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

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Lawrence Ukenye

Editor in Chief

Lawrence Ukenye is a senior journalism major and is stoked to be returning as Editor-In-Chief at The Temple News for a second consecutive year. He has a passion for political reporting and interns at POLITICO where he covers Congress and national security, as well as The Daily Beast and Solitary Watch. When he’s not editing stories, he enjoys playing basketball, going to brunch, and hosting dinner parties. He can be reached at

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Fallon Roth

Digital Managing Editor

Fallon Roth, a junior journalism major and political science minor, is thrilled to be Digital Managing Editor at The Temple News. She served as News Editor last year and wrote for the Resolve Philly Collab. Fallon is also an fall editorial intern at Moment Magazine and runs social media for Temple’s chapter of Her Campus Media. Fallon is super passionate about covering politics, including elections and political discourse. When she’s not working on a story, you can find her playing guitar, cooking something vegan or listening to show tunes. Get in touch with Fallon at  

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Julia Merola

Print Managing Editor

Julia Merola is a junior journalism major and is thrilled to be returning to The Temple News as the Print Managing Editor, where she previously served as the Opinion Editor. Julia is also a fall intern at The American Prospect and the Health Editor at Her Campus Temple. She loves covering everything related to feminism, politics, and human rights issues. In her free time, you can find her reading, binge watching reality TV, or going to the beach. She can be reached at 

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Kayla Maguire
Chief Digital Copy Editor

Kayla Maguire is a senior communication studies major with a minor in adult and organizational development. She is thrilled to take on the role of Chief Digital Copy Editor at The Temple News. Kayla is also the Co-Campus Correspondent for Her Campus Temple as well as a peer advisor at the Klein College of Media and Communication. Amidst all of her responsibilities, she enjoys watching sports, reading, and traveling. She can be reached at

Megan Phillips
Chief Print Copy Editor

Megan Phillips is a senior public relations and communication and social influence major. She is excited to take on the role of Chief Print Copy Editor at The Temple News. She has experience interning at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory within Messaging and Editorial. Phillips is a student athlete on Temple’s field hockey team and a writing tutor at the Resnick Center. In her free time, she loves to read and go to concerts. She can be reached at

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Devon Russell
Assistant News Editor

Devon Russell is a senior english major with minors in journalism and geography & urban studies. After serving as a freelance news writer during the 2021-2022 school year, she is thrilled to step into the position of Assistant News Editor at The Temple News. Devon is currently the Editorial Intern for Women in Retail Leadership Circle within NAPCO Media for the third consecutive semester and has been a staff writer and graphic designer for Lunar Lit Mag for the past year. She is passionate about city planning and serving the community. When not working, she can usually be found working in the student center, reading on campus, or trying to teach her cat tricks. She can be reached at


Justin Roig
Assistant News Editor

Justin Roig is a freshman geography and urban studies major. They’re excited to work as the Assistant News Editor for The Temple News. They can be reached at

Shriya Gohel
Assistant News Editor

Shriya Gohel is a freshman journalism and political science major. They’re excited to work as the Assistant News Editor for The Temple News. They can be reached at

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Sarah Frasca
Opinion Editor

Sarah Frasca, a junior journalism major and environmental studies minor, is excited to be the Opinion Editor after joining as a freelance writer for The Temple News last semester. She interns with Temple’s College of Engineering as a content writer, and she is passionate about feminism, the environment and animal rights. In her free time, you can find Sarah cooking or baking, binge-watching teen dramas or going out with her best friends. She can be reached at

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Molly Fiske
Assistant Opinion Editor

Molly Fiske is a transfer student, a junior economics major and is excited to be the Assistant Opinion Editor after joining as a freelance writer last year. Molly works as an editor and writer for the Temple Fashion Business editorial, and she is also the Vice President of Chapter Operations for Tri Delta’s Temple chapter. Additionally, Molly is the campus manager for University Tees. In her free time, you can find Molly reading, surfing, checking her crypto stock, or going for a run. Molly is also an avid film photographer and can usually be found taking pictures of her friends and environment. She can be reached at

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Duay Augustine

Assistant Features Editor

Duay is a journalism major and is excited to serve as Assistant Features Editor. He can be reached at 

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Nick Gangewere
Sports Editor

Nick Gangewere is a sophomore journalism major from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Nick is excited to return to The Temple News as a Sports Editor after serving as Assistant Sports Editor last year. Nick also works for a sports media company called Overtime as a content creator and is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. Nick has won several awards for his writing throughout high school and even received accolades from The Temple News during the 2021-2022 school year. Nick loves to read and write and is a fan of any sport that can be kept score of. He can be reached at

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Samuel O’Neal
Assistant Sports Editor

Samuel O’Neal is a junior Journalism major and is excited to start his first year as an Assistant Sports Editor. He was named The Temple News’ Most Outstanding Freelancer for the 2021-22 academic year. He spends his summers interning at Jersey Sporting News, covering local college and minor league baseball teams. In his free time you can find Samuel in the stands at a Phillies game, at the movie theater, traveling, or obsessing over his fantasy football teams. He can be reached at

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Javon Edmonds
Assistant Sports Editor

Javon Edmonds is a senior Journalism major from Baltimore, MD. Edmonds serves as the Programming Director for WHIP Radio, Temple’s student-run station, and Assistant Sports Editor for The Temple News. After interning as a staff writer for, Temple’s Yahoo!/Rivals affiliate, he is now on staff for the website. Edmonds has also interned as a producer on SiriusXM’s Fight Nation channel, mainly working on the channel’s flagship MMA show, Unlocking the Cage w/ Jimmy Smith. He can be reached at

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Chris Duong
Sports Social Media Manager

Christopher Duong is a sophomore Public Relations major and is thrilled to be the first Sports Social Media Manager at The Temple News. Duong has interned for the Philadelphia Phillies’ AA affiliate, the Reading Fightin’ Phils.  When he’s not working in the sports industry, he can be found working on his sneaker reselling business, playing MLB The Show, or playing baseball on the Temple Club Baseball team. He can be reached at

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Earl Kufen
Photo Editor

Earl Kufen is a transfer student, a first-year Media Studies and Communication student, and is excited for his first year at The Temple News. This is Earl’s first year working as an Editor and is looking forward to creating and completing images to add to his peer’s stories. Earl has worked as a photojournalist for his college newspaper, The Collegiate Review, his college’s local paper The Altoona Mirror, and his hometown paper the Swarthmorean, and is excited for continuing his career at TTN as the Photo Editor. In his free time, you can find Earl watering his plants, taking photos, and cooking something tasty in the dorm room kitchen. You can reach Earl at


Erika Monn
Photo Editor

Erika Monn is a transfer student and is studying Advertising, and is thrilled for the opportunity of being a part of The Temple News team. Being that this is Erikas first year working as a Photo Editor, she is excited to learn from her coworkers as well as develop and gain new skills. Erika has always had a strong love for photography as she has done paid shoots for fellow peers, captured sports photos for her high school yearbook, and was recently hired by Keyser Consulting as their photographer for their newly launched website. In her free time Erika indulges in dancing, capturing moments through a lens, and spending time with the people she loves. You can reach her at

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Joelle Pacheco
Print Design Editor

Joelle Pacheco is a senior majoring in communications and minoring in content creation. This is Joelle’s first year with The Temple News with the role of the Print Design Editor. She loves to write creatively or to journal for fun! She is super passionate about music and when she’s not doing school work or working she’s planning out which concert she can go to next. Feel free to reach out to her at

Allyson Tharp
Graphic Design Editor

Allyson Tharp, a junior majoring in Graphic Design, is thrilled to be working as the Graphic Design Editor for the Temple News this upcoming year. She worked as a freelance opinion designer for the Temple News last semester and loved it, so moving up in the position is more than exciting for her. As far as other pastimes go, Allyson loves the beach, concerts, running, and of course all things art. As a first time head editor, Allyson is more than excited to create intriguing graphics and work with talented members of the graphic design and Temple News community. You can reach Allyson anytime at

Maggie Fitzgerald
Director of Audience Engagement

Maggie Fitzgerald is a junior journalism major. She’s excited to be returning on staff at The Temple News after serving as Audience Engagement Editor last year.

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Emily Lewis
Public Engagement Coordinator

Emily Lewis is a junior marketing major with a double minor in public relations and management information systems. She is so excited to be The Temple News’ first Public Engagement Coordinator. Emily previously worked for TTN as the Assistant Engagement Editor. At Temple, she is a member of the American Marketing Association, Business Honors Student Association, and is the Junior Student Coordinator for the Honors Admissions and Transitions Team (HATT).

Taylor Hargraves
Audience Engagement Editor

Taylor Hargraves is a senior Media Studies and Production major with a concentration in Media Analysis and a minor in Political Science. Working as an Audience Engagement Editor, she aims to deliver quality social media posts to enhance viewer engagement. Taylor is also  currently working at 6abc in the Public Relations department focusing on Community Engagement. While offline, Taylor enjoys personal content creation and reading. Her favorite book this year is Luster by Raven Leilani. Taylor can be reached at

Sara Wexler
Audience Engagement Editor

Sara Wexler is a senior advertising major with a concentration in brand strategy & research. This semester will be her first time working as an audience engagement editor for the Temple News, and she’s excited for the upcoming year. During the fall, Sara will also work as an influencer relations and social media marketing intern at the advertising agency Allen & Gerritsen. When Sara is not working, she enjoys cooking, playing with her cat, and going out in the city with friends. Feel free to reach out to Sara at

Nicole Aquino

Multimedia Editor

Nicole Aquino, a senior media studies and production major, is excited to take on the role as multimedia editor for her first year with The Temple News. She looks forward to producing compelling news stories. Currently, she is a video editor for the marketing and communication department for the Beasley School of Law. Her recent internships include Kathy Wickline Casting and Nine Dots. Nicole is passionate about film and in her free time enjoys watching movies, reading, and writing. You can reach her at

Nate Pullano

Multimedia Editor

Nate Pullano is excited to join The Temple News as Multimedia Editor. He’ll be working with the TTN Sports team to produce visual content. You can reach him at 

Rachel Townsend

Data Editor

Rachel Townsend is a junior political science major with an environmental studies minor. This is her first year working as the Data Editor for the Temple News. She is excited to dive into the role and work with an amazing team. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and taking care of her plants. She can be reached at


Olivia Hall

Podcast Edtior

Olivia Hall is a senior double majoring in Film & Media Arts and Media Studies and Production. She is ecstatic to be returning to The Temple News staff as the Podcast Editor for a second consecutive year. Her love for the art of sound stemmed from her alternative rap duo, Bug Milk. Olivia is a member of Temple’s fencing club and the Psi Colony of DKA. Currently, she is also an intern at Jam In The Van. In her quieter moments, she can be found drinking kombucha, making music, or reading manga. Olivia can be reached at

Isabella Medina

Web Editor

Isabella Medina is a senior film and media major and is excited to be joining Temple News as web editor. She is thrilled to take on the role and be involved with Temple University. Isabella interned in Spain this summer for Siel Bleu, where she helped edit videos, redesign websites, and create graphics. Isabella enjoys working out, sports, travel, and food. She can be reached at

Kurt Nolasco
Business Manager

Kurt Nolasco is excited to join The Temple News as Business Manager. You can reach him at 

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Rose Mastrangelo
Advertising Manager

Rose Mastrangelo is a senior studying advertising, concentrating on brand strategy and research. She is grateful to be returning as one of two Advertising Managers for The Temple News. She is passionate about the environment and anything food related. In her free time can be found trying out new mediums of art. Rose recently completed an internship with 100 Roses From Concrete as a media planner and data analyzer. She is more than happy to connect at


Matthew Eaton
Advertising Manager

Matthew Eaton is a sophomore studying advertising, concentrating on account management and copywriting, while also studying theater. He is so thrilled to join The Temple News team this year as one of two Advertising Managers. He has experience at advertising firms such as The Martin Agency and McKinney Agency. Matthew studied abroad in Prague this past summer and experienced some of the great performance art and food the Czech Republic had to offer. One can connect with Matthew at