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

Editorial

Zach Piatt
Editor-in-chief

Zach Piatt is a senior 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. Prior to being editor-in-chief of The Ball State Daily News, Piatt worked as a sports reporter, assistant sports editor and copy director. Piatt believes everyone has a story that matters and is proud to have the privilege of telling those stories. 






Taylor Smith
Managing Editor 

Taylor Smith is a junior 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 for two years, Smith took on the role of managing editor of the paper for the 2020-21 school year. 






Grace McCormick
News Editor

Grace McCormick is a sophomore 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. During the 2019-20 school year, McCormick worked as a news and lifestyles reporter for The Daily News.







Maya Wilkins
Assistant News Editor

Maya Wilkins is a sophomore journalism and telecommunications dual major with minors in history and political science. She is from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she learned to love journalism writing for the newspaper at Carroll High School. She has been a Daily News reporter since August 2020 and the assistant news editor since January 2021.






Nicole Thomas
Lifestyles Editor 

Nicole Thomas is a senior 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 lifestyles reporter, and in 2018-19, she was the assistant lifestyles editor. She enjoys being a journalist because she loves to listen to people’s stories and share those stories with other people through writing.






Sumayyah Muhammad
Assistant Lifestyles Editor

Sumayyah Muhammad is a sophomore majoring in magazine media journalism from Bloomington, Illinois. This is her first position at The Ball State Daily News. One of the things she loves about being a student journalist is helping her classmates feel recognized by their school.







Ian Hansen
Sports Editor

Ian Hansen is a sophomore journalism major from Indianapolis. This is his second year with The Daily News and first 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. 






Connor Smith
Assistant Sports Editor

Connor Smith is a junior news journalism major from Naperville, Illinois. Having written for The Ball State Daily News since his freshman year, Smith has experience covering Ball State Men's Golf, Men's Volleyball and Soccer. He is thrilled to continue telling stories that go beyond the box score. 







Elissa Maudlin
Interim Opinion Editor

Elissa Maudlin is a sophomore News Journalism/TCOM major with a minor in theatre. She is from Noblesville, Indiana, and worked as a Daily News opinion columnist in 2019-20. She loves journalism because she lives for storytelling and wants to connect with people who have their own hidden stories.



Shwetha Sundarrajan

Interim Assistant Opinion Editor

Shwetha Sundarrajan is a senior journalism major with a double minor in creative writing and film and screenwriting. She is from Saint Louis, Missouri, and attends Ball State to pursue her passion to uplift the voices of the unheard. This is her first editor position with The Daily News. She enjoys being a journalist because she gets to hear different perspectives.






Jacob Musselman
Photo Editor

Jacob Musselman is a junior journalism and telecommunications major with a minor in digital printing. He started as a photographer in January 2019 and became photo editor one year later. This past summer, he received the Hoosier State Press Association Pulliam Internship and worked for The News Sun in Kendallville, Indiana. 







Jaden Whiteman
Assistant Photo Editor

Jaden Whiteman is a sophomore photojournalism major. She is from Indianapolis and has worked for The Daily News as a photographer since August 2019.







Josh Bennett
Video Editor

Josh Bennett is a senior telecommunications major with a minor in film and screenwriting. Bennett is from Highland, Indiana, and was always into art but didn't discover his passion for video production until he tried something new at college. He joined The Daily News as a video reporter in early March 2019 and has loved it ever since. Bennett desires to either produce and/or edit documentaries and movies that tell the stories lost to time.






Adele Reich
Assistant Video Editor

Adele Reich is a sophomore journalism and telecommunications major with a minor in film and screenwriting. She is from Carmel, Indiana, and wants to become a news videographer and documentary filmmaker. During the 2019-20 school year, she was a proactive video reporter and became the assistant video editor in the fall of 2020. 






Elliott DeRose
Creative Director

Elliott DeRose is a senior 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 of 2017 and was later promoted to the position of design editor. After holding that position for two years, he is currently the creative director. He enjoys working with his staff of designers to create compelling stories through page and web design and collaborating with other sections to create unique and captivating content.





Maggie Getzin
Print Design Editor

 Maggie Getzin is a junior 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 the following year. She works with her fellow designers to give stories more of an impact through design and graphics. 





Kamryn Tomlinson
Web Design 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 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.






June Cooper

Social Media Editor

June Cooper is a junior majoring in criminal justice and English with a concentration in creative writing. She is from Indianapolis and joined The Daily News to take part in opportunities to share others' stories and learn from passionate peers. During the 2018-19 school year, she was a lifestyles reporter and a member of the social media section, and this is her second year as social media editor. She believes social media strengthens the reach of stories and is imperative to spreading news in the digital world.





John Lynch

Copy Director

John Lynch is a junior news journalism major and political science minor from Kenosha, Wisconsin. He has worked as a reporter for the news section for two years and still contributes news stories as a reporter. He loves working in journalism because he believes good stories need to be told fairly and truthfully.