The Spectator

2019-2020 Staff

Madeline Fuerstenberg


Madeline Fuerstenberg is a third-year journalism student. This is her first semester as Editor-in-Chief and her only goal for the semester is to avoid a nervous breakdown.

Rebecca Mennecke

Managing Editor

Rebecca "Becca" Mennecke is a third-year creative writing student with a minor in journalism who is thrilled to spend her fourth semester on staff as the managing editor. In addition to editing for The Spectator, Becca is also...

Bridget Kelley

News Editor

Bridget Kelley is a third-year journalism student and News Editor for The Spectator. Bridget enjoys babies, coffee and oxford commas. Kelley has not yet found gluten-free donuts, so keep suggestions coming.

Lea Kopke

Currents Editor

Lea Kopke is a second-year journalism and German student. She fills her free time with tasty coffee, the BMB and silly dog pictures.

Lauren Spierings

Sports Editor

Lauren Spierings is a second-year Spanish and journalism student. She enjoys trying all types of new foods and listening to lots of random music artists. She will spend her next semester studying abroad in Spain.

Tiana Kuchta

Op/Ed Editor

Tiana Kuchta is a  fourth-year English critical studies student. Outside of The Spectator, she enjoys spending her time reading, being with family, catching up on Netflix and being surrounded by cats.

Adam Pearson

Multimedia Editor

Adam Pearson is a third-year Journalism student, minoring in Multimedia Communications. Outside of class and The Spectator, Adam spends his time practicing photography, hosting a sports radio show on Blugold Radio Sunday, and...

Ta’Leah Van Sistine

Chief Copy Editor

Ta’Leah is a second-year journalism and creative writing student who is working at the Spectator for her third semester. When she’s not writing and telling stories, she loves spending time outside, reading good books and enjoying...

McKenna Dirks

Copy Editor

McKenna Dirks is a second-year journalism and multimedia communications student. She loves her baby succulents and spontaneously driving to Canada. She’s also obsessed with cookie dough.

Taylor Hagmann

Copy Editor

Taylor is an old, junior transfer student with big dreams of becoming an editor. Her top five favorites things are, in no particular order: naps, seeing the moon during the day, cake, comfy clothes, and her bamboo plant, Igra.

Julia Lopez

Staff Writer

Evelyn Nelson

Staff Writer

Evelyn Nelson is a first-year Journalism and Spanish student. This is her first semester on The Spectator. She enjoys creating video broadcasts, musical theatre and visiting local coffee shops.

Miles Plueger

Staff Writer

Robin Armagost

Staff Writer

Jenna Erickson

Staff Writer

Jenna Erickson is a first-year journalism student with a minor in Spanish. She loves iced coffee, watching vlogs on YouTube, playing the marimba and singing along to either the Camp Rock 1 or 2 soundtrack.

Hayley Jacobson

Staff Writer

Hayley Jacobson is a third year English major with a minor in journalism. If you don’t see her at the spectator, you may see her wandering around campus in a variety of other activities ranging from editing the FlipSide in th...

Dietrich Schwoerer

Staff Writer

Dietrich Schwoerer is a first-year journalism and marketing student. He is also apart of the track and field team here at UWEC. When he isn’t working out, Dietrich spends his time writing.

Kaitlyn Zenner

Staff Writer

Kaitlyn Zenner is a second year Spanish and journalism student. This is her second semester as a staff writer. In her free time, she enjoys trying to keep her succulents alive and petting alpacas.

Jenna Clausing

Freelance Writer

Caleb Doyle

Freelance Writer

Sam Janssen

Freelance Writer

Sam Janssen is a second-year student with an undeclared major. This is his first year with The Spectator. In his free time he enjoys being an avid sports fan and playing the guitar.

Will Seward

Freelance Writer

Will Seward is a fourth-year creative writing major, minoring in physics and chemistry. Alongside The Spectator, he is also a co-host for Blugold Radio Sunday's shows: Blugold Literary Broadcast and How'd You End Up Here? Ou...

Luke Alex

Freelance Writer

Luke Alex is a second-year journalism student with a minor in marketing. He spends his free time watching basketball and football. His main goal in college is to win an intramural basketball championship.

Taylor Reisdorf

Freelance Writer

Taylor Reisdorf is a graduate student in the English program who revels in both telling and engaging with compelling stories. This is her sixth semester with The Spectator. She prides herself in her adaptability and desire to...

Taylor Wilkinson

Staff Photographer

Taylor Wilkinson is a third-year photography student. This is her first semester on The Spectator. She enjoys drinking coffee, laughing, and rock-climbing. You can usually find her sleeping in a hammock.

Morgan Burke

Staff Photographer

Morgan Burke is a second-year photography major with a minor in multimedia communications. This is her first semester with The Spectator, and in her free time, she enjoys listening to music and performing with the BMB.

Anya Yurkonis

Staff Photographer

Anya Yurkonis is a second-year microbiology student. She spends her free time on her family’s horse farm.

Alee Erickson

Staff Photographer

Alee Erickson is a second-year geography student with a minor in graphic design. This is her first semester on The Spectator. She enjoys collecting rocks and making friendship bracelets.

Owyn Peters

Staff Photographer

Owyn Peters is a second-year computer science student. He enjoys taking photos, riding bikes, and going on adventures. You can often find him on Lower Campus.

Sophia Spittlemeister

Business Manager

Sophia Spittlemeister is a third-year finance student with a german minor. In her free time she enjoys running and listening to music. When she is not running or listening to music, she is drinking tea and petting cats.

Joel Meier

Brand Ambassador

Joel Meier is a second-year Marketing Analytics student. He is the brand ambassador at The Spectator for his second year on staff. He enjoys eating spicy food and bell peppers with peanut butter.

Kallista Relford

Ad Manager

Kallista "Kalli" Relford is a fourth-year English Rhetorics and Integrated Strategic Communications student, and it is her first semester at The Spectator. She enjoys thrifting, collecting scrunchies, and eating plain cheese pizza....

Hannah Angell

Public Relations Representative

Hannah Angell is a third-year communications minor with an emphasis in advertising. She enjoys discussing conspiracy theories, thrift shopping and she appreciates good pasta.

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