The Editorial Board, which writes unsigned editorial content and is considered the voice of The Temple News, includes the Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, Digital Managing Editor, Chief Copy Editor, News Editor and Opinion Editor.

All staff members are students of Temple University, either undergraduate, graduate or in any of the school’s many, varied professional programs. Our readership includes university students and staff, parents, alumni and surrounding community members. We eagerly accept letters, artwork or other submissions from any readers, regardless of affiliation to Temple, at letters@temple-news.com.

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Madison Karas

Editor in Chief

Madison Karas is thrilled to be the editor-in-chief of The Temple News. Madison has contributed to The Temple News since her first week as a freshman and previously was the features editor. She is a freelance reporter with pieces in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Weekly, is social media manager for PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods and is contributing research for a book on urban baristas. As a journalism and economics major, Madison is interested in pursuing a career in business and labor reporting. You can typically find her sitting outside, making Mediterranean food or biking around Philly. She can be reached at karas@temple.edu or editor@temple-news.com.

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Bibiana Correa

Managing Editor

Bibiana Correa, a junior journalism major, is the managing editor for The Temple News. She has been a student journalist for the past six years and mainly covers features stories. She loves her native country of Colombia, boba tea and listening to music, while she really dislikes sweet potatoes. Feel free to reach out to her at bibiana.correa@temple.edu.

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Colin Evans

Digital Managing Editor

Colin Evans is a senior journalism and economics double major. He joined The Temple News in 2018 as a freelance reporter and served as last year’s news editor. Colin has a passion for data journalism and hard news reporting. His hobbies include photography, drumming and basketball.

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Tyler Perez
Chief Copy Editor

Tyler Perez, a junior secondary education and English double major, is excited to be the chief copy editor of The Temple News this year. Tyler has been a freelance reporter for The Temple News since his first week at Temple University and he was previously the opinion editor. He has interned for Spells Writing Lab, a creative writing summer camp, and is currently the acquisitions intern for the Temple University Press. Tyler enjoys creative and academic writing and hopes to pursue a career in publishing, academia or education. Outside of the newsroom, you can find Tyler listening to music, rewatching “Moonlight” or trying to find the best plate of halal food in Philly. You can email him at tyler.perez@temple.edu.

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Valerie Dowret

Assignments Editor

Valerie Dowret is super excited to be assignments editor this year. She is a senior journalism major. Valerie started as a freelance reporter at The Temple News during her freshman year and worked as the assistant online news editor in the spring of 2020. Valerie is interested in having a career in reporting on local government. In her free time, you can find Valerie doing yoga or rewatching “30 Rock.”

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Email the News Team at news@temple-news.com

Jack Danz
News Editor

Jack Danz is the news editor and a junior journalism major. He is excited to be part of The Temple News team this year, having spent last year as a freelance reporter. In his free time, Jack enjoys reading, cooking and daydreaming – and night-dreaming, for what it’s worth. Jack can be reached at john.danz@temple.edu.

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Victoria Ayala
Assistant News Editor

Victoria Ayala is a junior neuroscience major working as the assistant news editor for The Temple News. Before taking on this role, she was a freelancer for the News section. When she is not editing, you can find her eating ice cream, watching reruns of “The Office” or on the soccer field. Other passions include traveling, sports and the human brain. She can be reached at victoria.ayala@temple.edu.

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Amelia Winger
Assistant News Editor

Amelia Winger is a junior journalism and political science major, and is excited to join The Temple News this year as the assistant news editor for web. She is also the news director for WHIP Radio and was previously the editor-in-chief of the Global Philadelphia Association’s Emerging International Journalists Program. Outside of the newsroom, you can find Amelia listening to Fleet Foxes and NPR’s “Throughline.” Get in touch with Amelia at amelia.winger@temple.edu.

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Email the Opinion Editor at letters@temple-news.com

Christina Mitchell
Opinion Editor

Christina Mitchell is a senior public health major and the opinion editor for The Temple News. She runs a food blog on Instagram called @phillyfoodladies, and (when there’s not a pandemic) she loves eating at restaurants, attending concerts, going to the movies and thrifting. She loves multicultural food, every subgenre of rock, horror movies and musical theater. Christina is also in the 4+1 program with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics, and she was the health beat columnist last year.

Magdalena Becker
Essay Editor

Magdalena Becker, a senior journalism major, is excited to be back with The Temple News this year as essay editor. She has been a freelance reporter for The Temple News since 2018 and worked as assistant intersection editor last spring. Since being at Temple, Magdalena has had the opportunity to intern at Philadelphia Style Magazine and also currently works as web copy editor for REFINE Magazine. As essay editor, Magdalena is dedicated to telling the stories of individuals across campus. If she is not editing, chances are she is pulling espresso shots, trying yoga or watching “Arrested Development.” You can reach her at magdalena.becker@temple.edu.

Email the Features Team at features@temple-news.com

Emma Padner
Features Editor

Emma Padner, the features editor, is a senior journalism major with a concentration in international communications and a minor in gender, sexuality and women’s studies. Emma has previously worked as a freelancer reporter for the news and features sections of The Temple News. She has traveled to South Africa and Dublin with Klein College of Media and Communication Global Opportunities to study journalism internationally, focusing her reporting on gender and activism. She also works as a peer advisor in the Klein Global Opportunities office. When she’s not reporting, you can find her running around Philly, hiking or baking bread. Feel free to reach out to her at emma.padner@temple.edu.

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Natalie Kerr
Assistant Features Editor

Natalie Kerr is a sophomore journalism and environmental studies double major and is joining staff as the assistant features editor for print. In her freshman year, Natalie started as a freelance reporter, and she hopes to continue working with the paper through her senior year. Natalie is passionate about climate change, environmental justice and sustainability, and is always down to talk about the climate crisis or reducing waste. You can reach her at natalie.kerr@temple.edu.

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Lawrence Ukenye
Assistant Features Editor

Lawrence Ukenye is a sophomore journalism major. He’s excited to be on staff working as the assistant features editor for online. He also volunteers for Temple Update and has previously worked for Solitary Watch, a national prison watchdog. He has a strong interest in political journalism and loves videography. When he’s not reporting, he enjoys listening to music, playing basketball and exploring the city. Get in touch with him at lawrence.ukenye@temple.edu.

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Nico Cisneros
Intersection Editor

Nico Cisneros is a senior journalism major and the proud editor of Intersection at The Temple News. She began freelancing for The Temple News in Fall 2019 and served as Intersection co-editor for the Spring 2020 semester. As a journalist, Nico works to be a resource to the community and build understanding by sharing stories of different identities and experiences. When not writing or editing, Nico is working at her local library, making music mixes and discovering new food throughout the Philly metro area. Want to talk Intersection? Reach out to her at nico.cisneros@temple.edu.

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Ray Hobbs
Assistant Intersection Editor

Ray Hobbs, a junior journalism major with a minor in LGBT studies, is the assistant intersection editor for The Temple News this year. They have also written for College Magazine in the past as a staff writer. They love cinema, especially horror movies, and collecting vinyl records. They love metal, alternative, rock and punk music, but can also jam out to some jazz. Other hobbies they enjoy include going to the library, playing video games and watching cartoons. You can contact them at rayonna.hobbs@temple.edu.

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Magdalena Becker
Essay Editor

Magdalena Becker, a senior journalism major, is excited to be back with The Temple News this year as essay editor. She has been a freelance reporter for The Temple News since 2018 and worked as assistant intersection editor last spring. Since being at Temple, Magdalena has had the opportunity to intern at Philadelphia Style Magazine and also currently works as web copy editor for REFINE Magazine. As essay editor, Magdalena is dedicated to telling the stories of individuals across campus. If she is not editing, chances are she is pulling espresso shots, trying yoga or watching “Arrested Development.” You can reach her at magdalena.becker@temple.edu.

Email the Sports Editors at sports@temple-news.com

Dante Collinelli
Sports Editor

Dante Collinelli is a junior journalism major. He covers the NFL Draft for BlueChipScouting.com and the Miami Dolphins for DolphinsTalk.com. He spends his free time watching football, drinking coffee and rewatching “Parks and Recreation.” He can be reached at dantecollinelli@temple.edu.

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Isabella DiAmore
Assistant Sports Editor

Isabella DiAmore, a junior journalism major, is thrilled to join The Temple News staff as assistant sports editor for this year. She is also a staff writer for REFINE Magazine and is involved in OwlSports Update as a reporter. In her free time, she enjoys listening to “Crime Junkie” podcasts and is a die-hard Philly sports fan. You can reach her at isabella.diamore@temple.edu.

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Adam Aaronson
Assistant Sports Editor

Adam Aaronson is a freshman journalism major. He is the assistant sports editor for online in this year’s staff. In addition to coverage of Temple athletics, he covers the Philadelphia 76ers for “The Rights To Ricky Sanchez.” He can be reached via email at adam.aaronson@temple.edu.

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Asa Cadwallader
Longform Editor

Asa Cadwallader is a senior communication and social influence major who transferred to Temple from American University in 2018. As the longform editor for The Temple News, he enjoys working on stories related to residents in the surrounding community. He also co-hosts a paranormal history podcast with Temple’s WHIP radio station called “It’s Always Spooky in Philadelphia. Asa can be reached at asa.cadwallader@temple.edu.

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Tyra Brown
Alternative Story Editor

Tyra Brown is a junior journalism student and the alternative story format editor for The Temple News this year. Outside of The Temple News, she most recently dove into her role as producer of “The Temp,” a new social show at Temple. She is also currently working on her short docuseries, “Locked Up,” which revolves around the impact of mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. With interests in film, law, activism and design, Tyra’s main goal is to use her platform as a journalist to give a voice to those who don’t have one. Get in touch with her at tyra.brown@temple.edu.

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Email the Photo Team at photo@temple-news.com

Jeremy Elvas
Co-Photo Editor

Jeremy Elvas, a junior journalism major, is excited to be one of this year’s co-photo editors for The Temple News, going into his second year on the photo team. He is a freelance photographer and is also a student worker for PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods. Outside of the newsroom, you can probably find him rewatching “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” biking around Philly or hanging out with his six roommates. Get in touch with him at elvas@temple.edu.

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Colleen Claggett
Co-Photo Editor

Colleen Claggett is a senior communication studies major with a minor in journalism studies. She is excited to be back as co-photo editor after studying abroad in Rome during the Spring 2020 semester. Outside of her work with The Temple News, Colleen is a freelance photographer for Temple’s College of Liberal Arts, Klein College of Media and Communication and Club Eleven Magazine. When she isn’t behind the camera, you can find her spending time with friends and family, doing CrossFit and talking about her dog, Deuce.

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Email the Design Team at design@temple-news.com

Ingrid Slater
Design Editor

Ingrid Slater is a junior journalism major focusing on visual communication. This is her second year as the design editor for The Temple News. When she’s not tearing out pages of the New York Times for inspiration or enthusing about typefaces, she can be found thrift shopping or over-analyzing the Muppets.

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Hanna Lipski
Assistant Design Editor

Hanna Lipski is the assistant design editor and a junior graphic and interactive design major. Before working at The Temple News, Hanna was the president of her high school’s art and literary magazine, and she is currently an editor for Hyphen Literary and Art Magazine. Last year, Hanna was a freelance designer for The Temple News as well. When not working, she is often painting and running. You can get in touch with Hanna at hanna.lipski@temple.edu.

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Rjaa Ahmed
Engagement Editor

Rjaa Ahmed is the engagement editor at The Temple News and a senior journalism major. She spent the summer interning at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office’s DATA Lab and has also worked with the City Council in the past. She has a deep interest in data-driven reporting, public service journalism and social policy. Outside of the newsroom, Rjaa works as a writing tutor and a student researcher at Temple’s Project Colorism.

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Maggie Fitzgerald
Assistant Engagement Editor

Maggie Fitzgerald, a freshman journalism major, is thrilled to be joining The Temple News team as an assistant engagement editor for social media. In addition to this position, you’ll be able to find her as a new correspondent on TUTV’s “Temple Talk” this year. Maggie is passionate about amplifying the voices of others and hopes to bring diverse stories to light throughout her career as a journalist. She is a student ambassador for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and loves to volunteer and raise funds for pediatric cancer research. In her free time, she works at a local bakery and enjoys listening to all genres of music, especially Beyoncé. Maggie can be reached at maggie.fitzgerald@temple.edu.

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Iris Wexler
Assistant Audience Engagement Editor

Iris Wexler is a senior journalism major and is so excited to join The Temple News staff as the assistant audience engagement editor for outreach. Iris is an avid traveler, having crossed the United States several times. On her travels, she has witnessed the varied and diverse landscapes and cultures that make up this country. She enjoys running through the city and practicing yoga. She is passionate about LGBTQ rights and fighting for equality for all. Her two cats help to keep her sane when life gets crazy. You can reach Iris at iris.wexler@temple.edu.

Maryam Siddiqui
Web Editor

Maryam Siddiqui is the web editor at The Temple News and a senior public relations major. She was the copyeditor for Templar Yearbook during the 2019-20 school year and currently serves as a copyeditor for REFINE Magazine. She has worked as a writing tutor at Temple’s Student Success Center since her sophomore year and will also be working in the Translational Research Center at the Fox School of Business this fall. She spent this past summer interning in the Corporate Communications department at Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia. When she’s not bouncing between Zoom meetings, she’s usually on Netflix rewatching “Reign,” playing badminton with her brother or daydreaming about Pita Chip. You can reach Maryam at maryam.siddiqui@temple.edu

Erik Coombs

Multimedia Editor

Erik Coombs is a junior media studies and production major. He is a member of Temple’s club swim team. Erik has also started a company named Deep Streets Media that focuses on production in the Philadelphia hip-hop industry. In his free time, he likes to hang out with friends and take photos. You can reach him at erik.coombs@temple.edu.

Matthew Murray
Assistant Multimedia Editor

Matt Murray, the assistant multimedia editor for The Temple News, is a senior film major with a minor in philosophy. When he’s not growing his career in non-fiction film and video, he enjoys meditating, biking and watching documentaries and experimental movies. If you’re looking for recommendations, he suggests “The Holy Mountain,” “Paris, Texas,” and HBO’s “True Detective.” If you want to get in touch, you can reach him at mattmurray@temple.edu.

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Luke Smith
Business Manager

Luke Smith is a senior management information systems major born and raised in Philadelphia. He previously worked as a photo editor for The Temple News. He’s interested in the intersection of business and technology. In his free time, he enjoys biking, conversing with woodland creatures, reading and photography. Hit him up at  lucas.smith@temple.edu

Email the Advertising and Business departments at advertising@temple-news.com

Carly Civello
Advertising Manager

Carly Civello is a sophomore advertising major and one of two advertising managers at The Temple News. She has experience in graphic design, marketing, public relations and social media management. She loves traveling, typography and tiramisu. Get in touch with her at carly.civello@temple.edu.

Kaila Morris
Advertising Manager

Kaila Morris, or Kay, is a senior journalism major with a minor in French and one of the advertising managers for The Temple News. She is also a student worker for the Office of the Provost at Temple University. She loves trying new restaurants, enjoying live music and watching television. You can reach her at kaila.morris@temple.edu.

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