Inside Northwestern was founded in 2012 by Kevin Trahan and Chris Johnson as an independent site that would provide objective, reliable coverage of Northwestern athletics. It is the only independent NU site that will also bring readers coverage from the press box. Our focus is on football, basketball, lacrosse and recruiting, but we also cover baseball, men’s soccer and women’s basketball.

This site is unique in that it provides the reliability and credibility of a newspaper — we’ll be at all of the games, practices and events that the papers cover — but also provides the entertainment value of a blog. Expect to see typical game stories and features, but there will also be a wide variety of content, including in-depth analysis from games, video, columns, game previews, Q&A’s, predictions, player/unit breakdowns and much more. We hope that by using this model, we can bring our readers the most comprehensive and interesting NU content on the web.

If you have any questions, please email us at and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @insidenu and like our Facebook page.


Kevin Trahan — Co-Founder; Football, Men’s Basketball Beat Writer

Kevin will be a junior at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism in 2013-14. He covered Northwestern sports for and The Daily Northwestern before starting Inside Northwestern. He covered NU football, basketball and recruiting for (Scout) and wrote columns and covered women’s basketball for The Daily Northwestern, in addition to starting the Wildcat Extra site for The Daily. Additionally, he has written for Rush The Court and the Quad-City Times, and interned for The Wall Street Journal’s sports section in the summer of 2013. He is originally from Davenport, Iowa. Follow him on Twitter at @k_trahan.


Chris Johnson — Co-Founder; Football, Men’s Basketball Beat Writer

Chris will be a junior at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern in 2013-14. He wrote for and The Daily Northwestern before co-founding Inside Northwestern. He has covered football for both Scout and The Daily and was a columnist for The Daily, as well. Additionally, he is a regular contributor to and a national featured columnist for RushTheCourt. He is originally from Oceanport, New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter at @ChrisDJohnsonn.


Callie Counsellor — Football, Lacrosse Beat Writer

Callie will be a junior at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism in 2013-14. She spent a year with The Daily Northwestern, covering women’s soccer and softball. She has also been a sports intern for WITI-TV, a FOX affiliate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Campus Insiders in Chicago. Callie previously covered men’s soccer, women’s basketball and lacrosse for InsideNU, and will be joining the football beat for 2013. She is originally from Thiensville, Wisconsin. Follow her on Twitter at @CCounsellor.


Josh Rosenblat — Football, Basketball Writer

Josh is a freshman at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. After writing extensively for Bleacher Report, he started the website Breaking The Banner, a sports website written by high school journalists from across the country, and he has also written for The Wall Street Journal. Josh is originally from Deerfield, Illinois. Follow him on Twitter at @JMRosenblat.


Nate Williams — Football Columnist
Former Wildcat linebacker (2006-11 #44), Nate Williams writes for us out of the Big Easy. Nate moved to New Orleans, LA about a year after his time at Northwestern and currently works in the entertainment industry, primarily as a band manager, as well as at a Cooking TV Show as a marketing manager. Originally from Pittsburgh, Nate came to Northwestern during Coach Fitz’s first year at the helm and his younger brother, Quentin (and former DE for the Wildcats) eventually followed. At NU, Nate started 31 games at middle linebacker, finishing with 254 career tackles, 20 TFL’s and 9 pass breakups. Read more about his playing career on his NU Sports profile and follow him on Twitter at @BigEasyCat44.

Henry Bushnell — Basketball Writer

Henry is a freshman at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. He has worked for ESPN Insider, writing team specific NCAA tournament previews, and someday hopes to write one on Northwestern. Along with his younger brother, he created The Bushnell Football Blog, a website dedicated to world soccer, and specifically the English Premier League. Henry is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and wrote a column titled Fourth and Twenty-Six for his high school newspaper on all things Philly sports. Follow him on Twitter at @HenryBushnell.


Bryan Ives — Features Writer

Bryan is currently a graduate student at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern. Before returning the school, he was a beat reporter for Inside Carolina, a magazine and website covering North Carolina Tar Heel basketball, football, baseball and recruiting. His work has been cited by,, USA Today and The Sporting News. Bryan also created the sports blog, Thrown Away to Worthy, which was named “Most Valuable Blog” by CBS Charlotte in 2011. He is originally from Charlotte, N.C. and a graduate of the University of North Carolina. Follow him on Twitter at @awaytoworthy.


Mike Deneen — Columnist, Historian

Mike, a 1990 graduate of Northwestern, has been following NU sports since he met then-head coach Dennis Green in 1982. During his four years at NU, Mike worked as a sportscaster at WNUR and a crime reporter at The Daily Northwestern. Mike has been a Senior Industry Analyst for the Freedonia Group in Cleveland, Ohio, since 1998. He has appeared on CNBC’s Closing Bell, NPR’s MarketPlace and has been quoted multiple times in The Wall Street Journal. Mike has also covered sports for The Lakewood Observer, a community newspaper in suburban Cleveland. You can reach him on Twitter at @MikeDeneen1.


Kevin Casey — Golf Writer

Kevin is a junior at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. He has written golf features for InsideNU, as well as covered the golf beat for The Daily Northwestern. He is a golf featured columnist for Bleacher Report and worked as an intern for Comcast Sports Net New England. He will be writing features on NU golf for InsideNU. He is originally from Duxbury, Massachusetts. You can reach him on Twitter at @KevinCasey19.

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