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The Front is the official, independent student newspaper of Western Washington University. News and opinion content is written, edited and published by students. Staff reporters are enrolled in a course in the department of journalism, but any student enrolled at Western may offer stories, photos or guest columns to the editors. The Front is primarily supported by student fees.

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Fall 2022 Editorial Staff

Editor-in-Chief

Olivia Palmer (she/her) is editor-in-chief for The Front this quarter. She's a fourth-year environmental journalism major with minors in Spanish and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies, and she's passionate about telling stories in her communities. Her likes include running and songwriting and her dislikes include leafblowers and voter suppression.

You can reach her at oliviapalmer.westernfront@gmail.com or eic.westernfront@gmail.com.

Managing Editor

Katie McNabb (she/her) is the managing editor for The Front this quarter. She’s a fourth-year double-majoring in English and journalism. Her past reporting has focused on science and the environment. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exploring Bellingham with friends and experimenting with plant-based cooking.

You can reach her at me.thefront@gmail.com or katiemcnabb.thefront@gmail.com

City News Editor

Jenelle Baumbach (she/her) is the city news editor for The Front this quarter. She is a senior studying political science and news/editorial journalism. Her past reporting broadly covers local politics, the city council and community interests. In her free time, she enjoys looking at maps and meandering around antique stores.

You can reach her at jenellebaumbach.thefront@gmail.com or at citynewseditor.thefront@gmail.com

City Life Editor

Sol Vandeman (they/he) is the city life editor for The Front this quarter. They're a third-year majoring in public relations with a minor in women, gender and sexuality studies. Sol has been on The Front for three quarters and enjoys helping reporters create informative and inspirational stories. As a reporter, they focused on art and social justice at Western. Outside of journalism, Sol enjoys doing drag and religiously listening to pop music.

You can contact them at solvandeman.thefront@gmail.com or citylifeeditor.thefront@gmail.com. Their Instagram is @solasinthesun

Campus News Editor

Isabella Loy (she/her) is the campus news editor for The Front this quarter. She's a fourth-year transfer student majoring in news/ed journalism with a concentration in Religious Studies. She has also worked on publications at her community college and at Western's magazine, Klipsun.

You can reach her at isabellaloy.thefront@gmail.com or campusnewseditor.thefront@gmail.com.

Campus Life Editor

Emily Bassett (she/her) is the campus life editor for The Front this quarter. She is in her final quarter at Western, and is a medieval literature major with a double minor in communications and education & social justice. Her writing interests include a focus on building community relationships and on inequity in education. In her free time, she likes baking, discussions about grammar, and deep dives into Middle English literature.

You can reach her at emilybassett.westernfront@gmail.com or at campuslifeeditor.thefront@gmail.com.

Sports Editor

Finlay Morrison (he/him) is sports editor for The Front this quarter. He is a fourth-year News and Editorial journalism major with a concentration in music and culture. In his free time, he enjoys skateboarding around town while listening to music, rock climbing and spending time with friends.

You can reach him at finnmorrison.thefront@gmail.com or sportsreceditor.thefront@gmail.com.

Opinion and Outreach Editor

Milo Openshaw (he/him) is the opinions and outreach editor. Again.

You can reach him on Instagram @miloohno or email him at westernfront.opeditor@gmail.com if you're interested in submitting a creative piece to The Front.

Photo Editor

Eliot Wells (he/him) is the photo editor for The Front this quarter. He's a junior studying psychology and communications, with an interest in literature and philosophy. He has been a practicing freelance, street and fine art photographer for 4 years and enjoys exploring the human condition through various mediums, such as music and filmmaking as well. In his free time, he loves to stay active playing and watching football and basketball, vibing to R&B, and cracking jokes with his buddies.

You can reach him at eliotwells.thefront@gmail.com.

Social Media Editor

Bella Neff (she/her) is social media editor for The Front this quarter. She is a fourth-year public relations journalism major with a minor in political science. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis with Western’s club team, going on walks and spending time with friends.

You can reach her at bellaneff.thefront@gmail.com or socialmediaeditor.thefront@gmail.com

Multimedia Editor

Kai Chovanak is the Multimedia Editor for The Front and a first-year student. He enjoys meeting new people and learning new things. In his free time, he enjoys track days, hikes, and shooting sports along with a long list of other things.

He can be reached at kaichovanak2.thefront@gmail.com

Copy Desk

Taras McCurdie (he/him) is one of two copy editors for The Front this quarter. He is an aspiring sports journalist entering his final year at Western Washington University (WWU). Outside of school, you can find him freelancing for local newspapers, playing on the WWU club tennis team or running on the treadmill at the Rec Center. When chilling at night, he listens to throwback slow jams and ’90s hip-hop.

You can reach him at tarasmccurdie.thefront@gmail.com. 

Madisun Tobisch (she/her) is one of two copy editors for The Front and a third-year Journalism student at Western. In her free time, she enjoys paddleboarding, taking care of her houseplants, and learning more about Bellingham.

She can be reached at madisun.thefront@gmail.com.

Illustrator

Maren Duffy (she/her) is the illustrator for The Front this quarter. She is a second-year student, planning to study biology to explore her interests in the Salish Sea and the creatures within it. Her hobbies include rock climbing, drawing the outdoors and hanging out at the harbor.

You can contact her at marenduffy.thefront@gmail.com.


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