About

The Berkeley Beacon is Emerson College’s independent, student-run newspaper. Founded in 1947, the weekly publishes in print on Thursdays each fall and spring semester and online daily. The paper is a chronicle of life at Emerson — covering student government politics, campus performances, and school-wide trends.

In recent years, the paper’s reporting has revealed racial biases in the college’s tenure practices, performance space struggles for student groups, and food code violations in the campus dining facilities.

In 2011, the paper took strides in increasing its online presence by launching the first college newspaper website with a responsive design, following The Boston Globe’s release of BostonGlobe.com, the world’s first HTML5, responsive-designed newspaper site.

In 2018, the Beacon again reinvented itself a larger focus on daily journalism and uploading articles every day coinciding with the launch of a new website.

Current Masthead:

Editor-in-Chief: Maya Gacina

Advisor: Douglas Struck

Copy Managing Editor: Monika Davis

Visual Managing Editor: Kyle Bray

Business Manager: Allison Hagan

News Editor: Chris Van Buskirk

Deputy Enterprise Editor: Abigail Hadfield

Deputy Express Editor: Stephanie Purifoy

Assistant Enterprise Editor: Belen Dumont

Assistant Express Editor: Anissa Gardizy

Enterprise Reporter: Flora Li

Express Reporter: Jacob Seitz

SGA/FAB Reporter: Diano Bravo

News Staff Reporters: Tomas Gonzalez, Hanna Marchesseault

Living Arts Editor: Caroline Broderick

Deputy Arts Editor: Cassandre Coyer

Deputy Lifestyle Editor: Grace Griffin

Assistant Lifestyle Editor: Katie Redefer

Assistant Arts Editor: Frances Hui

Living Arts Staff Reporter: Melanie Curry

Sports Editor: Aaron Miller

Deputy Sports Editor: Domenic Conte

Assistant Sports Editor: Andrew Lin

Sports Staff Reporter: Jake Peter

Opinion Editor: Katie Schmidt

Deputy Opinion Editor: Diti Kohli

Assistant Opinion Editor: Ziqi Wang

Opinion Columnists: Megan Ellis, Xinyan Fu

Photo Editor: Emily Oliver

Deputy Photo Editor: Daniel Peden

Assistant Photo Editor: Maia Sperber

Staff Photographer: Cullen Granzen

Chief Copy Editor: Kyle Labe

Managing Copy Editor: Victor Morrison

Social Media Manager/Illustrator: Ally Rzesa

Web Producer: Dylan Rossiter

Video Production Manager: Austin Beatty

Copy Editors: Carissa Dunlap, Finn Ehringer, Jonathan Gardner, Allison Hagan, Autumn Pattison, Ian Vidal

Social Media Promoters: Belen Dumont, Allison Hagan

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