Joseph Hong Joseph Hong is a staff writer for Diverse covering breaking news and Minority Serving Institutions. Prior to joining the publication in 2017, Joseph was a student at the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia Journalism School in New York. While at Columbia he covered everything from special education to North Korea-related issues. Joseph received his B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California in Irvine. From 2013 to 2016, he pursued a PhD in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University but ultimately decided to pursue journalism.