The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

2023-2024 Staff

Sabine Martin
Executive Editor

Sabine Martin

(she/her/hers) Sabine Martin is the Executive Editor of The Daily Iowan. She is a senior at the University of Iowa studying journalism and mass communications and international studies. Sabine is also earning a minor in French...

Parker Jones
Managing Editor

Parker Jones

(she/her/hers) Parker Jones is the Managing Editor at The Daily Iowan. She is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and cinema with a minor in art. Previously, she was an arts editor, an arts reporter, and a di...

Jami Martin-Trainor
Managing Digital Editor

Jami Martin-Trainor

(she/her/hers) Jami Martin-Trainor is a third-year student at the University of Iowa double majoring in Journalism and Political Science with a minor in Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies. Prior to her role as the Managing ...

Marandah Mangra-Dutcher
Managing Editor of Enterpise and Design

Marandah Mangra-Dutcher

she/her/hers Marandah Mangra-Dutcher is a third-year student at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications with a minor in International Studies. Before her current role as Managing Editor of Enter...

Ayrton Breckenridge
Managing Visuals Editor

Ayrton Breckenridge

(he/him/his) Ayrton Breckenridge is the Managing Visuals Editor at The Daily Iowan. He is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and cinema. This is his fourth year working for the DI.

Ashley Weil
DITV News Director

Ashley Weil

(she/her/hers) Ashley Weil is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications with minors in Theatre Arts and Political Science. Weil is the DITV News Director, Overseeing all content for DITV. She...

Matt McGowan
Pregame Editor

Matt McGowan

he/him/his Matt McGowan is The Daily Iowan's Pregame Editor. He is a sophomore double majoring in journalism and mass communications and American studies with a minor in sport studies.  This is his second year with the DI. ...

Johnny Valtman
DITV Assistant News Director

Johnny Valtman

he/him Johnny Valtman is a 2nd year student at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and mass communication and minoring in sports studies. he works as a dual sports and news TV reporter, producer, and as DITV's Assistant ...

Alejandro Rojas
News Editor

Alejandro Rojas

he/him/his Alejandro Rojas is The Daily Iowan's news editor. He previously worked as a news reporter covering Johnson County and was the summer executive editor in 2023. He is a senior, double majoring in journalism and politi...

Emily Nyberg
Visual Editor

Emily Nyberg

(she/her/hers) Emily Nyberg is a second-year student at the University of Iowa double majoring in Journalism and Cinematic arts. Prior to her role as a Visual Editor, Emily was a Photojournalist, and a News Reporter covering ...

Cody Blissett
Visuals Editor

Cody Blissett

he/him/his Cody Blissett is a visual editor at The Daily Iowan. He is a third year student at the University of Iowa studying cinema and screenwriting. This is his first year working for The Daily Iowan.

Avi Lapchick
Arts Editor

Avi Lapchick

(she/her/hers) Avi Lapchick is an arts editor at The Daily Iowan. A fourth-year student studying English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa, she previously held the positions of staff photojournalist, summer arts...

Stella Shipman
Arts Editor

Stella Shipman

she/her Stella Shipman is a junior undergraduate at the University of Iowa majoring in English and Creative Writing and minoring in Cinema. A former Arts Reporter, she loves reviewing shows and covering musical performances. She hope...

Kenna Roering
Sports Editor

Kenna Roering

she/her/hers Kenna Roering is The Daily Iowan's sports editor. She is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism with a minor in sports and recreation management. Kenna previously worked as a sports reporter f...

Natalie Dunlap
Assistant Digital Editor

Natalie Dunlap

(she/her/hers) Natalie Dunlap is the Assistant Digital Editor at The Daily Iowan. She is the host and producer of the Above the Fold news podcast. She has previously worked as a news reporter, news editor, politics reporter, politic...

Grace Olson
News Reporter

Grace Olson

(she/her/hers) Grace Olson is a first-year student at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications. She's a news reporter for The DI, reporting primarily on local government. She is from Denver, Colo...

Isabelle Foland
News Reporter

Isabelle Foland

(she/her) Isabelle Foland is a second-year student at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication and minoring in Spanish. She is a second-year news reporter at The Daily Iowan, reporting mainly on Iowa Ci...

Jack Moore
News Reporter

Jack Moore

he/him/his Jack Moore is a second-year student at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication. Jack is from Cedar Rapids Iowa, and he reports on crime and courts for the news section and creates media co...

Shreya Reddy
News Reporter

Shreya Reddy

she/her/hers Shreya Reddy is a freshman at the University of Iowa. Coming from a small town in Kansas, Shreya is double majoring in English and Political Science on the Pre-Law track. Before coming to the Daily Iowan, she has ...

Olivia Gamertsfelder
News Reporter

Olivia Gamertsfelder

she/her/hers Olivia is a freshman student from Washington D.C. double majoring in creative writing and journalism. She is a news reporter for the Daily Iowan. Prior to this, she directed her school's literary magazine and comp...

Roxy Ekberg
News Reporter

Roxy Ekberg

she/her/hers Roxy Ekberg is a first year at the University of Iowa. In the Honors Program, she is double majoring in journalism and political science with a minor in Spanish. Prior to her role as a politics reporter, she work...

News Reporter

Hannah Janson

Sydney Becker
News Reporter

Sydney Becker

Sydney is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism, while also obtaining a writing certificate. Previous to her role as a news reporter, she worked as a sports reporter for The Daily Iowan during her freshman...

Isaac Elzinga
Sports Reporter

Isaac Elzinga

(he/him/his) Isaac Elzinga is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism and Mass communication. This is his first year working at The Daily Iowan; he also works as a producer for 1600 ESPN a sports radio stat...

Chris Meglio
Sports Reporter

Chris Meglio

(he/him/his) Chris Meglio is a first year student at the University of Iowa studying a double major in sport studies and journalism. He will be working as a sports journalist for The Daily Iowan covering women's volleyball for th...

Mia Boulton
Sports Reporter

Mia Boulton

she/her/hers Mia Boulton is a freshman at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism & Mass Communication, as well as exploring a possible double major in Sports Media. She works at the Daily Iowan as a sports reporter...

Sports Reporter

Keaton Speicher

Brad Schultz
Sports Reporter

Brad Schultz

(he/him/his) Brad Schultz is a sophomore at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in Sports Studies. This is first year working as a sports reporter and he has a deep passion and love...

Sports Reporter

Jake Olson

(he/him/his) Email: [email protected] Jake Olson is a Sports Reporter for The Daily Iowan. In his three years with the paper, he has covered everything from rowing to basketball. He is studying journalism and mass commu...

Brady Behrend
DITV Reporter

Brady Behrend

(he/him) Brady Behrend is a Junior Journalism and Mass Communications major. This is his first year as a reporter for DITV and he is interested in sports and campus events.

DITV Reporter

Grace Lathrop

(she/her/hers) Grace is a freshman here at the University of Iowa. As a Mass Communications and Journalism Major, she is super excited and eager to learn more about television production through DITV. she is a DITV reporter along wi...

Haleem Mady
DITV Reporter

Haleem Mady

(he/him) Haleem Mady is a senior studying English and Creative Writing. He is a DITV Reporter.

Sofia Schultz
DITV Reporter

Sofia Schultz

(she/her/hers) Sofia is a DITV reporter, this is her second year at the University of Iowa, and she is majoring in journalism with a minor in French. Topics she is interested in reporting on are anything sports related as well ...

Anna Calegari
DITV Reporter

Anna Calegari

(she/her) Anna is a freshman business major who is a DITV reporter. She likes to report on official events going on at UIowa because she wants to feel more connected to her community and interact more with it.

Kylie Mooney
DITV Reporter

Kylie Mooney

(she/her/hers) Kylie Mooney is a DITV reporter. She is a senior here at Iowa as a double major in Journalism and Mass Communications as well as Sport Studies.

Tara Gillespie
DITV Reporter

Tara Gillespie

she/her/hers Tara Gillespie is a DITV reporter. she is a freshman, majoring in communications. She is really passionate about sports, specifically football, and would love to report on one of many that Iowa has to offer.

DITV Reporter

Samuel Heyn

he/him/his Sam is a junior at Iowa majoring in Journalism and Mass Comm and minoring in Sports Studies. For the DI, he does TV sports reporting and producing mainly, and will occasionally help in other areas.

Ryan Lynch
DITV Reporter

Ryan Lynch

Ryan Lynch is a DITV reporter. He is a University of Iowa sophomore double majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication and Sport and Recreation Management.

Ronan OBroin
DITV Reporter

Ronan OBroin

he/him/his Ronan OBroin is a Freshman studying Sports Journalism. He hopes to cover Sports with DITV.

Madeline Boevers
DITV Reporter

Madeline Boevers

she/her/hers Maddie is a double major in cinema with a focus on film production and mass communications, with a possible minor in Arabic. I have the hopes of becoming either a film editor or negotiator one day. I like doing be...

Kaylee Wynne
DITV Reporter

Kaylee Wynne

she/her/hers Kaylee Wynne is a junior majoring in Journalism and Communications and minoring in Sports and Rec Management.

Jayce Bertrand
DITV Reporter

Jayce Bertrand

he/him/his Jayce is a reporter for DITV, as well as the Production Director for KRUI. I'm in the Class of 2026, majoring in English and Creative Writing and minoring in News and Media Literacy. he enjoys reporting on news, cu...

Hannah Lipski
DITV Reporter

Hannah Lipski

she/her/hers Hannah Lipski is a second year double majoring in Journalism and Theatre Arts with a political science minor. I formerly worked as a news reporter before working with DITV. I’m very interested in the arts and curr...

Giovanni Livatino
DITV Reporter

Giovanni Livatino

Gio is a reporter for DITV. he is a senior majoring in Journalism and Sports Studies and naturally, my favorite topic to report on is sports news in general, but particularly baseball and football.

DITV Reporter

David Consuelos

he/him/his David Consuelos is a senior at the University of Iowa. This is his second year at the Daily Iowan and he is studying Analytical Economics. he enjoys reporting on local businesses, events, and Hawkeye sports.

Claire Green
DITV Reporter

Claire Green

she/her/hers Claire Green is a senior and majoring in Journalism and Sports Studies. She is a reporter for DITV in news and sports beats.

DITV Reporter

Christine Valora

she/her/hers Christine Valora is a news reporter for DITV. She is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications and English and Creative writing with a minor in Political Science. she repo...

Cara Dulin
DITV Reporter

Cara Dulin

she/her/hers Cara Dulin is a reporter for DITV. She is a fourth year in SJMC majoring in journalism and economics and minoring in Spanish and translation. She enjoys learning about and reporting on politics and the arts.

Benjamin Moss
DITV Reporter

Benjamin Moss

he/him/his Ben Moss is a transfer student from Kirkwood. he is a junior majoring in Cinema with a Leadership certificate. he will be working as a reporter and producer for DITV.

Aidan Wirtz
DITV Reporter

Aidan Wirtz

he/him/his Aidan Wirtz is a sports reporter with a huge passion for covering every type of athletics. he is a sophomore at Iowa, and is majoring in Journalism and sports studies, with a focus in a future broadcasting career....

Adam (AJ) Reistetter
DITV Reporter

Adam (AJ) Reistetter

AJ Reisetter is a sophomore sports reporter for DITV. At the University of Iowa he is majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications and minoring in Sports and Recreation Management. he loves reporting on every sport at Iowa but...

Madison Johnson
DITV Reporter

Madison Johnson

Madison Johnson is a Reporter for DITV. This is her 3rd year at Iowa. She is a history major with minors in Music, ancient civilizations, and English minor along with pursuing a writing certificate. She enjoys reporting on education...

Angelica Toro
DITV Reporter

Angelica Toro

she/her/hers Angélica is a junior at UI working at DITV news as a reporter. she is a Cinema major with an International Studies minor and enjoys reporting on arts, internationally-driven events, and music.

Sarah Galla
DITV Reporter

Sarah Galla

she/her/hers Sarah Galla is a rising juinior majoring in journalism. she currently is in her third year as a sports reporter for DITV and loves covering a variety of sports.

Vivian Sumoski
DITV Reporter

Vivian Sumoski

she/her/hers Vivian Sumoski is a Junior studying Sports and Recreation management and minoring in News and media literacy. she works as a Sports Reporter for the Daily Iowan Tv and enjoys writing about football, volleyball, and bask...

Max von Gries
DITV Reporter

Max von Gries

he/him/his Maximilian von Gries is a sports reporter for DITV. He is currently a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in Sports Recreation Management. He has been with DIT...

Ellie Heeren
Digital Producer

Ellie Heeren

she/her/hers Ellie Heeren is a digital producer at The Daily Iowan. She is a sophomore at the University of Iowa majoring in English with an emphasis in publishing....

Michael Merrick
DITV Sports Director

Michael Merrick

(he/him/his) Michael Merrick is a Senior Journalism and Sports Studies Major. Michael is the returning Sports Director and loves covering events. He has worked at DITV since his freshman year and his favorite memories are cov...

Carson Ramirez
DITV Tech Manager

Carson Ramirez

he/him Carson Ramirez is the Tech Manager for DITV. He is a Senior at the University of Iowa majoring in Cinema with a certificate in Digital Arts. Since his freshman year, he has worked tech roles, done video editing, and crea...

Kate Perez
Senior Reporter

Kate Perez

she/her/hers Kate Perez is a third-year student at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in English and a Writing Certificate. Prior to her role as a Senior Reporter at The Daily Io...

Opinions Contributor

Luke Krchak

(he/him/his) Luke Krchak is in his third year at the Daily Iowan and is a junior at the University of Iowa, Tripple Majoring in Art History, Anthropology(Environmental Anthropology Track), and Ancient Civilizations, and he i...

Evan Weidl
Opinions Editor

Evan Weidl

he/him/his Evan Weidl is a senior majoring in political science. He previously worked in the opinions section as a columnist.

Jasper Murphy
DITV Tech Producer

Jasper Murphy

he/him/his Jasper is a second year and works tech positions (cams, audio, graphics, tech director, and director) for DITV. He is double majoring in French and Psychology.

Reporter

Julia Rhodes

she/her/hers Julia Rhodes is a first year student at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications and minoring in Dance. She loves writing as well as presenting that work on screen and is hoping to be eq...

Panfua Thao
Designer

Panfua Thao

she/her/hers Panfua Thao is a transfer student from UW-Whitewater in Wisconsin. She's classified as a "senior" but is not set to graduate until 2026. She is majoring in Graphic Design and is a Graphic Designer for the DI....

Photojournalist

Kathy Le

(she/her/hers) Kathy Le is a fourth-year student at The University of Iowa majoring in 3D design and Art History. This is her first year working as a photojournalist of Daily Iowan....

Ava Neumaier
Photojournalist

Ava Neumaier

(she/her/hers) Ava Neumaier is a first-year student at the University of Iowa, majoring in English & Creative Writing. She was the Editor-in-Chief of her high school yearbook in New York, and has interned for a New York Tim...

Aishani Kundu
Photojournalist

Aishani Kundu

(she/her/hers) Aishani Kundu is a freshman at the University of Iowa majoring in Psychology.

Lua Rasga
Photojournalist

Lua Rasga

(she/her/hers) Lua Rasga is a fourth-year student at the University of Iowa majoring in Cinematic Arts. She’s a photojournalist for The Daily Iowan. She comes from Sao Paulo, Brazil with previous experience in filmmaking....

Madison Frette
Photojournalist

Madison Frette

(she/her/hers) Madison Frette is a second-year student at The University of Iowa double majoring in Business Analytics and Information Systems and Cinematic Arts. This is her first year working as a photojournalist for The Dai...

Shaely Odean
Photojournalist

Shaely Odean

(she/her/hers) Shaely Odean is a transfer student at the University of Iowa, currently in her third year. She is pursuing double majors in Journalism and Strategic Communications, as well as Sustainability Sciences. Shaely w...

Isabella Tisdale
Photojournalist

Isabella Tisdale

(she/her) Isabella Tisdale is a photojournalist for The Daily Iowan and is a senior at West High school. In her free time, she stage manages for the theater program at West High. She plans to double major in political science...

Sara Stumpff
Photojournalist

Sara Stumpff

she/her Sara is a third year UI student who transfered from Kirkwood. She is a "non traditional" student who will hopefully obtain her BFA in Photography and BA in Spanish.

Carly Schrum
Photojournalist

Carly Schrum

she/her/hers Carly is a freshman majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication and potentially majoring in sustainability. She works at the Daily Iowan as a photojournalist.

Photojournalist

Alyssa Miner

she/her/hers Alyssa Miner is a second year at The University of Iowa studying Enterprise Leadership and Studio Arts. Miner is a photographer for the Daily Iowan and captures wedding and senior photos in the summer.

Shuntaro Kawasaki
Photojournalist

Shuntaro Kawasaki

(he/him/his) Shuntaro Kawasaki is a fourth-year student at the University of Iowa majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry and Cinema. Outside of The Daily Iowan, Shuntaro has interned at the Carver College of Medic...

Natalie Miller
Politics Reporter

Natalie Miller

(she/her) Natalie Miller is a second-year student at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications. Prior to her position as a Politics Reporter, Natalie was a News Reporter focusing on Higher Education....

Grace Katzer
Politics Reporter

Grace Katzer

she/her/hers Grace Katzer is a second-year student at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications, Political Science, and a writing certificate. Previous to her position as a politics reporter, she has ...

Shelley Mishra
Opinions Columnist

Shelley Mishra

(she/her/hers) Shelley Mishra is a first-year student at the University of Iowa, pursuing her degree in Neuroscience (Hons.)....

Caden Bell
Opinions Columnist

Caden Bell

(he/him/his) Caden Bell is a third year transfer student student at The University of Iowa majoring in Ethnic and Public Policy. This is his first year at the The Daily Iowan....

Natalie Nye
Opinions Columnist

Natalie Nye

(she/her/hers) Natalie Nye is a fourth-year Journalism/Mass Communication student with a minor in art at the Univeristy of Iowa. She is an opinions columnist at The Daily Iowan and a freelance writer for Little Village magazine. She...

Opinions Columnist

Shubhresh Jha

(he/him/his) Shubhresh is finishing his last semester at the University of Iowa and is going to graduate with a BSE in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a minor in Math. He is also working as an Electrical Test Engineer...

Opinions Columnist

Aaron El-Kerdani

he/him/his Fouad "Aaron" El-Kerdani is a third year student a the University of Iowa double majoring in Journalism and Cinema. Prior to joining The Daily Iowan, Aaron did some journalism work for his classess involving intervi...

Alyssa Maiers
Photographer

Alyssa Maiers

(she/her/hers) Alyssa Maiers is a photojournalist at The Daily Iowan. She is a first-year student at the University of Iowa majoring in sports media & culture with a minor in communications.

Riley Dunn
Arts Reporter

Riley Dunn

(she/her/hers) Riley Dunn is a first-year student at the University of Iowa majoring in English and Creative Writing and Journalism and Mass Communications. Prior to her time at the DI, Riley interned for Swimming World Magazin...

Lily Czechowicz
Arts Reporter

Lily Czechowicz

she/her Lily Czechowicz is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa from which she earned a degree in English & Creative Writing.

Isabelle Lubguban
Arts Reporter

Isabelle Lubguban

she/her/hers Isabelle Lubguban is a third-year student at the University of Iowa. She is majoring in English with a concentration of Creative Writing. This is her first year at the Daily Iowan as an Arts Reporter, and she enjo...

Madison Mestad
Arts Reporter

Madison Mestad

(she/her/hers) Madison is a first-year at the University of Iowa studying mass communications and journalism. She is an arts reporter for The Daily Iowan and has held an internship with State Farm.

Olivia Hamilton
Arts Reporter

Olivia Hamilton

she/her/hers Olivia Hamilton is a fourth-year student at the University of Iowa majoring in 3D Design. Prior to her role as an Arts Reporter at The Daily Iowan, Olivia was a videographer at the California publication, City on ...

Will Bower
Arts Reporter

Will Bower

he/him/his Will Bower is a freshman student at the University of Iowa. Hailing from the suburbs of Des Moines, Will has a double major in Journalism and History. Before arriving in Iowa City, Will worked on his high school p...

Charlie Hickman
Arts Reporter

Charlie Hickman

he/him/his Charlie Hickman is a sophomore at the University of Iowa. He is majoring in English on the Pre-Law track with minors in Political Science and Cinema.

Caden Gantenbein
Arts Reporter

Caden Gantenbein

he/him/his Caden Gantenbein is a screenwriting major as well as a film minor. He is a junior starting this fall and this is his first semester at the DI.

Arts Reporter

Anupama Choudhury

Zhenya Loughney
Arts Reporter

Zhenya Loughney

(they/them/theirs) Zhenya is a fourth year theatre design and journalism double major at UI. They are passionate about artistry and creativity. They are from Lebanon, KY.

Emma Gaughan
Arts Reporter

Emma Gaughan

(she/her) Emma Gaughan is a second-year student at the University of Iowa, studying psychology and criminology, as well as completing a writing certificate. She is from West Des Moines, where she developed her love of both wri...

Sophia Connolly

Sophia Connolly

(she/her/hers) Sophia Connolly is a first-year honors student studying journalism and mass communications. She is interested in politics, community events and exploring unique perspectives. After college, she plans to go to la...

Henry Tran
Graphic Designer & Photojournalist

Henry Tran

(he/him/his) Henry is a third-year student at The University of Iowa majoring in 3D design.

Brianna Brown
Assistant Design Editor

Brianna Brown

(she/her) Bri Brown is in her last semester at the University of Iowa. She is studying journalism and mass communications and is hoping to work as a publication designer after graduating.

Colin Votzmeyer
Assistant Sports Editor

Colin Votzmeyer

he/him/his Colin Votzmeyer is a junior at the University of Iowa studying journalism and mass communication with minors in history and criminology, law, and justice. Prior to his role as assistant sports editor, he previously served a...

Liam Halawith
Politics Editor

Liam Halawith

he/him/his Liam Halawith is a third-year student at the University of Iowa studying Journalism and Mass Communication and minoring in Public Policy. Before his role as Politics Editor Liam was a politics reporter for the DI. ...

Cooper Worth
Pregame reporter

Cooper Worth

(he/him/his) Cooper Worth is a Pregame Reporter for The Daily Iowan. He is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and mass communication. He is also earning a minor in communication studies and an entreprene...

Grace Smith
Senior photojournalist and filmmaker

Grace Smith

she/her/hers Grace Smith is a fourth-year student at the University of Iowa double majoring in Journalism and Cinematic Arts. In her four years at The Daily Iowan, she has held the roles of photo editor, managing summer editor, an...