About Us

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.

EDITORS

Madeline Hiller – Editor in Chief

Madeline Hiller is wrapping up her junior year at UWT majoring in Environmental Sustainability for Business. She has gone to school in Tacoma her entire academic career and wouldn’t have it any other way. She is a First Gen student, advocate for LGBTQ+ people, and is passionate about helping people in any way she can. In her downtime, she enjoys watching movies, traveling, and volunteering in Search and Rescue. Other hobbies include acting, singing, and spending time with her dog, Carly.

Madi Williams – Managing Editor

Madi Williams is a senior at UWT and is the Managing Editor for the Tacoma Ledger, and is majoring in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and Psychology with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Criminal Justice minor as well. A dream job after UWT would be to mix the love of writing, true crime, and helping others in bad situations like domestic violence or addiction all into one. In her downtime, she likes to bake, listen to podcasts like Crime Junkie, watch true crime documentaries, read crime and psychological thriller books with her cats.

Andrew Anderson – News Editor

Andrew Anderson is a junior at UWT and is working on his degree in Writing Studies for the Creative Writing track. Andrew transferred to the Tacoma Campus of UW from a community college in Illinois after previously living in Kentucky and loves nothing more than to build something new from the ground up. A passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ people as a trans male himself, Andrew often does what he can to research and inform people on news going on in his area. For his hobbies he enjoys playing World of WarCraft, mobile app games, and writing fanfiction.

Remi Frederick – Opinion Editor

Remi Frederick is the Opinion Editor. She is a senior and will be graduating this spring quarter with a BA in Communications. Her passion is advocating for many controversial causes like human rights and climate change. She is a major nerd and can be found rewatching Star Wars or Harry Potter with tea and her two cats by her side. She also enjoys writing, reading, and playing video games.

Josephine Trueblood – A&E Editor

Josephine Trueblood is a junior at UWT majoring in Management and minoring in Global Engagement. Her emphasis remains on the arts in all her classes, constantly mixing her interest in business and globalization with music and entertainment. She is a musician and songwriter and can often be found at local music venues and The Grand Cinema. She enjoys giving good restaurant recommendations, baking vegan desserts, finding niche ‘60s albums and vintage clothing repair.

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.

MANAGERS

Morgan Morgans – Web & Layout Manager

This is Morgan’s third year studying at UWT. They are currently studying Art, Media and Culture with a focus on comparative arts. Their passion is sewing, graphic design and lightsaber choreography/performing. In their free time, they love to work on Star Wars costumes for Saber Guild, choreographing and rehearsing lightsaber fight scenes or reading a good book with a cup of tea.

Raj Kumar – Distribution Manager & Copy Editor

Raj began pursuing a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Systems at UWT this fall quarter. He has varied interests, some of which include mixed martial arts, cooking and writing for his blog. An avid follower of an active lifestyle, he can be seen frequenting the Y and at skate parks. Currently, he is pursuing his childhood dreams of playing the drums and learning how to skateboard. He would like to pursue snowboarding next.

Nithisha Reddy – Advertising Manager

NEWS

Leslie Gonzalez Cruz – News Reporter

Leslie is a news reporter for the Tacoma Ledger. She is currently pursuing a bachelors in communication for journalism and plans on minoring in political science as well. After college Leslie plans on moving to New York and pursuing her career goal of being a writer for the New Yorker. During her free time she loves to spend it traveling, so far she has visited Germany, Spain, Italy and Greece and hopes to continue exploring further. 

Sharlaye Dezeurn – News Reporter

Sharlaye is a news reporter at the Tacoma ledger. She is a first-year student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communications. Sharlaye’s career goal is to be a journalist for a major newspaper in Washington State. When she has free time, Sharlaye enjoys baking, writing, and trying new restaurants. A fun fact about Sharlaye is that she plans to try every coffee shop in Tacoma, WA.

OPINION

Anthony Krejci – Opinion Columnist

Anthony Krejci is an opinion writer at The Ledger. He transferred to UW Tacoma after completing his associates at Tacoma Community College last spring, and is pursuing a degree in History with the intention to teach and work as a author of historical fiction. When not studying or writing, Anthony is a skilled artist with some success and an experienced backpacker. Anthony is very concerned about private interests eroding democratic values, and the irreparable damage which is being done to the wild places of the world. He firmly believes we can be better and that the dream of Starfleet can be a reality if everyone believes it too.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Angelo Alegre – A&E Columnist

Angelo Alegre (he/him) is an Arts and Entertainment writer at The Ledger. He is a freshman at UW Tacoma who is fresh out of Henry Foss High School and is pursuing a degree in Accounting. Angelo is the first in his immediate family to pursue higher education in the United States. When he is not doing schoolwork/work, Angelo likes to watch shows and movies, listen to all kinds of music, play games and hang out with friends. 

Ryan Mantle – Film Critic

Ryan Mantle (he/him) is a Film Critic in the Arts and Entertainment department for The Ledger. Originally from Oklahoma, Ryan obtained his Associate’s degree from Tulsa Community College before moving to Washington. As a senior in the history program at UWT, he hopes to attend graduate school and become a history teacher. When not in school, he likes to kayak, hike, play DnD, and hang out with his wife and their three pets.

DESIGN/ART

Trisha Carandang – Page Designer

Trisha Carandang is a senior at UWT majoring in Communications (technical track) and minoring in Innovation and Design. After graduation, she hopes to land a job that focuses on UX/UI design. For leisure, she loves listening to music, covering songs with her guitar, spending time at the park and reading books.

Anuvir Dhaliwal – Page Designer

Anuvir Dhaliwal (she/her) is a freshman at UWT. Interested in the Computer Science and Information Technology department, she wants to have a career focused on User Experience design. Her favorite things include eating at local restaurants, travelling to new places, playing video games, and facetiming her family and friends. Her favorite show is New Girl and she loves Marvel movies. She also loves spending time with her cat, Sera.

Alexa Christie – Photographer

Alexa Christie (she/her) is a junior at UWT majoring in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and minoring in Global Engagement. She enjoys learning and researching languages, and hopes to make language revitalization part of her studies and career. In her free time, she enjoys photography, watching The Office for the umpteenth time, and completing Italian and German lessons on Duolingo. 

Jaida Noble – Illustrator

Jaida Noble (she/her) is a senior at UWT majoring in Arts, Media, and Culture with a minor in Global Engagement. A natural homebody, she spends her free time working on personal projects, completing puzzles, doing manicures, and watching YouTube videos.