Our Team


Tegwyn Hughes

Managing Editor

Tegwyn is a Queen’s University graduate with a BAH in History, and has previously worked as a staff member at The Queen’s Journal and as Editorial Director of Spoon University Queen’s. Her journalism interests include lifestyle, intimacy, and health. Most days you can find Tegwyn with 100 tabs open on her laptop and an iced coffee in her hand. She’s also a Virgo, which tells you a lot.

Maggie Gowland

Contributor Content Editor

Maggie was born three days late and has been showing up too early for just about everything since. She’s a former Queen’s University and current McGill University student, working on her MA in English literature. Her writing career began in the Sports section of The Queen’s Journal, and has cropped up in various publications since.

Pamoda Wijekoon

Internal Content Editor

A recent graduate of Queen’s University and a current student at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Pamoda is spending the COVID-19 shutdown amateur birdwatching and drawing pigeons… lots of pigeons. She keeps busy running The Pigeon’s newsletter, making illustrations, and writing about identity and culture.

Meral Jamal

Staff Writer

Meral was born and raised in a family of 20 in the United Arab Emirates. That may be why she is loud, messy, and a little all over the place. She is a journalism and history student at Carleton University.

Leila El Shennawy

Staff Writer

Leila is currently a journalism student at Carleton University, minoring in Canadian and Indigenous studies. She is also the former op-ed editor of The Charlatan. Her current journalism interests include accessibility, the Ottawa Muslim community, and other community-focused stories.

Maia Herriot

Staff Writer

Maia is a recent graduate of Mount Allison University with a BA in English and Philosophy. She was a news editor at The Argosy for two years before becoming co-editor-in-chief in her final year. She also spent two years as the editor-in-chief of 7 Mondays, Mount Allison’s student-run literary journal. Since the pandemic sent her home to Saskatchewan she has embraced her roots, raising a flock of chickens and naming them all after country crooners. Emmy-Lou is her favourite. 

Josh Kozelj

Staff Writer

Never good with numbers, Josh knew from an early age that he wanted to pursue writing. He is in his fifth and final year as a Creative Writing student at the University of Victoria, and spent three years as a Staff Writer for The Martlet. He’s also written for the Globe and MailCBC, and The Tyee. Oftentimes you’ll see Josh running the trails of Victoria in ridiculously short shorts.

David J. Shuman

Copy Editor

David is a second-year Journalism student at the University of King’s College in K’jipuktuk/Halifax N.S. He works as Engagement Editor at The Watch and as a reporter at the Eastern Shore Cooperator. David writes on student politics, rural issues, and community. He enjoys taking photos of ducks and listening to folk music in his free time.

Jo Ramsay

Copy Editor

Jo is a Canadian editor and writer. She’s the editorial director of Shrapnel, and has worked in publishing and journalism for five years at places such as PRISM InternationalThis Magazine, Arsenal Pulp Press, Greystone Books, and The Ubyssey. She’s lived in Canada, the UK, and Japan.

Charley Dutil

Editor At Large

A grizzled veteran of student media, Charley has worked for both University of Ottawa student papers and has covered everything from hockey to Board of Governor meetings. Charley is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Fulcrum and is a journalist for a small radio station in Eastern Ontario. Charley has also contributed to electoral panels for Rogers TV and has been an intern for Franco-Ontarian news outlet ONFR where he covered Francophone issues and Queen’s Park.

Mackenzie Casalino

Editorial Team Member

Mackenzie is a reporter with the North Bay Nugget. They are a 2019 graduate of Carleton University’s Journalism and Human Rights program. Their work has appeared in Metro Ottawa, Halifax Star, Chaleaur Magazine, Xtra, The Fulcrum, and The Charlatan. Their work ranges from local to national news, including long-form and breaking news. They specialize in human rights and queer stories. 

Bailey Moreton

Editorial Team Member

Bailey is a graduate of the Bachelor of Journalism program at Carleton University with a combined honours in political science. He is the former editor-in-chief of the Charlatan, and has also worked with the Chronicle HeraldThe Windsor Star, Wild Magazine, and Canadian Life.

Stephanie Sirois

Editorial Advisor

Stephanie is a print, digital, and broadcast communicator based in New Brunswick. Their work ranges from publicity and marketing, to breaking news and long form culture features. Their work has appeared in CBC, Macleans, Huddle, The Brunswickan, The Aquinian, The Daily Gleaner, The Telegraph Journal, The Kings County Record, and EventMagazine.ca.


Amelia Rankine

Art Director

Amelia is an illustrator currently studying at OCAD. She has a BFA from Queen’s University where she studied oil painting with a minor in art history. For three years, Amelia worked at The Queen’s Journal where she took on every part of the paper she could get her hands on from videos to print layout and everything in between. Amelia likes disposable cameras, Mamma Mia (2008), and has radical opinions about lawns.

Spencer Colby

Photo Editor

Spencer is a Carleton University student and photojournalist taking Communication and Media Studies and Political Science. His photo work involves news and event photography and sports, with his photos being featured in Ottawa Magazine, The Charlatan and Capital Current. Spencer is usually found wandering the streets, taking photos and documenting life.

Celina Gallardo

Design Editor

Being a huge fan of both quality journalism and Mo Willems’s The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog, Celina feels right at home being part of The Pigeon team. She’s a graduate of the Ryerson School of Journalism, where she was the 2019 editor and chief visuals editor of The Ryerson Review of Journalism. She’s currently expanding her horizons to UX design and exploring how it can transform digital journalism.

Nicholas Sokic

Social Media Manager

Nicholas is a Western University graduate with a BA in English and creative writing, as well as a master’s in journalism and communications. He has covered arts and culture, business, cannabis, and health but he’s up to write about almost anything. When he’s not trying to make a sustainable career in journalism work he’s usually reading.

Victor Ubaru

Website Designer

Victor is an Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science student with a passion for creating informative and entertaining content. Originally born in Benin City, Nigeria, Victor immigrated to Calgary, A.B. in his early teens. When he’s not writing lab reports or editing podcasts, you can find him taking a nap at the Charlatan offices.


Olivia Fava

Podcast Producer

Olivia is a Hamilton-based radio host, producer, and freelance writer. A 2019 McMaster Linguistics graduate, she got her start in radio at 93.3 CFMU, first hosting a weekly program and later the station’s daily newsmagazine. Her work is interdisciplinary, focusing on arts, science, and queer stories.

Bayleigh Marelj

Podcast Host

Bayleigh is a writer, radio host, and journalist based on Lək̓ʷəŋən territory. They studied Journalism at the University of King’s College and got their start hosting on CKDU. Their work focuses on arts and culture with a touch of news. Some of their favourite things include beaded earrings, yellow couches, and their original pressing of Kate Bush’s 1985 album ‘Hounds of Love’.

Aaron Sousa

Podcast Host

Aaron is a second-year Journalism student and avid photographer at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B. and works as Photos Editor for The Aquinian. Other bylines include CBC Radio, CHSR-FM, Telegraph-Journal, Kings County Record, and Grid City Magazine. You can usually find him snapping photos, procrastinating, or drinking way too much caffeine.

Isaac Würmann

Podcast Host

Isaac is a queer writer and radio guy based in Treaty 1 territory. Since graduating from Carleton University’s journalism and human rights program in 2018, his words have been in VICE, Canadian Art, Broadview and Gay Iceland, and his voice has been on CBC Radio and various podcasts across the internet. When he was a kid, Isaac’s mom told him to “question authority, but not your mother” and he’s been living by that motto ever since. 

Thomas O’Donnell

Podcast Host

Thomas would describe himself as being exactly like Mukmuk the 2010 Olympic mascot — small, friendly, and from Vancouver Island (but not a marmot). Thomas graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Political Science and Canadian Studies, but they spent nearly every waking minute in the offices of The Ubyssey. They like to write about queer and trans history, libraries and archives and is looking for people who will listen to his hour long soliloquies on art. 

Colton Maddigan

Podcast Editor

Colton is a producer, engineer, and mixer from Oshawa, ON. After graduating from Metalworks Institute with a business and engineering diploma, he has worked with artists like Dizzy and Crown Lands. His favourite podcasts include: Unstoppable Recording Machine, Dissect, and This Sounds Better.