The Daily Iowan

2019-2020 Staff

Marissa Payne

Editor-in-Chief

Email: [email protected] Twitter: @marissa42_   Marissa Payne is the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Iowan. A proud first-generation college student, she served as Managing Editor in 2018-19, shifting coverage to focus on more p...

Brooklyn Draisey

Managing Editor

Email: [email protected] Brooklyn Draisey is the Managing Editor of The Daily Iowan. She started at the DI her freshman year as a news reporter, covering a variety of topics, and has since gained additional experi...

Katina Zentz

Creative Director

Email: [email protected] Katina Zentz is the Creative Director of The Daily Iowan. She is a senior at the University of Iowa and transferred from the Ringling College of Art and Design where she studied filmmaking. Katin...

Kayli Reese

Managing News Editor

Email: [email protected] Kayli Reese is the Managing News Editor at The Daily Iowan, a position in which she will oversee the print and TV news sections. This is her fourth year at the University of Iowa and working for t...

Aadit Tambe

Managing Digital Editor

Email: [email protected] Twitter: @aadittambe Aadit serves as the Managing Digital Editor at The Daily Iowan. Currently a senior, he is working towards earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communicatio...

Lucy Rohden

TV Sports Director

Email: [email protected] Lucy Rohden is entering her fourth year at The Daily Iowan and at the University of Iowa, and works as the DITV Director. She is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. During her first three ye...

Katelyn Weisbrod

Projects Editor

Email: [email protected] Twitter: @katelyn_eliz Katelyn Weisbrod is the Projects Editor at The Daily Iowan. Katelyn is a senior at the University of Iowa and has been a part of the DI since her freshman year. She cove...

Alexandra Skores

News Editor

Email: [email protected]   Alexandra Skores is a News Editor at The Daily Iowan. Last year, she was a news reporter covering the UI's graduate colleges and also worked as a digital producer. She is a junior at the...

Katie Ann McCarver

News Editor

Email: [email protected] Katie Ann McCarver is a News Editor at The Daily Iowan. She is a sophomore at the UI double majoring in journalism and creative writing. Her freshman year, she worked as a news reporter...

Katie Goodale 

Photo Editor

Email: [email protected] Katie Goodale is a Photo Editor at The Daily Iowan. She is a junior studying journalism and English & creative writing. She has been a staff photojournalist since her freshman year, coveri...

Shivansh Ahuja

Photo Editor

Email: [email protected] Shivansh Ahuja is a Photo Editor at The Daily Iowan. He is a junior at the UI majoring in mechanical engineering, and he has worked as a photojournalist on staff for the last two years....

Sarah Watson

Politics Editor

Email: [email protected] Twitter: @K_5mydearwatson Sarah Watson is in her third year on staff and is serving for a second year as Politics Editor at The Daily Iowan, coordinating breaking news and in-depth coverage o...

Pete Ruden

Pregame Editor

Email: [email protected] Twitter: @PeteyRuden Pete Ruden is the Pregame Editor at The Daily Iowan, where he has worked since the beginning of his college career. He has covered a variety of sports at the DI, including f...

Anna Kayser

Sports Editor/Assistant Pregame Editor

Email: [email protected] Anna Kayser is the Sports Editor and Assistant Pregame Editor at The Daily Iowan. She began her college career as a news reporter before moving to the Politics team with a focus on the work of Se...

Josie Fischels

Arts Editor

Email: [email protected] Josie Fischels is an Arts Editor at The Daily Iowan. She is a sophomore at the UI studying journalism and theater arts. Her freshman year, she worked as a news reporter covering UI Hospitals &am...

Sarah Stortz

Arts Editor

Email: [email protected] Twitter: @sstortz_   Sarah Stortz is an Arts Editor at The Daily Iowan. She has been on staff since her freshman year, previously as a news reporter, digital producer, and arts reporte...

Elijah Helton

Opinions Editor

Email: [email protected] Elijah Helton is the Opinions Editor at at The Daily Iowan. He writes about environmental policy, equality issues, and electoral politics. He is a junior at the UI, majoring in journalism and politic...

James Geerdes

Design Editor

Email: [email protected] James is a junior studying business analytics and journalism. He is currently the design editor and is interested in interactive graphics and UX design. Since joining his freshman year, he has bee...

Julia Shanahan

Assistant Politics Editor

Email: [email protected]   Julia Shanahan is the Assistant Politics Editor for The Daily Iowan. Now a junior, she started working for the publication her freshman year as an Opinions columnist and now repor...

Robert Read

Assistant Sports Editor

Email: [email protected] Robert Read is the Assistant Sports Editor at The Daily Iowan. In his freshman year, he covered the men's track and field team. He is a sophomore at the University of Iowa majoring in journ...

Charles Peckman

Senior Reporter

Email: [email protected] Twitter: @charlespeckman Currently, Charles is a digital producer and senior reporter in his fourth year on staff at The Daily Iowan. Previously, he has served as the news editor, general ...

Annie Fitzpatrick

News Reporter

Email: [email protected]   Annie Fitzpatrick is a digital producer and news reporter at The Daily Iowan. She is a senior at the University of Iowa studying journalism and marketing....

Kelsey Harrell

News Reporter

Email: [email protected]   Kelsey Harrell is a digital producer and news reporter at The Daily Iowan. She is a sophomore at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and international relations with a minor ...

Madison Lotenschtein

Arts Reporter

Email: [email protected] Madison Lotenschtein is an arts reporter and digital producer at The Daily Iowan. She is a junior at the University of Iowa and has been with the DI since her freshman year. Madison stu...

Naomi Hofferber

Arts Reporter

Email: [email protected] Twitter: @NaomiSHofferber Naomi Hofferber is a fourth-year University of Iowa student, and she reports on arts and works as an audio producer at The Daily Iowan. She has been with the DI...

Caleb McCullough

Politics reporter

Email: [email protected]   Caleb McCullough is a politics reporter at The Daily Iowan. In his freshman year, he was a designer and news reporter covering city council and local government. He is a sophomore...

Julia DiGiacomo

Politics reporter

Email: [email protected]   Julia DiGiacomo is a politics reporter and digital producer at The Daily Iowan. She is a junior majoring in journalism and international relations with a Spanish minor. Throughout her fresh...

Ryan Adams

Photojournalist

Ryan Adams currently works as a photojournalist at The Daily Iowan. He is working towards earning a major in journalism and cinema. 

Alyson Kuennen

Photojournalist

Alyson Kuennen is a photojournalist at The Daily Iowan. She is a second-year student at the University of Iowa double majoring in journalism and international studies.

Wyatt Dlouhy

Photojournalist

Email: [email protected]   Wyatt Dlouhy is a photojournalist at The Daily Iowan. He is a fifth-year student both studying journalism, and pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography. He enjoys photographin...

Sarah Altemeier

Sports Reporter

Email: [email protected] Sarah Altemeier is a sports reporter and digital producer at The Daily Iowan. She is a sophomore at the University of Iowa majoring in computer science....

Roman Slabach

Visual journalist

Email: [email protected] Roman Slabach is a visual journalist at The Daily Iowan in his third year on staff, producing films and taking photos. He was previously the Films Director. He started his freshman y...

Taylor Newby

Opinion Columnist

Email: [email protected] Taylor Newby is an Opinions columnist at The Daily Iowan. She is a junior at the UI studying journalism with a certificate in critical cultural competence....

Suchaeta Hegde

Opinions Columnist

Marina Jaimes

Opinions Columnist

Email: [email protected] Marina Jaimes is an Opinions columnist and member of the Editorial Board. She previously served as the editor of the section. She is a senior studying political science and criminology. ...

Nichole Shaw

Opinions Columnist

Email: [email protected] Nichole Shaw is an Opinions columnist and Editorial Board member at The Daily Iowan, writing about culture and systemic oppression of different populations. She is a junior at the UI majoring in journa...