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Abby Neff

Abby Neff is a senior studying journalism, Spanish and Latin American studies at Ohio University’s Athens campus. Abby has worked for a variety of campus publications throughout her time as a student at OU, including The New Political, Backdrop magazine and The Post. She interned for Matter News, a non-profit news organization in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, in the summer of 2020, where she covered Black Lives Matter protests as well as policing in the Columbus City School District. Abby attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in April 2022, where she was recognized as a White House Correspondents’ Association scholarship recipient. She is currently interning remotely for the Latin American News Digest based in Washington, D.C. 


Kirsten Thomas

Kirsten Thomas is a senior at Ohio University studying journalism and is in the OHIO Honors Program. She is currently an extern in the Office of Public Information at the Supreme Court of Ohio and is an editorial assistant for a Cincinnati-based freelance writer.  


Joseph Stainchar

Ever since winning a GameCube with Spider-Man 2 in a second-grade raffle, Joseph Stanichar has loved gaming, superheroes, and all things pop culture. A senior at Ohio University, he’s written for publications all around the country, including The Post, Game Informer, Paste Magazine and Looper. Joseph has experience in all kinds of reporting, including writing reviews, news, features, interviews, essays, and pretty much anything else you can find on a news site. 


Helen Widman

Helen Widman is a senior at Ohio University studying journalism with a specialization in marketing. She has served as the managing editor for Backdrop magazine, the vice president of the OU chapter of Society of Professional Journalists and is currently an Ambassador for the E.W. Scripps College of Communication. 

Helen is from Dublin, Ohio, and has formerly worked as an editorial assistant for CityScene Media Group in Columbus and currently serves as a marketing and communications intern for the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation. 


Curtis Feder

Curtis Feder is a senior graduating from Ohio University with a degree in journalism and a minor in sports management. Always a storyteller, Curtis got into journalism early in his life, getting his first freelance article published by the Cincinnati Enquirer when he was 17 years old. He has since worked as a reporter and anchor for WOUB Public Media, as a member of the production team at ESPN 3 and the Tennis Channel, and as a news intern for WMBF News in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He has also been nominated for an Ohio Valley Emmy Award for student production. 


Maya Meade

Maya Meade is a senior from Oxford, Ohio majoring in journalism news and information, minoring in political science and getting certificates in political communication and women’s, gender & sexuality studies. She is currently the Communications Intern for the Center for Campus and Community Engagement at Ohio University and the Production Lead of the University Well-Being & Recreation marketing team. In these positions, Maya creates social media content, highlights engaged faculty, staff and students as well as community members and generally connects OU to the Athens community. 


Nathan Blackburn

Nathan Blackburn is a second-year graduate student, working on completing his Master of Science in Journalism while serving as a Graduate Assistant for the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. No matter the medium, Nathan has always had his sights set on storytelling. Starting as the Features Editor for his undergraduate student run newspaper, The Roar, Nathan eventually moved up to executive director of all student led communications at Piedmont University. A feature story written about a student athlete’s physical and mental trauma earned him a 1st place award from the Georgia College Press Association and a video produced about COVID-19 lockdown woes earned him a Bronze National Telly Award. 


Kayla Bennett

Kayla Bennett is a senior majoring in Journalism News and Information and minoring in political science, and she is from Dayton. She is currently editor-in-chief of Thread Magazine, managing editor of The Post and president of Ohio University’s Society of Professional Journalists. She has previous experience as an intern with Beavercreek Neighbors Magazine in Beavercreek, Ohio, Rural Action in Athens, Ohio and the National Fisheries Institute in Washington D.C. At OU, Kayla is also a member of Ohio Fellows. Through these positions and involvement, she has been able to exercise foundational skills and work with all types of media. 


Jordan Ellis

Jordan Ellis is a senior graduating from Ohio University with a degree in journalism and specializations in history and computer science. Jordan worked for the on-campus publication The Post in the culture and blog sections. He also interned for The Perry County Tribune where he worked as a general news reporter.  


Hannah Fowler

Hannah Fowler is a photojournalist from Licking County, Ohio. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in photography from Ohio State University in 2017 and is currently a second-year graduate Master of Arts (MA) candidate in the Visual Communications – Photojournalism program. Hannah has exhibited her documentary photography work in galleries such as the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, has been featured on the podcast All Through a Lens, and has produced freelance work for publications including Insider. She currently lives in Lancaster, Ohio, with her husband, three-year-old daughter, and three rescue cats. 


Dr. Kelly Ferguson

Dr. Ferguson is an Associate Professor of Magazine Media at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and Southeast Ohio magazine’s biggest fan.