Our Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Theresa Brown

Theresa 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. Email: uricigar@gmail.com Twitter: @_theresabrown

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: 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, the Kent County Daily Times and South County Life. After graduation, Laura hopes to pursue a career where her writing can be used for a 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

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: 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: 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: 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

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 my 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: Grace DeSanti

Grace DeSanti is a senior double majoring in film and communication studies. She has been passionate about film and photography for over nine years. She has worked on several independent films and a television pilot called “Made In Rhode Island” as a script supervisor. She enjoys taking photos of just about anything but specializes in portrait photography.

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: 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 in publishing at a major publishing house. Jason also enjoys baking, judo, jiu-jitsu, and reading in his free time. Email: jphillips1@uri.edu

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: 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

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

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