Kris Perez, Editor-in-Chief
Kris Perez is a senior majoring in journalism at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with a minor in Spanish. Kris founded and maintained an online music publication for 3 years and managed a staff from around the region that was committed to highlighting the intersection of music and community. In addition to being an editor at Southeast Ohio magazine, he also was a writer for The Post. After graduating in May, he is attending Quinnipiac University School of Law with a plan to concentrate on intellectual property and media law.
Jaida Sterling, Managing Editor
Jaida Sterling is a senior majoring in journalism at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with a specialization in Japanese and environmental studies. She has held multiple leadership positions throughout her time at Ohio University including being president of Variant magazine, DIY editor for Thread magazine, photo editor for The Scene magazine, and managing editor for Southeast Ohio magazine. She has also written and worked for multiple publications off campus such as The Athens Messenger and Glossé magazine. After graduation, Jaida will be a part of Columbus Fashion Council’s social media marketing team and will help them prepare for Fashion Week Columbus. She hopes to pursue a career working for fashion companies or magazines.
Liz Harper, Copy and Research Editor
Liz Harper is a senior studying journalism and English. She is the copy chief for Backdrop magazine, a student-run publication she has been involved with since her freshman year. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she has worked as an editorial intern in Washington, D.C. and does marketing for the Boy Scouts in New Mexico during the summer.
Alex McCann, Copy and Research Editor
Alex McCann is a graduating senior studying journalism with specializations in sociology and media arts & studies. While at Ohio University, Alex worked at The Post, OU’s premier news outlet, as digital managing editor. He also served as copy chief and produced a music podcast. Alex also spent a summer at Pittsburgh City Paper and wrote for The Indie Sound, the music website created by Southeast Ohio Editor Kris Perez. After graduation, Alex will be interning at a major metro newspaper.
Kristi Fish, Department Editor
Kristi Fish is a senior majoring in Journalism with a minor in Anthropology at Ohio University. She has worked for local newspapers the last three years, and has really enjoyed the experience. The intimacy of a local paper has allowed her to build relationships with community members and restore trust between media and the public. After graduation, she looks forward to continuing her journalism career and gaining new experiences. With these new opportunities, she plans to continue doing what she loves – writing, taking photos, and spending too much time crafting the perfect tweet.
Ryan Flynn, Department Editor
Ryan Flynn is a senior journalism major on the news and information track with a specialization in media arts and studies and a minor in Spanish. In the past, he has worked at publications such as Backdrop Magazine as a writer, and Metalforming Magazine and 3D Metalprinting Magazine as an editorial intern. After graduation, Ryan hopes to continue pursuing magazine journalism while utilizing his Spanish and media skills.
Erin Franczak, Department Editor
Erin Franczak is a senior studying news and information journalism with a certificate in political communication and a specialization in French. She is currently a copy editor at the Post Athens, and she hopes to be a congressional reporter primarily covering foreign policy or education in D.C.
Rasheedah Beatty, Writer
Rasheedah Beatty is a senior in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism here at Ohio University. She is passionate about using written and visual storytelling to explore the narratives of people in spaces that are looked over or misunderstood in society. After graduation she will pursue her Masters degree from the School of Visual Communication here at Ohio University. Currently on campus , she is the President of The Relevant Radio show here on campus. If you see her , don’t be afraid to say hello!
Emily Finton, Writer
Emily Finton is a senior at Ohio University in the E.W Scripps School of Journalism, where she specializes in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is currently the assistant producer for the Spectrum Podcast through WOUB Public Media, and copy edits for Thread magazine. She enjoys reading fashion magazines, specifically Vogue. After graduation, she plans to move across the country to focus on freelance magazine writing and helping underprivileged women.
Devon Hannan, Writer
Devon Hannan is a senior majoring in Journalism’s News & Info, with a split specialization in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Media. For two years, she was the Editorial Director of ACRN Media, the college rock station. In addition to ACRN, she is a news writer for Alternative Press Magazine in Cleveland. After graduation, Devon will work full-time at Alternative Press.
Riley Harshman, Writer
Riley Harshman is a senior majoring in Journalism News & Information, with a specialization in communication studies. He transferred from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. He also writes in his own sports blog, hosts a sports podcast show, and worked on an ESPN3 production team. After graduation, he wants to be a sports columnist, eventually making his way to covering a Major League Baseball team.
Jessica Hill, Writer
Jessica Hill is a senior triple-majoring in journalism, Global Studies and Spanish. She is currently the assistant managing editor of The Post in Athens where she is responsible for long-form stories and special projects. Jessica has also worked as a culture reporter, covering international issues on campus. While she studied abroad in Argentina, she wrote weekly columns and blog posts. In the future, Jessica hopes to pursue a journalism career that will allow her to use her three majors. After graduation, Jessica will be a news intern at Cape Cod Times.
Evann Figueroa, Website Editor
Evann Figueroa is a senior double majoring in Journalism and Information Design. She has spent most of her college career joining musical groups and organizations like the Marching 110 and Women’s Ensemble. She’s worked for at various internships over the years, mainly working in video production and editing. She currently works as a videography intern for the Advancement Division of Ohio University. She plans to return to Ohio University in the fall of 2019 to pursue her Masters in Visual Communication.
Mary Puzder, Social Media Editor
Mary Puzder is a senior majoring in News & Information Journalism, with a specialization in Spanish and a Social Media certificate. She is currently the Programming Director of ACRN, Ohio University’s All Campus Radio Network, where she is also an on-air DJ. Mary is also the vice president of Ohio University’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and Harry Potter Alliance. She has a strong love for music, travel and pop culture, and hopes to find a job that taps into those passions after graduation.
Alex Mason, Design Director
Alex Mason is a senior studying publication design and marketing at Ohio University. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio. When she isn’t designing for Southeast Ohio, she is an ambassador for the Scripps College of Communication. After graduation she hopes to find a company that shares her passion for design and creativity.
Brooklynn Donachie, Designer
Brooklynn Donachie is a senior at Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She currently spends her time working at one of the campus markets and Chipotle. In her free time she volunteers with HAPCAP, plays frisbee and attends live music festivals. After graduation she plans on traveling to every state in the U.S. with her cat Poe, while doing page layout work remotely.
Jessica Stark, Photo Editor
Jessica Stark is a senior majoring in Journalism News & Information, with a minor in Marketing. While at Ohio University, Jessica served as the producer as well as rinkside reporter for Bobcat Productions Hockey, the live broadcast for the Ohio Hockey team. In addition to this, Jessica also worked as the in-game photographer for the Ohio Hockey team. Outside of OU, Jessica works for the Columbus Blue Jackets as a member of the ice crew. Jessica is excited for what the future holds. She is planning to start her post-grad career by gaining experience in sales as a custom clothier at V Couture in Perrysburg, Ohio.
Kisha Ravi, Photographer
Kisha is a junior studying photojournalism with a specialization in sociology. She has contributed to Backdrop magazine for the last two years and is also the a ambassador for the School of Visual Communication. Her main interest lies in long-form visual documentary storytelling.