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 2022 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, Business Managing Editor

Mariyam Quaisar

Mariyam Quaisar (she/her) is a junior journalism and BCE double major from Brookfield, Connecticut. She currently serves as a managing editor for content, overlooking all the stories that pass through the Living Arts and Opinion sections, and business. She loves to shar...

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 2020 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 has written for both the paper and the magazine, and enjoys investigat...

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.

Abigail Lee
Magazine 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...

Bailey Allen
Editor-at-Large

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 ...

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;...

Ana Sophia Garcia-Cubas Assemat
Copyeditor

Ana Sophia Garcia-Cubas Assemat

Ana Sophia Garcia-Cubas Assemat (they/she) is a junior Writing, Literature, and Publishing major from Tijuana, Mexico. She serves as part of the copyediting team at The Beacon, and occasionally writes for the Opinion section as...

Quinn OConnor
Copyeditor

Quinn O’Connor

Quinn O’Connor (she/her) is junior journalism major from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and serves as a copyeditor for the Beacon. Quinn is also a member of the Women’s basketball team at Emerson and enjoys all things hip-hop and...

Rachel Choi
Copyeditor

Rachel Choi

Rachel Choi (she/her) is a freshman writing, literature, and publishing major with a concentration in publishing. She currently serves as a copyeditor and an occasional illustrator for the Beacon. She can be found watching obscure...

Hailey Akau
Illustrator

Hailey Akau

Hailey Akau (she/her) is a writing, literature, and publishing major from Honolulu, Hawaii. She focuses mainly on illustrations and graphics for The Beacon but also contributes the occasional opinion as she sees fit. She also...

Jordan Pagkalinawan
Staff Writer

Jordan Pagkalinawan

Jordan Pagkalinawan (he/him) is a freshman journalism major from Burbank, California.  He is currently a Staff Writer for the sports section of The Berkeley Beacon.  In his spare time, he enjoys rooting for the Lakers, Dodgers...

Parker Garlough
Staff Writer

Parker Garlough

Parker Garlough is a first-year journalism major from Naperville, Illinois. They currently serve as a staff writer for the News and Living Arts sections. When not writing for The Beacon, they also work as an usher and an event...

Ryan Forgosh
Staff Writer

Ryan Forgosh

Ryan Forgosh (he/him) is a second year journalism student from Manalapan, NJ. He is also the captain of Emerson Esports' Splatoon team and is a reader for Stork Magazine.

Gabel Strickland
Staff Writer

Gabel Strickland

Gabel Strickland (she/her) is a journalism major at Emerson College with minors in Publishing and Comedic Writing and Performance. She is a Staff Writer who contributes to the news, opinion, living arts, magazine, and multimedia...

Ethan Cotler
Staff Writer

Ethan Cotler

Ethan Cotler (he/him) is a journalism student from Charlotte, North Carolina. As a former film major, he enjoys writing for the living arts section. In his free time, he trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, practices olympic weightlifting,...

Mike McHugh
Staff Writer

Mike McHugh

Mike McHugh is a senior journalism major and sociology minor from Reading, MA who currently works as a staff writer for The Beacon’s news section. He joined the Beacon in Fall of 2021 as a correspondent after transferring from...

Chloe Els
Staff Writer

Chloe Els

Chloe Els (she/her) is a first-year journalism major who grew up in both California and Colorado. She currently works as a staff writer for the Beacon’s news section. When she’s not writing for the Beacon, Chloe enjoys reading...

Leo Kagan
Staff Writer

Leo Kagan

Leo Kagan (he/him) is a freshman journalism major from the North Shore of Boston. He currently serves as a staff writer for the Beacon’s sports section. He is also a member of Noteworthy, one of Emerson’s a cappella groups....

Ana Videla Sola
Staff Writer

Ana Videla Sola

Ana Videla Sola is a sophomore journalism major who is 19 years old. She is an international student from Argentina and a soccer and Argentinian rock enthusiast. She enjoys reading, listening to music, writing, and hanging out...

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...

Ashlyn Wang
Staff Writer, Photographer

Ashlyn Wang

Ashlyn Wang (she/her) is a journalism major with minors in psychology and economics at Emerson College. She currently serves as a staff writer and photographer for The Beacon. She spends most of her free time on photography and...