The Chronicle staff elected sophomore Danielle Muoio to serve as editor-in-chief of its 109th volume.

In a staff-wide election Friday evening, Muoio, currently a Health and Science editor, was appointed editor of The Chronicle and president of the Duke Student Publishing Company, Inc., which publishes the independent student-run daily newspaper. She will succeed junior Yeshwanth Kandimalla for a one-year term beginning in May.

As editor, Muoio will be responsible for determining the content of the newspaper and serving as the public face of The Chronicle. She will lead a staff of approximately 200 student reporters, editors, photographers, layout designers and additional contributors.

In her platform, Muoio emphasized the need to balance a high quality of content with a strong online presence—working both on producing more investigative, analytical content and on making the news available in the most effective manner possible.

“I’ll be working with all of the sections to make sure that they’re achieving their goals to reach their audience in the best way,” Muoio said.

Muoio, an English and history major from Roslyn Harbor, N.Y., began her career at The Chronicle at the start of her freshman year, writing chiefly for the Health and Science department. She became a staff writer for the section that December, and Kandimalla promoted her to its leader last March.

“I’ve been really impressed with her work this year,” Kandimalla said. “She’s grown tremendously as a journalist and a leader. I’m really confident that she’ll be able to do a great job.”

Members of the Health and Science department, both past and present, expressed support for Muoio.

Junior Ashley Mooney, current sports managing editor and last year’s Health and Science editor, noted that Muoio has been an eager and dedicated reporter since the beginning of her freshman year.

Sophomore Andrew Luo, Muoio’s Health and Science co-editor, noted that she has always been enthusiastic and driven as a journalist.

“She’s very proactive, always on top of everything,” he said. “I’m excited to see what she’s going to do.”

David Graham, Trinity ’09, a former editor of the paper and current vice chair of the Duke Student Publishing Company board of directors, said the board is confident that Muoio will succeed as editor.

“She’ll be a great steward of the paper and continue The Chronicle’s tradition of path-breaking journalism,” Graham said.