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

2020-2021 Staff

Madelaine Vikse

Madelaine Vikse

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

Abigail Lamoreaux

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,...

Zulfiqar Ahmed

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...

Aidan Bengford

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

Elisa Reamer

Elisa is a fourth-year student majoring in journalism and minoring in communication. As a reporter, she covered City Council meetings and writes many profile pieces. Elisa is a published poet of "Just a Memory" and head of Public...

Mikayla Magdziarz

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...

Yari Tapia

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 ...

Wes Sanderson

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 ...

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...

James Krause

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...

Jacob Baker

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...

Kierra Frazier

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...