Brittany Harlow | OKLAHOMADirector | Lead Journalist
Brittany Harlow grew up in Massachusetts. In 2008, she enrolled at Middlesex Community College to pursue a degree in journalism and broadcasting, while also pursuing an acting career in Boston.
A year later, Brittany moved to Oklahoma. After graduating from Northeastern State University, Brittany was hired as a content producer for KRMG’s Evening News with Dick Loftin on NEWS102.3 and AM740 KRMG in Tulsa. She was promoted to full-time reporter in December 2014.
Brittany began her TV career with News12 KXII as an Ada bureau reporter in July 2015 and made her way down to the main station in Sherman, Texas, in June 2016. She was promoted to Weekend Anchor in January 2017.
Brittany left KXII in June 2018 to work for VNN. She had her first child in March 2019 and has been balancing the two ever since.
Rahkiya Brown | NEW YORKJournalist
Rahkiya “Rocky” Brown was born and raised in Binghamton, New York. Rocky earned her degree in broadcast journalism at SUNY Oswego, where she wrote for the school newspaper.
After graduating in 2018, Rocky landed her own radio show with a local station in her hometown. Shortly after, she branched off to start her very own media outlet called “Plugged In” where she interviewed musicians, entrepreneurs and artists with the intention of “plugging the people in” to the amazing talents in her community.
Rocky has been able to reach over 20 countries with Plugged In but is now looking to pour her passion for journalism into the expansion of VNN! Covering the Upstate New York area, she is honored to join VNN’s tribe of journalists and eager to hit the streets looking for unique stories that traditional media may overlook.
Rachael Schuit | MICHIGANJournalist
Rachael Schuit is thrilled to be joining VNN to cover her home state of Michigan. Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Rachael has spent her whole life living in the mitten. She graduated from Central Michigan University with both her undergraduate and graduate degree.
She started her journalism career at WILX-TV in Lansing, Michigan as a producer and reporter. Most recently she spent two years as a reporter at Upnorthlive In Traverse City. The stories she’s covered range from the opioid crisis, erosion along the great lakes, local government politics and COVID-19.
Rachael has a passion for meeting new people and sharing their stories. If you have a great story idea, she would love to hear from you.
In her spare time Rachael enjoys hiking, going to the beach, traveling to different Michigan towns, reading, and cooking.
Brian Hesson | TEXASJournalist
“A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything” – Malcom X
Brian “O’Neil” Hesson was born in Columbus, Ohio, but raised in Dallas, Texas. He attended the University of North Texas and studied Political Science while working promotions at Urban One’s 97.9 The Beat.
From radio, TV, and Internet, Brian has been on the forefront of innovative, new-age journalism. He has covered socio-political topics via his internet talk show and cohosting the Breaking the Stigma Podcast for the nonprofit, Minority Psychology Network. Brian also currently co-owns a production company that focuses on content creation ranging from entertainment, politics, social commentary, and commercialized content for small and medium-sized businesses.
Brian has a vision to combat misinformation and has dedicated his life to reestablishing trust amongst the public and our news media.
David Joseph | MASSACHUSETTSJournalist
David Joseph graduated Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications (Film Video Media concentration). He has a strong passion for interpersonal communication and storytelling in general. David believes there’s nothing like the synergy of a good conversation, and our stories are what make us unique.
Additionally, David enjoys playing video games with his family, working out, and watching NBA basketball and WWE wrestling.
Jasmin Washington | ALABAMAJournalist
Jasmin Washington was born and raised in Northport, Alabama. She earned her degree in journalism at Stillman College, where she wrote for her school’s newspaper. While in college, Jasmin also interned for WVUA 23 at the University of Alabama, and freelanced for The Tuscaloosa Newspaper.
Upon graduation, Jasmin was a contributing writer for Sports Radio America. She launched her own media company Jazzy’s Media Production shortly after.
Mackenzie Oestreich | OKLAHOMAIntern | Marketing
Mackenzie Oestreich has been an Okie all of her life. She is currently enrolled as a senior at Northeastern State University working on her Media Studies degree. Previous accomplishments include speaking at the Pentagon and meeting with the Secretary of Education through SkillsUSA.
Mackenzie looks forward to connecting with local communities and improving the public’s perception of the news industry with VNN. She is also a photographer who enjoys spending free time with her family.
This paid internship is made possible by Interns for Good, a Department of Labor funded internship program through Workforce Tulsa.