Our Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Kate LeBlanc

Kate is a junior from Oxford, Massachusetts majoring in journalism and political science. She started at the Cigar her first semester freshman year as a contributing reporter, spent one year as a staff reporter, spent one year as news editor and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. She is excited to work with the editorial board this semester and help reporters learn how to produce the best stories possible. She hopes one day to work as an investigative journalist for a major media outlet. Asides from her love of the Cigar, Kate is also passionate about Ronan Farrow, Central Massachusetts, podcasts and the New England Patriots. Email: kleblanc@my.uri.edu Twitter: @KateNLeBlanc

Editor-in-Chief: Theresa Brown

Theresa Brown is a senior journalism, writing and rhetoric and Italian triple major from Cranston, Rhode Island. She joined the Cigar as a first-semester freshman and has acted as a reporter, web editor and managing editor before becoming editor-in-chief. Theresa is also a sister of Chi Omega and works in the Writing and Rhetoric Office and Production Lab during the day. In her free time she loves to read and she hopes to one day live in New York City and work for a publishing company that publishes children's books. Twitter: _theresabrown Email: uricigar@gmail.com

Editor-in-Chief: Theresa Brown

Theresa Brown is a junior journalism, writing and rhetoric and Italian triple major. She joined the Cigar as a first-semester freshman and has acted as a reporter, web editor and managing editor before becoming editor-in-chief. Theresa is also a sister of Chi Omega and works in the Writing and Rhetoric Office and Production Lab during the day. In her free time she loves to read and she hopes to one day live in New York City and work for a publishing company that publishes children's books. Twitter: _theresabrown Email: uricigar@gmail.com

Managing Editor: Nicole Wagner

Nicole is a junior journalism major from Rocky Point, New York. She joined The Good Five Cent Cigar during her first semester and has worked as a contributing reporter, staff reporter and news editor. Nicole is also minoring in international relations and history at The University of Rhode Island, as she one day hopes to work as a foreign correspondent. Aside from the Cigar, she enjoys watching documentaries, photography and spending time outdoors. Email: nicolewagner@my.uri.edu Twitter: @Nicole_WagnerNY

Managing Editor: Laura Weick

‪Laura is a senior political science and journalism major with a minor in music from North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Laura has worked at the Cigar since her freshman year, and has served as a staff reporter and web editor before becoming managing editor. Her work has also appeared in publications such as the Warwick Beacon, the Cranston Herald, the Independent and South County Life. After graduation, Laura hopes to pursue a career where her writing can be used for the greater good, whether as a journalist or by working with a non-profit or government agency. Email: laura_weick@my.uri.edu Twitter: @Laura_Weick

News Editor: Jason Phillips

Jason is a sophomore from Barrington, Illinois majoring in journalism, English, and writing & rhetoric. He spent his freshman year as a contributing reporter and a staff reporter. He also is the president of Judo Club and editor-in-chief of Ether(bound) Magazine. He hopes to work at a major publishing house one day. Jason also enjoys baking, judo, jiu-jitsu, and reading in his free time. Email: jphillips1@uri.edu

News Editor: Kate LeBlanc

Kate is a junior from Oxford, Massachusetts majoring in journalism and political science. She started at the Cigar her first semester freshman year as a contributing reporter, spent one year as a staff reporter and is now serving her second semester news editor. She is excited to work with the editorial board this semester and help reporters learn how to produce the best stories possible. She hopes one day to work as an investigative journalist for a major media outlet. Asides from her love of the Cigar, Kate is also passionate about Ronan Farrow, Central Massachusetts, podcasts and the New England Patriots. Email: kleblanc@my.uri.edu Twitter: @KateNLeBlanc

News Editor: Adam Zangari

Adam is a sophomore majoring in journalism from Lincoln, Rhode Island. He joined the Good Five Cent Cigar as a freshman, and was a contributing reporter for one semester and a staff reporter for two before becoming news editor. In addition to working with the Cigar, Adam is a part of WRIU's sports team, and enjoys watching basketball, movies, and really doing anything with his friends. Email: adam_zangari@uri.edu.

News Editor: Nicole Wagner

Nicole is a junior journalism major from Rocky Point, New York. She joined The Good Five Cent Cigar during her first semester and has worked as a contributing reporter and staff reporter. Nicole is also minoring in international relations and history at The University of Rhode Island, as she one day hopes to work as a foreign correspondent. Aside from the Cigar, she enjoys watching documentaries, photography and spending time outdoors. Email: nicolewagner@my.uri.edu Twitter: @Nicole_WagnerNY

Sports Editor: Will Pipicelli

Will Pipicelli is a junior from Colchester, Connecticut. He is double majoring in journalism and sports media and communication with two minors in leadership studies and business of digital media. This semester he will be the sports editor for the Cigar after previously serving as a contributing and staff reporter since 2018. On campus he is the business manager for the student-run radio station WRIU, a URI 101 mentor and a university tour guide. In his free time you can usually find him watching the game or playing lawn games with friends.

Sports Editor: Will Pipicelli

Entertainment Editor: Kayla Laguerre-Lewis

Kayla is a junior journalism major with a minor in leadership studies from Westchester, New York. She joined the Cigar her freshman year and served as a contributing and staff reporter before becoming entertainment editor. Kayla is also the director of organization and outreach for Thrive and a facilitator as part of Student Organization Leadership Consultants. Kayla enjoys watching and listening to movies, music, theatre and television shows and hopes to become an entertainment journalist based out of New York City. Email: klaguerrelewis@uri.edu

Entertainment Editor: Kayla Laguerre-Lewis

Kayla Laguerre-Lewis is a junior journalism major with a minor in leadership studies from Westchester, New York. She joined the Cigar her freshman year and served as a contributing and staff reporter before becoming entertainment editor. Kayla is also the director of organization and outreach for Thrive and a facilitator as part of Student Organization Leadership Consultants. Kayla enjoys watching and listening to movies, music, theatre and television shows and hopes to become an entertainment journalist based out of New York City. Email: klaguerrelewis@uri.edu

Photo Editor: James McIntosh

James is a senior from Coventry, Rhode Island currently working to complete a double major in Psychology and Criminology and Criminal Justice. He joined the Cigar in the second semester of his sophomore year as a contributing photographer, becoming a staff photographer and photo editor in the following 2 semesters. He is returning to the photo editor position for his final semester, and is looking forward to working with the rest of the Cigar to make the paper as interesting and engaging for the URI community as possible. Upon graduating, he is currently looking to attend law school and one day become a practicing attorney. In addition to photography, James also enjoys kickboxing, cooking, reading, and football (lifelong Patriots fan, quasi Buccaneers fan).

Photo Editor: Grace DeSanti

Newscast Editor: Leah Crowley

Leah is a junior journalism and political science double major from Plainville, Massachusetts. She joined the Cigar her first semester of college as a contributing reporter. Leah creates vlogs for the Harrington School of Communications and Media that can be found on the Harrington School’s YouTube and works as a Brand Ambassador for the college as well. She loves Pop Tarts, the ocean and spending time with her family, friends and dogs. Email: leah_crowley@my.uri.edu‬ Twitter: LeahBCrowley

Newscast Editor: Leah Crowley

Leah Crowley is a junior journalism and political science double major from Plainville, Massachusetts. She joined the Cigar her first semester of college as a contributing reporter. Leah creates vlogs for the Harrington School of Communications and Media that can be found on the Harrington School’s YouTube and works as a Brand Ambassador for the college as well. She loves Pop Tarts, the ocean, and spending time with her family, friends and dogs. Email: leah_crowley@my.uri.edu‬ Twitter: LeahBCrowley

Web Editor: Imani Fleming

Imani is a sophomore journalism major with a political science minor from Chicago, Illinois. She joined the Good Five Cent Cigar her freshman year as a contributing reporter and served as a staff reporter for one semester. She is a part of the Five Cent Cigar Newscast where she has filmed packages and anchored. Imani is also the fundraising and events chair of URI’s Black Student Union and a campus tour guide. She hopes to one day work as a broadcast journalist reporting on politics and enjoys watching movies, discovering new music and hanging out with friends in her free time. Email: imani_fleming@uri.edu Twitter: imani_fleming

Web Editor: Jason Phillips

Production Manager: Mary Lind

Mary is a junior from Lincoln, Rhode Island studying journalism and political science. Since joining the Cigar in the fall of 2018, she has worked as a contributing reporter and is now in her fourth semester as Production Manager. She is also a writing tutor in the Undergraduate Writing Center. Mary knows a ridiculous amount of Harry Potter trivia and in her spare time can be found spending time with her friends, playing with her rabbits, Lumpy and Plumpy, or getting frustrated at her Sims when they keep starting fires.

Production Manager: Mary Lind

Mary is a junior from Lincoln, Rhode Island tudying journalism and political science. Since joining the Cigar in the fall of 2018, she has worked as a contributing reporter and is now in her fourth semester as Production Manager. She is also a writing tutor in the Undergraduate Writing Center. Mary knows a ridiculous amount of Harry Potter trivia and in her spare time can be found spending time with her friends, playing with her rabbits, Lumpy and Plumpy, or getting frustrated at her Sims when they keep starting fires.

Public Relations Director: Evan McAlice

Evan is a senior communications studies and writing and rhetoric double major from Holden, Massachusetts. Evan has worked as a contributing reporter, anchor on the Cigar Newscast and social media coordinator. Outside of the Cigar, Evan's favorite hobbies are listening to music, watching Survivor and posting grade-A content on Twitter. E-mail: evan_mcalice@my.uri.edu Twitter: @EvanMcAlice

Public Relations Director: Evan McAlice

Evan is a senior communications studies and writing and rhetoric double major from Holden, Massachusetts. Evan has worked as a contributing reporter, anchor on the Cigar Newscast and social media coordinator. Outside of the Cigar, Evan's favorite hobbies are listening to music, watching Survivor and posting grade-A content on Twitter. E-mail: evan_mcalice@my.uri.edu Twitter: @EvanMcAlice

Business Manager: Mike Patatanes

Michael is a freshman from Cranston, Rhode Island majoring in entrepreneurship and innovation in the college of business. He joined the Cigar his second semester of his freshman year. In addition to working with the Cigar, Michael is a tour guide for the University of Rhode Island. In his freetime, he enjoys playing sports, working out, and spending quality time with family and friends. Email: fivecentbusiness@gmail.com

Business Manager: Alyssa Simas

Alyssa is a senior accounting major from Bristol, Rhode Island. She joined the Cigar her second semester sophomore year as an ad representative before becoming the business manager. Alyssa is also an active member of the URI Dance Company and enjoys being a URI 101 Mentor every fall. During her free time, she enjoys budgeting and photography. Email: fivecentbusiness@gmail.com

Staff Reporters

Staff Photographers

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  • Susan Sancomb