Eastside Alumni Council

Ilana Arougheti (’19) was community editor, news/features editor and then editor-in-chief of Eastside before attending Northwestern University. They are currently a senior majoring in journalism and sociology, with a minor in gender studies. They have been copy chief, development and recruitment editor, diversity and inclusion chair and city editor for The Daily Northwestern, along with editing The Daily’s first-ever special issue focused on housing equity and reform in Evanston. They are currently a reporting intern at the Chicago Sun-Times and a former metro intern at The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, where their work included a long-form investigation into animal shelter intake and euthanasia rates across the state. After graduation, they will join the Chicago Tribune as an intern on the emerging news team. They are a member of NLGJA, The Association of LGBTQ Journalists.


Jake Fischer (’12) was online sports editor and then a sports editor of Eastside before attending Northeastern University. He joined Yahoo Sports as a senior NBA reporter in September 2022 after covering the league for Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report. He lives in Brooklyn and is the author of “Built to Lose: How the NBA’s Tanking Era Changed the League Forever.” While at Northeastern, he began his career with SLAM Magazine and The Boston Globe. His magazine-length writing has been awarded by the Professional Basketball Writers Association.



Paige Hymson (’10) was a sports editor and then entertainment editor of Eastside before attending the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. There, she studied broadcast and longform journalism and created a student-run documentary called “High Hopes,” which was screened at the Decade of Docs In Our City Film Festival in Washington, DC. After graduation, Paige was a producer for CNN and The Washington Post during the height of political breaking news and particularly throughout the 2016 presidential election cycle. She eventually transitioned from TV news into producing, developing and managing podcasts for the Los Angeles Times, where she produced and oversaw shows like “It Was Simple,” a true-crime narrative podcast, “The Reel” weekly culture podcast, daily “Coronavirus in California” podcast, and the documentary podcast, “Chasing Cosby.” She also authored the “Play Next” newsletter for the LA Times newsroom. Paige was an executive producer at podcast studio Cadence13 where she produced and directed narrative and documentary podcasts such as “Unsolved Mysteries,” “One Click,” with actor Elle Fanning and “Fallen Angel” about the rise and fall of Victoria’s Secret. Now Paige is a creative podcast executive at Spotify in Los Angeles where she oversees and develops Spotify’s original and exclusive slate of podcasts.

Aine Pierre (’20) was a news/features editor, news editor and then editor-in-chief of Eastside. She now attends Wake Forest University, where she is the online managing editor of the Old Gold & Black student newspaper. During her time with Eastside, Aine worked on a multimedia package that was named Multimedia Feature of the Year by the National Scholastic Press Association in 2018. She also received state recognition from numerous stories and was president of the Garden State Scholastic Press Association’s student chapter. Most recently, a story Aine and two co-writers at the Old Gold & Black reported was awarded the 4th place prize in the nation by the Associated Collegiate Press. Aine lives in Winston-Salem, NC with three roommates, one of whom has a dog she loves like a daughter.

Sharon (Shapiro) Rusinowitz (‘09) was a news/features editor and two-time Managing Editor of Eastside before attending Emory University, where she majored in journalism and political science. She spun her passion for storytelling across a variety of formats into a career in content marketing. She currently leads the content program at tech startup ChartHop as the Director of Content Marketing. Over the course of her career, Sharon has earned a Killer Content Award for her work producing packaged written, video, and interactive content and has been featured in several industry publications and podcasts. She currently lives in Long Island with her husband, Alex.