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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Kelly Brennan

Editor in Chief

Kelly Brennan, a senior journalism major, is so excited to be the editor-in-chief of The Temple News this year. She has worked for the student newspaper since her freshman year at Temple and was most recently the managing editor. She is a former intern for the Philadelphia Inquirer on the Power and Policy Desk. Outside of the newsroom, you can find Kelly watching movies, going on a run and always consuming too much caffeine. Kelly always wants to hear from our readers, so please drop her a line at or

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Pavlina Cerna

Managing Editor

Pavlina Cerna is a senior journalism major, and thrilled to join the staff as the managing editor this year. Born and raised in the Czech Republic, she is very passionate about social issues regarding immigration. Besides The Temple News, Pavlína also writes for Freely Magazine. She hopes to see even bigger growth of diversity in the paper this year and more students involved in the content creation. Her favorite self-care practice is yoga and favorite pastime is reading. She loves to talk, especially over coffee, so with any tips, ideas or concerns, contact her at

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Rjaa Ahmed

Digital Managing Editor

Rjaa Ahmed is a junior journalism major from Temple, and is an international student from Pakistan. She is also part of the senior editorial team at Freely Magazine and Templar. A passionate intersectional feminist and activist, she feels strongly about human rights, racism and press censorship in her home country. As a self-proclaimed workaholic, Rjaa also works as a part-time digital communications assistant at the College of Public Health, and as a data analysis intern for Temple Advising. She’s previously worked at the City of Philadelphia and UNICEF. Outside of the newsroom, Rjaa can often be found ranting about politics and complaining about her frequent migraines. You can reach Rjaa at

Francesca Furey
Chief Copy Editor

Francesca Furey is the chief copy editor at The Temple News and a senior journalism & history double major. She spent her summer interning at Hudson Valley Magazine and working at her hometown coffeeshop. Francesca is also the editor-in-chief of REFINE Magazine. Driven by her passion for world perspective, culture and sustainability, Francesca plans to travel the globe and share her experiences to anyone who’ll listen. When not editing, you can find Francesca sipping on matcha lattes and adding more plants to her seemingly endless collection. Drop her a line at

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Colin Evans
News Editor

Colin Evans is the news editor for The Temple News, having previously worked as a freelancer and crime beat reporter. A junior journalism and economics double major, he worked most recently as an intern for LNP, a Lancaster-based newspaper. His main interests are investigative reporting, data-focused journalism and breaking news coverage. Colin hopes to uphold The Temple News’ reputation as a responsible, inclusive and community-driven publication. Get in touch with Colin at

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Hal Conte
Assistant News Editor

Hal Conte is the assistant news editor of The Temple News and a senior journalism major. He also writes the weekly activism column for Freely Magazine. Hal interned at Parliament House in London this summer, writing blog posts and helping connect global government and business leaders. Hal has had bylines in the Bucks County Courier Times, Levittown Now, Newtown PA Now and was managing editor of the Centurion. He’s a fan of books, pasta, coffee and spending time with friends. He’s not a fan of oppression or restrictions on the press. He can be reached at

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Valerie Dowret
Assistant News Editor

Valerie Dowret is a junior journalism major with a minor in Spanish. Valerie is excited to be working as an assistant news editor this semester and has written for The Temple News since her freshman year. Previously, Valerie was an intern at Broke in Philly, Henry Street Settlement and WBAI Pacifica. Valerie enjoys writing about issues students face on campus. To get in touch with Valerie, email her at

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Tyler Perez
Opinion Editor

Tyler Perez, who is beginning his first year as the opinion editor, is a sophomore secondary education and English major with a concentration in creative writing. This summer, he interned at Spells Writing Lab teaching Philadelphia youth about creative writing. Tyler hopes to one day self-publish a book of his own poetry. In the meantime, he wants to teach, incorporating hip-hop studies and film criticism into the English classroom. His favorite subjects to write about are music news, social justice and education inequality. Outside of the newsroom, you can find Tyler listening to music, exploring Philadelphia, or rewatching “Moonlight.” Email him at with pitches, suggestions, and more.
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Madison Karas
Features Editor

Madison Karas is a sophomore journalism and economics major from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has previously worked as a features beat reporter and freelance photographer for The Temple News. This summer, Madison wrote about socioeconomic issues for a Durham-based nonprofit and worked on an urban barista-focused research study in Temple’s Department of Sociology. Her favorite stories to write are ones that highlight unique individuals and communities being brought together. When she’s not in the newsroom, she likes listening to all genres of music, shooting street and travel photography, watching “That 70s Show” and spending time outside. She can be reached at for story ideas, tips, or suggestions.

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Bibiana Correa
Assistant Features Editor

Bibi Correa is a sophomore journalism major with a Spanish minor. She found her passion for journalism in high school and since then has been trying to find more ways to get involved in the business. She’s a part of La Charla, a Spanish talk show on TUTV, and is a PR intern at Accion Colombia. She is a proud albino, Colombian woman and loves everything to do with reggaeton and cooking. Get in touch with Bibi at

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Ayooluwa Ariyo
Assistant Features Editor

Ayooluwa Ariyo is a senior journalism major and the assistant features editor for web. Previously, she interned at The Philadelphia Inquirer on the News Features desk covering features and human interest stories in Philadelphia. She has also interned for The Philadelphia Citizen and Get Healthy Philly. She is interested in solutions journalism, photography and stories about food, education and health. You can catch her reading on the train and having conversations with people over food. Feel free to reach out to her at

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Gionna Kinchen
Intersection Co-Editor

Gionna Kinchen is a sophomore journalism major at Temple University and the intersection co-editor at The Temple News. She previously freelanced for The Temple News features section. Gionna is a strong believer in the power of words to enact change and hopes to engage people of all identities and backgrounds through her work as a journalist. In her free time, she enjoys analyzing films, going to concerts and drinking as much iced coffee as her body can handle. Gionna can be reached at

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Nico Cisneros
Intersection Co-Editor

Nico Cisneros is a junior journalism major. She began freelancing for The Temple News in Fall 2019 after transferring from Bucks County Community College. There, she worked for the student government as director of digital advocacy and for the school’s newspaper as a columnist and assistant managing editor. She is a proud 2016 Keystone Press Award winner and two-time AmeriCorps alumna. When not writing or editing, Nico’s working at her local library, making music mixes and discovering new food throughout the Philly metro area. Get in touch with Nico at

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Jay Neemeyer
Sports Editor

Jay Neemeyer is a senior journalism major with a sport and society certificate from the College of Liberal Arts. Jay has been with The Temple News since 2016 and is also involved with the Temple Club Ice Hockey media team. Jay writes for SB Nation’s San Jose Sharks blog “Fear the Fin.” Reach Jay at

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Dante Collinelli
Assistant Sports Editor

Dante Collinelli is a sophomore journalism major. He covers the NFL Draft for He spent his summer waiting tables at Dominick Pizza shop in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. He spends his free time watching sports, browsing Twitter and eating pizza. He can be reached at

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Alex McGinley
Assistant Sports Editor

Alex McGinley is a senior journalism major from Chester County, Pennsylvania. He has written for the Temple News since his freshman year. Alex has also written for Philly Sports Digest. He considers himself to be a huge fan of Philadelphia sports teams. When he’s not watching or writing about sports, Alex likes to play basketball and video games. Alex can be reached at

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Jeremy Elvas
Photo Editor

Jeremy Elvas, a sophomore journalism major, is the current photo editor for The Temple News. Raised in his hometown of Iloilo City, Philippines, he moved to the suburbs of Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, at the age of 6. Jeremy is the photographer behind Owls of Temple, a spin-off of the popular Humans of New York blog. He has a passion for making connections through his work and photographing the diversity of his subjects. In his free time, he enjoys going to concerts in Philly with his friends and binge-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender. You can contact him at

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Claudia Salvato
Assistant Photo Editor

Claudia Salvato is a senior journalism major. She recently completed the International Storytelling Program in South Africa and currently works at Kensington Voice coordinating community workshops. She is so excited to have the opportunity to continue communicating and connecting with people through photography. When she is not working, you can find Claudia at a concert or exploring the city. Feel free to reach out at

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Ingrid Slater
Design Editor

Ingrid Slater, a sophomore journalism major, is The Temple News’ design editor. Ingrid’s interests lie in immersive and interactive visual storytelling as well as sustainability and fashion. Outside of the newsroom, you can find Ingrid in local Philly thrift stores or in her apartment watching Old Hollywood movies. Get in touch with Ingrid at

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Nicole Hwang

Nicole Hwang, a sophomore at Tyler School of Art, is a designer for the newspaper. She loves working with other people and learning new things from them. For The Temple News, she wants to create more visual engagement for the website and the newsprint. She spends a lot of time with projects for classes but in her free time, she likes to learn about astrology and fortune telling. Get in touch with Nicole at


Mike Moscarelli
Director of Engagement

Mike Moscarelli is a senior media studies and production and corporate finance double major at Temple University and is the director of engagement at The Temple News. Previously, he has worked as a freelance podcast producer and served as a newsroom intern at WHYY. When he’s not in the newsroom, you can find Mike reading, running or making music. Get in touch with Mike at

Erik Coombs

Multimedia Editor

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

Lubin Park
Business Manager

Lubin Park is a senior human resource management major from Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. He has had previous experience working with non-profit organizations such as The Borden Project and Patriot Placements Inc. Outside of his work with The Temple News, he serves as a resident assistant and an Owl Ambassador. He has proudly eaten at 40+ cheesesteak establishments in Center City and loves the Toronto Maple Leafs. He can be contacted at

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Kelsey McGill
Advertising Manager

Kelsey McGill, one of two advertising managers at The Temple News, is a senior advertising major. She spent her summer as a digital strategy intern for a pharmaceutical company. You can catch her exploring the city to find the best coffee shops around and tending to her family of succulents. Get in touch with her at

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Phuong Tran
Advertising Manager