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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 eight and 12 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.

Amiya Mehrotra, Community Editorial Board Co-Chair. Amiya is a Trinity sophomore from Westchester, New York. She is majoring in public policy and pursuing minors in history and economics. Outside of The Chronicle, Amiya is part of the Duke Presidential Ambassadors program and conducts research on education policy through the Sanford School of Public Policy. In her free time, Amiya enjoys playing tennis, baking, and ceramics (wheel-throwing). 

Ezra Loeb, Community Editorial Board Co-Chair. Ezra is a Trinity senior 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. 

Jeremy Carballo Pineda. Jeremy is a Trinity senior studying political science and public policy. This past summer, he was a Broadhead Fellow at Democracy NC. Jeremy hopes to pursue a career in politics and writing after graduating. In his free time, he likes to write stories for IndyWeek and listen to music. 

Kyle Melatti. Kyle is a Trinity senior 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 Co-Chair of the Program in American Grand Strategy and as President of Duke Students for Education Reform. He additionally serves as a TK Fellow at the Kenan Institute and as a PEP Fellow for the Hart Leadership Program. This past summer, he interned for the U.S. Government Accountability Office. His favorite hobbies are chess and watching Formula 1. 

Alex Chao. 

Matthew Yuan. Matthew is a Trinity sophomore from Columbus, OH studying neuroscience and minoring in global health. Outside of The Chronicle, he does research in the Immunology Department, volunteers at the Duke Hospital, and plays chess with elderly residents every weekend. Matthew likes to play basketball and explore Durham in his free time. 

Luiza Vianna. Luiza is a sophomore from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is majoring in economics and is interested in international relations and marketing. Outside of The Chronicle, Luiza is involved with Brazilian and Latin student organizations (BRASA and LBO). After one year of studying online, she is finally getting the chance to explore campus and its clubs and activities. When she is not in class or in one of Duke's many libraries, Luiza enjoys reading, spending time with her friends and FaceTiming her family and cat Lola. 

Danya Belkin. Danya is a Trinity freshman from Santa Barbara, Calif. Although her major is currently undecided, she is hoping to pursue a pre-law track and take classes in political science, sociology, and psychology. Outside of The Chronicle, she serves as a Duke Admissions Ambassador, sits on the Mi Gente Wellness Committee, and is a leader of the Duke Friends of Israel club. In her free time, Danya enjoys working out, seeing friends, and traveling.