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The Western Carolinian

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    About Us

    Western Carolina University students write, edit, and produce The Western Carolinian as a bi-weekly printed publication and as an online Internet site to serve the information needs of WCU students and others interested in or involved with campus activities.

  • Managing Editor


    Laura Odom

    Laura Odom started at the paper as a contributing writer in fall 2011 and became a staff writer in 2012. She has written for various beats, including arts and entertainment, features and campus life. In October 2013, she was promoted to Managing Editor to be trained to take over the newspaper.

  • News Editor

    News Editor

    Maegan Hoth

    Maegan Hoth started at The Western Carolinian in October 2013 as the youngest News Editor since before 2000. Maegan is a biology major with a psychology minor. Originally from Long Island, New York, she moved to Statesville, N.C. seven years ago. After graduation, she plans to go to medical school and become a pathologist.

  • Copy Editor

    Copy Editor

    Kaitlyn Connelly

    Kaitlyn Connelly was appointed a Copy Editor for The Western Carolinian in the fall of 2012. Kaitlyn attended a conference in Chicago on writing and editing as a representative for The Western Carolinian in October 2012. She learned about interviewing techniques, adapting one’s writing to different mediums, writing for a global audience, and making the workspace comfortable for employers and employees with improvisation.

  • Allison Adkins

    Sports Writer

    Allison Adkins

    Allison Adkins is a staff writer at the Western Carolinian. She got her start at the newspaper during the 2011 fall semester as a contributing writer primarily covering the arts and entertainment and features beats. In the 2012 spring semester she jumped to the sports department.

  • Sports Editor

    Sports Writer

    Ryan Michaud

    Ryan Michaud has been writing with the paper since his freshman year and is now the Sports Editor as of August 2012. His love for sports comes from his New England heritage where Boston dominates the sports world. Ryan loves sports, the outdoors and becoming one with the mountains.

  • Ceillie Simkiss


    Ceillie Simkiss

    Ceillie Simkiss was named a photographer at the Western Carolina during the 2011 fall semester. She became a staff writer in the Arts and Entertainment beat in the fall of 2012. In August 2013, she signed on for one of the designer positions. She and Jamie North work with InDesign CS6 to create each newspaper issue.

  • Photographer


    Chris Ward

    Chris Ward is currently a senior majoring in computer science and environmental science. He has been working with The Western Carolinian since September 2012 as a photographer. He occasionally writes articles, such as an Outdoor Explorations. At The Western Carolinian, Chris enjoys meeting all the different people on and off campus for his photo assignments.

  • Jeffery Wilson


    Jeffery Wilson

    Jeffery Wilson was named the cartoonist for the Western Carolinian during the 2011 summer semester. He is an art major at Western Carolina University with a minor in Biology.

  • Intern


    Jovahnna "Jojo" Graves

    Jovahnna Graves joined The Western Carolinian newspaper as an intern in October 2013. She has been a part of Boys Scouts since she was eight-years-old, and she achieve the top three highest awards: The Quartermaster, Ringmaster and Silver Awards. She also possessed a boating license before she obtained a driver's license.