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Byline: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? By Bob Welch The Register-Guard

EDITOR'S NOTE: "Where Are They Now?" is a Monday column that updates readers on local newsmakers from the past.

Have ideas? E-mail Bob Welch at

What happened to students from some of The Register-Guard's early 20Below teams? A sample:

Leland Baxter-Neal (columnist, 1997-99, South Eugene) is a reporter with The Beach Times, an English-language newspaper in Costa Rica.

Grace Mitchell (writer, 1995-96, Elkton) is finishing her master's degree in public policy at the University of Texas.

Taya Noland (columnist, 1994-95, Marshfield) earned a master of fine arts degree from the University of Idaho and is a writing teacher at Portland State.

Sara Spettel (writer, 1996-98, South) is a fourth-year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Rodrigo Hidalgo (columnist, 1996-97, UO) graduated from the UO with a journalism degree and is editor of La Prensa de Oregon, a Spanish language biweekly tabloid newspaper in Eugene.

Vicki Currier (writer, 1994-95, Springfield) is serving a minimum 21-year sentence in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections for being an accomplice in the kidnapping and rape of a woman.

Julie Ruckman (illustrator, Sheldon, 1997-98) is a hairstylist in Portland who specializes in fashion shows and sells her own paintings and drawings.

Peter Meredith (reporter, 1996-97, South) is promotions manager and multimedia producer for Mother Jones magazine in San Francisco.

Choya Renata (writer, Waldorf, 1997-98) graduated from Marlboro College in Vermont and is a family case manager at a YWCA shelter for domestic violence in Portland.

Katie Lockard (illustrator, Reedsport, 1994-95) is a biologist who has studied the yellow mongoose (South Africa), mockingbirds (Galapagos Islands), endangered birds (Hawaii) and flying squirrels (Alaska).

Matt Demanett (columnist, 1994-95, Cottage Grove) lives in New York, where he founded an online shopping site called ZoomShelf.

Mario Miranda (columnist, 1999-2000, Elmira) died in a one-car auto accident in January 2000.
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