Staff Bios

Executive Editor:

Kori Tuitt is a junior at Stony Brook University studying journalism with an online concentration. Although she has delved in several activities on Long Island, she’s a commuter from Queens who loves to rep her borough. She’s held internships at the New York Amsterdam News, the Queens Chronicle and the TimesLedger Newspapers. For leisure, Kori likes to listen to NPR’s StoryCorps and Radiolab, play Scrabble and watch “The Twilight Zone” — the original one, of course.

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Interim News Editor:

Trevor Christian is a junior who treats the Stony Brook Student Union as a second home. He is a journalism major who enjoys covering politics, education and human interest stories. Trevor lived in Stony Brook since he was in elementary school and only has to walk a mile to get to campus. His cat, Prince, and vast collection of Americana music keep him sane.

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Interim Assistant News Editor:

Caitlin Rondino is currently a journalism major following the print track as well an MBA graduate student at Stony Brook University. As a contributing writer for Elite Daily and current intern with Heather Walsh Photography, she hopes to secure a career that incorporates her passion for writing and the arts into her everyday life.

Arts & Features Editor:

Sheena Samu is a junior in the Journalism School. She has worked for the Stony Brook Independent since her freshmen year. Sheena hopes to graduate with a concentration in broadcast journalism. She has always had a passion for writing and social justice. Her goal is to become a foreign correspondent and report on gender issues and injustices around the world. 

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Copy Editors:

Catherine Bonke is a freshman at Stony Brook University majoring in journalism. She also is studying French as a minor. While she is not certain exactly where journalism will take her in life, Catherine has always enjoyed writing and has an interest in hearing the stories of the underrepresented. In her spare time, she enjoys reading novels and the New York Times, watching French broadcast news, running and acting.

Greg Wehner is a senior majoring in journalism at Stony Brook University. Greg’s concentration is online journalism and his anticipated entry point is in the field of science. He has a passion for photojournalism and someday wants to shoot photos and write stories for National Geographic. When Greg isn’t studying or writing stories, he likes to spend his time fishing on Long Island’s south shore.

Social Media Manager:

Eric Scott Santiago is a junior at Stony Brook University. He is a journalism major with high aspirations for how the Internet is changing the field. After graduating he hopes to cover the science and technology industries. In his free time, Eric enjoys scouring the web for interesting stories, writing for his blog and watching “The Newsroom.”

Web Manager:

Mohammad Hamza (a.k.a. Mo) is a junior majoring in History, and is also taking part in the Social Studies Education program at Stony Brook University. Following his graduation, Mo hopes to become a history teacher at a high school or middle school in the city. He spent this past summer working as a TA for an Africana Studies course and because of that, is looking forward to one day even teaching at the college level. Some of his hobbies include automotive maintenance, casual LoL and bike riding. As for the time being, Mo enjoys keeping the Indie maintained and updated technologically. 

Staff Reporters:

JD Allen

Elizabeth Brenner

Chunchu Kim

Jimin Kim

Marina Liao

Lauren Libby

Joslyn Matthews

Agata Michalak

Robinson Rodriguez

Atiba Rogers

Sandra Stelmach

Kerlern Rae Tuitt

Devan Valoroso

Charles Wilhelm

Current Interns:

Sarah Elsesser

Joanna Tavares

Eric Scott Santiago

Nicole Sims


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