Tegwyn HughesManaging 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.
Pamoda WijekoonInternal 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.
Leila El ShennawyStaff 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 herriotStaff Writer
Maia Herriot is a Mount Allison graduate who doesn’t want to be a journalist but does make a habit of hanging around places where it’s cool to care and ask questions. She is based in Saskatchewan where she spends most of her time with five troublemaker chickens.
Mzwandile PoncanaStaff Writer
Mzwandile is a fourth-year international student from Gaborone, Botswana. He is currently studying English Literature at Concordia, and is a copy editor at The Link. He’s particularly passionate about journalism centred on advocacy, human rights, and progressive socio-political issues.
Sarah TaherStaff Writer
Sarah is a fourth year bachelor of journalism student at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and has a passion for covering underrepresented communities. Her work can be seen in Xtra Magazine where she commonly writes about LGBTQ2S+ arts and entertainment. Lover of thrift-shopping, cats, and poorly done stick-and-poke tattoos.
Rebecca DriedgerStaff Writer
Rebecca graduated with a dual major in Drama and Visual Art and a double minor in Music and Psychology from Brandon University, only to pursue Journalism and Media Production at Red River College. When she isn’t being a freelance photographer and writer, you can usually find Rebecca, iced coffee in hand, reading or taking photos of her three-legged cat Link.
AMELIA RANKINEArt Director
Amelia is an illustrator currently studying at OCADU. 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 serving on the video team and later as Production Manager. There she took on every part of the paper she could from writing to print layout and everything in between. Amelia likes disposable cameras and audiobooks, and has radical opinions about lawns.
celina gallardoDesign Editor
Being a huge fan of both quality journalism and Mo Willem's The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog, Celina feels right at home being part of The Pigeon's 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.
victor ubaruWeb Developer
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.
Shannon WatersPodcast Producer
Shannon has been covering provincial politics for BC Today since 2017. She fell in love with audio storytelling during a co-op placement at the Banff Centre and got her start in journalism as a radio reporter based in Prince George. A born talker striving to be a better listener, Shannon likes strong coffee, expressive writing and continually wrestles with the eternal question: can you ever take too many pictures of your cat?
Sarah WilliscraftPodcast Producer
Sarah is a queer journalist and recent graduate of Carleton University, with a double major in journalism and humanities. From a young age, she watched her father build a local newspaper from the ground up and grew an appreciation for small, scrappy news outlets. Sarah’s areas of interest include arts and culture, climate change, the environment and 2SLGBTQ+ stories.
Colton maddiganPodcast 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.
isaac WürmannPodcast Host
Isaac is a queer writer and radio guy based in Treaty 1 territory. 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'donnellPodcast Host
Thomas would describe himself as being exactly like Mukmuk the 2010 Olympic mascot—small, friendly, and from Vancouver Island. Thomas graduated from UBC 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.
stephanie SiroisPodcast Assistant
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.
bayleigh mareljPodcast 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 sousaPodcast Host
Aaron is a second-year Journalism student and avid photographer at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B. and works as Photo 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.
Matt YuyitungOutreach Manager
Matt is a writer, editor and communications professional from Toronto. A graduate of Carleton University and Centennial College, his work has appeared in the National Post and Exclaim! and he has worked communications at Morneau Shepell. Outside of that, Matt likes to add to his constantly growing book collection and takes care to never miss an episode of Jeopardy.
Abby NeufeldOutreach Manager
Abby received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Professional Communications at the University of Victoria in 2018. Since then, her writing and editing has been featured in publications nation-wide. Previous works can be found in The Toronto Star, Bitch Media, Canadian Dimension, This Magazine, Narcity Canada, and more. In 2019, Abby co-founded The New Twenties, an environmentally-focused literary and arts magazine.
nick sokicSocials Editor
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.
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mackenzie casalinoEditorial 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.