Saturday, February 4, 2023


Michael Mandarino

Managing Editor

Michael Mandarino serves as the Managing Editor for Follow South Jersey who oversees all content published on this website. He is originally from Bedminster, NJ, and he graduated from Penn State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in digital & print journalism. During his college career, Michael served as an editor and reporter for Onward State, the world's most widely-followed student news outlet. In his free time, Michael likes to play and watch golf, but he isn't very good at it. Reach out to Michael via email:

Isaiah Showell

Multimedia Reporter / 'What's Good' Host

Isaiah Showell is Follow South Jersey's multimedia reporter and the host of its "What's Good South Jersey" segment. "What's Good" highlights positive stories and people from throughout the region, and new episodes are uploaded weekly. Isaiah graduated from Rowan University with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2015. Reach out to Isaiah via email:

Helena Perray

Community Resources Intern

Helena Perray is the Community Resources Intern for Follow South Jersey. She currently lives in Mullica Hill, NJ and attends Rowan University. She's pursuing a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in marketing. In the fall, Helena will serve as co-Editor-In-Chief of The Whit, Rowan University's campus newspaper. When she isn't reporting the news, Helena enjoys spending time with her family and friends or going out for coffee. Reach out to Helena via email:

Joshua Gras

Higher Education Intern

Joshua Gras is the Higher Education Intern at Follow South Jersey. His reporting focuses on the happenings at colleges and universities in the region. Joshua is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in Radio, TV, and Film with a production focus at Rowan University. When he attended RCSJ-Gloucester, Joshua was a member of the Sports Media and Broadcasting Club, covering the Roadrunners athletic teams. Joshua is also an avid film buff. Reach out to Joshua via email:

Kaitlyn Kudriavetz

Child Welfare Intern

Kaitlyn Kudriavetz is the Child Welfare Intern for Follow South Jersey, reporting stories that are pertinent to children and their families. Kudriavetz is a rising senior at Penn State University, where she is pursuing a degree in digital & print journalism with a minor in business liberal arts. As a resident of Morris County, NJ, Kudriavetz insists on calling it “Taylor Ham” and is adamant that Central Jersey does not exist. Reach out to Kaitlyn via email:

Dean P. Johnson

Reporter / Editor

Dean P. Johnson, a lifelong resident of South Jersey, has been writing journalism and teaching literature and writing for more than 30 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in writing, both from Rowan University. Dean has had essays published in newspapers across the country, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Christian Science Monitor, among others. Reach out to Dean via email:

Katie Francis

Public Health Intern

Katie Francis is Follow South Jersey’s Public Health Intern. She recently graduated from Rowan University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sports communication & media. She found her love for reporting at Rowan Radio, where she served as News Director and hosted an award-winning newscast. In her free time, Katie loves going down the shore and watching sports. Reach out to Katie via email:

Reney Waters

Bridgeton City Intern

Reney Waters serves as Follow South Jersey’s Bridgeton City Intern. She is currently a student at Rowan University studying journalism & public relations while also reporting for Rowan Television Network Channel 5. She is originally from Wilmington, DE and enjoys singing, meditating, and traveling in her spare time. Reach out to Reney via email:

Olivia Armstrong

News Reporting Intern

Olivia Armstrong is a news reporting intern for Follow South Jersey who reports stories covering a wide range of topics -- including community news, statewide updates, and many others. She is originally from Hunterdon County , which is located in Central Jersey, and she is a rising sophomore studying communications at Rowan University. Reach out to Olivia via email: