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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.

Please contact The Front’s editors with any questions, comments or concerns about this site or our coverage of Western, Bellingham, and Whatcom County.

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Kie Relyea

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Fall 2021 Editorial Staff

Nate Sanford (he/him) is the editor-in-chief of The Western Front and a fourth-year news/editorial journalism major. His reporting focuses on the environment, local politics, culture and anything else that matters. His writing has appeared in Crosscut, the Inlander, Whatcom Watch and at least one desk in Haggard Hall.

You can find him on Twitter @sanford_nate. You can contact him at or at

Managing Editor

Elisa Espinoza (she/her) is the managing editor for The Front this fall quarter. She is a fourth-year communication studies major and journalism minor. She previously worked as the campus life editor and her work focuses on Western Washington University’s community news and seeks to diversify the newspaper’s coverage of historically underrepresented groups. You can contact her at

City News Editor

Clifford Heberden (he/him) is the City News Editor for The Front. He’s a third year News/Ed major planning to minor in Philosophy.
With his reporting, he’s mainly focused on local and state-wide environmental news and legislation but has also worked to report on social issues in Whatcom County. You can reach him at or
His Twitter handle is @cliffbutonline.

City Life Editor

Teya Heidenreich (she/her) is this quarter's City Life editor. She likes to report about the environment, community mobilization and fashion. She loves animals and doesn't really know how to talk about anything else. You can find her at @teyaribbon on Instagram, at or at

Campus News Editor

Emily Bassett (she/her) is the campus news editor for The Front this quarter. She is a third-year, majoring in medieval literature with minors in communication studies and education & social justice. Her writing interests include focusing on education issues and building community relationships. She likes discussions about grammar, deep dives into Old English literature, and baking in her free time. You can reach her at or

Campus Life Editor

Cameron Martinez (she/her) is the campus life editor for The Front this quarter. She is majoring in visual journalism with a minor in queer studies. She has written stories ranging from making sushi on a budget to murder hornets on campus. When not reporting, she enjoys listening to podcasts and playing arcade games. You can reach her at or Her Instagram handle is @doctorcameron.

Opinions Editor

Izzie Lund (she/her) is the opinions and outreach editor for The Front this quarter. She is a fourth-year journalism and political science major. Outside of journalism, you can find her working on her book series, baking cookies and exploring new places in the Pacific Northwest. You can reach out to her at, and also on Twitter @IzzieLund.

Sports Editor

Juan Baldovinos Jr. (he/him) is the sports editor for The Front this fall. He is majoring in Journalism in the News/ Editorial BA program. When not editing Juan enjoys spending time with his family, and watching sports. Juan has goals to be a sports journalist. You can contact Juan at or at

Social Media Editor

Liz McLane (she/her) is the social media editor for The Front this quarter. She is a junior on track to major in journalism with a news and editorial emphasis. This is Liz's second quarter working in The Front's newsroom. She loves watching terrible Netflix movies (recent favorite: He's All That), hanging around Bellingham's vintage thrift stores and drinking Red Bull. Find her on Instagram @elizabethmclane, Twitter @lizmclane or over email at

Multimedia Editor

Kyle Tubbs (he/him) is the Multimedia editor for The Front this fall. He is a visual journalism major with a minor in history with a focus on the U.S. and Europe. He was a multimedia reporter in the spring of 2020 and an assistant producer on The ForeFront podcast in spring 2021. Outside of the Front he spends his time taking photos, playing games and drinking too much coffee. You can find him on Twitter @KyleATubbs and Instagram @kyle_tubbs_photo. You can contact him at or

Copy Desk

Gaia Crans (he/him) is the copy chief for The Front. He is a senior news/editorial journalism student minoring in sociology. When he’s not writing or stressing over the existence of the Oxford comma, Gaia enjoys spending time outside with his dog, Nova. You can find him and pictures of his adorable pup on Instagram @captaingooya. You can also contact him at or at

Adriannah Roman (she/her) is the copy editor for The Front. She is a senior majoring in public relations journalism with minors in communication studies and anthropology. Adriannah has been on The Front for two quarters and has written numerous stories ranging from the mars rover project to Western's late-night shuttle changes.  During her free time, she enjoys supporting local coffee shops and sightseeing. You can reach her at or

Photo editor

Hannah Cross (she/her) is the Photo Editor for The Front. She is a fourth-year Visual Journalism student minoring in Sociology. This will be Hannah's second quarter as Photo Editor, a position she loves. When she's not running around campus, Hannah can be found outside with a camera in hand or at a local coffee shop drowning in homework. You can view some of her work on Instagram @hannah.e.cross, and you can also reach her with questions or comments at or

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