Editorial Staff

Editor in Chief

Lianna Blakeman
Lianna is a Junior majoring in English & Writing and Rhetoric. She joined the Cigar her freshman year and is going into her second semester as News Editor. In her spare time, Lianna works in the Writing & Rhetoric Office, sits as secretary for the university literary magazine, Ether(bound) and hikes mountains every chance she can get.

Managing Editor

Nicholas Bush
Nicholas Bush is the Web Editor for the Good Five Cent Cigar and a Junior Psychology major at URI. When he's not writing, he's working on various activism projects from mental health to nonviolence to climate change.

News Editor

Caitlyn Picard
Caitlyn is a senior journalism and English major who has been on the Cigar since her sophomore year. Now as co-News Editor, Caitlyn is hoping to gain more experience in the field that she can hopefully use in her life after URI. caitpic@my.uri.edu

News Editor

Sam Murray
Sam Murray is a senior at the University of Rhode Island majoring in journalism and minoring in business. Hailing from the great town of North Andover, MA, Sam lives and breathes New England sports while maintaining a sharp and vigilant eye on today’s important news around URI. Sam can also be heard on 90.3 WRIU talking about and broadcasting URI sports. You can reach Sam at samuel_murray@my.uri.edu or on Twitter @smurray1212.

Entertainment Editor

Zack DeLuca
Entertainment Editor - "I am a determined multimedia journalist seeking a career in the fields of entertainment journalism and video production. I have extensive experience writing and editing for print as well as audio/video broadcasting." Zack is graduating in May 2018 with a double major in Journalism and Film/Media. His stories have appeared in the Cranston Herald, Warwick Beacon, Newport Mercury, and Narragansett Times. Twitter: @zackdeluca

Photography Editor

Autumn Walter
Autumn is in her sophomore year studying communications and photography. She has been working with the cigar for four semesters and has photographed for all sections of the paper. Outside of the Cigar, she works as the historian for the Delta Phi Eplison and participates as an active sister. She hopes to work in the field of sports photography after graduation in 2020. To see more of Autumn's photos, check out her Instagram @akwalter.photographs

Video Editor

Margeaux Gagnon
Margeaux is a junior studying journalism at the University of Rhode Island. She loves working with a camera and doing everything she can to make the perfect video. You can probably find her at the boss ice arena covering the URI hockey team. You can follow her on twitter: @MargeauxGagnon

Web Editor

Rebecca Dickinson
Rebecca is a sophomore majoring in cell and molecular biology with a focus in biochemistry, with minors in Spanish and chemistry. In her free time she is an undergraduate teaching assistant for anatomy and physiology labs as well as a member of the URI American Sign Language club. This is her first semester at the Cigar, and she is looking forward to an amazing year!! You can reach her at rdickinson@my.uri.edu or find her in the library.

Production Manager

Seamus Fuller

Staff Reporters

Oluwatona Campbell – Staff News Reporter

Robert J. Clark – Staff Entertainment Reporter

Julia Morrow – Staff News Reporter

Kelsey Santmyer – Staff News Reporter


Staff Photographers

Anna Meassick – Staff Photographer

Kayla Michaud – Staff Photographer

Sarah Vinci – Staff Photographer


Bussiness Manager

Connor Smith



Susan Sancomb