Bailey Brammer | Editor-in-Chief
Bailey Brammer is a junior journalism-news editorial major with a history minor.
She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, where she had cacti for neighbors and despite plenty of sunshine, she has never been able to achieve a decent tan. When she isn’t in the newsroom (which let’s face it, isn’t all that often), she can be found cooking, hiking, or spending time with her friends at one of Waco’s hidden hole-in-the-wall restaurants. She considers herself a self-proclaimed sushi connoisseur, and is always in the middle of binging a new show on Netflix. She also has an adorable, spoiled long-haired dachshund named Bear, who acts more like a cat than a dog.
After Bailey graduates from Baylor, she plans to attend graduate school in either California or Arizona and continue her education in the field of journalism. Eventually, she would like to work for a publication as a managing editor or writer, or become the first female NFL head coach (but the former seems more likely).
Didi Martinez | Digital Managing Editor
Didi Martinez is a senior Political Science and Journalism-New Media double major from Katy, Texas.
As her major suggests, she has enjoys learning about politics. Always liking a good challenge, she likes researching and explaining difficult concepts through her writing.
Other interests include napping (most people say that she doesn’t get enough sleep), listening to Michael Bublé and finding coffee drinks that have the perfect bitter to sweet ratio.
Eyes always set on the future, she hopes to finally keep up with a diary and stop packing for trips at the last minute.
Meredith Wagner | Web and Social Media Editor
A journalism new-media major with minors in studio art and environmental studies, Meredith wants to discover creative, cutting-edge ways to talk about and experience the world around her. She loves getting her hands dirty with charcoal and working long days in the garden, walking leisurely through big cities and hiking up tall mountains. Meredith calls the cozy town of Omaha, Nebraska her home, but she doesn’t like corn, and she will try very hard to convince you that Nebraska has more to offer than you initially thought.
Inside the newsroom, Meredith enjoys the full circle of news production — writing, reporting, designing, social media-ing. Outside the newsroom, you can find her teaching yoga (the aerial kind), consuming specialty coffee and modeling for figure drawing classes. She is working tirelessly at breaking her bad habit of writing sentences that are inappropriately long. She asks for your patience and grace in the meantime.
Kalyn Story | News Editor
Kalyn is a sophomore studying Journalism, Political Science and Sign Language Interpretation. She’s from Chicago, IL (she’s from the city, not the suburbs and she’d love to talk to you about the difference).
She is passionate about Jesus, Chicago, social justice, hockey and sushi. Her other loves include but are not limited to traveling, Chance The Rapper, The Office, and laughing at her own jokes. She’ll try just about anything once and is excited for her fourth semester working for the Lariat.
Pablo Gonzales | Assistant News Editor
Pablo Gonzales is a junior journalism major from Dallas, Texas. He is passionate about telling stories that have to do with the human experience and integrating technology and journalism, especially in this digital age.
Outside of Castellaw and the newsroom, Pablo enjoys good music, photography, playing the piano, reading or grabbing a cup of coffee with friends. Pablo is a strong believer in the power of words to capture the essence of our world.
Kaitlyn DeHaven | Design Editor
Kaitlyn is a junior University Scholars major from Austin, TX but can more accurately be described as a dancing coffee addict who also really loves dogs (but no dog as much her brown, fluffball, yorkipoo Mocha).
She drives a white Mini Cooper named “Vanilla Bean” and believes making forts is good for the soul because it allows you to escape reality for a moment or two. She also expresses her personality through her wide array of random socks, so catch her on campus wearing knee-high socks with donuts on them. Her happiest place is in autumn, where you can find her curled up in an oversized sweater, listening to the Head and the Heart, reading Jane Austen and drinking peppermint tea.
When she grows up, she really wants to be a famous ballerina but most likely will just try to see the world, learn as many languages as possible and run a magazine. It’s casual.
Nathan Keil | Sports Editor
Nathan Keil is a third-year graduate student at Truett Seminary, where he studies sports ministry.
Nathan is originally from Northwood, Ohio, but after moving to Los Angeles for a teaching position, he met his wife Amber and now considers the west coast home.
He enjoys an eclectic mix of interests including college and professional sports, indie rock music, independent film, coffee shops and traveling whenever possible.
When not serving as the Lariat Sports Editor and covering Baylor athletics, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their dog, Stuart.
Following graduation, Nathan would like to write and cover sports in the Southern California area and one day hopes to complete a screenplay.
Megan Rule | Opinion Editor
Megan is a junior journalism – news editorial major with a double minor in business administration and Spanish. She is from Stamford, CT which is a suburb of New York City, but if you ask her where she’s from she’ll just say New York.
Outside the newsroom, she’s on the track practicing with the Baylor Cross Country and Track team. If you can’t find her there, then you can find her snuggled in her bed scrolling through photos of Doug the Pug or her beloved chocolate labrador, Coco.
Megan aspires to one day work in international communications. When not writing for The Lariat, Megan enjoys writing for fun, especially fiction pieces and columns for Thought Catalog. Megan would love to tell you about the various television series she binge watches on Netflix or about the new gluten-free recipe she just tried out.
Jessica Babb | Broadcast Managing Editor
Jessica Babb is a senior Journalism and Political Science double major from Harker Heights, Texas.
With a fervent passion for writing and an interest in national politics, it is her dream to have the opportunity to report in Washington D.C. one day. And of course, to be able to cover an occasional protest. (Her favorite types of stories to cover!)
She has worked for the Lariat since her sophomore year, and if you ask just about anyone, they will say she is eager to graduate in December and dive right into a professional journalism career.
Jessica is a proud member of Delta Delta Delta and when she is not in the newsroom you will either find her hanging out with friends at Torchy’s Tacos or lounging around the house watching Grey’s Anatomy.
Jessica loves her three dogs back home – Scout, Truffles and Lucy, along with her cat Mr. Mickelson. (Named after Phil Mickelson!) She drinks way too much soda and eats too much chocolate, but realizes the two are just a necessity of life.
Kristina Valdez | Arts and Life Editor
Kristina Valdez is a sophomore from Irving, Texas. As a journalism major, Kristina is constantly reading and writing—which is perfect since those are her two favorite things to do. She is a foodie, a bookworm and a passionate connoisseur of life. Where there are lights, outrageous clothes and Japanese food, you will find Kristina.
Kristina loves and constantly prays for her parents and two younger brothers, Nicholas and Noah. Although the thought of leaving home behind is daunting, New York is calling her name. Kristina hopes to move into a tiny, studio apartment in New York City with a bright red couch. In the near to distant future, if you are ever in New York City, you will see Kristina walking to work for a magazine like Marie Claire with her newly published book cradled in her arm.
Liesje Powers | Multimedia Editor
Liesje Powers is a junior and is currently pursuing a major in journalism with a minor in museum studies.
Powers was born in Belgium but moved to Texas at a young age. This relocation spurred her fascination for all things cows and Texas (but never Longhorns, of course). The move also left Powers with an almost un-pronounceable name, but has opened her up to a world of mispronunciations to respond to.
Although an avid anti-morning person during school breaks, Powers spends her early mornings working out with the Baylor Crew during the school semester, and also serves as historian for the team.
When Powers isn’t taking on assignment or rowing, she enjoys napping or taking pictures of nature. Some of her favorite napping spots include Moody library, her car, and any benches she comes across on her way to class. As a photographer, Powers often seeks out the furry creatures of campus, whether it be a puppy, duck or squirrel.
This is Powers’ third year on staff, and she is excited to be the Multimedia Editor for the Lariat and for all the opportunities it gives her to grow as a photojournalist.
Molly Atchison | Print Managing Editor
Molly is a junior journalism and international studies major from Phoenix, Arizona. She spends her free time debating the validity of the oxford comma and searching for the best way to eat whatever she wants without gaining weight.
Molly loves horses, dogs and even her princess of a cat named Lilo. The other parts of her life are dedicated to Zeta Tau Alpha, the Baylor Riding Club and copious amounts of studying. Instead of entering the working world after college, Molly plans to take a year and couch surf the world, seeing and photographing as much as humanly possible. She enjoys long walks on the beach, preferably in the rain (because rain smells really good, and the sand isn’t hot) and the best way to win her heart is to buy her coffee — but that’s what all college students say, right?
When she’s not in the newsroom, she’s most likely covered in fluffy blankets with her new favorite book or watching reruns of Gilmore Girls.
Brooke Hill | Staff Writer
Brooke is a sophomore Journalism/English double major from Garland, Texas. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and the Pursue mentoring program.
She enjoys writing feature stories and covering events in the Baylor/Waco community. She loves pizza, attending Baylor sporting events, curling up with a good book, traveling as many places as possible and is obsessed with all things Disney.
Savannah Cooper | Staff Writer
Savannah (Savvy) Cooper is a sophomore journalism news-editorial major and french minor that’s alway looking for an adventure or a Panera. She’s a D.C. – raised girl with a hint of Carolina blue and a budding love for Texas.
Growing up, she has always been the new kid, so the development of her conversational skills with strangers grew exponentially. Such a skill led her into the journalism field.
Outside of meeting deadlines, Savannah loves to travel (think visiting 49 of the 50 states), watch Netflix original shows and open a million and one tabs on her MacBook.
One can find Savannah losing her voice (and mind) at any and all sporting events especially when her beloved Carolina Panthers blow a significant lead in the fourth quarter.
Through her passion for writing, Savannah hopes to publicize stories, moments and people who normally aren’t deemed newsworthy.
Julia Vergara | Staff Writer
Julia Vergara is a sophomore journalism, PR major from Katy, Texas who has always loved being a writer.
She is a member of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC) and serves as an ambassador for the Journalism, Public Relations and New Media department.
Outside of school and working for The Lariat, Julia enjoys watching Friends, drinking coffee (all day, every day) and baking. Her all-time favorites are spaghetti, candy, and museums.
After she graduates, she plans to pursue a career in Public Relations and live in the Museum District of Houston.
Phoebe Suy | Staff Writer
Phoebe Suy is a senior journalism news-editorial major with an Arabic minor from Silsbee, Texas. She loves to travel and some of her favorite places in the world (so far) include Jordan, Hawaii and Melbourne.
When she’s not writing for the Lariat or procrastinating on school work, she’s probably reading, exercising or planning her next adventure. Items on her bucket list include skydiving, running a marathon, completing a triathlon, and adopting a puppy.
She is passionate about Jesus and the fullness of joy and life found in and through Christ alone.
Collin Bryant | Sports Writer
Collin Bryant is a junior Pre-Law journalism (PR) major and a Legal, Reasoning, and analysis minor. He is completely coffee dependent (Pete’s Coffee needs to be in Waco) a beyond a shadow of a doubt football fan and all around hype man to anyone with a talent.
A St. Louis kid who moved to Texas a very long time ago, Collin grew up in the Woodlands, TX. It was there he discovered he loved an array of subjects/activities, and was always looking to dabble in something new. Rather it be singing in theatre, hosting school events, Varsity golf, or Destination Imagination.
When not in the newsroom, you can find Collin on a golf course, cooking in his apartment because he loves to eat, or at the gym. He also loves talking with friends about various topics to gain insight and opinion for his Podcast Bear’s Speak, or planning new events as VP of Pre-Law Society.
For his career, he hopes to either write and broadcast for ESPN, or, go to Law School and become a political analyst.
Ben Everett | Sports Writer
Ben Everett is a junior Business Fellows major with a minor in journalism. He is a fan of all things sports but has a major inclination towards basketball.
Ben is a native of Kansas City, KS, but attended middle and high school in Monroe, LA, so he knows a thing or two about the south.
In his free time, he likes to play basketball, watch basketball, play video games with friends, and listen to a wide variety of music.
Aside from the Lariat, Ben enjoys being an active member of Zeta Zigga Zamma and the FUMC Waco College Ministry.
In the future, Ben wants to work in basketball operations with an NBA team.
Will Barksdale | Multimedia Journalist
Will Barksdale is a junior Journalism — Public Relations major from St. Louis, Missouri.
He interned at PBS Nine Network this summer and learned that sitting in a cubicle is the worst way to spend the majority of your day. Will enjoys landscape/nature photography and giving advice to anyone that needs it. He is a BYX member and has played lacrosse for 9 years.
As a self-identified food connoisseur, his mission is to find the best slice of pizza in the country and enjoys a quality plate of toasted raviolis paired with a Fitz’s root beer straight out of his hometown.
When he’s not at the Lariat, he enjoys taking long walks on the beach and getting tattoos as often as possible. His pastimes include watching Game of Thrones with his family and listening to music that defines him (especially the Harry Potter theme song). Basically he’s just a huge nerd.
Jessica Hubble | Multimedia Journalist
Jessica Hubble is a senior journalism major and entrepreneurship minor from Arlington, Texas. Being from the home of the Texas Rangers she is an avid Rangers baseball fan.
She has two cats named Troubadour and Aria. Aria is named after the Game of Thrones character, her favorite TV show. She is also an avid outdoors woman who loves to camp, fish, hunt, hike and anything else that involves being outside. This is an attribute that most people don’t expect from her. Her family and her friends always come first and quality time with them is most precious to her.
She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and enjoys working with Habitat for Humanity. She has a passion for working with her hands, especially when it involves helping other people. She has been on several mission trips where she built wheel chair ramps, picnic tables, and even once re-roofed a house. She loves to be involved on campus and is soaking up as much Baylor spirit and traditions as she can before she’s thrown into the real world in May.
Baylee VerSteeg | Multimedia Journalist
Baylee VerSteeg is a senior Professional Writing Major and Photojournalism Minor from Denver, Colorado. Media has always been a focus of hers as she has spent most of her college career dabbling in various forms to see which best suits her. Most prominently, Baylee works as the co-editor-in chief at the Phoenix, an annual creative writing and art journal published by the English department.
After Baylee gets home from class or work, she pulls off her shoes, pours herself a bowl of frozen mango and considers starting homework right away. This, of course, never happens, but in the process she usually manages to go on a run, make dinner, clean up dinner, read a book and check Facebook.
This Professional Writing major and Photojournalism minor has hobbies that are very unsurprising: writing and taking photos. She also loves going on walks, running, skiing, hiking and talking about books.
Rylee Seavers | Broadcast Reporter
Rylee Seavers is a sophmore journalism major, political science minor from Phoenix, Arizona.
Seavers spent her summer travel writing in Budapest, Hungary. She loves reading, politics, travel and jazz music. She is fascinated by languages and is studying Russian at Baylor. Her favorite place is New York City, where she hopes to live one day.
When not studying, or working in the newsroom, Seavers can be found reading a good book with a large cup of coffee nearby.
Elisabeth Tharp | Broadcast Reporter
Tharp was born and raised in San Antonio and was once a gymnast, then a cheerleader, now a broadcast reporter. She is a junior with a Communication Specialist major; specializing in broadcast television.
Elisabeth interviewed and was offered a job by Billy Kim. She has interviewed a 2016 Rio Olympian, covered many major events around the Baylor campus and the Waco community, and has covered Big XII sports events. This semester she will be serving as the Sports Broadcast Reporter for LTVN covering everything Baylor sports.
Outside of the Lariat Elisabeth likes to spend time playing and napping with her 2 year old sheltie, Lucy.
Christina Soto | Broadcast Reporter
Christina Soto is a senior, journalism news editorial major with a leadership minor from Miami, Fl. She is a purebred Hispanic and enjoys embracing her Cuban and Colombian culture. Christina lived in Barranquilla, Colombia for three years where she learned to take pride in being a Latina woman.
Since Christina was a little girl, she’s carried a notepad and pencil to write down everything she sees and the answers to questions she asks people. Christina and her family knew she was born to be a journalist from her inquisitive nature and passion to write.
Christina not only loves to write, but enjoys taking pictures and traveling as well. If you are ever looking for Christina you will most likely find her in the news room, at the gym or on the beach.