Southeast Ohio

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



Bennett Leckrone, Editor-In-chief

Bennett Leckrone is a senior majoring in journalism at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. He is currently the long-form and investigations editor at The Post, an independent student-run publication on campus. In the past, he has worked for the Columbus Dispatch covering the statehouse, Dayton Daily News, Troy Daily News and After graduating at the end of the year, Bennett will be in Washington, D.C., for an internship with the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Emily Barbus, Managing Editor

Emily Barbus is a senior majoring in journalism at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and minoring in screenwriting and digital storytelling. She has worked for Thread, an on-campus fashion and lifestyle magazine, for the past three years and currently works as the Copy Chief. In addition to journalism, Emily also works as a manger at the faces on campus. After graduating in May, she hopes to pursue a job in magazine production or starting her own podcast.

Omri Curnutte, Copy and Research Editor

Omri Curnutte is a senior majoring in Journalism at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. His writing is focused on interests in music and film as well as general culture, which he hopes to continue writing about in the future through a critical and analytical lens. He has experience archiving film prints in the Film Department of Ohio State University. After graduating, his end goals are to write for online publications in Chicago.

Department Editors

Avery Kreemer, Talking Points Editor

Avery Kreemer is a senior studying news and info at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with a specialization in sociology and political science. In addition to being a writer and department editor for Southeast Ohio, he’s a member of two of Ohio University’s leading student publications, working as a slot editor at The Post and a writer and copy chief at Backdrop Magazine. Avery was a member of the Dayton Daily News investigative team as an intern over the summer of 2019, where he covered a tornado outbreak, the state budget, gun violence and more. After graduation in May, Avery hopes to continue working in print media and riding that wave wherever it takes him.

Sarah Penix, Behind the Bite Editor

Sarah Penix is a senior studying journalism with specializations in Russian studies and criminology. While at Ohio University, Sarah worked at The Post, OU’s editorially independent student newspaper, as the social media director. She also worked as a news beat writer, news editor and copy editor during her time there. Sarah spent the summer working for a professional services company, Lindahl Reed, as a management intern. After graduation, Sarah plans to begin her career as a research and communications professional and adopt cats.

Ellen Wagner, Editor

Ellen Wagner is a graduating senior studying journalism news and information with an Italian studies certificate. Since freshman year, she has worked at The Post, an independent student newspaper on campus. She has worked as a writer and news editor and is currently the editor-in-chief of The Post. This past summer, Ellen worked at the metro desk as an intern at The Columbus Dispatch. After graduating in the spring, she plans to continue writing news for a metro newspaper.

Anthony Poisal, What’s Your Story? And The Scene Editor

Anthony Poisal is a senior who is a sports editor for The Post, Ohio University’s independent student-run newspaper. At The Post, he covers football and men’s basketball. He’s previously interned with the Wilmington StarNews newspaper in Wilmington, North Carolina, and also spent training camp with the Cleveland Browns media team over the summer. Anthony hopes to pursue a sports writing career after graduating in May.

Halle Weber, Editor

Halle Weber is a senior majoring in Journalism at the E.W. Scripps School of Communications at Ohio University. She has contributed to The Post writing music blogs, features and album and concert reviews throughout her entire time here at Ohio University. She also had her own music column freshman and sophomore year at The Post. Halle is also a contributing writer for Cleveland Scene, where she hand-picks touring musicians to interview for features. This experience has been a dream come true for Halle, allowing her to speak to some of her favorite musicians. Halle also reviews concerts for Cleveland Scene. She furthered her media experience with a focus in music by interning in the marketing department at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. There, she wrote website content, advertisements and press releases. Halle has also been published in Cleveland Magazine. She looks forward to graduating in December and continuing to pursue her passion at home in Cleveland, OH.

Jesse Wharff, In Your Neighborhood Editor

Jesse Wharff is a student majoring in journalism at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with a specialization in Sports Administration. Jesse has interned for local Southeastern Ohio radio stations WMOA in Marietta and WXTQ in Athens as a news reporter and voice of the Southern Ohio Copperheads summer collegiate baseball team. In addition to being an editor at Southeast Ohio magazine, he was a part of the News@Noon broadcast on WOUB. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in the radio or television industry.

Ally Lanasa, Feature Well Editor

Ally Lanasa is a senior majoring in journalism at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with a minor in English. In addition to being the features editor at Southeast Ohio magazine, she is the editor-in-chief at Backdrop magazine, a student-run lifestyle publication that she has been involved with since her freshman year. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Ally has interned with Baltimore magazine and Coastal Point near Bethany Beach, Delaware. Through her editorial internships, she has had the opportunity to work with fellow Bobcats. Ally hopes to pursue a career in community journalism and later secondary education in English and journalism.

Mickey Fath, Writer

Mickey Fath is a senior majoring in journalism at the E.W. Scripps Scripps School of Journalism. Mickey is the assistant managing editor for Backdrop magazine, a student publication she has worked for since freshman year. She enjoys writing for Backdrop because of the unique adventures she’s had while working for the magazine. After graduating in May, she looks forward to continuing her journalism career and having new experiences with each story she takes on.

Gabe Genovesi, Writer

Gabe Genovesi is a senior at Ohio University. He majors in Broadcast Journalism and is highly involved with Ohio Athletics. Gabe broadcasts women’s basketball, softball, soccer and volleyball at Ohio. Along with his work at school, he has been the play-by-play broadcaster for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League and the Battle Creek Bombers of the Northwoods League the last two summers. He aspires to be a sports broadcaster after graduating in December.

Carly McFadden, Writer

Carly McFadden is a senior majoring in journalism with specializations in fashion and retail, political science and French. In the past, she has channeled her love for fashion by writing for Thread Magazine. She recently launched her own blog and currently works as a freelancer for local magazines. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a career as a magazine writer in Cleveland.

Ryan Moreland, Writer

Ryan Moreland is a senior majoring in journalism at the E.W. Scripps School of journalism with minors in coaching education and sports administration. He has been writing for sports-based websites for six years. For the last four years, Ryan has produced and hosted several sports podcasts. He is also a U.S. Army veteran and has an eight-year-old son. After graduation Ryan plans to continue his work in sports journalism.

Alexis McCurdy, Writer

Alexis McCurdy is a senior double majoring in journalism and French with a social media studies certification. For the past three years, she has worked as an editor for Backdrop Magazine, a student-run magazine on Ohio University’s campus. Recently, she found a new interest in copywriting. After graduation, she hopes to explore the diverse paths journalism can take her and hopefully combine her French degree in the process.


Kevin Pan, Site Editor

Kevin Pan is a senior majoring in journalism. Kevin is also an editor at The Post, OU’s independent student-run newspaper, and the owner of Brick Life Entertainment, Athens’ biggest event production company. Kevin spends his spare time either in the Post newsroom or DJing/producing video at an uptown event. After graduating in spring, Kevin hopes to continue working in the event industry and produce video recaps for clubs, touring artists and music festivals.

Brenna Schoen, Multimedia Editor

Brenna Schoen is a senior majoring in journalism, minoring in marketing and specializing in TV production and virtual reality. Schoen is from Pittsburgh and is a true yinzer at heart. Her passion for educational television led her to work as a Production Intern at Smithsonian Channel and Fred Rogers Productions. She hopes to work in children’s media after graduation.

Jessica Costello, Social Media Editor

Jessica Costello is a senior majoring in Journalism at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Jessica has been heavily involved with student organizations including the ESPN3 productions, the online host for WOUB’s Bobcat Showcase, and the co-founder of Ohio’s first play-by-play student organization. She has also been a writer for for three years. In addition to her commitments on campus, she has also had internships with WOIO Channel 19 in Cleveland and NBC6 in Miami, Florida. After graduation in December, she plans to relocate to South Florida to pursue her broadcasting dreams within a news or sports department.


Marvin Dotiyal, Design Director

Marvin Dotiyal is a senior majoring in Journalism with a specialization in Visual Communication and Marketing. With a keen pair of ears and a fiery passion for music, he has been the features editor for ACRN Media for over two years and has worked as an editorial intern for Alternative Press magazine. In the future, he aspires to pursue a career in music journalism or publication design where his incessant years of drumming and flipping through magazines will (hopefully) pay off.

Alie Skowronski, Photo Editor

Alie Skowronski is a senior at Ohio University studying photojournalism and marine biology. She is the photo editor for Southeast Ohio Magazine which is her first time in this position. She has worked for the Post and the Record-Courier, and she also held an internship at a scuba diving and sailing camp called ActionQuest this past summer.  Being on the media team at AQ allowed her to combine both of her majors in an artistic way. She plans on finding a way to do this in the future!

Connor Kurek, Photographer

Connor Kurek is a senior this fall, studying broadcast journalism and Spanish at Ohio University. He’s from Muncie, Indiana and he interned at the TODAY Show last spring. At 30 Rockefeller, he helped with daily production tasks on the Plaza, in the control rooms and in Studio 1A. Connor researched topics for news stories, shadowed the show’s photographer and even took photos of the anchors and celebrities in the studio. Connor’s passionate about anything that involves a DSLR camera, GoPro or drone. He’s a product photographer for Brazen Beauty, an all-nature beauty product brand and at OHIO, Connor reports for WOUB Public Media, photographs concerts on campus and he filmed, edited and planned an interview with Andy Grammer. He contributed to a Student Production Emmy Award-winning newscast about raising sexual assault awareness with a video news story. Connor’s a campus tourguide and has helped organize and lead Scripps’ High School Journalism Workshop the past three summers.

Elizabeth Hendrickson, Teacher

Elizabeth Hendrickson teaches the Southeast Ohio Magazine class at Ohio University. Her role includes overseeing production and advising the students as they work on the publication throughout the semester. She is
an expert in magazine journalism, media industry and innovation. She was a former entertainment editor for publications Glamour, Ladies Home Journal, First for Women and Parade Publications helped launch the magazine Maximum Golf. Hendrickson has earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Missouri. Before coming to teach at Ohio University in 2014, Hendrickson taught at the University of Tennessee and the University of Missouri.