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Community Editorial Board

In 2006, The Chronicle moved to make its editorial board independent of the editorial staff at the paper. In furtherance of that goal, the Board experienced a subsequent change in 2019 to become the Community Editorial Board (CEB). With this step, the CEB and the editorial staff of the Chronicle hoped to further clarify the CEB’s independence from the paper's staff at large and better facilitate the CEB’s continued mission of enriching campus dialogue.

Today, between 10 and 15 voting members comprise the CEB, with the editor-in-chief, editorial page editor and former editor-in-chief serving ex-officio. Members cannot be in a major student body leadership position during their time on the Board without consultation with the Chairperson(s). Board members are also explicitly prohibited from writing or editing other daily or weekly sections of The Chronicle. 

The Community Editorial Board aims to offer thoughtful opinions on a variety of issues; to hold students, faculty and administrators publicly accountable for their statements and actions; and to help students sharpen their journalistic and writing skills. Board members must show a breadth and depth of knowledge, experiences and perspectives to contribute to weekly meetings where editorials are discussed and drafted. The unsigned editorials are written anonymously by one voting member and based on the consensus of all voting members. Published editorials reflect only the views and opinions of the Board. 

In an effort to be transparent, the names and brief biographies of the CEB Chairs and current members are posted below.

Ryan Williams, Community Editorial Board Co-Chair. Ryan is a Trinity senior from Houston, Texas. He is a Political Science major. Beyond the Community Editorial Board, Ryan is a researcher in the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law, the Internal Vice President of the Duke University Debating Society and a member of the DSG President’s cabinet. In what little free time he has, Ryan enjoys listening to music and watching Love Island.

Ben Wallace, Community Editorial Board Co-Chair. Ben is a Trinity sophomore from Apex, NC studying constructions of race and racial attitudes through Program II. Outside of The Chronicle, he researches North Carolina’s county-level election systems, produces audio, and lives on East Campus as an RA. Ben also enjoys large dogs and eating chocolate.

Leland Ben. Leland Ben is a Trinity senior and Robertson Scholar from Loudonville, New York. He will graduate with double majors in public policy and Russian. His honors thesis research focuses on language policy in post-Soviet states. In his time at Duke, Leland was a founding team member of a bi-partisan national political action committee, served on the management team of a life sciences start up, and wrote as an opinion contributor for Fox News Media.

Nicole Bolton. Nicole is a Trinity first year from Gastonia, NC. She is undecided, but potentially interested in studying environmental science or public policy. Nicole plans to get involved with sustainability initiatives and political groups on campus. In her free time, Nicole enjoys baking/cooking with friends and listening to podcasts

Jeremy Carballo Pineda. Jeremy is a Trinity sophomore originally from Costa Rica, but he now lives in Wilmington, NC. He intends on majoring in Public Policy with a certificate in Marxism and Society. He is interested in understanding and interpreting how power in culture and politics is used to maintain the status quo and subjugate minorities to oppression. Beyond the editorial board, Jeremy is the VP of Social Programming for GANO, a member of Define American and Duke Students for Education Reform, and a policy researcher at The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys spending time with friends and attempting to become a US Citizen.

Carmen Chavez. Carmen is a Trinity first year from Miami, FL (who can’t decide whether to vote in FL or NC). She intends to double major in Public Policy and Economics, which is motivated by her anti-Capitalist sentiments and pugnacity. Outside of academic life, Carmen intends to join Duke’s club water polo or swim team and volunteer at the Women’s Center next year. On campus, she misses cooking/baking and her cat Котя, but WU and Peaches are sufficing for now. 

Miranda Gershoni. Miranda is a Trinity junior from Austin, Texas. She is majoring in Global Cultural Studies/Literature with a minor in Cinematic Arts and Documentary Studies certificate. Miranda is a member of Freewater Productions, where she writes, directs, and produces film projects. Before Corona (B.C.), she worked at the Duke Coffeehouse and the Duke Human Rights Center, which she plans to continue when possible. Miranda hopes to pursue a career in journalism, film, and other media spaces. In her free time, she enjoys rollerblading, playing guitar, and psychoanalyzing her friends through astrology. 

Ezra Loeb. Ezra Loeb is a Trinity Junior from Rockville, MD. He is majoring in Biology and Middle East Studies with a minor in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Ezra is the Chief Education Officer of the Duke Israel Public Affairs Committee and a co-captain of the Duke Climbing Team. Outside of class, you will find Ezra in the Asokan Lab, where he studies gene therapy and synthetic virology.

Amiya Mehrotra. Amiya is a Trinity freshman from Westchester, New York. Although her major is currently undecided, she would love to take classes in Duke’s history, public policy, education, and child policy research departments. Outside of the Chronicle, she sits on the Human Rights Student Advisory Board and conducts research on education policy amidst the coronavirus pandemic. In her free time, Amiya enjoys baking, ceramics (wheel-throwing), letter-writing, and meeting new people.

Kyle Melatti. Kyle is a Trinity junior from Las Vegas, NV pursuing double majors in public policy and political science. He is a first-generation American with Brazilian heritage. At Duke, he serves as an Undergraduate Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He additionally serves as President of Duke Students for Education Reform and as a Research Assistant in the Sanford School. This past summer, he interned for Congresswoman Susie Lee (D-NV). His favorite hobbies include chess, poker, and cooking. 

Julie Peng, Trinity senior

Blair Spencer. Blair is a Trinity first-year from Pinehurst, NC. Her major is currently undecided, but she is considering courses of study in Economics, Public Policy, and English. Beyond The Chronicle, Blair is interested in food, immigration, and environmental policy and is a member of Duke’s Club Equestrian team. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. 

Kristen Tan. Kristen is a Trinity sophomore from Memphis, TN studying economics and computer science. Outside of The Chronicle, she is involved with Duke Paws, Duke Chinese Dance, and Greek life. She loves cats and has an orange tabby named Tango.

Doha Ali. Doha is a Trinity junior from Denver, CO studying Economics and Sociology. At Duke, Doha is involved in the social justice scene on campus through Center for Race Relations and the Undergraduate Chapter of the Duke Law School’s Innocence Project. Outside of her varying academic and extracurricular commitments, Doha enjoys reading along with hanging out with her friends and family and in doing so providing them with a good amount of unsolicited advice.