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 Univer...

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 covering...

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 reporter. She is ...

Elijah Helton

Opinions Editor

Email: [email protected] Twitter: @TheElijahHelton Elijah Helton is the Opinions Editor at The Daily Iowan. He writes about environmental policy, equality issues, and electoral politics. He is a junior at the UI, majori...

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 reports on Iowa pol...

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 Iowa track and field team and now covers Iowa football and men's basketball. He is a sophomore at the ...

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 ...

Gretchen Lenth

News Reporter

Gretchen Lenth covers the student life beat as a news reporter for The Daily Iowan. She is a Journalism and Mass Communications major at the university. ...

Rin Swann

News Reporter

Rin Swann is a news reporter at The Daily Iowan. She is a freshman at the University of Iowa and a double major in Creative Writing and Journalism. This is her first year working at the DI....

Chloe O’Connor

News Reporter

Chloe O’Connor is double majoring in English and Creative Writing and Journalism and Mass Communications. She is covering the Johnson County Board of Supervisors and the lower education beats as a news reporter for The Dail...

Mitchell Griffin

News Reporter

Mitchell Griffin covers the UI research beat as a news reporter for The Daily Iowan. He is majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications and International Relations while minoring in Communications. ...

Preston Hayes

News Reporter

Preston Hayes is a double major, studying Journalism and Mass Communications and Cinema Studies. He is the Iowa City Downtown District beat reporter for the news section of The Daily Iowan....

Lauren White

News Reporter

Lauren White is news reporter at The Daily Iowan, covering the multicultural and diversity beat. She studies Journalism and Mass Communications and International Studies at the university....

Rachel Steil

News Reporter

Rachel Steil is majoring in english and creative writing at the University of Iowa. She is a news reporter at The Daily Iowan and covers crime and courts....

Hannah Rovner

News Reporter

Hannah Rovner covers city council for The Daily Iowan as a news reporter. She is studying Journalism and Political Science at the university....

Eleanor Hildebrandt

News Reporter

Eleanor Hildebrandt is a news reporter at The Daily Iowan covering the UISG, GPSG, and student organizations beat. She is majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication and Global Health.

Rylee Wilson

News Reporter

Email: [email protected]  Twitter: @rylee_wilson8 Rylee Wilson is a news reporter and digital producer at The Daily Iowan. She is a sophomore at the University of Iowa studying journalism and political science....

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 political science with a minor in theatre arts. ...

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 at the Unive...

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...

Emily Wangen

Photojournalist

Email: [email protected] Emily Wangen is a junior at the UI majoring in political science and minoring in economics. This is her third year at The DI. Emily works as a photojournalist and a designer.

Pete Mills

Sports Reporter

Pete Mills is in his second year as a sports reporter with The Daily Iowan. He currently serves as a football reporter, contributing to Pregame on a weekly basis as well as writing features and notebooks for the section. In 2018-...

Isaac Goffin

Sports Reporter

Isaac is a freshman at the University of Iowa and serves as The Daily Iowan's soccer beat reporter.

Ben Playa

Sports Reporter

Ben is in his first year with The Daily Iowan and serves as the volleyball and cross country beat reporter.

Cassandra Buchholz

Sports Reporter

Jahlynn Hancock

Sports Reporter

Jahlynn is The Daily Iowan's field hockey reporter.

Austin Hanson

Sports Reporter

Austin is a sophomore at the University of Iowa and reports on tennis at The Daily Iowan.

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 year working...

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....

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...

Nichole Harris

Designer

Nichole Harris is a designer at The Daily Iowan. She is an English and Creative Writing major and in her first year at Iowa.

Andy Mitchell

Digital Producer

Email: [email protected] Andy Mitchell is a digital producer and designer at The Daily Iowan. He is a senior at the University of Iowa studying journalism and media informatics.

John Chenoweth

DITV News Reporter and Anchor

Email: [email protected] John Chenoweth is a DITV news reporter and anchor. He is a junior at the UI majoring in journalism. He is minoring in cinema and military science.