Staff Bios

Executive Editor:

Catherine BonkeCatherine Bonke has been writing for the Independent since she was a freshman. She is currently a sophomore in the School of Journalism with aspirations to follow the online multimedia track. Her ultimate career goal is to write for a major online publication about achievements in scientific research and medicine. Catherine enjoys speaking French, reading and the outdoors.

Contact at [email protected]

News Editor:

JD Allen JD Allen a junior studying journalism and sociology, hopes to complete his double major in four years. While focusing on print and web journalism techniques, JD plans on writing on and photographing social inequalities and injustices, holding dear to his heart the quote he heard in an Introduction to News Literacy class –“Journalism is the first draft of history.” When he isn’t in the library typing an article or napping, he can be found in the Union basement parrying Sabre blades with the Stony Brook Fencing Club. 

Assistant News Editor: 

Kevin RutiglianoKevin Rutigliano is a sophomore studying journalism. He hopes to become a television journalist one day and hopes to cover either sports or politics. In his spare time he likes playing basketball, listening to hip-hop and reading 20th Century history books.



News Copy Editor: 

Ahmad Malik is a junior double majoring in political science and astronomy and planetary science, with minors in journalism and business management. While working in Health Care IT at Weill Cornell Medical College, he hopes to attend graduate school for astrophysics and earn his doctoral degree – as well as simultaneously pursuing an MBA. After working as a management consultant for a top space exploration firm, Ahmad intends to run for major political office. When he isn’t reading classical literature, he is either pursuing his passion for astronomy, composing and performing jazz, or heli-skiing the Rocky Mountains.

Arts & Features Editor:

Janelle ClausenJanelle Clausen is a junior journalism major. While undecided on her concentration, she seeks to understand important issues, explain them and hear people’s stories. When not writing, she can usually be found reading the New York Times or gaming. Darksiders beware, she’s also a self-proclaimed part-time Jedi. 



Assistant Arts & Features Editor: 

Maggie CaiMaggie Cai is a sophomore majoring in journalism. She hopes to follow the online multimedia track, using her passion for photography and videography to tell stories. Most of the time, she can be found scrolling through lifestyle blogs or wandering around snapping photos while avoiding collisions with people and stop signs.



Arts & Features Copy Editor: 

Nicola ShannonNicola Shannon is a sophomore journalism major at Stony Brook University. She loves learning and writing about everything having to do with human beings, from human biology to art and culture. She is currently learning Japanese and plans to study abroad there for her junior year. She relies on her iPod to get through a long week, as well as occasionally fantasizing about becoming a world-class chef.


Blogs Editor:

Lauren FetterLauren Fetter is a junior majoring in journalism and sociology at Stony Brook University. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, this self-proclaimed “fangirl” enjoys catching up on the latest Hollywood gossip and attending concerts of all kinds. Though she is unsure of where her pop culture passion may take her, Lauren hopes to one day express her love of writing and all things celebrity by working for a major entertainment outlet.

Contact at [email protected]

Blogs Copy Editor:

Alexa CoveneyAlexa Coveney is a Journalism major at Stony Brook University with a minor in Media Arts and plans to take the broadcast track. She is a TV junkie who loves to live tweet. In her free time she enjoys a nice cup of tea, writing fiction and some peace and quiet. Alexa hopes to one day produce and write for TV.  



Social Media Manager:

Jimin KimJimin Kim is a journalism major at Stony Brook University. As the Independent’s social media manager, he enjoys live tweeting campus events, promoting the Indie’s content and bugging strangers for story interviews with his trusty audio recorder. To unwind, he listens to smooth jazz and spars his friends in kickboxing — strange combination indeed. 

Contact at [email protected]


Staff Reporters:

Siobhan Becker

Elizabeth Brenner

Greg Cannella

Trevor Christian

Kristy Gerlett

Marina Liao

Ahmad A. Malik

Maddy Marcus

Joslyn Matthews

Kevin Matyi

Giovanni Ortiz

Atiba Rogers

Sheena Samu

Eric Santiago

Kayla Shults

Nicole Sims

Joanna Tavares

Kerlern Rae Tuitt

Kori Tuitt

Devan Valoroso

Greg Wehner


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