Our Staff


Lianna Blakeman is a senior majoring in English & Writing and Rhetoric with a minor in Business. She joined the Cigar her freshman year and is going into her second semester as Editor-in-Chief. Graduating this December, Lianna is hoping to pursue a career in publishing.

Managing Editor

Samantha (Sam) King is a Senior Animal Science major with minors in Aquaculture and Fisheries, as well as Leadership Studies. While this is her first semester with the Cigar, Sam has previously held executive offices in the URI Student Senate. Her passions include research, advocacy, and teaching. Email: shammyk12@my.uri.edu

News Editor

Julia Moro is a sophomore journalism and political science double major from Long Island, New York. She has worked for the Cigar since her first semester at URI as a staff reporter and now holds the position of News Editor. Email: julia_moro@my.uri.edu

News Editor

Ian Weiner is a sophomore at URI studying journalism and communications from Annapolis, Maryland. He is also a member of WRIU Student Radio and the Tour Guide team. He began writing for The Cigar his first semester freshman year and has progressed from Staff Reporter to News Editor. Email: ian_weiner@my.uri.edu

Entertainment Editor

Kayla Michaud is a sophomore Film and Journalism double major who started writing for the Cigar the beginning of her freshman year. Outside of the Cigar, Kayla works as a Speaking Center Tutor on campus and enjoys photographing events, playing the cello and the ukulele. Email: kayla_michaud@my.uri.edu Twitter: Kayla_Eileen18

Photography Editor

Anna is a junior Environmental and Natural Resources Economics Management major, pursuing a minor in Education. She spends a lot of my time reading, taking photos of nature, sketching and taking care of animals at a nature center back home. Anna really loves working with kids to teach them about the importance of the environment. She joined the Cigar first semester of her freshman year as a contributing photographer and then became a staff photographer. Email: apmeassick@my.uri.edu Instagram: apmeassick

Video Editor

Kate Rogerson is a junior journalism student with a minor in sports communication and media. She also works as an intern in the Harrington School and is the secretary for her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau. In her free time, Kate loves watching the Patriots, skiing, going to the beach, exercising, and spending time with her friends and family. Email: kate_rogerson@my.uri.edu Twitter: katerogersontv

Sports Editor

Nick Cardi is a junior, double major in communications and journalism. He started writing for the Cigar during his first semester freshman year and hasn't stopped since. He loves sports, especially New York sports. Nick is a diehard Yankees, Giants and Knicks fan. He is from Westchester, NY and comes from a family of 7. Email: nicholas_ cardi@my.uri.edu Twitter: ncardi14

Web Editor

Theresa Brown is a sophomore journalism and writing & rhetoric student. She has been writing for the Good Five Cent Cigar since her first semester of freshman year. She is a sister of Chi Omega and in her free time, she loves to read, craft and hang out with all of the amazing friends she met through the Cigar and her sorority. Email: theresa_brown@my.uri.edu Twitter: _browntheresa

Production Manager

Tona Campbell is a sophomore Political Science student from Cumberland, Rhode Island. He joined the Cigar in his first semester as a contributing reporter, and later contributed as a staff reporter. Tona also acts as the Vice President of URI's Amnesty International Club. Email: ocampbell@my.uri.edu Twitter: otcamp

Public Relations Director

Kevin Wehner is a sophomore Public Relations and Business student from Guilderland, New York. He joined the Cigar this semester and is also a broadcaster for WRIU and RIU2. Kevin is also involved with PRSSA, the Rhody Catholic Club and Rhody Ruckus. Email: kevin_wehner@my.uri.edu

Staff Reporters

Staff Photographers

  • Joe Lachance
  • Sarah Vinci
  • Autumn Walter

Business Manager

  • Connor Smith


  • Susan Sancomb