The Daily Beacon Editorial Staff 



Alexandra DeMarco, Editor-in-Chief ( 

Hey all, I’m Aly and I will be the Beacon’s Editor-in-Chief for the 2020-21 school year. I’m a junior studying journalism and French, and I have a passion for writing and telling stories that need to be heard. I am so excited to lead our paper through this next year and ensure that the Beacon is a great tool for students during this uncertain time.


Calista Boyd, Managing Editor ( 

Hey everyone! I am Calista and am the managing editor at the Beacon this year. I am a fourth-year Global Studies major with minors in Statistics, Arab Studies and Public Policy Analytics. I never predicted that I would be so involved with student media, but I think it is an important part of sharing students’ voices on campus. I have been working at the Beacon since my first year at UT, and it has been such a great learning experience for me. I am happy to pass on what I have learned by working in this position. 


Allie Justis, Copy Chief (

Hi! My name is Allie Justis, and I'm the copy chief for this year. I'm a junior majoring in journalism and electronic media with a minor in snthropology. I've always wanted to be a journalist because I love storytelling and traveling. As an editor, my team and I are looking forward to a great year with even greater stories. 


Sarah Rainey, Campus News Editor (

Hello! My name is Sarah Rainey, and I am going to be the campus news editor at the Beacon for the 2020-21 year! I am a junior studying English - technical communication and language and world business - Hispanic studies. I am from Milan, Tennessee, and a few things I love are languages, writing, editing and K-Pop. I have worked as a copy editor for two years and a staff writer for just under a year here at the Beacon, and I am so excited to take on the role of campus news editor!


Jake Yoder, City News Editor (

Hello! I'm Jake Yoder and I am the city news editor of The Daily Beacon. I have a passion for film, video games, anime and manga, so my main focus is entertainment journalism. Outside of the Beacon, I'm a staff writer at video game website Noisy Pixel and president of the Vols Japanese Cultural Association. I look forward to sharing my love for journalism and writing with you at the Beacon this semester!


Elijah Hunt, Opinions Editor (  

My name is Eli and I am in my fifth year at UT studying journalism and Japanese. Originally a computer engineering student, I found that I had a love for writing and journalism during my second year, when I made the switch over to communications. I’m an esports writer and gaming journalist with a passion for the esports community and industry. I have written for a few different online gaming journals and have my publications on my blog. Along with my love for gaming, I also have experience and time as a competitive player for games like Super Smash Brothers and Call of Duty. I love playing games like League of Legends, Valorant and Pokemon in my free time, but I love all types. I one day hope to be working for a professional esport organization based in Japan and work as a content-producer and translator.  

Ryan Schumpert, Sports Editor (

I am a junior majoring in journalism and electronic media. I am a Brentwood, Tennessee, native and have covered a plethora of UT sports for the Beacon and others including football, men’s basketball, baseball and soccer. I also work on The Volunteer Channel show, Sports Mecca, and am a scriber, where I covers prep sports for the Maryville Daily Times.










Austin Orr, Digital Producer (  

What's up Vol Nation? I'm Austin Orr, the video editor (or digital producer) at The Daily Beacon! I'm super pumped to make rad videos this year with my awesome team! I am currently a junior working toward a bachelor's degree in communication studies. In my spare time, I love to draw, run and watch movies! Most of all I love to make YouTube videos with my two best friends John Abraham and Tyler Jones!



Sydney Goodsell, Photo Editor (

Hello fellow Vols! My name is Sydney Goodsell and I am the photo editor here at The Daily Beacon. I am currently a sophomore and working toward a degree in animal science. I have a huge passion for everything photography and I cannot wait to share with you all of the amazing shots our staff takes this year.



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Spring 2020 Editorial Staff

Gabriela Szymanowska, Editor-in-Chief ( 

Caroline Jordan, Managing Editor (

Calista Boyd, Copy Chief ( 

Alexandra DeMarco, Campus News Editor ( 

Jake Yoder, City News Editor (

Ryan Crews, Sports Editor (  

Ryan Schumpert, Sports Editor (

Evan Newell, Opinions Editor ( 

Austin Orr, Digital Producer ( 

Sophia Liberatore, Photo Editor (

Michael Bloodworth, Design Editor (  


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