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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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Kie Relyea relyead@wwu.edu

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Winter 2023 Editorial Staff

Editor-in-Chief

Elaina Johnson (she/her) is a fourth-year political science major who has preivously copy edited for The Front and now is the winter Editor-in-Chief. She hopes to make big change this quarter and heal the many lost relationships with The Front and its readers. In her free time outside of The Front, she can be found playing Fortnite unironically, watching movies and drinking oatmilk chai.

Managing Editor

Madisun Tobisch (she/her) is a third-year news/editorial major who has worked for The Front in some capacity since winter of last year. After all this time, her love of local news and celebrating the voices of her community keep her coming back for more. As managing editor this quarter, she hopes to further The Front's mission of keeping readers, both new and returning, informed and engaged. While not in the newsroom, Madisun can be found barista-ing, watching movies or trying to be creative.

City News Editor

Olivia Palmer (she/her) is the city news editor for The Front this quarter. She's a fourth-year environmental journalism major who loves running, playing violin and swimming in alpine lakes. She's excited to be spending her last quarter at Western back in the newsroom.

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

City Life Editor

Tallie Johnson (she/her) is the city life editor for The Front this quarter. She is majoring in journalism with a public relations focus. Tallie enjoys covering arts and entertainment, local nonprofits and small businesses in Bellingham. In her free time, she spends time with friends, family and her many animals.

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

Campus News Editor

Nina Walsh (she/her) is the campus news editor for The Front this quarter. She's a fourth-year student studying journalism and political science and is in her last quarter here at Western. Her previous reporting broadly covers politics and social issues in Whatcom County, and she's passionate about uplifting marginalized voices through her stories. In her free time, you can find her reading, knitting or talking to her cat.

You can contact her at campusnewseditor.thefront@gmail.com or at ninawalsh.thefront@gmail.com. 

Campus Life Editor

Joshua Kornfeld (he/him) is the campus life editor editor for the Front this quarter. He is a junior majoring in journalism who enjoys photography, live music and exploring new coffee shops.

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

Sports Editor

Jack Glenn (he/him) is the sports and recreation editor in his third quarter at The Front. He is pursuing a news/editorial degree in journalism. In his free time, Jack enjoys reading, snowboarding, playing basketball and spending time with friends and family.

If you have any questions or would simply like to contact him, his email is jackglenn.thefront@gmail.com.

Opinions and Outreach Editor

Sydney Jackson (she/her) is the opinions and outreach editor for The Front. She is a WWU senior majoring in journalism with a political science focus. Her research and reporting interests include politics, health sciences, social issues and the arts. She enjoys fashion, music, film, reading and creative writing. 

Diversity and Inclusion Outreach Editor

Sol Vandeman (they/she) is the diversity and inclusion outreach 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 four quarters and is passionate about promoting fair representation for marginalized voices. 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 dio.thefront@gmail.com or solvandeman.thefront@gmail.com. Their Instagram is @solasinthesun.

Photo Editor

Aislinn Jones (she/her) is the photo editor for The Front this quarter. She is a junior but this is her second quarter at WWU after getting her Associate Degree in the Seattle area. She studies Visual Journalism. Outside of school, she enjoys anything artistic (drawing, painting, taking photos, etc) and listening to music!

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

Social Media Editor

Reva Karnik (she/her) is the social media editor for The Front this quarter. She is a fourth-year molecular biology major. In her free time, she enjoys making video diaries, lifting at the rec and getting matcha with friends.

You can reach her at reva.thefront@gmail.com.

Copy Desk

Maven Neumiller (she/they) is one of two copy editors for The Front this quarter. She is a first-year Western student studying Linguistics and Chinese, and spends her free time learning new languages, listening to music, and getting lost in fantasy novels.

You can contact them at mavenneumiller.thefront@gmail.com.

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 the Lynden Tribune, 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. 

Illustrator

Lee Silverstein (he/they) is a second-year student at WWU who is studying arts and design. Lee enjoys working on character design and story driven pieces, especially those based in fantasy. In his free time, he’s likely drawing or playing a TTRPG with his best friends.

You can reach him at: leesilv.thefront@gmail.com.


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