Meet the Niner Times Editorial Staff!

Hunter Heilman

Editor-in-Chief

E-Mail: editor@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7148
Office Hours: Monday: 9:00 – 10:30am, Tuesday: 12:30-2:30pm, Thursday: 12:30 – 1:30pm, 3:30 – 5:00pm

Bio:

Hunter is the editor-in-chief of the Niner Times and former Miss Teen Guam runner-up. He is a mass media communications major and journalism and film double minor. His influences include Ava DuVernay, Jenna Marbles, himself, and all Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Hunter’s self-proclaimed specialty comes in film criticism, being the first college journalist to ever be a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). His post-collegiate stretch goal is to work with film journalism in New York City or London.

Alexandria Sands

News Editor

E-Mail: news@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
Office Hours: Wednesday: 3:30 – 5:30pm, Thursday: 12:00 – 2:00pm

Bio:

Alexandria is the News Editor for the Niner Times. She is a sophomore Communications major with a minor in Journalism. Alexandria has written and taken photographs for the Oak Island-Southport area newspaper, The State Port Pilot. She is a graduate of the Academy of Information Technology within Apex High School.

Kathleen Cook

Sports Editor

E-Mail: sports@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
Office Hours: Monday: 12:00 – 1:30pm Tuesday: 11:00am – 1:30pm

Bio:

Kathleen is from Wake Forest, North Carolina. When the sophomore communication major/journalism minor isn’t covering the 49ers, she enjoys spending time with her family, friend, and dog. Kathleen can also be found cheering on the Panthers every Sunday and rooting for the Washington Nationals.

Hailey Turpin

Lifestyle Editor

E-Mail: lifestyle@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00 – 10:00am

Bio:

Hailey is a sophomore Communication Studies major with a Public Relations track. Her major accomplishment in life are her self-published children’s book, Skipper the Circus Dog, and meeting Luke Kuechly. In five years, Hailey hopes to be working for a PR firm in Charlotte, have another published novel, married and have a golden retriever named Roosevelt. Hailey enjoys journaling, large amounts of coffee and traveling the world.

Jeffrey Kopp

A&E Editor

E-Mail: ae@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 1:00 – 3:00pm

Bio:

Jeffrey is the Arts & Entertainment Editor of the Niner Times. He is a junior double majoring in Communication and Political Science, with a minor in Criminal Justice. His interests include writing and keeping up with an excessive amount of television shows. He is also the go-to expert on all things “The Walking Dead.”

Carmen Westra

Community Editor

E-Mail: community@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7149
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Bio:

Carmen is a Junior double major in Mass Media Communications and Music Performance with a minor in Journalism. She is from Wrightsville Beach, NC and is starting her third year with Niner Times. When you can’t find her in the office, she is probably at Not Just Coffee uptown, devouring pineapples or running around campus taking pictures.

Salina Dickie

Copy Editor

E-Mail: copy@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
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Bio:

Diane is the copy editor of the Niner Times. She is a senior political science and English literature double major and will be attending law school next year. She knows AP Style and English grammar like the back of her hand, so please reach out if you have questions!

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Mia Shelton

Opinion Editor

E-Mail: opinion@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
Office Hours: Thursday: 12:00 – 4:00pm

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Pooja Pasupula

Photo Editor

E-Mail: photo@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
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Bio:

Pooja is a junior double major in Mathematics and Mass Media Communications from Raleigh, NC. While she has been published by CNN and met both the 44th POTUS and FLOTUS, her most notable accomplishment is being able to rap any Drake verse ever made by heart. When not taking photos, Pooja can be found watching Panthers or Hornets games, gazing at the skyline on a rooftop uptown, stuffing her face with bananas, singing Bollywood songs off key, or memorizing integration formulas.

Leysha Caraballo

Photo Editor

E-Mail: photo@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
Office Hours: Thursday 1:00 – 5:00pm

Bio:

Leysha is a junior triple major in Environmental Studies, International Public Relations, and Spanish. She is an avid concert goer and as a Miami native, a fan of the beach. Leysha loves capturing nature and its beauty whenever she can.

Chris McKinnis

Video Coordinator

E-Mail: video@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
Office Hours: Thursday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Bio:

Chris is a sophomore, Meteorology and Chemistry double major from Pinehurst, NC. He really enjoys shooting video, especially for football and basketball (even when he gets trampled by a 200-lb running back). He loves sports, music, theater, singing, and everything in between.

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Kathryn Whitesides

Layout Editor

E-Mail: layout@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
Office Hours: Friday 12:30 – 3:30pm

Bio:

Kathryn is the layout editor for Niner Times!





Assistant Editors



Natasha Morehouse

Assistant Layout Editor

E-Mail: asstlayout@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
Office Hours: Thursday 5:00 – 7:00pm, Sunday 1:00-3:00pm

Bio:

Natasha is a sophomore Fine Arts major, with a double concentration in Graphic Design and Digital Media. She enjoys anything design-related, especially if it involves Illustrator. She is an out-of-state student from Middletown, Maryland. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, cross-stitching, and playing video games. After graduating, Natasha plans to work for a graphic design company in Charlotte.

Josh Worley

Assistant Video Coordinator

E-Mail: asstvideo@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7149
Office Hours: Monday 11:30am – 1:30pm, Thursday 3:30 – 5:00pm

Bio:

Joshua Worley is the Assistant Video Producer for Student Niner Media. He is a Senior Finance major with a concentration in Risk Management and Insurance. He did an internship over the summer in Austin, Texas. His interest in multimedia work started in High School working for his schools Yearbook department. This summer he checked an item off his bucket list by hiking the San Juan Mountains in Colorado.

Angie Baquedano

Assistant Lifestyle Editor

E-Mail: asstlifestyle@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
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Emily Hickey

Assistant Opinion Editor

E-Mail: asstopinion@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
Office Hours: Thursday 3:30 – 5:30pm

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Stephanie Trefzger

Assistant A&E Editor

E-Mail: asstae@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
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Bio:

Stephanie is a senior double majoring in English literature and German. Her writing has focused mainly on album reviews and other musical topics, but she continues to expand her horizons. When she is not writing or editing articles she is either people watching, reading, cooking, or updating her many social media profiles. If you’re not sure of anything else, be sure that Stephanie is listening to music at any given time.

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Vacant

Assistant Sports Editor

E-Mail: asstsports@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
Office Hours: Tuesday: 11:00am – 2:00pm

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Emma West

Assistant Copy Editor

E-Mail: asstcopy@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
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