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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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Winter 2022 Editorial Staff


Emily Bassett (she/her) is the editor-in-chief 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 and she is excited to start her sixth quarter as an editor. She likes discussions about grammar, deep dives into Old English literature, and baking in her free time.

You can reach her at or at

Managing Editor

Cameron Martinez (she/her) is the managing editor for The Front this quarter. She is majoring in visual journalism with a double minor in queer studies and anthropology. 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.

City News Editor

CJ Tonnes (he/him) is the City News Editor for The Front. He is a third-year sociology major with plans to minor in political science. His focus is on the city in the broader policy environment and in current social issues like homelessness and land use.

You can reach him at or

City Life Editor

Liz McLane (she/her) is the city life 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 third quarter working in The Front's newsroom. She loves watching terrible Netflix movies (recent favorite: Love Hard) hanging around Bellingham's vintage thrift stores and drinking Red Bull.

Find her on Instagram @elizabethmclane, Twitter @lizmclane or over email at

Campus News Editor

Katie McNabb (she/her) is the campus news editor for The Front this quarter. She is a third-year, majoring in English with a creative writing emphasis, as well as minoring in journalism and film studies. Her reporting interests mainly include science and environmentalism. In her free time, she enjoys reading, visiting coffee shops and spending time outside.

You can reach her at

Campus Life Editor

Milo Openshaw (he/him) is the campus life editor for The Front this quarter. He's a junior majoring in creative writing with a teaching endorsement. This year he will read 60 books and write at least one.

You can reach him at or you can find him on Instagram @miloohno if you want to see him. Or don't. (I wouldn't recommend it.)

Opinion and Outreach Editor

Al Hartt (all pronouns) is the opinions and outreach editor for The Front this quarter. Although it is only their second quarter at Western, Al is currently pursuing an English major with a teaching endorsement. Al enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons, watching and discussing film, and telling stories new and old. You can find them on Instagram @harttrhymeswithfart.

You can contact them at

Sports and Recreation Editor

Finn Wendt (he/him) is the sports and recreation editor for The Front this quarter. He is a visual journalism major with a minor in sociology. As a reporter, he has focused on WWU sports and hiking around Whatcom County. Outside of journalism, he enjoys thrifting too many old cameras, eating good food and spending time in the outdoors.

You can reach him at or

Social Media Editor

Hannah Cross (she/her) is the social media editor for The Front this quarter. She is a fourth-year, majoring in visual journalism with a concentration in sociology. 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

Multimedia Editor

Garrett Rahn (he/they) is the Multimedia Editor for The Front this winter. They are a Visual Journalism major with a minor in Audio Technologies, Music and Society. He has been writing, filming, recording and editing audio and video for four years now. When they’re not pursuing a story, you can either find them playing guitar, flute and drums or cooking some new recipe. His Twitter is @hint_of_nooch and his Instagram is @Garrett_Rahn.

You can contact him at or

Copy Desk

Nadia Schick (they/them) is the copy editor for The Front this quarter. They are a senior majoring in Creative Writing and Literature. When not reading and critiquing fiction, Nadia can be found cataloging local plants and fungi, discussing science, and researching their latest passions.

Nadia can be reached through or

Elaina Johnson (she/her) is the copy editor for The Front this quarter. She is a junior double majoring in Political Science and English with a Creative Writing emphasis. Outside of working for The Front and being a student, Elaina enjoys watching movies, creating art, and going to coffee shops.

You can reach her at or

Photo editor

Julia Brigolin (she/her) is the Photo Editor this quarter for The Front! Getting her degree in Creative Writing with the Teaching Endorsement option, this junior's hobbies include photography, writing, reading, and playing video games. Storytelling can come in many forms, and she aims to capture them all.

To reach her, her email is Stay curious!


Al Short (they/them) is the illustrator for The Front this winter. This is their first quarter working for The Front and their fourth year at Western. Aside from The Front, Al works for the Viking Union Gallery and is the president of Fungi and Foraging Club. They are a Fairhaven student majoring in ecology and illustration, and minoring in graphic design. They love illustrating, foraging, and reading!

You can reach them at 

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