NextGeneration Fellows

Mercedes Hesselroth

Mercedes is a rising junior at Carnegie Mellon University pursuing concentrations in Global Studies and Dramaturgy as part of the BXA Intercollege Program. Given her academic focus on the intersection between politics and the arts, she is interested in the stories humans tell and how these stories shape our experience and perceptions of the world. In 2018, she will serve as a National Parks Service Artist-in-Residence at Manassas National Battlefield Park.

Mercedes' Video Profile

Shakirah Stephens

Shakirah enjoys all things creative. She’s an actor, a writer for radio and worked as a Leader in Training for the Pittsburgh Project. Shakirah has a degree in radio, film and television from Howard University and is enthusiastic about learning the skills it takes to become a documentary filmmaker. Originally from Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood, she is looking forward to bringing the insights and knowledge learned from friends and family, to her work as a Next Generation Fellow.

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William Gandy

Willy James, as he’s known, is a proud product of Pittsburgh’s North Side. Rarely seen without camera and tripod, he has shot, edited and produced several mini-docs focusing on the city’s one-of-a-kind personality. Check out his YouTube for films from his North Side series. William has produced video and web pieces for several local non-profit organizations is excited to bring his own unique outlook to his work as a Next Generation Fellow.
Photo by Peter Leeman for The Sprout Fund

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The Next Generation Fellows Project is made possible by a grant from the PCTV Programming Trust.