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The Western 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 Western Front is primarily supported by student fees.

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Summer 2021 Editorial Staff

Ryan Morris (she/her) is the editor-in-chief for The Front this summer. She is a psychology major and has minors in public relations and women, gender, sexuality studies. She was an administration and faculty reporter for The Front in fall 2021, and more recently served as a volunteer public relations consultant for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services. You can find her @ryan.i.morris on Instagram, @rymo2279 on Twitter, on LinkedIn and at

Managing Editor
Sophia Struna (she/her) is the managing editor for The Front. She is a third-year news/editorial journalism major and a minor in history with a focus on U.S. and Europe. She was a city curiosities reporter for The Front in winter quarter and more recently the city news editor in spring 2021. Her work ranges from city to statewide issues, community engagement and local relationships. You can contact her at or at

City Editor
Nathan Schumock (he/him) is the city editor of The Front and a fourth-year news/editorial journalism major and a history minor. His reporting interests focus on local features as well as serious issues facing Bellingham. When he’s not working for The Front he enjoys watching as many movies and sporting events as possible. You can find him on Twitter @nate_schumock and at or at

Campus Editor
Olivia Palmer (she/her) is the campus editor for The Front this quarter. She is a third-year environmental journalism major and Spanish minor in Western’s Honors Program. Olivia is excited to be building relationships with members of the campus community this summer. In her free time, you’ll find her spending time outdoors, writing songs and working on ridiculous personal projects. She can be reached at

Opinions Editor
Caleb Lyon (he/him) is the opinion editor for the Front this quarter. He is a fourth-year studying Medieval History with minors in Latin and Law, Diversity, and Justice. Caleb has a wide range of writing interests and is hoping to expand community submissions to the Opinion section during his time at The Front. In his free time, he can be found reading, visiting museums, or enjoying the outdoors. You can reach him at

Social Media & Photo Editor
Hayley McGee (she/her) is the social media and photo editor for The Front this quarter. She is a fourth-year marketing major and public relations minor. This quarter she is striving to grow all of The Front’s social platforms as well as expand engagement with the community. When not creating content for The Front, you can find her taking photos, drinking an iced coffee or creating content for the Bellingham Bells Baseball Club this summer! You can reach her at

Community Outreach Specialist
Emily Bassett (she/her) is the community outreach specialist 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

Copy Desk
Gaia Crans (he/him) is one of two copy editors for The Front this quarter. He is a third-year 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 or contact him at or at

Kiana Doyle (she/her) is one of two copy editors for The Front this quarter. She is a fourth-year double majoring in Music and Journalism News/Editorial. She is passionate about ethical coverage of BLM protests and mental health advocacy. Outside of journalism, you can find her on Lake Samish with the women’s rowing team or playing the violin in the Western Symphony Orchestra. You can reach her at

Thomas Hughes (he/him) is the photographer for The Front this quarter. He is a fourth-year student studying visual journalism and music, and this is his final quarter here at Western. His goals for this quarter include helping to implement more multimedia content into The Front’s social media space and forming good relationships with sources and photo subjects as we all start engaging more in person again. You can find him making music for world peace at @tjake56 or making abstract photo art on Instagram, or you can reach out to him at

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