Staff

Meet Our Editorial Staff

Jessica Carr, Editor-in-chief

Jessica Carr, Editor-in-chief                 E-mail: jcarr21@vols.utk.edu

Food aficionado, Jessica Carr, believes her passion for food first began while learning to cook Asian and southern cuisine with her mom. Now, a senior journalism major at the University of Tennessee, Carr combines her love for writing and food by cultivating restaurant reviews through her blog. As newly appointed editor-in-chief of the Tennessee Journalist, Carr plans to build experience and one day be the editor of a food magazine. When she isn’t writing, she’s most likely in a theater enjoying the latest indie film.

 

Hannah Hunnicutt, Managing and Arts & Culture Editor E-mail: hhunnic1@vols.utk.edu

Hannah Hunnicutt, Managing and arts & culture editor
E-mail: hhunnic1@vols.utk.edu

 

Hannah Hunnicutt has always enjoyed writing, but had never considered a career in journalism until her father convinced her to take 175 as an elective. She took the class and joined TNJN as her outside project in Spring 2014, and has gone from a 175 student to the managing editor in just four semesters. Now a senior, she plans to focus on the creative side of journalism as a freelance journalist.

 

Taylor Owens, Asst. Arts & Culture editor E-mail: towens15@vols.utk.edu

Taylor Owens, Asst. Arts & Culture editor
E-mail: towens15@vols.utk.edu

Assistant arts and culture editor, Taylor Owens, recognized her passion for writing at a young age. As an avid talk show fan, Owens found journalism to be the perfect way to combine her love for interviewing and writing. She is now a sophomore at the University of Tennessee majoring in journalism and electronic media. When she isn’t writing for the Tennessee Journalist, Owens is most likely catching up on the latest reality television show.

 

Sports editor, Cody McClure E-mail: cmcclur5@vols.utk.edu

Sports editor, Cody McClure
E-mail: cmcclur5@vols.utk.edu

Sports editor, Cody McClure, has been with TNJN since January 2014. He is passionate about SEC football and basketball. To him, there's nothing better in life than game day in Neyland Stadium. McClure covers the SEC for Athlon Sports and is the lead SEC writer for Three Point Stance Magazine, where he also hosts "The Cody McClure Show" on Mondays from 8-10 p.m. EST. Additionally, he co-hosts Rock Solid Sports for WUTK 90.3 FM. In his spare time he plays golf, travels the country and plays guitar.

Asst. sports editor, Jordan Dajani  E-mail: jdajani@vols.utk.edu

Asst. sports editor, Jordan Dajani
E-mail: jdajani@vols.utk.edu

 

Some say Jordan Dajani was born at a football game and others say he could shoot a three-pointer before he could talk, but none of these things could be proven. What can be proven about Dajani is that he is a sports fanatic from Raleigh, North Carolina who enjoys covering Tennessee football and basketball. He is also a junior journalism major at the University of Tennessee and an assistant sports editor at the Tennessee Journalist.

 

Asst. sports editor, Nathan Odom E-mail: wodom3@vols.utk.edu

Asst. sports editor, Nathan Odom
E-mail: wodom3@vols.utk.edu

 

Nathan Odom is an aspiring sports journalist and sophomore at UT. He is serving as one of TNJN's asst. sports editors this year. His first love is sports, followed by food, astronomy and popping bubble wrap. You can read his sports commentary by following him on twitter: @nathan_odom11

 

 

News editor, Courtney Anderson E-mail: cander67@vols.utk.edu

News editor, Courtney Anderson, has been telling stories for as long as she can remember. From scribbling short stories on the back of pamphlets to excelling in Advanced Placement English courses in high school, Anderson has always been determined to make a career out of writing. Anderson joined TNJN as a freshman and instantly fell in love with online news. She hopes to become an editor for a major online news source one day.

 

Asst. news editor, Benjamin Webb  E-mail: ksg756@vols.utk.edu

Asst. news editor, Benjamin Webb
E-mail: ksg756@vols.utk.edu

 

 

Benjamin Webb is the assistant news editor for the Tennessee Journalist. He is currently a senior majoring in journalism and electronic media. He loves talking about current events, news and anything political.

 

 

 

Ryan McGill, Photo editor E-mail: rmcgill3@vols.utk.edu

Ryan McGill, Photo editor
E-mail: rmcgill3@vols.utk.edu

Photo editor, Ryan McGill, has had his worked featured on first Fridays at The Salvage Shop, Coffee and Chocolate, and The Emporium, along with news agencies such as The Knoxville News Sentinel and The Tullahoma Newspaper. He currently works at University Housing, where his photos can be viewed in numerous areas within the University’s website and brochures. He finds photography to be a way to connect with others. If he isn’t taking photographs, McGill is usually reading or writing. He aspires to be a novelist, but believes taking photos along with the pleasure they bring and the importance he feels they hold, will never leave him.

 

Thomas Delgado, Asst. photo editor E-mail: tdelgado@vols.utk.edu

Thomas Delgado, Asst. photo editor
E-mail: tdelgado@vols.utk.edu

Although he is dual majoring in neuroscience and psychology, sophomore Thomas Delgado has found a passion for photojournalism after only a semester behind the lens. He has gone from an amateur photographer to the assistant photography editor at TNJN in a short amount of time. Now, Delgado changed his minor to journalism and wants to see where it takes him.

 

Drew Lafasto, Social Media Manager  E-mail: dlafasto@vols.utk.edu

Drew Lafasto, Social Media Manager
E-mail: dlafasto@vols.utk.edu

Drew LaFasto manages the Tennessee Journalist Facebook page and contributes articles to the site from time to time. She is a senior journalism major at UT. Currently, she works as a video editor at WBIR.  When she isn't at work or school, she is most likely playing video games, looking at weather maps or making art. She aspires to become a meteorologist at a news station or the National Weather Service one day.

 

 

Ashley Sharp, PR Manager

Ashley Sharp, PR manager E-mail: jzs471@vols.utk.edu

Ashley Sharp is a sophomore studying journalism and electronic media with a minor in political science. She manages public relations and writes articles for the Tennessee Journalist, produces news at The Volunteer Channel and writes for The Odyssey Online. She aspires to one day work for NBC's Today Show. When not writing or producing news, you can find her watching daytime television and Jimmy Fallon.

 

 

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Samantha Maneri, PR co-manager E-mail: smaneri14@gmail.com

Public Relations Co-Manager Samantha Maneri has always had a passion for writing and a curiosity about the world of journalism. Entering her sophomore year at UT, she now works with multiple media outlets on campus and is enjoying every second of it. A desire to travel has lead her to Knoxville from her hometown in rural Massachusetts. Journalism is her love yes, but you may also find her on the soccer field, petting cute animals, or most likely curled up watching Netflix and napping.

 


Feel free to reach out to any of these editors to join our staff. A person does not need to be a major in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media or taking journalism classes to be on the staff of the Tennessee Journalist.

The Tennessee Journalist is always interested in adding writers, editors, photographers and others interested in Web journalism to its staff.


Previous editorial staffs

Spring 2015

Maggie Jones, Editor-in-chief
Hannah Hunnicutt, News editor
Courtney Anderson, News editor
Jessica Carr, Arts & Culture editor and Managing editor
Cody McClure, Sports editor
Ryan McGill, Photo editor
Drew LaFasto, Social media director

Fall 2013

Jennifer Brake, editor in chief
Zach Dennis, news editor
Maggie Jones, asst. news editor
Jessica Carr, arts and culture editor
Gabrielle O'Neal, arts and culture editor
Will Lomas, sports editor
Nichole Stevens, sci/tech editor
Marion Kirkpatrick, managing editor
Lauren Harris, copy editor
Elizabeth Cable, copy editor

Spring 2013

Jennifer Brake, editor in chief
Mallory Alder, managing editor
Lauren Harris, copy editor
Kate Rice, copy editor
Joseph Agreda, operations manager
Gage Arnold, news editor
Brooke Smith, asst. news editor
Riley Blevins, sports editor
Steven Cook, sports editor
Will Lomas, asst. sports editor
Marion Kirkpatrick, arts and culture editor
Gabrielle O'Neal, asst. arts and culture editor
Jessica Carr, asst. arts and culture editor
Nichole Stevens, sci/tech editor
Zach Dennis, social media/outreach director
Randy Bell, radio director
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Fall 2011

Sarah Waldrip, editor in chief
Suzanna McCloskey, managing editor
Jessica Yonker, chief copy editor
Joseph Agreda, operations manager
Bethany Ross Braden, news editor
Brooke Smith, asst. news editor
Austin Bornheim, sports editor
Steven Harris, asst. sports editor
Ashley Jones, arts and culture editor
Jake Darlington, asst. arts and culture editor
Eric Gedenk, sci/tech editor
Missy La Vone, sci/tech editor
Celeste Goodman, entertainment editor
Randy Bell, radio director
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Fall 2010

Miriam Kramer, editor in chief
Tommy Oler, managing editor
Molly Hornbuckle, chief copy editor
Jenny Sprouse, news director
Andrew Aaron, promotions director
Joseph Agreda, operations manager
Erica Tedford, news editor
Bethany Ross, asst. news editor
Clay Seal, sports editor
Wade Rackley, asst. sports editor
Gina Hudson, arts and culture editor
Sarah Waldrip, asst. arts and culture editor
Brittney Bryant, asst. arts and culture editor/asst. radio director
Sandra McLean, sci/tech editor
Beth Madrid, opinions editor
Logan Utsman, radio director
Katie Cleveland, photo editor
Kevan Elkins, chief photographer
Linda Nguyen, video editor
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Spring 2010
Ben Moser, editor in chief
Kristen Letsinger, managing editor/chief copy editor
Molly Hornbuckle, assistant copy editor
Summer Johnson, news director
Andrew Aaron, promotions director
Joseph Agreda, operations manager
Linda Nguyen, asst. operations manager
Kayla Kitts, news editor
Lauren Barber, asst. news editor/ad sales assistant
Cliff Chartrand, sports editor
Clay Seal, asst. sports editor
Tommy Oler, arts and culture editor
Gina Hudson, asst. arts and culture editor
Emma Macmillan, science and technology editor
Jennifer Sprouse, opinions editor
Mark McNabb, radio director
Logan Utsman, asst. radio director
Rayshawn Lanier, newscast director
Kevan Elkins, photo editor
Zack Crane, asst. photo editor
Wade Rackley, chief photographer

The sixth TNJN editorial staff added several new positions to the roster. This expansion fostered the growth of content and quality that continued TNJN's success.

Fall 2009
Ben Moser, editor in chief
Kristen Letsinger, managing editor/chief copy editor
Cliff Chartrand, asst. managing editor
Alex Hruz, news editor
Grant Ramey, sports editor
Tommy Oler, arts and culture editor
Miriam Kramer, science and technology editor
Michael Tabler, opinions editor
Eddie Miller, radio director
Mark McNabb, radio director
Eddie Miller, radio director
Kevan Elkins, photo editor
Austin Baird, asst. managing editor for outreach
Joseph Agreda, operations manager

During the fifth editorial staff's term, the website gained not only popularity among visitors but also a larger staff.

As the staff of the Tennessee Journalist continued to grow, so did its drive to provide viewer's with the best in quality and content. As a student operated publication, TNJN strove to keep visitors as up to date as possible with the digital world's pace and lifestyle.

Spring 2009
Stephen Townsend, editor in chief
Cliff Chartrand, managing editor
Julie Monday, chief copy editor
Rebecca Illig, news editor
Grant Ramey, sports editor
Rob Baldus, arts and culture editor
Miriam Kramer, science and technology editor
Kristen Letsinger, opinions editor
Jonathan Holley, abroad editor
Ben Moser, photo editor
Austin Baird, development manager
Joseph Agreda, operations manager
Martha Wampler, advertising & public relations

The fourth editorial staff of the Tennessee Journalist saw record numbers of content and visitors.

All sections had reached a level of maturity by this level, keeping a consistent level of quality. This semester also saw the formal launch of TNJN Radio which would later spawn several shows spanning a wide range of topics, interests and issues.

Fall 2008
Amanda Wills, editor-in-chief
Cliff Chartrand, managing editor
Shannon Petrie, chief copy editor
Julian Wood, associate managing editor
Stephen Townsend, news editor
Chris Mitchell, sports editor
Rob Baldus, arts and culture editor
Ben Moser, photo editor
Kristen Letsinger, opinions editor
Bridget Hardy, abroad editor
Laura Hall, campus abroad editor
Austin Baird, politics editor
Rebecca Illig, insight UT
Joseph Agreda, operations manager
Martha Wampler, advertising & public relations
The third editorial staff of the Tennessee Journalist saw record numbers of content.With all the sections operating in full swing, the Web site produced more video content than ever and gave students and faculty news from all facets of the university.
 Spring 2008
Katie Rodgers, editor-in-chief
Shannon Petrie, managing editor
Farima Alavi, news editor
Cliff Chartrand, sports editor
Janna Rudolph, arts and culture editor
Julian Wood, photo editor
Bridget Hardy, opinions editor
Amanda Wills, abroad editor
Austin Baird, politics editor
Joseph Agreda, operations manager
Martha Wampler, advertising & public relations
These students constituted the second staff of TNJN and operated the site during its second full semester.
 Fall 2007
Katie Rodgers, editor-in-chief
Matt Rock, managing editor
Kindle Rouse, news editor
Cliff Chartrand, sports editor
Yolanda Ortiz, arts and culture editor
Samantha Thornton, photo editor
Katie Leone, opinions editor
Amanda Wills, abroad editor
Karley Hudson, chief copy editor
Joseph Agreda, operations manager
Michael Russom, advertising manager
These students constituted the second staff of TNJN and operated the site during its second full semester.They developed and expanded upon the work put in place by the previous staff, and broadened the selection of content on the Tennessee Journalist with the addtion of the Politics section.This staff also produced a large selection of video which has been in regular rotation ever since.
 Spring 2007
Caroline Peyton, editor-in-chief
Chris Inklebarger, managing editor
Nutt, Sarah Jane, news editor
Mike CasaSanta, sports editor
Samantha Thornton, photo editor
Amanda Wills, arts and culture editor
Linley, Kathryn S, assistant arts and culture editor
Kimberly Peer, campus editor
Johnny Dobbins, operations manager
Joseph Agreda, assistant operations manager
These students constituted the first staff of TNJN and operated the site during its first full semester. They established and set in motion many of the policies and procedures governing the site, and they enthusiastically recruited many students to the staff. Their enthusiasm and professionalism left an enduring legacy that has continued to benefit the students who have followed in their footsteps.