Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

2021-2022 Masthead

Jonathan Yao

Jonathan Yao

Jonathan Yao (he/him) is a junior journalism major who serves as a Staff Writer for The Beacon’s News section. He currently lives in Rhode Island. In his free time, he plays Yu-gi-oh and writes, working on a steampunk novel....

Karenna Umscheid

Karenna Umscheid

Karenna Umscheid (she/her) is a journalism student at Emerson College, focused on arts and culture reporting, as well as writing critical essays. She also writes for Latent Images Magazine, WECB's Milk Crate, and her personal Me...

Maddie Khaw

Maddie Khaw

Maddie Khaw (she/her) is a sophomore journalism major from Portland, Oregon and serves as the assistant enterprise news editor for The Beacon. She is also minoring in women's, gender, and sexuality studies, and plays on Emerson's...

Maeve Lawler

Maeve Lawler

Maeve Lawler (she/her) is a second-year Journalism major at Emerson College, with minors in Political Science and Publishing. She aims to write stories that inform communities, as well as foster positive relationships and adva...

Sophia Pargas

Sophia Pargas

Sophia Pargas (she/her) is a junior Journalism and Marketing Communications double major from Miami, Florida. She currently serves as the Beacon’s living arts editor and enjoys this opportunity to be heavily immersed in the h...

Hadera McKay

Hadera McKay

Hadera McKay (she/her) is a junior Writing, Literature, and Publishing major with a concentration in publishing. This is her second semester serving as The Beacon’s opinion editor. McKay enjoys reading, writing poetry, and cr...

Abigail Lee

Abigail Lee

Abigail Lee (she/her) is a sophomore journalism major from Hershey, Pennsylvania. She serves as the Magazine Content Managing Editor after working on the news team in Spring 2022. In addition to writing for the Beacon, she lov...

Adri Pray

Adri Pray

Adri Pray (she/her) is a sophomore journalism student from Cape Cod, MA who served previously as a correspondent and the Assistant Express News Editor. She loves investigative journalism, and can often be found watching Brookly...

Hannah Nguyen

Hannah Nguyen

Hannah Nguyen (she/her) is a sophomore journalism major from North Wales, Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in publications like AsAmNews, Unpublished Magazine, and North Penn Now, among many others. Outside of writing, she...

Charlie Ambler

Charlie Ambler

Charlie (Brian) Ambler is a graduate student who is currently on track to attaining a masters degree in journalism. He acts as a deputy copy editor for The Berkeley Beacon. He enjoys writing for the opinion section.

Jason Tulchin

Jason Tulchin

Jason Tulchin (he/him) is a senior journalism major from Somers, New York. Jason has been a Correspondent for the Beacon since October 2021 and now serves as the Deputy Sports Editor. Jason enjoys all things combat sports and is...

Gabriel Borges

Gabriel Borges

Gabriel Borges is a first-year journalism student who currently serves as a Staff Writer for The Beacon’s News section. He grew up in Recife, Brazil, and moved to the United States in 2017. Borges is currently working on his...

Vivi Smilgius

Vivi Smilgius

Vivi Smilgius (she/her) is a junior journalism major who served as The Beacon’s Assistant Express News Editor, Deputy Express News Editor and Assistant Sports Editor before becoming Editor-in-Chief. Raised in Indiana, Vivi is The ...

Justin Chen

Justin Chen

Justin Chen (He/Him) is a transferred junior journalism major from Shenzhen, China. He moved to Boston after elementary school. This is his first semester as Assistant Opinion Editor at The Beacon. Before attending Emerson, he was an opera student from New England Conservat...

Campbell Parish

Campbell Parish

Campbell Parish (she/her) is a junior journalism major from the Seacoast of New Hampshire. She now serves as Magazine Editor. She has a knack for writing intriguing pieces on events occurring on campus and has a deep love of b...

Bailey Allen

Bailey Allen

Bailey Allen (she/her), a journalism major from Newport Beach, CA, has been a member of The Beacon staff since January 2021. She served as deputy enterprise editor and, before that, a staff writer. She currently works at The ...

Sabine Waldeck

Sabine Waldeck

Sabine Waldeck is a journalism major and marketing minor at Emerson College. She currently works at The Berkeley Beacon as the Deputy Opinion Editor. She is a journalist passionate about opinion and magazine writing. A driving...

Mariyam Quaisar

Mariyam Quaisar

Mariyam Quaisar (she/her) is a junior journalism and BCE double major from Brookfield, Connecticut. She currently serves as the Content Managing Editor, overlooking all the stories that pass through the Living Arts and Opinion sections. She loves to share her views on ...

Tyler Foy

Tyler Foy

Tyler Foy is a second-year journalism student from South Florida. He currently serves as The Beacon's Sports Editor. He spends his free time following sports, jamming out to his favorite tunes, and hosting couch-warming parties.

Shannon Garrido

Shannon Garrido

Shannon Garrido (she/her) is the Multimedia Managing Editor at The Berkeley Beacon, covering mostly news centered around the Caribbean. She is an undergrad at Emerson College, majoring in Journalism. ...

Karissa Schaefer

Karissa Schaefer

Karissa Schaefer (She/Her) is a senior journalism major from Long Island, NY, who is also minoring in psychology and publishing. This is her fifth semester writing for The Beacon, and she previously served as the Living Arts editor. Now, she’s creating and assuming a ...

Camilo Fonseca

Camilo Fonseca

Camilo Fonseca is an editor-at-large for The Beacon. He previously served as a managing editor, and before that, The Beacon's news editor. Camilo joined as a correspondent, contributing to coverage of the 2020 presidential election;...

Frankie Rowley

Frankie Rowley

Frankie (she/her) is a senior at Emerson serving as the Content Managing Editor for The Beacon. She joined The Beacon in 2019 as a correspondent and worked her way through the news section, serving as an Assistant News Editor, De...

Lucia Thorne

Lucia Thorne

Lucia Thorne (she/her) is a junior journalism major from Agoura Hills, CA. She currently serves as The Beacon's Layout Editor, previously working in the Living Arts section her freshman year and as Content Managing Editor and ...