News Staff

Michael Urbanec is a senior pursuing a journalism degree. His interests include writing and retro gaming. He joined the Northern Star as a news reporter in September 2017 and has been a part of the newsroom since.

Jessie Kern is a senior majoring in English with a minor in professional communications. Her greatest passions are all things writing, poetry, fiction and now news reporting. She joined the Northern Star staff in August 2017 and plans to continue working for the publication throughout the rest of her NIU career.

Lindsey came to NIU in spring 2016 as a political science and journalism double major, and she began working for the Northern Star toward the end of the fall 2016 semester. She is a freelance journalist for the Rockford Register Star and looks forward to covering local politics directly after graduation.

Tom Burton is the Sports Editor at the Northern Star. He is a double major in journalism and communication and is obtaining a certificate in digital media production. Along with print journalism, he is also involved with broadcast journalism with the Northern Television Center and public relations with the Public Relations Student Society of America. He began working at the Northern Star i…

Sports Staff

Tom Burton is the Sports Editor at the Northern Star. He is a double major in journalism and communication and is obtaining a certificate in digital media production. Along with print journalism, he is also involved with broadcast journalism with the Northern Television Center and public relations with the Public Relations Student Society of America. He began working at the Northern Star i…

Eddie began writing for the Northern Star in fall 2016 as an inexperienced writer for print journalism. His first experience reporting was covering the women’s basketball team and its playoff run in 2016-17. That experience fueled his passion for writing. His favorite part about his position is the ability to interview athletes and tell their stories.

Julian Nunnery's experiences writing sports columns, feature stories, game recaps, etc. for the Northern Star have been fantastic. Professional sports writing is a dream of his and having an opportunity to work for this sports section has made him more confident and focused in his craft.

In Ryan Ostry's time at the Star, he has enjoyed writing columns, feature stories and doing interviews for stories. Getting to know some athletes and coaches on a more personal level has broadened his experience within the field. He hopes to use his skills acquired at the Star for a future career in the field of sports journalism or public relations.

Khobi Price began writing for the Northern Star in September 2017. He enjoys having the opportunity to cover different teams and gain valuable experience in sports journalism. The advice and coaching he has received has helped him grow as a writer.