The Ledger is the independent weekly collegiate newspaper of The University of Washington Tacoma. All content is generated by Ledger employed student journalists currently enrolled at UWT. The Ledger strives to adhere to student interests. UWT Administration, student organizations, and students and clubs exercise no editorial control over the publication. Funding is provided through UWT Services and Activities Fees, and is supplemented with advertising revenues.
Ella Lucente – Editor in Chief
Ella Lucente is a senior at UWT, and is the current editor in chief at the Tacoma Ledger. She is majoring in politics, philosophy, and economics with a minor in gender & sexuality studies, where she hopes to pursue a career in the legal field after pursuing her masters. She is a historical art enthusiast, and enjoys classic literature and horror films. On her downtime, Ella enjoys seeing movies, volunteering, and spending time with her boyfriend adventuring around the Tacoma/Seattle area.
Alyssandra Goss – Managing Editor
Alyssandra Goss is a senior at UWT, and is currently the managing editor at the Tacoma Ledger. She is majoring in Environmental Sustainability with a focus in Law & Policy, where she hopes to pursue a career in conservation and sustainable farming. She is an enthusiastic PCD volunteer, attends church as much as she can, and uses her spare time to catch up on reading with her two cats.
Mitchell Fermo – News Editor/Distribution Manager
Mitchell Fermo is the News Section Editor, as well as Distribution Manager, for the Tacoma Ledger and a US History major at UWT. He has lived in Tacoma for his entire life, and would not want to be anywhere else. Besides writing and covering news stories, he enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and playing video games.
Meghan Rand – Opinion Editor
A senior at UWT, Meghan is working on finishing a dual degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with an emphasis in Economics and Writing Studies with an emphasis in Technical Communication. In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games, reading, being outside, and long philosophical conversations with her cat about the red dot. After college, Meghan hopes to continue her education, earning a master’s degree in economics.
Talia Collett – A&E Editor
As a junior at UWT, Talia is pursuing her double major in Communications and Arts, Media, & Culture Studies (with an emphasis on film and literature) as well as a minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies. Upon completion she hopes to continue her education, eventually earning her doctorate to become a professor and research writer/journalist. In her spare time she enjoys going to the movies, reading, live music, being outside, spending time with close friends and creating in any way she can.
Elijah Freeman – Advertising Manager/Copy Editor
Elijah Freeman is a computer science major here at the University of Washington Tacoma and is the current advertising manager and copy editor at the Tacoma Ledger. He has hopes of going to graduate school after upon graduating UWT to become a computer scientist. He is a strong believer in free speech, journalism and having access to information which is his driving passion for working at the Tacoma Ledger.
Daniel Nash – Publications Manager
Daniel Nash is a staff adviser to the student newspaper the Ledger and the literary journal Tahoma West. A 14-year resident of the Pacific Northwest, he studied Communication at the University of Washington Tacoma. As a student, he edited the News section of the Ledger and contributed to two editions of Journalist, a US-Russian global affairs magazine produced by students of UW Tacoma and Moscow State University’s Department of Journalism. From 2009-2017, he wrote for and edited several community newspapers, including the Courier-Herald, the Bellevue Reporter, the Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter, the Eastside Scene, City Living Seattle, and the Madison Park Times. He currently lives in Tacoma with his fiancee and their cat.
Maya Thomas – Web Manager/ Page Designer
Maya is a sophomore at UWT, and is currently in her second year of being the web manager and part of the layout team for the Ledger. She’s not quite sure what she wants to major in, but she’s thinking somewhere along the lines of political science or economics. In her spare time, Maya enjoys being around her close friends and family, shopping, attending concerts and watching/taking pictures of the sunset. She also enjoys being at school and going on new adventures everyday with with her roommates. She really looks forward to the next 2 years continuing her work at the Ledger!
Natalie Peyton – Layout Manager/Photographer
Natalie is a junior transfer student at UWT majoring in Environmental Sustainability and enjoys designing pages and being submerged in the professional world of information. She also has a big green thumb and expands her home garden every season to accommodate more varieties of berries, fruits and vegetables. Her career goals are aimed toward sustainable agriculture and food systems, and in five years she sees herself residing in a self-built a-frame on wooded acreage near the mountains, hot springs, and rivers of Eugene, Oregon with her incredible partner and their two mischievous cats, Gus and Cheeseburger.
Madeline Hiller- News Reporter
Madeline Hiller is a freshman at UWT and is currently a news reporter for The Ledger. She is currently a pre major but wants to go into Environmental Science with an emphasis in Marine Life. She enjoys singing, acting, and traveling. In her downtime, Madeline enjoys watching movies, volunteering, and enjoying nature.
Lauren Zent- News Reporter
Lauren ‘Lore’ Zent is a junior at UWT and is currently a reporter for the News Section. They studied Game Art at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment. They are now majoring in Communications, hoping to pursue a career in the media or as an investigative journalist. Lore is a self-proclaimed big nerd of a lot of things, a fitness nut and an intersectional activist – who is always looking for an opportunity to volunteer or talk about their cat.
Andrea Nadal – News Reporter
Andrea Nadal is a Junior at UWT majoring in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences with a concentration in Global Studies. She is of Puerto Rican descent and an Officer of the Latinx Student Union on campus. She is also passionate about Activism and a member of both the American Civil Liberties Union and Progressive Student Union. Artistic expression has long been a pastime of hers, be it Poetry, Short Stories, Painting, or Photography — News Reporting is an exciting opportunity to center narratives other than her own on a weekly basis.
Bengisu Cicek – Opinion Columnist
Bengisu Incetas is a junior at UWT and is an opinion columnist at the Tacoma Ledger. Her major is Law & Policy, with a minor in Human Rights, where she advocates for incarcerated and oppressed groups. She enjoys painting cultural embroideries and historical locations in Turkey, and in her free time, she loves to sightsee Seattle, go to cute coffee shops, and educate herself on different cultures.
Nicolas Luna – Opinion Columnist
Nicolas Luna is a senior at UWT majoring in Communications and minoring in Law & Policy. Nicolas hopes to secure a job as a journalist or in the media industry. In his spare time, Nicolas enjoys reading, writing, skateboarding, watching TV/movies, and having good times with his friends.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Brooks Moeller – Sports Columnist
Brooks is a junior at UWT studying Marketing. This will be his 2nd year as the sports columnist for the Ledger. In his free time, Brooks likes to play basketball and PS4 with the boys. His future plans include receiving his degree and beginning a career in the sports business industry.
Andrew Brown- Film Critic
Andrew is a senior at UWT, newly acquainted to the Ledger staff this quarter and acting as the resident movie critic. Majoring in Electrical Engineering, he began his studies in Mechanical Engineering at Seattle Central College before switching. Movies are his passion, but otherwise he helps his girlfriend with a travel and entertainment blog (creativelyclo.com), and enjoys music, video gaming, and baseball. This is the first professional writing gig he’s ever had, and he can’t wait to get started.
Madi Williams – A&E Columnist
Madi Williams is a junior at UWT and is an A&E columnist for the Tacoma Ledger, and is majoring in IAS. After graduating from UWT, she is interested in continuing her education in Early Childhood Development. In her downtime, she likes to bake, watch movies and crime documentaries, reading horror and psychological thrillers with her cat and eating burritos.
Marie Morgans – Page Designer
Marie Morgans is a freshman at UWT. She has not declared a major yet, however she is looking into communications. Her passion lays in nature photography and journalism. In her free time, she loves to go running and hiking, and reading a good book with a hot cup of tea or coffee.
Phong Nguyen – Page Designer
Phong Nguyen is an international student at UWT. Phong is a new Page Designer for the Ledger. He is majoring in Accounting at Milgard School of Business. He enjoys playing soccer, hiking, jet skiing, swimming, taking pictures and traveling. This will be his last year in Washington; therefore, he hopes to make the most out of it.
Nickolus Patraszewski – Photographer
Nickolus Patraszewski (they/them pronouns) is a junior transfer at UWT. Studying Creative Writing Studies, and passionate about many things, including their photography, writing, Dungeons & Dragons, and looking their best. In their down time, they listen to music as much as they can, and spend time either on assignment or in the company of friends.
Bruno Marquez – Illustrator