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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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Spring 2022 Editorial Staff


Cameron Martinez (she/her) is the editor-in-chief 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.

Managing Editor

Liz McLane (she/her) is the city life editor for The Front this quarter. She is a senior majoring in journalism with a news and editorial emphasis with a Salish Sea studies minor. This is Liz's fourth quarter working in The Front's newsroom. She loves watching terrible Netflix shows (recent favorite: Fate: The Winx Saga) hanging around Bellingham's vintage thrift stores and drinking Red Bull.

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

City News Editor

Katie McNabb (she/her) is the city news editor for The Front this quarter. She is a third-year majoring in English with a creative writing emphasis, and minoring in journalism and film studies. Her reporting typically focuses on science and environmentalism. When not working or doing homework, she can be found reading, cooking or doing anything to get outside and enjoy the sun. Contact Katie at or

City Life Editor

Brianna Poulos (she/her) is the City Life Editor for The Front. She is a fourth-year, majoring in news/editorial journalism with minors in English and communication studies. After graduating this June of 2022, she is moving to New York City to pursue a master’s degree in engagement journalism. Brianna has published work with The Front, Klipsun Magazine and Bellingham Alive Magazine. She loves tea, painting and crocheting. She is also obsessed with making banana bread.

Contact Brianna at or find her on instagram @ brianna.poulos

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 and she is excited to start her seventh quarter as an editor. She likes discussions about grammar, deep dives into Middle English literature, and drinking copious amounts of tea in her free time.

You can reach her at or at

Campus Life Editor

Sol Vandeman (they/he) is the campus life editor for The Front this quarter. They’re a sophomore currently pursuing a major in journalism with a minor in women, gender and sexuality studies. Sol would describe themselves as the “Elle Woods” of The Front. 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 divas. Their Instagram is @solasinthesun. 

You can contact them at or

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.)

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

Rosie Roman (they/them) is the social media editor for The Front this quarter. They are a third-year senior majoring in political science with a double minor in communication studies and psychology. They will be graduating this quarter and hope to work in communications for non-profit organizations in the humanitarian aid sector. When they aren’t creating content, Rosie can be found playing guitar, crafting in the kitchen, or buried under a mountain of homework.

You can reach out to them with questions or comments at or

Multimedia Editor

Ryan Scott (he/him) is a third-year Visual Journalism major and multimedia 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

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

Hannah Cross (she/her) is the photo editor for The Front. She is a fourth-year visual journalism student with a concentration in sociology. When she’s not commuting to and from campus, Hannah can be found outside with her camera or ordering an overpriced coffee at a local coffee shop.

You can view some of her work on Instagram @hannah.e.cross, and can contact her with questions or comments at


Jazmín Muratalla-Sánchez (she/her) is the illustrator for The Front this spring quarter. This is her first time working for The Front and her first year attending Western. She is aiming to major in business marketing and minor in design. She hopes to present different kinds of unique people with her work on The Front for many to see. Outside of school, she enjoys drawing, listening to music, and watching lots of cartoons in her free time.

You can find her art on Instagram @lazyperfectionistartist or contact her at 

Special Projects Editor

Gaia Crans (he/him) is the special projects editor for The Front. He is a senior news/editorial journalism student with a minor in sociology. When he’s not writing or stressing over the existence of the Oxford comma, Gaia enjoys climbing at Vital or spending time outside with his dog, Nova.

You can find him and pictures of his adorable pup on Instagram @captaingooya or contact him at

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