Meet Our Editorial Staff


Taylor Owens, Editor-in-chief Email:
Taylor Owens, Editor-in-chief

Taylor Owens has been writing for as long as she can remember. She first discovered her passion for journalism in high school. Now a junior majoring in journalism and electronic media, she hopes to become a magazine editor. When she’s not writing, she’s probably watching something on Food Network or reading a good book.




Kaitlin Flippo, Managing Editor and New Editor E-mail:
Kaitlin Flippo, Managing Editor and New Editor

Kaitlin Flippo is a sophomore in journalism and electronic media, Her passion for writing is what led her to join TNJN, and Flippo aspires to write for a major online media outlet one day. When not writing or editing, you can find her hanging out with friends, in the student section at football games or watching “Grey’s Anatomy.” Follow her on Twitter @Kaitlin_Flippo.






Katy Hill, Arts & Culture Editor E-mail:
Katy Hill, Arts & Culture Editor

Katy Hill is a senior public relations major. Her passion for blogging and local culture is what inspired her to enter the world of journalism and begin her journey at Tennessee Journalist. She hopes to one day travel the world as a travel and food writer, with her beloved pugs. You can almost always find Katy hiking in the mountains, watching Food Network or sitting at a local coffee shop.

David Bradford, Copy Editor and Asst. Sports Editor Email:
David Bradford, Copy Editor and Sports Editor

Since 2004, David has closely followed the world of sports, but also enjoys writing about music, movies and (sometimes) politics. Wherever David is, so is a laptop.






Lexie Little, Asst. Arts & Culture Editor and Asst. News Editor                                     E-mail:

Lexie Little is a junior from Kingsport, Tenn. She is a double major in journalism and electronic media and French and francophone studies. Her interests include languages, music, pop culture and politics. If she’s not writing or in the classroom, you can find her watching classic movies or eating. Probably eating. She aspires to pursue a career in law while always continuing to write. To get in touch with Lexi, email her at or tweet her @lexielittle2015.






McKenzie Manning, Asst. News Editor                   E-mail:

McKenzie Manning is a senior majoring in political science and journalism and electronic media. Her ideal career is somewhere between Nashville, Tenn and Washington, D.C. reporting on politics or serving as a staffer on Capitol Hill. She devotes her free time to experimenting with Pinterest recipes, watching John Oliver and telling people that she is not actually related to Peyton Manning, which is her life’s greatest disappointment. Follow her on Twitter @MManning_.






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Quinn Pilkey, Asst. Sports Editor


Quinn Pilkey is a student in his second year at the University of Tennessee, double-majoring in journalism and electronic media and cinema studies. When he’s not writing for TNJN, he’s probably doing something else. You can e-mail him at or follow him on Twitter @QuinnNotCook.





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Robert Hughes, Asst. Sports Editor

When Robert isn’t writing stories for the greatest news site of all time, he enjoys playing the tuba, hanging out with friends, and opening the “T” on Saturdays in Knoxville. You can follow him on Twitter, @tnytuba09, or email him at

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.