The Spectator

2018-2019 Staff

Emilee Wentland


Emilee Wentland is a fourth-year journalism student with a minor in multimedia communication. This is her fifth semester on staff and second semester as editor-in-chief. She spends most of her time working and hanging out with he...

Madeline Fuerstenberg


Madeline Fuerstenberg is a second-year journalism student. This is her fourth semester on The Spectator and her second semester as News Editor.

Rebecca Mennecke

Managing Editor

Rebecca "Becca" Mennecke is a second-year creative writing student with a minor in journalism who is thrilled to spend her third semester on staff as The Spectator's Currents Editor. When not editing for The Spectator, Becca can...

Bridget Kelley

News Editor

Bridget Kelley is a second-year journalism student and Sports 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 first-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 first-year Spanish and journalism student. She enjoys trying all types of new foods and listening to lots of random music artists. She also is learning how to play Kalimba.

Tiana Kuchta

Op/Ed Editor

Tiana Kuchta is a third-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.

Julia Van Allen

Op/Ed Editor

Julia Van Allen is a fourth-year English critical studies student who survives off of coffee and pictures of cute puppies. She is so excited to spend another semester on The Spectator with her favorite people!

Sam Farley

Multimedia Editor

Sam Farley is a third-year multimedia and web design student with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in computer programming. She can be found outside with her camera, at the nearest bowling alley or on campus solving crypto...

Ta'Leah Van Sistine

Chief Copy Editor

Ta'Leah Van Sistine is a first-year journalism and creative writing student. This is her second semester as staff writer for The Spectator. Beyond her passion for storytelling, she thoroughly enjoys outdoor adventures, good music,...

McKenna Dirks

Copy Editor

McKenna Dirks is a first-year journalism student. She loves tea and cats. You'll often find her hammocking in the trees or in Haas practicing the violin and trying to learn piano.

Taylor Hagmann

Copy Editor

Taylor Hagmann is a second-year transfer creative writing student. When she grows up, she wants to be an editor. Her hobbies include baking, reading and playing with her nieces and nephew.

Jon Fortier

Copy Editor

Jon Fortier is a fourth-year history student in his first semester with The Spectator. He is also the senior producer at Blugold Radio Sunday.

Kailin Schumacher

Staff Writer

Kailin Schumacher is a senior journalism student with a multimedia communications minor at UW-Eau Claire. She enjoys camera work and editing both for news and travel. When she’s not at The Spectator you can find her at TV-10,...

Hannah Bryson

Staff Writer

Hannah Bryson is a second-year critical studies and business student. She is new to The Spectator staff. She loves to hike, read and watch movies you would find in a film course's curriculum.

Luke Alex

Staff 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.

Kyle Sipprell

Staff Writer

Kyle Sipprell is a first-year journalism student. He likes music, skateboarding, soccer and complaining about Hilltop food.

Lucas Semb

Staff Writer

Lucas Semb is a third-year sports journalist from Milwaukee, WI. He specializes in basketball coverage but does cover all sports. Fan of dogs, Twitter and video games.

Hannah Angell

Staff Writer

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.

Kaitlyn Zenner

Staff Writer

Kaitlyn Zenner is a first-year student. This is her first semester as a staff writer. In her free time, she enjoys listening to Panic! at the Disco, playing the ukulele and trying to keep her succulents alive.

Melanie Walleser

Staff Writer

Melanie Walleser is a first-year journalism and english student. This is her first semester at The Spectator and she's very excited about it. Melanie's hobbies include reading, writing and taking pictures of her adorable puppies.

Ryan Huling

Staff Writer

Ryan Huling is a first-year English Education student. He enjoys listening to excessive amounts of music and podcasts. If you'd like to discuss in-depth Marvel theories, Ryan is definitely interested.

Alanna Huggett

Staff Writer

Alanna is double majoring in English and Latin American Studies. Currently, Alanna is studying abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica. Alanna enjoys spending time with her host family, learning about the culture and practicing her Span...

Rachyl Houterman

Freelance Writer

Rachyl Houterman is a senior journalism student with a political science minor. She enjoys traveling and visiting national parks as well as hiking and photography. In her free time, she likes to read and be outdoors.

Taylor Reisdorf

Freelance Writer

Taylor Reisdorf is a fourth-year English critical studies student. This is her fourth semester with The Spectator. She enjoys traveling, writing, books and foods of all kinds, margaritas and her amazing friends.

Clara Neupert

Freelance Writer

Clara Neupert is a third-year journalism student. She dreams of being a reporter at NPR. Neupert wouldn't mind living out of a van.

Elena Dawson

Staff Photographer

Elena Dawson is a third-year communications student with an advertising emphasis. This is her first semester as a staff photographer for The Spectator. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor adventures, traveling and spending time...

Gabbie Henn

Staff Photographer

Gabbie Henn is a photography student and is a staff photographer on The Spectator. She enjoys thrifting, cooking yummy food, and loves going to concerts.

Sophia Spittlemeister

Business Manager

Sophia Spittlemeister is a second-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.

Alyssa Abilo

Advertising Manager

Alyssa Abilo is a senior advertising student. She is the Advertising Manager at The Spectator. She enjoys corgis and pumpkin spice lattes.

Joel Meier

Brand Ambassador

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

Savannah Reeves

Creative Director

Savannah is a fourth-year graphic design student at UW-Eau Claire and the creative director at The Spectator. She likes tiny hearts and hugs.

Kimberly Theisen

Fundraising Director

Kimberly Theisen is a fourth-year organizational communication student with minors in event planning and marketing. This is her third semester on staff. She enjoys drinking too much coffee, exploring new cities and dancing terribly...

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