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Editorial Board

In 2006, The Chronicle moved to make its editorial board independent of the editorial staff at the paper. Today, the editor-in-chief, editorial page editor, former editor-in-chief and between 10 and 15 voting members sit on the board. Members cannot be in a major student body leadership position during their time on the board without consultation with the board’s Chairperson. Board members are also explicitly prohibited from writing or editing other daily or weekly sections of The Chronicle.

The mission of the editorial board is to enrich campus dialogue by offering 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 the board’s discussions of five editorials each week. The unsigned editorials are written anonymously by one voting member and based on the consensus of the board’s discussion.

In an effort to be transparent, the names and brief biographies of the Board’s chairperson and current members are posted below.

Members of the 2018-2019 Editorial Board

Alan Ko, Editorial Board Chair/Editor. Alan is a Trinity senior and currently serves as the co-chair of the Editorial Board for the 114th volume of The Chronicle. He is a history major and hails from northern New Jersey. Other than serving on the Editorial Board, he is a reserve foilist on Duke’s fencing team, works the service desk at Perkins Library, and serves as a research assistant for the Sanford School's Rutherfurd Living History Project. In his free time, he enjoys listening to vintage tunes on his Spotify and surfing the web for potential editorial topics.

Sydney Roberts, Editorial Board Chair/Editor. Sydney is a Trinity senior and currently serves as the co-chair of the Editorial Board for the 114th volume of The Chronicle. She was born and raised in rural Oregon and is majoring in Global Cultural Studies with a certificate in Marxism and Society. Sydney is a Point Foundation Scholar, a student organizer with People’s State of the University and an Adult Literacy Tutor at the Durham Literacy Center. Sydney spends her free time doing labor rights advocacy, prison abolition activism and cooking new recipes.

Leland Ben, Editorial Board Member. Leland is a sophomore and prospective Public Policy major in the Sanford School of Public Policy and Russian minor. Hailing from Albany, New York, the state capital, he has had a longstanding interest in politics, foreign affairs and political journalism. Leland is a recipient of the Julian Robertson Scholarship, competes on the debate team, and serves as an operations and press assistant for With Honor, a bipartisan super-PAC that supports veterans running for Congress.

Theo Cai, Editorial Board Member. Theo is a Texan sophomore planning on majoring in Environmental Science and Policy and minoring in Creative Writing. At Duke, he works as the External Relations Assistant at the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity and Treasurer for both Nexus, his selective living group, and for Asian Pacific Islander Queers (APIQ). In his little free time, he enjoys writing poetry immensely; he has work forthcoming in The Archive, the premier campus literary magazine, and self published a zine titled Wish You Were Here this past summer.

Robert Ha, Editorial Board Member.  Robbie is a Trinity junior from Seattle, Washington, studying  Computer Science and Public Policy. Outside of the Editorial Board, he  is a Resident Assistant for East Campus and a violinist for Hoof ‘n’ Horn.  He is also a featured writer for Deliberations. In his free time, Robbie enjoys listening to David Bowie and shopping at T.J. Maxx.

Zhong Huang, Editorial Board Member, is a Trinity senior hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, majoring in sociology,  with an interest in applied healthcare policy. Within the Editorial  Board, he works to represent Asian-American perspectives, and is particularly interested in intersections between race and society. At Duke, he is involved in the Hart Leadership Program, computational  genetics research, and swing dancing. In his remaining time, he enjoys  poor puns and short naps.  

Jaewon Moon, Editorial Board Member. Jaewon is a Trinity junior from Miami, Florida, majoring in Chemistry. Outside of the Editorial Board, she is the president of Asian American Alliance, an undergraduate researcher at the Franz lab, and a hotline advocate at the Compass Center for Women and Families in Chapel Hill. Beyond that, Jaewon enjoys reading books and poetry, kickboxing, spending time with good food and better friends, and listening to BTS and others.

Varun Prasad, Editorial Board Member. Varun is a Trinity junior from Chapel Hill, NC, majoring in Statistics and Economics. At Duke, he works as a Research Assistant at the Environmental Justice lab in the Economics Department and as an engagement coordinator for the Community Empowerment Fund. In his free time he enjoys listening to 2000's R&B hits and watch Khan Academy videos for the math classes he's failing.

Tyjair Sadler, Editorial Board Member. Tyjair is a Trinity senior from Atlanta, Georgia. He intends to obtain a double major in public policy and neuroscience. As the president of Sherwood House of Craven dorm, Tyjair is dedicated to creating a warm and welcoming environments for all his residents. He is also a member of the Cardea Fellows. In his spare time, Tyjair loves to read, work out and discover music.

Nicholas Simmons, Editorial Board Member. Nick is a Trinity junior from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, majoring in English with an education minor. Beyond Editorial Board, he works at the Perkins Library service desk and with Team Kenan at the Kenan Institute of Ethics. Nick enjoys running, reading, going to the Durham Farmer’s Market and watching Vine compilations in his free time. 

Olivia Simpson, Editorial Board Member. Olivia is a Trinity junior from Durham, North Carolina, studying Sociology, Spanish and Political Science. Beyond the Editorial Board, Olivia is the Housing Services Coordinator for the Community Empowerment Fund and a member of the Global Citizenship and Ethics Living/Learning Community. Her remaining free time is taken up by a deep appreciation for cooking, puzzles and the great outdoors.

Kayla Thompson, Editorial Board Member. Kayla is a Trinity senior from Waxhaw, North Carolina. She is pursuing a major in Biology with a cell & molecular concentration in addition to minors in Spanish and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies. On campus, she is involved with Duke LIFE (Low-Income/First-generation Engagement) and does research in an infectious disease lab. When she’s not somewhere on Science Drive, you can find her on the BC Plaza with Grey’s Anatomy pulled up on her laptop and a large iced coffee in hand.

Breanna Bradham, ex-officio non-voting member. Breanna is a Trinity junior from South Carolina. She serves as the current editor-in-chief of the 114th volume of The Chronicle and is a Benjamin Newton Duke Scholar. 

Likhitha Butchireddygari, ex-officio non-voting member. Likhitha is a Trinity senior from Maryland. She served as the current Editor-in-Chief for the 113th of The Chronicle.