Our Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Jason Phillips

Jason is a senior 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 served as the web editor for a semester and as a news editor for two semesters. After finishing his undergraduate degrees, he hopes to go to graduate school for English or publishing. He plans to work in publishing after earning his masters. When he is not working, Jason enjoys reading and baking. Email: rhodycigar@gmail.com.

Editor-in-Chief: Jason Phillips

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: Adam Zangari

Adam is a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in communications 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 and then managing editor. In addition to working with the Cigar, Adam is a part of WRIU's sports team, and enjoys watching and playing basketball. Email: adam_zangari@uri.edu.

Managing Editor: Adam Zangari

News Editor: Liz Fusco

Liz is a senior journalism and English double major from North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Previously, she worked at the Cigar as both a contributing reporter and a staff reporter. Her dream would be to work for a publishing company as a fiction editor. Outside of the Cigar, Liz is a member of the English Undergraduate Student Advisory Board, a blog writer for Campus Rec and has previously performed with URI’s Dance Company. In her free time, likes to read as much as humanly possible, drink coffee and teach and take dance class (particularly ballet). Email: elizabeth_fusco@uri.edu

News Editor: Liz Fusco

News Editor: Juliana Lepore

Juliana is a junior journalism and communications double major from Brookfield, Connecticut. This is her second semester in the News Editor position! Prior to her current role, she spent two semesters as a contributing reporter and one semester as a staff reporter. Her dream job is to be a reporter on the red carpet. Outside of the Cigar, Juliana is a member of the Chi Omega sorority, where she’s held multiple roles, and a URI101 mentor. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, listening to podcasts, and getting Dunkin’ Donuts. Email: juliana_lepore@uri.edu.

News Editor: Juliana Lepore

Sports Editor: Kyle Standing

Kyle is a senior from Summit, New Jersey majoring in Sports Media and Journalism with a minor in English. He joined the Cigar his first day as a student, starting as a contributing reporter for two years and working as a staff reporter with the sports section for one year. He has also been on a number of ESPN+ broadcasts of various sports games and started the “Standing Ovation” weekly Rhody Sports Podcast. Over the summer he spent time in Providence, Rhode Island working with the Sports department at ABC6 news. In his free time, he is watching any and all sports and spending time with friends and family. Email kyle_standing@uri.edu

Sports Editor: Kyle Standing

Entertainment Editor: Leah Popovic

Leah is a junior from North Kingstown, Rhode Island majoring in communications and writing & rhetoric. She joined the Cigar during her first semester at URI and has worked as a staff reporter and web editor before becoming entertainment editor. On campus, Leah also works for Anchor Sports Network and co-hosts the Cigar’s weekly podcast “Our Five Cents.” She serves as the podcast coordinator at Beyond Celiac, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and advocacy involving celiac disease. In her free time, you’ll find Leah writing music and watching New England sports. Email: leah_popovic@uri.edu

Entertainment Editor: Leah Popovic

Web Editor: Claudia Stepien

Claudia is a senior from Woonsocket, Rhode Island majoring in journalism, English, and political science. She worked as a contributing reporter then staff reporter last year before starting her current position as web editor. Her dream is to edit at a publishing company and write her own novels someday. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing video games and hanging out with friends. Email: claudia_stepien@uri.edu

Newscast Editor: Alexa Potamianos

Alexa is a junior from Randolph, New Jersey majoring in film media and communications studies with a minor in public relations. This is her second year with the Cigar. She worked as a staff reporter, contributing reporter and is currently the newscast editor. Outside of the Cigar she is the retention and recruitment coordinator for the Student Entertainment Committee, an orientation leader and hosts a radio show called Hey Alexa Play my Favorite Album. Contact Alexa via email at apotamianos@uri.edu.

Photo Editor: Maddie Bataille

Maddie is a senior from Long Valley, New Jersey. Maddie is studying journalism and Spanish with a minor in gender and women’s studies. She has previously been an ad representative and contributing reporter for the cigar before her current position as Photo Editor. On Campus, Maddie is also a photographer/blog writer for the URI Campus Rec’s InsideRec blog. In her free time, Maddie likes to drink coffee, play guitar and listen to music or hangout with friends. Contact Maddie through email at mbataille1030@uri.edu

Photo Editor: Maddie Bataille

Newscast Editor: Alexa Potamianos

Web Editor: Claudia Stepien

Social Media Coordinator/Podcast Manager: Ronan Himelrick

Ronan is a Junior from Canton Massachusetts, studying Journalism. This is his third year with the Cigar and has spent time as a contributing reporter and Entertainment Editor. Outside of the Cigar, Ronan is a Tour Guide, a member of WRIU and is an Arts and Sciences peer mentor. Outside of school, Ronan likes to listen to new music, hang out with friends, and watch movies. He can be reached by email at rdhimelrick4@uri.edu

Podcast Manager: Ronan Himelrick

Business Manager: Jenny Kang

Jenny Kang is a senior from Lincoln, Rhode Island majoring in Health Studies and minoring in both Business and Public Relations. Outside of the Cigar, Jenny is the Public Relations Coordinator for URI’s Student Entertainment Committee and the Secretary for URI’s Asian Student Association. After completing her undergraduate degree at URI, she hopes to go to graduate school for a master's in Health Administration. In her free time, Jenny enjoys going to concerts, the beach, and listening to music. Contact Jenny by email at fivecentbusiness@gmail.com or jennifer_kang@uri.edu

Business Manager: Jenny Kang

Staff Reporters

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