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The Ball State Daily News
Art and Journalism Building Room 278
Muncie, IN 47306-0001
Phone: 765-285-8255


Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith is a senior double majoring in journalism news and journalism magazine media with a minor in creative writing. She is from Melrose Park, Illinois, and attends Ball State to follow her dreams of using her words to share stories that otherwise may not have been told. After reporting for The Daily News since the first week of her freshman year, Smith took on the role of managing editor of the paper her junior year before becoming editor-in-chief for the 2021-22 school year. 

Connor Smith
Managing Editor 

Connor Smith is a senior journalism news major. From Naperville, Illinois, he got his start in journalism while working for The Stampede, Metea Valley High School’s student-led publication. Since joining The Daily News his freshman year, he has worked as a sports reporter and served as a sports editor during the 2020-21 academic year before taking on the role of managing editor. He has also interned for Jersey Column, a sports blog based out of Dacula, Georgia, and Best Version Media Sports. 

Grace McCormick
News Editor

Grace McCormick is a senior journalism news major with a minor in economics. She is from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and came to love journalism in part because of a great newspaper and yearbook adviser at Snider High School. Before becoming news editor, McCormick was previously a news and lifestyles reporter, as well as assistant news editor. She loves sharing stories at The Daily News and enjoys working with a dedicated staff.

Maya Wilkins
Associate News Editor, Copy Director

Maya Wilkins is a junior journalism and telecommunications dual major with minors in history and political science. She is from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she learned to love journalism while working at the newspaper at Carroll High School. Prior to her role as associate news editor and copy director, Wilkins was a news reporter. Wilkins enjoys being a journalist because she loves to tell stories for those who may feel they don't have a voice.

Sumayyah Muhammad
Lifestyles Editor 

Sumayyah Muhammad is a junior journalism magazine media major from Bloomington, Illinois. This is her second year with The Ball State Daily News and first as lifestyles editor. One of the things she loves about being a student journalist is helping her classmates feel recognized by their school.

Grace Duerksen
Associate Lifestyles Editor

Grace Duerksen is a sophomore majoring in photojournalism and minoring in French. She is from Whitestown, Indiana, where she discovered her love for journalism through the Lebanon High School yearbook as editor-in-chief. During her freshman year, Duerksen worked as a lifestyles reporter and a social media team member. She enjoys being a journalist because she loves to meet passionate and unique people and have the ability to share their stories.

Ian Hansen
Sports Editor

Ian Hansen is a junior journalism major from Indianapolis. This is his third year with The Daily News and second as sports editor. He has also written articles about the Indiana Pacers that have been picked up by Bleacher Report. He enjoys being a journalist because he loves giving people a voice.

Charleston Bowles
Associate Sports Editor

Charleston Bowles is a junior journalism major from Indianapolis. He joined The Daily News in January 2020 and has contributed ever since. In that span, Bowles has covered the likes of women’s basketball, softball, soccer and more. He is excited to continue telling stories deeply rooted in Ball State Athletics.  

John Lynch
Opinion Editor

John Lynch is a senior news journalism major and political science minor from Kenosha, Wisconsin. He worked as a news reporter for three years and copy director for one before joining the Opinion section as an editor. He believes that stories should be told truthfully and fairly to elevate ideas that deserve attention.

Elissa Maudlin

Associate Opinion Editor

Elissa Maudlin is a junior journalism news major from Noblesville, Indiana. She has worked with the opinion section as a writer since freshman year and was the interim opinion editor during the Spring 2021 semester. Last year, her opinion column “Abstraction” tied for third place in the Society of Professional Journalists' Awards. She loves journalism because she loves to tell stories.

Adele Reich
Video Editor

Adele Reich is a junior journalism and telecommunications major with a minor in film and screenwriting. She has been a video reporter for The Daily News since her freshman year and became video editor in spring 2021. She is from Carmel, Indiana, and wants to become a news videographer and work in broadcast news.

Maggie Getzin
Creative Director

Maggie Getzin is a senior journalism graphics major. She grew up in Jasper, Indiana, and chose Ball State to further her knowledge in photography and design. Getzin started working for The Daily News in the fall of 2019 as a page designer and was promoted to her position of print design editor and then creative director the following years. She works with her fellow designers to give stories more of an impact through design and graphics.

Kamryn Tomlinson
Visual Editor

Kamryn Tomlinson is a senior majoring in news journalism. Originally from Lima, Ohio, she came to Ball State to continue her study of journalism. During her time at Ball State, Tomlinson has been a reporter for the lifestyles and social media sections as well as a designer and editor for the design team. She enjoys being a journalist because she has the opportunity to give a voice to the voiceless. 

Alex Hindenlang
Visual Editor

Alex Hindenlang is a senior majoring in journalism graphics. She is from Antwerp, Ohio, and chose Ball State in order to pursue her passion for art and design. This is her second year designing with The Daily News and her first as visual editor. She enjoys utilizing design as a way of telling a story visually and believes that while words tell great stories, innovative design says more than words alone ever could.

Rylan Capper

Photo Editor

Rylan Capper is a sophomore photojournalism major, and this is his first position on the editorial board with The Daily News. He is from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and found his passion for photojournalism while photographing Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, though he has been practicing photography since middle school. He joined The Daily News to further advance his skills in photography and communication.