About Us


The Tacoma 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 and local news. 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.


Steph Caronna – Editor in Chief

Karla Pastrana – Managing Editor 

Reese Ramirez – News Editor 

Celia Williams – Opinion Editor 

Celia Williams (she/her) is 19 and a senior at UWT majoring in Writing Studies, with the goal of transfering to UW Seattle to major in English. She is a story writer and barista when she’s not on campus. As a student, writer, and barista she can almost always be found at Starbucks. She enjoys hiking and reading during her free time and taking her dog with her wherever she goes. 

Rachel Meatte – A&E Editor 


Daniel Nash – Publications Manager 

Daniel Nash is the staff adviser to the Ledger and the literary journal Tahoma West. He studied Communication at the University of Washington Tacoma, graduating in 2009. 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 lives in Tacoma with his wife. 



Andrew Anderson – Web Manager/Layout Manager 

Andrew Anderson is a senior at UWT and is working on his degree in Writing Studies for the Technical Writing track. Andrew transferred to the Tacoma Campus of UW from a community college in Illinois after previously living in Kentucky. Andrew has worked at the Ledger as a News Editor and Reporter and now works as the Web and Layout Manager. For hobbies, he enjoys playing too much Pokemon, collecting stuffed animals, and writing fanfiction.   

Lesley McLam – Circulation Manager & Web/Page Designer  



News Reporter 



Benjamin Fredell – Opinion Columnist 




Heidi Ortiz – A&E Columnist  

Heidi (she/her) is a junior pursuing a Master’s in Creative Writing and two minors in Marketing & Ballet. She moved to WA from her home country of Puerto Rico to follow her dreams of becoming a professional writer and dancer. She is very proud of her roots, and encourages others to freely express their individuality through art. In her free time, she enjoys playing games on her Switch, writing poetry, practicing her makeup skills, putting together killer outfits and cuddling with her kitty, Angel. She’s currently hoping to collect the entire Chainsaw Man manga series, and is looking forward to the anime’s second season. 


Cameron Berrens – Photographer 


Cole Martin – Illustrator