Meet the Staff

Austin Kelly, Editor in Chief

Austin Kelly is a junior, studying journalism and creative writing. He was raised in West Plains, Missouri, where he spent his first twenty years of life. Austin enjoys poetry, comic books, video games, music and hanging with his dogs at home. Austin hopes to write his own comic one day and eventually open up a bakery at the end of his journey (a complete stray from his education goals).


Sabrina DeLynne Merrill, Comics/Columnist

Sabrina Merrill is a Marketing/Animation major with a minor in Spanish. She’s been doing official newspaper comics since sophomore year in high school, and regular comics since she was a kid. She is also into reading and video games and is “super hype” to be a member of the Black Bear!


Kayla Jones, Multimedia Journalist

Kayla Jones is a Senior pursuing a bachelors degree in Communication Studies with an English minor. Kayla is on the executive board of the African Student Association, a member of the Association of Black Collegians, and serves as a host and featured personality for countless campus events. Kayla aims to produce content with an emphasis on female progression and black culture.


Chris Collins, Multimedia Journalist/ Sports

Chris Collins is a senior majoring in Journalism. Chris is the President of the Association of Black Collegians and is also a part of the ESPN Campus Connect. Chris aspires to be a Sports Anchor or Sports Analyst one day.


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