About the Editorial Board

Hannah Sievert, Editor In Chief

by Annika Gordon / The Beacon

Hannah Sievert, a senior organizational communication major, is this year’s editor in chief. Originally from Gig Harbor, WA., Hannah has been working for The Beacon as a reporter and editor since her freshman year.

Last summer, Hannah was chosen to be a part of University of Oregon’s internship program, the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism. She spent 10 weeks of the summer out on the Oregon coast as a news reporter and photographer for The Daily Astorian, while writing ethics research papers for UO. Hannah was an intern for Artslandia Magazine, Portland’s performing arts magazine, the summer after her sophomore year.

Hannah has dreamed of being editor in chief since she started working with The Beacon. After college, she hopes to continue to pursue a career in storytelling, although she’s not sure exactly what that will look like yet. When she’s not working or studying, she’s running, taking pictures or laughing at the latest SNL with her housemates, Kaitlin and Kiley. You can follow Hannah on Twitter @hannah_sievert. 

Contact Hannah by email at beacon@up.edu.

Claire Desmarais, News & Managing Editor

by Annika Gordon / The Beacon

Claire Desmarais, a junior marketing major and Spanish and global business double minor at the University of Portland, is the news and managing editor for The Beacon. She is originally from Yakima, WA., better known as the Palm Springs of Washington. 

Before becoming the News and Managing Editor, she worked as a reporter for The Beacon during her sophomore year. 

In the summer of 2018, Claire studied abroad in London learning about how different cultures conduct business with one another as well as the economics of the European Union. 

Claire is usually heard talking about her love for pugs, especially her pug Darla. She’s also a foodie for the Portland restaurants, especially all the pho places and the notable Santa Cruz burrito in St. John’s. 

Follow her on Instagram or Twitter @clairedesmarais for more posts of food and her love for pugs. 

Brigid Lowney, Living Section Editor

by Annika Gordon / The Beacon

Brigid Lowney, born and raised in the Bay Area, is a senior English major (with a minor in communication) and The Beacon’s living editor. Brigid joined The Beacon in January and is thrilled to be on ed board in her last year at UP. 

Brigid has always been passionate about writing and loves to tell stories. As living editor, she is excited to share the unique perspectives of UP students and staff and explore creative story-telling methods. 

In her spare time, you can find Brigid hanging out with her housemates, listening to 2000’s throwbacks or snuggling on the couch with a cup of tea and a good rom-com. You can follow Brigid on Twitter @brigidlowney.

Kyle Garcia, Sports Section Editor

by Annika Gordon / The Beacon

Kyle Garcia is a native Portlander who is studying communication and history at UP. He is also the sports editor for The Beacon this year and has been so since last year, loving every second of it.

Kyle has always had a passion for sports and a love of telling great sports stories. He is a die-hard Blazers and Oregon State fan, supporting them through the good as well as the all too frequent bad. He is a fan as well of the Carolina Panthers and of course the Portland Pilots.

In his free time Kyle is most likely hanging out with friends, watching one of the above-mentioned sports teams, watching Space Jam for the 10,000th time or getting stressed about his next fantasy football draft. You can follow Kyle on Twitter @_kyle_garcia and on Instagram @kylegarcia9.

Delaney Vetter, Opinions & Faith Issues Editor

by Annika Gordon / The Beacon

Delaney Vetter, a junior communication studies major (with minors in french and neuroscience), grew up in Utah until moving to Michigan for high school. Delaney joined The Beacon as a reporter spring semester of her freshman year and after a year long hiatus while studying abroad in Austria, she is back this year as the opinions & faith issues editor.

Delaney is excited to start the year with the new Ed Board and share some great stories with her fellow Pilots. Passionate about people and their stories, she is looking forward to publishing as many opinion pieces as possible this year. 

When she isn’t “Beaconing” or studying, she is working as a Student Ambassador in the Admissions Office (if you see her on a tour feel free to give her a hard time), cooking and baking with/for her friends, watching sunsets at the Student Led Unity Garden (it’s a UP hidden gem!), going on hikes (her friends like to call it going to “ExplOREGON”), and exploring all of Portland's fun neighborhoods where food is always involved. 

Annika Gordon, Multimedia Editor

by Annika Gordon / The Beacon

Annika Gordon, a junior sociology and spanish major (with a social justice minor) from northern California, is The Beacon’s multimedia editor. 

Annika has served The Beacon as multimedia editor since spring of her freshman year, but she is excited that this will be her first full year with the publication in an editorial position as she studied in Granada, Spain during last year’s fall semester. 

When she is not busy engaging with her community, Gordon obsesses over videos of baby elephants, knocks on wood to avoid jinxes and wears incredibly holey slippers.  

Ana Clyde, Copy Editor & Sr. Sports Reporter

by Annika Gordon / The Beacon

Ana Clyde, a junior political science and Spanish double major, is the copy editor/senior sports reporter for The Beacon. She is originally from Silver Spring, MD. 

This is her third year with The Beacon, having worked as a sports reporter her first two years. She spent spring semester studying abroad in Granada, Spain, and is excited to be back and on this year's ed board.

Having always been an avid reader and writer, Ana has enjoyed reporting The Beacon, especially when she is able to share people’s unique stories. She looks forward to the continuing improvement of the University’s paper. 

In her free time, Ana is typically blasting music at an almost harmful volume, rereading Harry Potter yet again or binge-watching 80s and 90s movies. You can follow Ana on Instagram @ana.iriss. 

Natalie Nygren, Community Engagement Editor

by Annika Gordon / The Beacon

Natalie Nygren is excited to take on the role of community engagement editor for The Beacon this year. Originally from Auburn, WA., she is currently pursuing a degree in marketing with a minor in communication, and she has always been passionate about her community and social media. 

Natalie has been managing social media accounts (a critical part of any organization’s community outreach efforts) for over a year, and takes great pride in knowing the latest breaking news or up-and-coming meme. 

While not in class or working with her amazing Beacon teammates, you can find Natalie cheering on the Pilot men’s basketball team, doing community service, sipping on her 3rd Dutch Bros rebel of the day or hiking (even in the rain!). She is super passionate about her community, so she can’t wait to meet new people and engage the UP community in her new role this year.

You can follow Natalie on Twitter @nygrennatalie11 or Instagram @nsnpigs for riveting news, cute videos of animals and the chronicles of her crazy life in Portland.