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The Ball State Daily News
Art and Journalism Building Room 278
Muncie, IN 47306-0001
Brooke Kemp is a senior journalism and telecommunications news major with two minors: creative writing and professional writing and emerging media. She is from Muncie, Indiana, and came to Ball State to pursue her passion for writing and sharing others' stories. During the 2017-18 school year, Kemp was the features editor at The Daily News, and during the fall 2018 semester she held the position of managing editor. She then took on the position of interim editor-in-chief spring 2019.
Tier Morrow is a senior double majoring in journalism with a concentration in magazine media and English studies. She is from Warsaw, Indiana, and she came to Ball State to pursue her passion of writing and uncovering unique stories. This year, Morrow has taken on the role of managing editor for The Daily News. During the 2018-19 school year, she held the position of features editor, and during the 2017-18 school year, she was the assistant features editor as well as a reporter.
Rohith Rao is a senior journalism news major with a French minor. He's from Bengaluru, India, but was born and raised in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. He came to Indiana to pursue his undergraduate studies. During his first year at Ball State, the 2018-19 school year, Rao was a news reporter at The Ball State Daily News and served as the editor-in-chief during the summer 2019 semester. Eventually, Rao wishes to report on international affairs as a foreign correspondant.
Assistant news editor
Charles Melton is a sophomore news and telecommunications dual major with a minor in aquatics. Charles was born in raised in Eaton, Indiana. During the 2018-19 school year, Charles worked as a news reporter for The Ball State Daily News.
Nicole Thomas is a junior majoring in magazine media journalism with minors in French and creative writing. She is from Indianapolis. During the 2017-18 school year, she was a features reporter, and in 2018-19, she was the assistant features editor. She enjoys being a journalist because she loves to listen to people’s stories and then share those stories with other people through writing.
Assistant features editor
Kamryn Tomlinson is a sophomore majoring in news journalism. Originally from Lima, Ohio, she came to Ball State to continue her study of journalism. During the 2018-19 school year, Kamryn was a reporter for the features and social media sections. Kamryn enjoys being a journalist because she has the opportunity to give a voice to the voiceless.
Jack Williams is a senior journalism major from Arlington Heights, Illinois. This is his second year as sports editor and his fourth with The Daily News. Along with working with The Daily News, Williams has also been published by WGI, Halftime Magazine, The Herald Bulletin, Argus Leader, IndyStar and The Associated Press. Through his work, he hopes to tell the stories that need to be told and that go beyond the court.
Assistant sports editor
Zach Piatt is a junior journalism major with a minor in sports studies. He grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and went to Northrop High School where he was introduced to journalism. Piatt began his writing career for The Ball State Daily News as a sports reporter and currently covers football and baseball. Piatt believes everyone has a story that matters and is proud to have the privilege of telling those stories.
Demi Lawrence is a junior news journalism major and political science minor from Fishers, Indiana. In the past, she was a columnist for the opinion section as well as a features reporter. She loves being a journalist because she gets to tell all kinds of stories. She values truth above all else, and as a journalist she enjoys helping people become more informed and better citizens.
Eric Pritchett is a senior photojournalism major with a minor in scuba. He is from Plainfield, Indiana, and came to Ball State to pursue his passion in photography and videography. Along with his duties at The Daily News, he is on the executive board of the Ball State chapter of the National Press Photographers Association.
Assistant photo editor
Jacob Musselman is sophomore journalism and telecommunications news major with a strategic communication minor. He is from Indianapolis and has worked for The Daily News since January 2019.
Jake Helmen is a senior telecommunications major with a minor in marketing from Carmel, Indiana. He started as a video reporter in 2016 where he learned almost everything he knows about video. He has been absolutely enveloped by sound and music for many years and recently taken a special love for video and filmmaking. Helmen has been part of countless films and is passionate about creating stories in a medium that goes well beyond written word.
Social media editor
Alyssa Cooper is a sophomore majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She is from Indianapolis. During 2018-19 school year, she was a features reporter and a member of the social media section. She believes that social media strengthens the reach of stories and is imperative to spreading news in the digital world.
Scott Fleener is a junior journalism major with a minor in political science from Muncie. He started as a multi-media reporter in 2018 where he learned almost everything he knows about journalism. He has always loved interacting with the community and finding ways to improve it. He uses the community engagement skills he developed while serving as Military Police Patrolman in the Army to better serve the community he writes for.
Will English is a junior computer science major from Indianapolis. This is his first position at The Ball State Daily News. As web developer, he works with the design team, as well as reporters, to make web pages for in-depth stories and special projects. When he graduates, English wants to eventually get his masters in data science.
Madison Freestone is a senior journalism major minoring in history. Her love of journalism began on a high school field trip to the IndyStar. She believes that everyone has a story worth hearing and that journalism is the key to a well-informed public. Freestone was born in Anderson, Indiana, and attended Frankton High School. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing video games and painting.
Emily Wright is a senior journalism graphics major with a minor in graphic arts technology. She grew up in Thorntown, Indiana, and came to Ball State to share her love for all things art and design through storytelling. Wright started working at The Daily News as a page designer during the fall 2016 semester. She also worked as the design editor during the fall 2018 semester before she was promoted to the position of creative director. In her current position, she oversees all design-related project and works closely with reporters, photographers, editors and designers alike.
Elliott DeRose is a junior journalism graphics major. He grew up in Noblesville, Indiana, and came to Ball State to pursue his passions of art and design. DeRose started working at The Daily News as a page designer during the fall 2017 semester and was later promoted to his current position of Design Editor. He enjoys working with his staff of designers to create compelling stories through page and web design.