Column Contributors

Stephanie Weyant

Stephanie was born in Kansas City and spent much of her childhood traveling the United States.  From TWA flights as an infant, to New England road trips as an adult, travel has always been a part of Stephanie’s life.  When she turned 18, she got her passport and began to explore the world.  From Iceland to Scotland to Nepal, her adventures have ranged from solitude and tranquility to exotic and wild.  With her endless fascination of new places and innate curiosity of other cultures, Stephanie continues to enrich her life with stories and experiences throughout the U.S. and abroad.  As a natural teacher, it is this knowledge combined with a love of writing that Stephanie brings you, “Up and Away, Down to Earth,” her travel column where she will share her insights and tips on traveling and making the most out of the resources we have.  Stephanie lives and works in New York City and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Denver.  She also spent a year abroad studying at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.  To read more about Stephanie and her travel column, Up and Away, Down to Earth, visit her page: Up and Away, Down to Earth with Stephanie Weyant.

Katie Taggart

Katie is a lover of all things having to do with writing.  She is an aspiring novelist, an avid reader of the classics, a publicist in the making, a baking enthusiast and a junior at Otterbein University majoring in journalism with a minor in public relations.  She got her start in the eighth grade writing for her middle school paper.  She is now a writer and the assistant news editor her for college newspaper, the Tan and Cardinal.  Her job for the paper involves editing stories, designing pages and putting together the crime log—a list and map of crimes that have happened on campus each week.  Her articles include, Buying Books Without Breaking the Bank, Higher Tuition in the Works for Next Semester, and, Chalking Policy to Undergo Revision.  She is also currently interning at 614media.  They publish 614 Magazine, UWeekly, and Food City Columbus.  Her dream mentor would be George Orwell, a journalist who became a novelist who wrote about dystopian societies—one of her favorite subjects because, “It sheds light on what we need to fix in order to prevent a poor future.”  Katie leads a quiet life in Westerville, Ohio and looks forward to finishing her degree, continuing to build her skills as a journalist and a writer, and finding excitement and exciting work in the future.

 

Alexandra Joan Bennett

Alexandra Joan Bennett is a writer, journalist, ultimate Frisbee player and student of Business and Marketing at Colorado State University, Fort Collins.  Originally from Lee’s Summit Missouri, Ms. Bennett was the editor of the Lee’s Summit North High School newspaper, the Northern Exposure, for 3 years, where she gained a vital understanding and know-how of writing and journalism, and gained hands on experience with deadlines, headlines and creative thinking.  She wrote articles, edited her staff’s work, and, the proficiency she reached with InDesign gave her an appreciation and eye for graphic creations. Ms. Bennett also studied, attended and competed in many high school journalism conferences, conventions and competitions including JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention sponsored by National Scholastic Press Association and its partner, the Journalism Education Association where she learned practical and professional skills through classes and keynote speakers and, J-Day at the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association, University of Missouri, Columbia where she placed 2nd and 3rd in the “write-offs” as well as discovered one of her current inspirational influences, Steve Serrano, a journalist and DJ from the “#1 radio station in Kansas City” 93.3.  Besides the goal of discovering what exactly she wants to do as a career, Ms. Bennett’s collegiate plan also includes not hiding inside the bubble of the college experience but existing in the “real world” as much as possible, getting her degree and preparing for the not so distant future.

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