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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

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Summer 2022 Editorial Staff


Sol Vandeman (they/he) is the editor-in-chief of The Front this quarter. They’re a second-year currently pursuing a major in public relations with a minor in women, gender and sexuality studies. 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. Their Instagram is @solasinthesun. 

You can contact them at or

Managing Editor

Cameron Martinez (she/they) 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 playing Super Smash Bros. and drinking caffeinated beverages. 

You can reach her at or Her Instagram handle is @doctorcameron.

City Editor

Aria Nguyen (she/her) is the city news editor for The Front this quarter. She is a third-year majoring in news and editorial journalism with a minor in sociology. Her reporting is typically centered on stakeholder and community needs. Outside of the newsroom, she likes to practice martial arts and play the sims while listening to Harry Styles. 

You can reach her at

You can also find her on Instagram @_arianguyen_

Campus Editor

Jenelle Baumbach (she/her) is The Front’s campus editor for the summer. She is a senior studying political science and news/editorial journalism. She enjoys looking at maps and going to antique stores.

You can reach her by email at or on Instagram @jenellebaum

Opinion and Outreach Editor

Milo Openshaw (he/him) is the opinion and outreach 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.)

Social Media/Photo Editor

Ryan Scott (he/him) is a third-year Visual Journalism major and social media/photo editor for The Front this quarter. Outside of school, he enjoys photography, listening to music, driving, and cooking if he can find the time.

You can contact him at or

Copy Desk

Madisun Tobisch (She/Her) is a copy editor for The Front and a second-year Journalism student at WWU. In her free time, she enjoys watching horror movies, taking care of her houseplants, and learning more about Bellingham. She can be reached at

Jason Upton (he/him) is a copy editor for the Front this quarter. He is going into his fourth year at Western this fall, double majoring in journalism news/ed and economics. This is Jason’s third-quarter working with the Front, previously writing on the campus news beat and studying social media analytics as a senior reporter. In his off time, he enjoys playing basketball and guitar, or reading about either.

You can reach him at or


Rosemary Wheeler (she/they/he) is a second-year art major and illustrator for the Front this quarter. Outside of school and work, they like to spend a concerning amount of time researching(but not playing) Five Nights At Freddy's.

She can be reached at
Or at @bouquetofdames on Instagram.

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