Southeast Ohio

award-winning student-produced regional magazine engaging readers within and beyond Southeast Ohio

Staff

Editorial


Editor-in-Chief

Keri Johnson is a senior majoring in journalism. As a Gallia County native, she is proud to serve as Editor-in-Chief of Southeast Ohio magazine. Keri is also Assistant Culture Editor at The Post and copy edits for ACRN Media and Backdrop magazine. She is passionate about people and human-interest reporting. She graduates this fall.  


Managing Editor

Isabela Gibson is a senior majoring in Journalism on a News and Information track with a minor in Political Science.  Isabela is a co-host on a podcast called “@ the Moment with BSCC” where they discuss everyday issues that plague the black community in Athens and beyond.  After graduation Isabela plans to pursue her master’s degree in Law, Justice and Culture from Ohio University. 


Copy and Research Editor

Hunter Graffice is a senior studying journalism (news and information) and political science, with a minor in screenwriting and digital storytelling and a certificate in political communications. This past summer, Hunter served as a communications intern with Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives. 


Writers

Behind the Bite Editor

Madeline Butina is a senior majoring in Journalism News and Information with a specialization in Recreation and a certificate in Festivals, Events and Entertainment Management. She was recently a media intern at a nonprofit in Louisville, Kentucky and plans to do a service year after graduation in 2021


Talking Points Editor

Destiniee Jaram is a senior majoring in Journalism: News and Information track with a minor in African American Studies. Over the past 3 years, Destiniee has interned at WOUB, a public media center as a multi-media reporter, The Post (Athens) as a columnist, and Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society on a public relations capital campaign. She plans to graduate in May 2021.  


In Your Neighborhood Editor

Ian McKenzie is a senior studying journalism news and information. He has previously worked at the Clermont Sun in Batavia, the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, Maine and the Cincinnati Enquirer. 


Feature Well Editor

Ashton Nichols is a rising senior at Ohio University, studying both journalism and economics. She enjoys covering business, environmental and international issues. In the past she has written for The Dallas Morning News, The Columbus Dispatch, The Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism and Cincinnati Magazine. When she is not writing, she enjoys reading books and traveling. 


Writers

Writer

Grant Ritchey is a senior majoring in Journalism: News and Information. Grant is a reporter and feature writer at The Post, a student ran newspaper at Ohio University. Grant has interned with The Borgen Project, a non-profit organization that focuses on global poverty issues.  


Writer

Brandon Monty is a senior at Ohio University majoring in Journalism News and Information. In the past he has worked as a writer, photographer and reporter for WOUB and has done broadcast work for the Mat-Su Miners and Walla Walla Sweets.  


Writer

Vince Damico is a senior majoring in Journalism News and Information with a minor in English. Vince has been a co-host on the “Downtown Diplomats” podcast since 2017.


Digital

Digital Editor-in-Chief

Shaina Dubinskiy is a senior majoring in Journalism- News and Information and minoring in Marketing and Communications.  She is currently a social media intern at SocialVentures, a start-up in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio. After graduation, Shaina plans to move to a bigger city to pursue digital content marketing.  


Digital Editor

Haylee Followell is a senior at Ohio University majoring in Journalism News and Information with a minor in Political Science. She has worked as an intern for NBC’s Today Show and as a digital content writer for the Irish Daily Star. She has also worked as an associate editor for Ohio U’s FANGLE magazine.  


Digital Editor

John Jarosik is currently a senior studying journalism. John has contributed to WOUB sports as a beat writer for numerous teams, helped produce live sporting events with ESPN3 and now runs two websites of his own. After graduation, he plans on moving down to Florida to help write news about Disney.


Social Media Editor

Kelsey Lauriel is a senior majoring in Journalism on a News and Information track with a minor in Sports Administration. Kelsey was a summer intern for FreshWaterCleveland, an online magazine that reports on what is happening in and around Cleveland. After graduation Kelsey plans to work for a professional sports team as a sideline reporter.   


Multimedia Editor and Photographer

Ethan Sands is a senior attending Ohio University in the c/o 2021. He is studying journalism news and information with experience in broadcast, reporting and producing. He is currently a sports reporter with the Tallahassee Democrat while taking classes and being the Multimedia Director of The Post. He will be working as the Digital team as the Multimedia Editor for the Southeastern Ohio magazine.  


Visual

Design Director

Olivia Addis is a senior journalism student at Ohio University from Akron, Ohio. She is excited to be the Design Director for Southeast Ohio magazine.


Designer

Jylian Herring is a senior majoring in journalism- news and information and specializing in diversity studies and women’s studies. She previously wrote for Backdrop magazine and Thread, two student-run publications. In her free time, Jylian enjoys reading and traveling. 


Photo Editor

Lauren Papp is a senior at Ohio University majoring in Journalism News & Information. She has interned at PBS affiliate ThinkTV in Dayton, Ohio and currently works as a social media manager at Ohio University’s School of Art & Design.


Faculty Advisor

Dr. Kelly K. Ferguson is the author of My Life as Laura: How I Searched for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself (Press 53). Her work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Cincinnati Review, mental_floss magazine and other publications. In the past ten years she has moved from southern Louisiana to southern Ohio to southern Louisiana to southern Utah, and back to southern Ohio, where she is Assistant Professor of Magazine Media in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.