Meet the Niner Times Editorial Staff!

Hunter Heilman

Editor-in-Chief

E-Mail: editor@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7148
Office Hours: Monday: 7:30 – 9:30am, Tuesday: 12:30-2:30pm, Thursday: 12:30 – 5:00pm

Bio:

Hunter is the current editor-in-chief for the Niner Times and the former Prime Minister of Estonia. His influences include Lupita Nyong’o, Yekaterina Petrovna Zamolodchikova, Joanne the Scammer, and himself. 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 goal is to work with film journalism in New York City or Los Angeles.

Alexandria Sands

News Editor

E-Mail: news@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
Office Hours: Monday: 10:00am – 12:00pm

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: 9:30 – 11:30am, Tuesday/Thursday: 12:30 – 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: Monday: 11:00am – 1:00pm, Tuesday: 9:30 – 11:30am

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: Wednesday/Thursday: 2:30 – 4:30pm

Bio:

Jeffrey is the Arts & Entertainment Editor of the Niner Times. He is a sophomore 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
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday: 12:30 – 1:30pm, Friday: 12:00 – 2:00pm

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.

Diane Gromelski

Copy Editor

E-Mail: copy@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
Office Hours: Monday: 8:00 – 9:00am, Friday: 8:00 – 11:00am

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: Monday: 10:00am – 2:00pm

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Pooja Pasupula

Photo Editor

E-Mail: photo@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
Office Hours: Monday: 2:00 – 5:00pm, Thursday: 1:00 – 2:00pm

Bio:

Pooja is a sophomore 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.

Chris McKinnis

Video Coordinator

E-Mail: video@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday: 11:30am – 1:30pm

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: Thursday: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Bio:

Kathryn is the layout editor for Niner Times!





Assistant Editors



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Vacant

Assistant Opinion Editor

E-Mail: asstopinion@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
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Stephanie Trefzger

Assistant A&E Editor

E-Mail: asstae@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Bio:

Stephanie is a junior 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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Angie Baquedano

Assistant Lifestyle Editor

E-Mail: asstlifestyle@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7150
Office Hours: Wednesday: 1:00 – 3:00pm

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Daniel Head

Assistant Video Coordinator

E-Mail: asstvideo@ninertimes.com | Office Phone: 704-687-7149
Office Hours: Wednesday: 11:30am – 1:30pm

Bio:

On top of being a fantastic member of the video department, Daniel is a member of the University Honors Program and planning to major in both Mechanical Engineering and Physics. Ever since his birth in Eden, North Carolina he has been eager to travel the world and has so far been to five out of seven continents.

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Salina Dickie

Assistant Copy Editor

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

Bio:

Salina is the assistant copy editor for the Niner Times. She is a finance major with a film studies and communication double minor. When she’s not copy editing or studying, she enjoys sleeping, watching movies, and hiking.