The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

2021-2022 Staff

Wes Sanderson
Editor-in-Chief

Wes Sanderson

Wes Sanderson is the Editor-in-Chief at the Northern Star. He is a junior majoring in Media Studies with a minor in Journalism. Wes joined the Northern Star in the fall of 2020 as a sports reporter moving to Assistant Sports ...

Kierra Frazier
Managing Editor

Kierra Frazier

Kierra Frazier is a senior studying journalism and political science. She has previously covered the DeKalb City Council, the Student Government Association and more. She was a news reporter from 2018 to 2020. Kierra is also the...

Abigail Lamoreaux
Copy Editor

Abigail Lamoreaux

Abigail is a sophomore pursuing a BFA in acting. She was previously in the copy desk position during her second semester of freshman year. One of Abigail's favorite activities is volunteering at her hometown's community theater,...

Yari Tapia
News Editor

Yari Tapia

Yari is a senior at NIU, majoring in English with minor in history. Yari began her time at The Northern Star as a news reporter in Fall 2020, becoming assistant news editor the following spring. Yari took over to opinion ...

James Krause
Sports Editor

James Krause

James Krause is a senior at NIU majoring in Journalism and minoring in History. Krause has been on the sports staff since early 2018, covering football, wrestling and baseball among others. Krause also previously was a Star news...

Brionna Belcher
Opinion Editor

Brionna Belcher

Brionna Belcher is a senior studying journalism and communications. She first joined the Star in 2021 as a member of the Engagement Team. Currently, Brionna works as the Opinion Editor and is also responsible for compiling the T...

Jacob Baker
Lifestyle Editor

Jacob Baker

Jacob is a Senior majoring in Journalism with a minor in Communication Studies. He began his tenure at the Star as a staff writer in the Lifestyle section; covering local events and reviewing film and music releases. In Sprin...

Zulfiqar Ahmed
Media Editor

Zulfiqar Ahmed

Zulfiqar is a Senior at NIU, majoring in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics). He previously worked as a Photo Journalist for the Northern Star and is the current the Media Editor. Zulfiqar is constant learner in hopes of finding new ways of expr...

DeOndre Saunders
Sports Reporter

DeOndre Saunders

DeOndre is a sports reporter at the Northern Star. He is a communications major with a minor in Journalism. DeOndre helps cover NIU basketball and also writes columns for the sports section.

Sports Reporter

Jordan Radloff

Davione Barrow
Sports Reporter

Davione Barrow

Davione is a sophomore journalism major. Davione covers the men's basketball program for NIU, along with being a general sports columnist for the section. On top of his writing for sports, Davione is also a co-host of the Northern...

Sports Reporter

Carlos Finney Jr.

Sports Reporter

Noah Silver

Waleed Alamleh
Sports Reporter

Waleed Alamleh

Waleed is a senior Communications major. He is the beat reporter for women's volleyball and basketball and also dabbles in column writing on occasions. Waleed has been on staff since the Spring 2021 semester.

Sports Reporter

Abby Hostman

News Reporter

Jack Strunk

News Reporter

Gabriel Fiorini

News Reporter

Julio Ceja

Aidan Bengford
News Reporter

Aidan Bengford

Aidan is a sophomore here at NIU, majoring in Political Science and English. He is also receiving a minor in History. Aidan covers the NIU Board of Trustees. He is also involved with Mock Trial, Sunrise NIU and research into disability representation in film. Aidan bike...

Elisa Reamer
News Reporter

Elisa Reamer

Elisa is a fourth-year student majoring in journalism and minoring in communication. She covers City Council meetings and writes many profile pieces. Elisa is a published poet of "Just a Memory" and head of Public Relations for...

News Reporter

Greg Gancarz

Keearin Jackson
Columnist

Keearin Jackson

Keearin is a junior majoring in journalism with a minor in English. Since coming to NIU she admits that she has become more outgoing. Keearin is a member of the Star's opinion staff and also a part of the Delta Gamma sorority.

Janyce-Monique Johnson
Columnist

Janyce-Monique Johnson

Janyce-Monique is a senior majoring in English with an emphasis in Writing Studies.  You can find her writings weekly in the Northern Star Opinion section.

Mikayla Magdziarz
Columnist

Mikayla Magdziarz

Mikayla is a 4th year Media Studies major. On top of being an opinion writer for the Star, Mikayla is an Undergrad research assistant producing a documentary and a PA (Production Assistant) for NIU Athletics. She has worked on...

Parker Otto
Columnist

Parker Otto

Parker is a senior majoring in Communications with an emphasis on Media Studies and minoring in Journalism. Parker writes for the Stars Opinion section. He is a lover of cinema and has made it his lifelong goal to be a filmmaker.

Lifestyle writer

Brandon Montemayor

Lifestyle Writer

Kyron Lewis

Ashley Dwy

Ashley Dwy

Ashley is a third year double major in journalism and political science with a minor in French. She first joined the Star in 2019 as a news reporter, where she worked on the SGA beat. Ashley's favorite part about journalism...

Madeline Schuster
Cartoonist

Madeline Schuster

Madeline is a Junior transfer student, majoring in Illustration. She is the staff cartoonist here at the Northern Star. She is a huge fan of the MCU and even met Sebastian Stan at the St. Louis Comic Con. If you have cartoon suggestions,...

Lifestyle reporter

Daija Hammonds

Daija is a sophomore majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She joined the Star's lifestyle section in the fall of 2021. Daija likes to spend her free time reading or creating specialty playlists for music and movie fans.

Assistant Sports Editor

Skyler Kisellus

Madelaine Vikse
Assistant Lifestyle Editor

Madelaine Vikse

Madelaine is a junior at NIU majoring in journalism with a minor in art. She is currently the Assistant Lifestyle Editor and the creator of the advice column "Ask Madelaine." Maddie enjoys photography ever since she can remember....