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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Gillian McGoldrick

Editor in Chief

Gillian McGoldrick is the Editor in Chief of The Temple News and a senior journalism major. She spent her summer interning in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, as one of two interns for the Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents’ Association. She is driven by news – as the former Assistant News and News Editor at The Temple News – and has a special interest in solutions journalism from a prior internship at the civic-engagement focused publication, the Philadelphia Citizen. She is one of the winningest student journalists in the state, including awards like Best Philadelphian in Philadelphia magazine’s “Best of Philly” edition and the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism from the University of Oregon. She loves to talk about politics and puppies. She can be reached at or

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Kelly Brennan

Managing Editor

Kelly Brennan is a junior journalism major and is so excited to be the Managing Editor at The Temple News this year. This summer, she interned at the Philadelphia Inquirer on the Power and Policy desk, covering breaking news, local politics and crime. When she’s not reporting, Kelly likes to run and explore the city. Feel free to reach out to her at

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Julie Christie
Digital Managing Editor

Julie Christie is The Temple News’ Digital Managing Editor and a senior journalism major. She was previously the Enterprise Editor and News Editor at TTN. She spent last summer at Investigative Reporters and Editors as the 2017 Google News Initiative fellow. Julie likes to go through spreadsheets and databases to look for stories or big ideas and then she’ll make something to help other people understand it. She also has a passion for the Freedom of Information Act and public access. Her idea of relaxation is making loaded home fries or pasta. Email her tips, ideas or questions at

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Evan Easterling
Chief Copy Editor

Evan Easterling is a senior journalism major with minors in sport management and environmental studies from West Orange, New Jersey. He has interned for Broke in Philly, the Philadelphia Inquirer and WBCB 1490. He has also written for SB Nation’s Brotherly Game site, Philly Sports Digest and The Progress in Caldwell, New Jersey. Contact Evan at with hiking trail suggestions and other inquiries.
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Greta Anderson
News Editor

Greta Anderson is the News Editor for The Temple News. She is bilingual, and just finished an apprenticeship with AL DÍA News Media in Philadelphia, documenting the Latino experience in the city and nation. With experience in HTML, CSS and JavaScript markup languages through her classes and a political research internship in Washington, D.C., Greta is intrigued by large data sets and interactive visualizations and shoots photos for her reporting and for fun. She is double-majoring in journalism and Spanish and earned a Latin American studies certificate after dedicating a semester to an all-Spanish program. Greta also works as a peer writing tutor at the Fox School of Business Communications Center. She can be reached at

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Will Bleier
Deputy City Editor

Will Bleier, a sophomore public relations major, is the Deputy City Editor. He was formerly a copy editor and community beat reporter for The Temple News. In his reporting, he loves to meet residents and learn more about their stories. His favorite topic to cover is how the university responds to the concerns of the North Philadelphia community. In his free time, Will loves to visit new places and try new foods. Get in touch with him at
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Grace Shallow
Deputy Investigations Editor

Grace Shallow is the Investigations Editor at The Temple News and a regular freelancer for Generocity. Her work has also been published by outlets such as the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, Billy Penn, PlanPhilly and She loves writing about health and people helping other people — before, after and while she drinks coffee. She can be reached at

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Jayna Schaffer
Opinion Editor

Jayna Alexandra, a junior journalism major, is continuing in her position as opinion editor this year. She interned with PHL 17 Morning News and is now interning with Good Day Philadelphia on Fox 29. She also works with the university’s Spanish broadcast programs Update Ahora and Lo Último. She loves Halloween and even keeps a jack-o-lantern and a bowl of candy on her desk year round. She can be reached at
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Laura Smythe
Features Editor

Laura Smythe is the features editor of The Temple News and a senior journalism student. She enjoys writing about art and culture, community news, mental health and women’s issues. Laura fell in love with journalism while traveling around Europe, Africa and Latin America before attending Temple University. She has reported internationally in South Africa, where she wrote an enterprise article about sexual violence in the country. Laura has also worked as a Lew Klein Reporting Fellow with Philadelphia Neighborhoods covering immigration in Philadelphia and her past bylines include Philadelphia magazine and Generocity. In her spare time she enjoys going out to new places in the city and spoiling her cat. You can reach her at

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Zari Tarazona
Deputy Features Editor

Zari Tarazona is a senior journalism student at Temple University. She is obsessed with cats, TV shows and breakfast. Zari hopes to stay in Philadelphia and continue telling people’s stories after she graduates. She can be reached at

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Claire Wolters
Intersection Editor

Claire Wolters is a junior journalism major at Temple University. She is the Intersection Editor at The Temple News and freelanced for the Features section in the winter and spring of 2018. This summer, Claire interned with the Lifestyle department at The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has previously been involved with College Fashionista and Her Campus. Her target audience is college age readers and her favorite topics to write about are issues raised by community members or the student body. Email her at with pitches, tips, or suggestions.

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Michael Zingrone
Co-Sports Editor

Michael Zingrone is a junior journalism major with a minor in sports management. Michael has written for The Temple News the past two years. Also, Michael is involved with WHIP, Temple’s student radio station, along with his personal sports podcast “The First Line.” You can find Michael on tweeting about sports, or you may see him at a Flyers or
Eagles home game. Michael can be reached at

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Sam Neumann
Co-Sports Editor

Sam Neumann is a sophomore journalism major from Charlotte, North Carolina. He currently is a staff writer for USA Today’s Jets Wire. His articles have been syndicated on Bleacher Report, Yahoo Sports, USA Today Sports, and the Charlotte Observer. He has also contributed for the Temple Update’s Sports Desk covering Women’s Basketball and Men’s Soccer. Contact him at

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Dylan Long
Photo Editor

Dylan Long, a senior Journalism major with a minor in Spanish, is currently Co-Photo Editor for The Temple News. Born and raised in the Bella Vista neighborhood of South Philadelphia, Dylan discovered his passion for writing at a young age and has been photographing everything from live music to abandoned buildings since high school. After years of freelancing in Philadelphia and a recent five-month trip to Spain, Dylan has developed a passion for journalism both at home and abroad. His primary goal is to continue seeking out important and interesting stories while giving a voice to the voiceless through visual storytelling. You can reach him at

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Luke Smith
Assistant Photo Editor

Luke Smith is a sophomore Undeclared Business major born and raised in the always sunny Philadelphia. He’s been taking photos since he was a young lad and enjoys collecting film cameras, ranging from 35mm rangefinders to hefty Polaroid land cameras. When he’s not taking photos for The Temple News he enjoys urban exploration, playing guitar, going to DIY shows, and waving at dogs on the street. Hit him up at

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Claire Halloran
Design Editor

Claire Halloran is The Temple News’ Design Editor. As a senior journalism major with a concentration in data journalism, Claire is passionate about visual communication, cryptocurrency, and harm reduction. Outside of the news room, Claire has an affinity for animal rescue and Fox’s 12 season crime show hit “Bones.”

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Siani Colon
Assistant Director of Engagement

Siani Colón is the Assistant Director of Engagement. She is a junior journalism major, minoring in Latin American studies. She has previously written for The Temple News Opinion section. Siani is also an editorial fellow for Motivos magazine, a bilingual youth-focused magazine based in Philadelphia. Siani enjoys writing on topics centering around identity. Outside of writing, she loves astrology and reading comics. You can reach her at

Madison Seitchik

Web Editor

Madison is a sophomore Media Studies and Production major with a minor in Public Relations. Madison previously freelanced for The Temple News and is very excited to officially be a part of the team. You can also find Madison anchoring for Temple Update Now, at PRowl Public Relations as an account associate, volunteering for Hootathon and Habitat For Humanity, or grabbing Bagel Hut and an iced caramel latte before class. She aspires to be an organized, self-care queen who lives with as many dogs as her landlord will allow. If you have any questions for Madison be sure to email her at
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Ian Walker
Visuals Editor

Ian Walker is a junior journalism and information science & technology major. He was formerly the assistant features editor for The Temple News. Last summer, Ian worked at the marketing company ReminderMedia as a project management intern. In his spare time, he loves to play the drums and piano. He can be reached at

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Kelsey McGill
Advertising Manager

Kelsey McGill, one of two Advertising Managers at the Temple News, is a junior advertising major. She spent her summer as an Account Manager Intern for Kingdom Social Media in Center City. You can catch her exploring the city and tending to her succulents. Get in touch with her at

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Phuong Tran
Advertising Manager

Phuong Tran, the Co-Advertising manager for The Temple News, is a third-year Advertising student. She spent the past summer interning at an Ad agency and enjoying the heavenly cuisine of Hanoi, Vietnam, where she comes from. As a certified global citizen, Phuong loves traveling, exploring new places and trying out new foods. If you’re interested in learning about all the kinds of noodles in the world, reach out to her at