a highly competitive program and unique opportunity for graduating seniors interested in pursuing a career in journalism,” said Matt Malone, S.J., “and we are proud to continue offering this opportunity by welcoming Molly, Erika and Kevin as the fifth cohort of fellows to become a part of the America team.”

The Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Postgraduate Media Fellowship is a program of America Media, co-sponsored by Fordham University. The fellowship is named in honor of Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., who served as editor in chief of America (1975-84) and president of Fordham University (1984-2003).

The O’Hare fellowship is made possible through the generosity of William J. Loschert, of Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, Class of 1961, and a member of America Media’s board of directors.

About the 2020-21 O’Hare fellows

Molly Cahill will graduate from Boston College in May with degrees in philosophy and theology. She has been involved with B.C.’s campus ministry programs, leading the student group to the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice and traveling to the U.S.-Mexico Border and Guatemala with the Arrupe International Immersion Program. A lifelong singer and lover of music, Molly performed for a crowd of thousands at B.C.’s Pops on the Heights event in 2018, joining the Boston Pops and Lionel Richie. Her passions include migration, gender and sexual ethics, and the sex abuse crisis. She is eager to delve into them at America!

Erika Rasmussen is graduating from Santa Clara University in the spring after dedicating her undergraduate career to studies in English and sociology. Originally from Denver, Colo., she is a creative writer and journalist driven by a thirst to connect deeply and to love authentically. She served as poetry editor for the university’s literary and arts magazine, The Santa Clara Review, and has enjoyed reporting on human interest pieces as well as arts and culture in Silicon Valley. She is adamant that because every life matters, every story matters; and she and hopes to bring passion and justice to any story she helps to tell.

Kevin Christopher Robles is a senior graduating from Fordham University, where he has studied English and film. Originally from the Philippines, Kevin moved to New York City when he was 8 years old and has lived there since. He served as the Arts & Culture editor for The Observer, Fordham’s award-winning student newspaper, as well as creating and hosting its news podcast, “Retrospect.” As shown through his work as a college prep coach, advocating for migratory rights and the environment, and his work with Model United Nations, Kevin is committed to social justice and helping the least among us. Kevin was previously a summer intern for America in 2019.

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