Meet the SEO Team


We hope everyone is having a productive 2018. With a new year comes the start of production for a new edition of the award-winning Southeast Ohio magazine.
The Southeast Ohio staff is in the midst of a busy semester consisting of creating a range of content from hard news and sports to cultural stories and personal profiles from all 21 counties. The magazine’s spring staff of 23 members showcases talent in many shapes and forms, so you’re guaranteed a good read in every section when the magazine comes out this summer.
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Many of the upcoming issue’s stories are features. These in-depth pieces include the closure of the Hocking Correctional Unit, a look into a B&B related to the Underground Railroad, a museum commemorating an air disaster and an ultramarathoner, just to name a few. Our coverage also includes a Q&A profile with Athens High School football coach Ryan Adams and a glimpse behind the scenes of several local restaurants and businesses.
The magazine’s experienced reporters bring a variety of writing styles and flavors, having worked at Ohio University publications like The Post, The New Political, Thread and WOUB News. Editor-in-Chief Kenyetta Whitfield and Managing Editor Ellen Bardash are hard at work to make sure our final product is of the highest quality.
SEO’s digital presence will be ramped up this semester, so be on the lookout for more online content. Multimedia Editor Grace Warner and Digital Editors Kevin Biggs, Tiffany Goldstein and Joseph Cooke are actively developing strategies to sharpen our online footprint.
Lastly, we will regularly post on social media to strengthen the already robust relationship between the magazine and its readers. Make sure to stay in the loop by liking our Facebook and following our Twitter and Instagram.

Thank you for your support. Here’s to a new year and a great new issue!
Southeast Ohio magazine

Kenyetta Whitfield: Editor-In-Chief 

Kenyetta Whitfield is a senior majoring in Journalism with a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies certificate. She is currently finishing her second year as an editor for Ohio University’s longest-running fashion magazine, Thread. She previously worked as a student journalist for the national reproductive health non-profit URGE, where she was able to focus on her love of all things reproductive health. In the future, Kenyetta hopes to work as a writer or editor at a magazine or digital media outlet focused on entertainment or progressive issues.

Ellen Bardash: Managing Editor

Ellen Bardash is a News & Information Journalism major with a Spanish minor and specializations in visual communications and political science. She has written for The New Political, The Athens News and The Black Sheep and hopes to soon work as a community reporter.

Matt Fout: Copy & Research Editor

Matt Fout is a senior studying journalism and a Columbus native. He is a huge sports fan and spends most of his free time watching, reading about and talking about sports. He spent this past summer interning with the Columbus Clippers and hopes to find a copy editing job after graduation. He has worked for The Post for four years and is now a Slot Editor there.

Sarah Parker: Copy & Research Editor

Sarah Parker is a senior studying journalism, with a specialization in English. She is also a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. Sarah spent the summer of 2017 as an intern in the communications office at the Ohio Department of Public Safety, which included handling public relations for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Homeland Security, and many others. After graduation, Sarah is going to spend five weeks backpacking through Europe.

Grace Warner: Multimedia Editor 

Grace Warner is a senior studying journalism news and information with a specialization in film and visual communications. Her activities on campus have included, volunteering with WOUB Public Media, Soul of Athens and as an ambassador of the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism. Her career goal upon graduation is to work for a publication doing multimedia work and short documentaries.

Nora Jaara: Photo Editor

Nora Jaara is a senior studying journalism with a minor in computer science. She writes for The Post, an editorially independent and student run news publication, and has written for the Athens Messenger and Columbus Navigator. Her interests include politics, open government and dogs.

Ashley Marchetti: Creative Editor

Ashley Marchetti is the Creative Director for Southeast Ohio Magazine. She is a senior at Ohio University majoring in Publication Design and minoring in Marketing. Her hometown is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and she plans to go back there after graduation. Ashley designs for Thread and The Post in her free time. After graduation she wishes to get a job being a designer at a marketing firm.

Abbey Knupp: Feature Well Editor

Abbey Knupp is a senior majoring in Journalism and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She serves as the President of the Ambassadors to the Survivor Advocacy Program student organization, the Women’s Affairs Vice Commissioner on Ohio University’s Student Senate, and the Assistant Managing Director of Backdrop magazine. In the future, she hopes to continue advocating and editing at a magazine.

Jeremy Hill: Department Editor

Jeremy Hill is a senior in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. He is passionate about clean writing, good reading and sound economics. Jeremy hopes to make a career of reporting on business. Find his past bylines in The Post and Columbus Business First.

Jessica Johnston: Department Editor

Jess is a senior news and information journalism student. She has spent her time at Ohio University as a reporter, copy editor and slot editor for The Post, Ohio University’s independent student newspaper. She has interned at CE Power, Cincinnati Book Publishing and Creative Invites and Events. She continues to do freelance work for CBP in her spare time.

Alyssa Lyons: Department Editor

Alyssa Lyons, a native from Cincinnati, Ohio is finishing up her senior year at Ohio University pursuing a degree in news and information with a focus in marketing. Lyons has spent her time at Ohio writing for on-campus publications such as WOUB Public Media and 1804 Communications. Striving for a career in digital media, she enjoys unfolding and showcasing the triumphs and trials of people. When not in the newsroom, you can find her behind the counter at Bagel Street Deli or exploring Hocking Hills State Park.

Jimmy Watkins: Department Editor

Jimmy Watkins is a senior at Ohio University studying journalism in the New and Information track. He interned most recently at ESPN West Palm and plans to write about the NBA after college.

Haadiza Ogwude: Department Editor

Haadiza Ogwude is a senior at Ohio University, majoring in journalism with a certificate in women, gender and sexuality studies. A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, she has worked for publications both in her home city and on campus. She is passionate about pop culture, fashion and social justice issues. After graduating, she hopes to start a career in magazine journalism.

Kevin Biggs: Digital Editor

Kevin Biggs is a senior at Ohio University majoring in Journalism and specializing in political science and communications. He has worked for The New Political and the Athens News on campus and hopes to report on politics and government for a newspaper in the future.

Joe Cooke: Digital Editor

Joe, a Columbus native, is a senior at Ohio University. He majors in News & Information (Journalism), focusing on print and digital multimedia storytelling. He refers to himself as a lifestyle journalist, conveying an in-depth understanding of a broad spectrum of topics in a manner that helps diverse audiences understand how the news impacts their daily lives. He’s had internships with the Columbus African American News Journal, Detroit Metro Times, and McClatchy DC Bureau.

Tiffany Goldstein: Digital Editor

Tiffany Goldstein is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism News and Information with a concentration in with Marketing and fashion product development. After college she would like to attend graduate school and work for a entertainment or fashion magazine.

Megan Henry: Writer

Megan Henry is a senior studying journalism from Toledo. She has completed two internships with The Columbus Dispatch, one on metro and the other on public affairs covering state politics. Currently, she freelances for The Athens Messenger and previously wrote for The Post for three years. A fun fact about Megan is she is a karate black belt.

Alyssa King: Writer

Alyssa King is a senior majoring in news and information and Spanish. She writes and blogs for Thread Magazine. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading poetry and supporting local coffee shops.

Katie Pittman: Writer

Katie Pittman is a junior studying journalism news and information and Spanish. She is an Athens native and is proud to be working on a publication dedicated to the communities around her hometown. She spent summer 2017 studying linguistics and culture in Toledo, Spain. Now, Pittman serves as the editor-in-chief of Thread magazine, Ohio University’s largest student-run fashion publication.

Eben George: Writer

Eben George is a senior journalism student at Ohio University specializing in Spanish and sports administration sports management. During his time on Campus, Eben has been an active member of 1804 Communication, a student-run, full-service communication firm. In 2017, Eben interned as a writer for the Southern Ohio Copperheads, an intercollegiate baseball team located in Athens. With his degree in hand, Eben hopes to work his way to his ultimate goal, becoming the director of communication for an intercollegiate or professional sports organization.

Montana Ramsey: Writer

Montana Ramsey is a News & Information Major with a specialization in Sport Administration and Sport Management. He was an intern at The Cincinnati Enquirer. He hopes to become a sports writer in the future.

Andrew Gillis: Writer

Andrew Gillis is a senior studying journalism news and information with a minor in sports management. He’s the sports editor for the student newspaper, The Post, and has covered the Ohio football and men’s basketball teams for the last two years. He also was the color commentator for Ohio Bobcats Hockey in 2016-2017. Upon graduation, his career goal is to become a sports journalist.

Julia Fair: Writer

Julia grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, where her reporting interests were sparked by reading The Plain Dealer. She specializes in data journalism, public service oriented articles. In her spare time, she listens to a variety of podcasts and working out at the gym.

Nick Battaglia: Writer

Nick Battaglia is a junior studying news & information, as well as design in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. He is currently writing for Southeast Ohio as well as Thread magazine where he writes on his main interests of music and fashion.