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.


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.

Garrett Yaen – News Editor

Garrett Yaen is the News Section Editor. He is pursuing a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.  Upon graduation, he will use his education and become a Certified Public Accountant. He plans on working as a Tax Consultant. Garrett studied Political Science at Highline College before transferring to UWT. In his free time, Garrett likes researching random things and writing in his journal. He enjoys playing the violin, shooting his bow, boxing and playing games. He is Korean-American and loves dogs and cats.

Remi Frederick – Opinion Editor


 – A&E Editor


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.


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.

 – Distribution Manager


 – Advertising Manager


Rosie Mendoza-Bautista – News Reporter

Rosie Mendoza-Bautista is a sophomore at UWT and is a news reporter for the Tacoma Ledger. She’s a transfer student from Tacoma Community College. At UWT, Rosie is getting ready to claim Psychology as her major. On the side, Rosie takes a role in UW USAS and the First Generation Fellows Cohort. As for her hobbies, Rosie likes to draw, journal, read, play animal crossing or write to the several pen-pals she has.


 – Opinion Columnist


 – Opinion Columnist


 – Sports Columnist


 – Film Critic


Nathaniel Withers – A&E Reporter


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.

Jaida Noble – Illustrator