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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 and a (possible) History minor. Beyond the Community Editorial Board, Ryan is a reporter in the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, the Social Chair of the Duke University Debating Society and a member of Cooper House. In what little free time he has, Ryan enjoys listening to BROCKHAMPTON and tweeting.

Ben Wallace, Community Editorial Board Co-Chair. Ben is Trinity sophomore from Apex, North Carolina and a prospective political science and/or public policy major. He currently performs with the Duke Wind Symphony and Duke University Marching Band. When he is not making music, you might find him working at the Duke Career Center or bothering his friends with his freshest hot take. 

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. 

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.

Ezra Loeb, Trinity junior.

Miranda Gershoni, Trinity junior.

Kyle Melatti, Trinity junior.

Julie Peng, Trinity senior.

Kristen Tan, Trinity sophomore.

Leland Ben, Trinity senior.

Nicole Bolton, Trinity first-year.

Amiya Mehrotra, Trinity first-year.

Blair Spencer, Trinity first-year.

Carmen Chavez, Trinity first-year.