SMI '22 Presenters & Instructors

Harrison Hove is the director of SMI and also serves as Lecturer and Associate Chair in Journalism at the University of Florida. He was named the 2020-2021 University of Florida Teacher of the Year. His courses focus on broadcast journalism. Harrison also produces special projects with student journalists for WUFT-TV. In 2021, he was named Adviser of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists (Florida chapter). Before arriving at UF, Harrison spent more than a decade in local television news serving in roles as news anchor, reporter, and meteorologist.  He has earned 7 regional Emmys and 21 nominations for his work.

Nora O’Neill is a junior journalism major at the University of Florida and serves as a program assistant for the Summer Media Institute. She attended SMI as a student in 2017 and 2018 and has been working for the program since summer 2019. She’s held reporting and editing roles at The Independent Florida Alligator, WUFT News and Fresh Take Florida, and served as a reporting intern for Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. She’s also the vice president of UF’s chapter of NLGJA.

SMI ’21 Instructors

Dania Alexandrino is a former news producer and reporter for the Univision Network and its East Coast affiliates in San Juan, Puerto Rico and a former CNN en Español reporter and producer. She joined the UF CJC Innovation News Center in 2017 as a news manager assigned to help expand College of Journalism and Communications’ Spanish-language news offerings across media and digital platforms. She oversees production of the weekly “Noticias” radio broadcast and its news team as well as manages its website and social media channels and all other associated multi-platform content. She is also developing and teaching a Spanish-language news curriculum and working with UF’s Center for Latin American Studies to develop an undergraduate joint certificate program in Spanish-language journalism.

Natalie Asorey is a lecturer at UF CJC. She most recently was head of social media at BODEN, a leading communication agency based in Miami, where she oversaw the McDonald’s USA scope of work as Hispanic agency of record. She led the account team and collaborated with McDonald’s communication, marketing and digital teams to develop communication and social media strategies to reach the Hispanic consumer market. Asorey led the agency’s award-winning social listening practice, Escucha, to build brand advocacy through engagement and real-time content.

Ted Bridis is a Rob Hiaasen Lecturer in Investigative Reporting at UF. Bridis was editor of the Associated Press’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington investigative team and was AP’s leading newsroom expert on security practices for source-protection and on the U.S. Freedom of Information Act and related laws. Bridis previously covered technology, hackers, national security and the Justice Department for the AP in Washington, where he worked for 20 years.

Alex Febles is the Assistant Director of Creative Video for the Florida Gators. He started his career at The Ohio State University as a student videographer covering the Men’s Lacrosse team. After graduating in 2019, he came to the Florida Gators as an intern covering and helping out with multiple sports. Now, his responsibilities include being the primary cinematographer/editor for Florida Football and Gymnastics, overseeing the student program, and being the social media coordinator for the Florida Gymnastics team.

John Freeman has headed the photojournalism program at the University of Florida since joining the faculty in 1991. His research interest focuses on successful photojournalists and has been published in Visual Communications Quarterly and News Photographer magazine. Freeman previously taught a variety of journalism classes at Wichita State University between 1981-91. He has a master’s degree in communication from Wichita State University and a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri. His professional experience includes six years as a staff photographer at The Wichita Eagle in Kansas and college internships at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix and The Palm Beach Post in Florida.

Brandon Shenk has a wide range of experience in development, pre-production, production, and post-production. He enjoys developing and being a part of making cinematic stories that challenge audience members to explore tough multi-layered dilemmas and questions. He received his Masters in Film Production from Florida State University, and his Bachelors from University of Florida, graduating summa cum laude (with a creative writing thesis) in English and Mass Communications.

Kalisha Whitman serves as the Senior TV News Manager at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Innovation News Center. She has been an EMMY® award-winning TV anchor and multimedia reporter for more than a decade, including stints at WTVA in Tupelo, Mississippi, WVTM in Birmingham, Alabama, and WCTV in Tallahassee.