Our Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Kate LeBlanc

Kate is a senior 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. Aside from her love of the Cigar, Kate is also passionate about Ronan Farrow, Central Massachusetts, podcasts and the New England Patriots. Email: uricigar@gmail.com Twitter: @KateNLeBlanc

Editor-in-Chief: Kate LeBlanc

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 senior 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@uri.edu Twitter: @Nicole_WagnerNY

Managing Editor: Nicole Wagner

News Editor: Jason Phillips

Jason is a junior 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: Jason Philips

News Editor: Adam Zangari

Adam is a junior 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. 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. His office hours are from 3-4 p.m. on Mondays.

News Editor: Adam Zangari

Sports Editor: Aniekan Okon

Aniekan is a junior from Providence, Rhode Island majoring in journalism and sports media. He started at the Cigar his first semester freshman year as a contributing reporter, spent one year as a staff reporter and is now serving as the sports editor. He hopes to one day work as a sports reporter/anchor or a sideline reporter. In addition to working with the Cigar, Aniekan is a part of WRIU’s sports team. He also enjoys exercising, playing and watching sports, listening to some good music, and drinking coffee. Email: aniekan_okon@uri.edu Twitter: aniekan_okon_ Office Hours: Thurs. 12pm-1pm

Sports Editor: Aniekan Okon

Entertainment Editor: Kayla Laguerre-Lewis

Kayla is a senior journalism major with minors in leadership studies and gender and women's studies from Westchester, New York. She joined the Cigar her freshman year and served as a contributing and staff reporter before becoming entertainment editor. She is also the recruitment and retention chair for 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

Photo Editor: James Singer

James is a junior from New Canaan, Connecticut. He started his Freshman year as a contributing photographer, followed by staff photographer, and now currently serves as the photo editor. James and his camera have made their way around campus from attending campus events, to getting up close and personal at sporting events, to having one on one interactions with students, faculty, and staff members from the university. James’s favorite color is turquoise and his dream photo destination is Mount Everest in Nepal. Email: jamessinger2023@uri.edu Office Hours: Thurs. 4:30pm-5:30pm

Photo Editor: James Singer

Newscast Editor: Imani Fleming

Imani is a third year student studying Journalism and Political Science from Chicago, IL. She started at the Cigar her first semester her first year as a contributing reporter, and has served as a Staff Reporter, Web Editor and is now in her first semester as Newscast Editor. At URI, she serves as the Vice President of the Black Student Union and a Tour Manager on the tour guiding team. In her free time, Imani enjoys attending concerts, reading, going to the beach with her friends and traveling. She hopes to one day have a career as a broadcast journalist. Contact Imani by email at imani_fleming@uri.edu or during her Office hours on Fridays from 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Newscast Editor: Imani Fleming

Web Editor: Leah Popovic

Leah is a second year student from North Kingstown, Rhode Island majoring in communication studies and writing & rhetoric. She joined the Cigar her first semester freshman year and has worked as a contributing reporter and staff reporter before becoming web editor. On campus, Leah is also a member of the Student Entertainment Committee and contributes to Anchor Sports Network. She is a self taught musician and enjoys songwriting, being with her friends, petting dogs and watching Rhody sports. Email: leah_popovic@uri.edu Twitter: PopovicLeah Office Hours: Thurs. 1pm-2pm.

Web Editor: Leah Popovic

Production Manager: Mary Lind

Mary is a senior from Lincoln, Rhode Island majoring in journalism and political science and is a student in the ABM (Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s) program for international relations. She spent her first semester as a freshman with the Cigar as a contributing reporter and is in her sixth semester as production manager. Outside of the Cigar, Mary works as a Building Manager at the Memorial Union and as a TA. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the Sims, listening to music and spending time with her friends and siblings. Email: marylind@uri.edu Twitter: @mary_lind18 Office Hours: Mon. 4-5pm

Production Manager: Mary Lind

Social Media Coordinator: Morgan Maleonskie

Social Media Coordinator: Morgan Maleonskie

Morgan Maleonskie is a communication studies and journalism double major. Morgan spent her first year at URI writing for the Cigar as a contributing reporter, and is now the Social Media Coordinator as a sophomore. She is also a member of the Gamma Lambda chapter of Alpha Delta Pi. Contact Morgan by email at mmaleonskie@uri.edu or during her Office hours on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Business Manager: Mike Patatanes

Michael is a sophomore 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: Mike Patatanes

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