Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Fall 2021 Masthead

Vivi Smilgius
Editor-in-Chief

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 ...

Mariyam Quaisar
Content Managing Editor

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 ...

Frankie Rowley
Content Managing Editor

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...

Shannon Garrido
Multimedia Managing Editor

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. ...

Adri Pray
News Editor

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...

Hadera McKay
Opinion Editor

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...

Sophia Pargas
Living Arts Editor

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...

Tyler Foy
Sports Editor

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.

Campbell Parish
Magazine Editor

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...

Abigail Lee
Magazine Content Managing Editor

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...

Karissa Schaefer
Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief

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 ...

Hannah Nguyen
Deputy Express News Editor

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...

Maeve Lawler
Deputy Enterprise News Editor

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...

Maddie Khaw
Assistant Enterprise News Editor

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...

Jason Tulchin
Deputy Sports Editor

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...

Justin Chen
Podcast Host

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...

Camilo Fonseca
Editor-at-Large

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;...

Lucia Thorne
Layout Editor

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 ...

Jonathan Yao
Staff Writer

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
Staff Writer

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...