About the Editorial Board
Claire Desmarais, Editor-In-Chief
Claire Desmarais, a senior marketing major and Spanish minor at the University of Portland, is the editor-in-chief for The Beacon. She is originally from Yakima, Washington, better known as the Palm Springs of Washington.
Before becoming the Editor-in-Chief she worked as a reporter for The Beacon during her sophomore year and the news and managing editor her junior 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 recently completed a social media internship with MBT Marketing in Portland. She’s also written content for Rooted Yakima Valley, a publication centered on the Yakima Valley’s agricultural abundance.
Claire is usually heard talking about her love for pugs, especially her pug Darla. She’s also a foodie for Portland restaurants, especially all the pho places and the notable Santa Cruz in St. John’s. And a final fun fact about Claire: Her family owns a hop farm in Yakima, which is what flavors beer!
Follow her on Instagram or Twitter @clairedesmarais for more posts of food and her love for pugs.
Maddie Pfeifer, News & Managing Editor
Maddie Pfeifer, a senior communication studies major and Spanish minor at the University of Portland, is the news and managing editor for The Beacon. She is from Happy Valley, Oregon which is a suburb of Portland.
Last year she worked as a news reporter for The Beacon. She has been interested in journalism since her sophomore year of high school and worked as a reporter and editor for her high school news publication.
Maddie hopes to pursue a professional career in journalism after graduating. She has enjoyed her time working with The Beacon and is happy that she found a community to be a part of on campus.
When not reading or writing news, Maddie can be found watching movies, playing with her dog or going on runs.
Follow her on Instagram @maddie_pfeifer8 or on Twitter @maddiepfeifer_.
Gabi DiPaulo, Living Section Editor
Gabi DiPaulo is a junior psychology major and neuroscience minor as well as the 2019-20 living section editor. Gabi grew up in a small town in Flathead Valley, Montana, which is 500 miles away from Portland, but feels much farther.
Gabi joined The Beacon as a reporter halfway through her sophomore year and is excited to continue developing her skills as an editor alongside the rest of the editorial board. She was driven to The Beacon by a love of writing and has grown to enjoy the unique challenges and experiences that are presented every day by working in student media. After graduating, she aspires only to keep a house plant alive for longer than a month.
Outside of The Beacon, Gabi likes to spend time outside with her friends, make playlists she will never listen to and online shop. She can be found on Twitter or Instagram @gabidipaulo.
Kyle Garcia, Sports Section Editor
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 for two years, loving every second of it.
Kyle has always had a passion for sports and a love of telling great sports stories. He spent most of the summer interning at the Portland Tribune writing about everything from baseball to soccer to cycling.
He is a die-hard Portland Trail Blazers and Oregon State fan, supporting them through the good as well as the Beavers’ all too frequent bad and writing for their blogs on SB Nation. 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.
Dora Totoian, Opinions & Faith Issues Editor
Dora Totoian, a senior Spanish and political science major with a minor in gender and women’s studies, is this year’s opinions editor. She is from the very quiet and green southern Oregon town of Roseburg.
She has worked for The Beacon since her first month at UP as a reporter and later as a senior reporter and copy editor. She loves The Beacon, because it has allowed her to talk to a wide variety of people, learn about every corner of campus, make information accessible and engaging and hold power to account. This year, she is eager to engage the UP community in a different way and further conversations about topics on and beyond The Bluff.
This summer, she wrote for The Immigrant Story and volunteered at a summer school program at Catholic Charities.
When Dora is not studying or Beaconing, she enjoys eating Romanian food, watching "Curb Your Enthusiasm" for the millionth time and perfecting her scone recipe.
You can find her on Twitter or Instagram @doratotoian.
Annika Gordon, Multimedia Editor
Annika Gordon, a senior sociology and Spanish major (with a social justice minor) from a tiny little town in northern California, is The Beacon’s multimedia editor.
This will be Annika’s fourth and final year as The Beacon’s multimedia editor. She has used photography outside of The Beacon to produce images for Benefit Biscuits, Mendocino Ballet, photo research as part of a summer internship in Germany and many senior, family and couple portraits.
Although Annika is just as busy and preoccupied with life as any other person, she manages to find time to enjoy the little things, like good tea (the drink and the gossip), good CDs (because her car doesn’t have a functioning AUX port) and good shrimping days with her grandpa.
Follow Annika on Instagram @_annikamaria_.
Ana Clyde, Copy Editor & Sr. Sports Reporter
Ana Clyde, a senior political science and Spanish double major with a minor in history, is the copy editor/senior sports reporter for The Beacon. She is originally from Silver Spring, Maryland.
This is her fourth year with The Beacon and second year on the editorial board. She previously worked as a sports reporter, and she’s excited to start her final year with the best student organization on The Bluff.
Ana has enjoyed reporting for The Beacon, especially when she is able to provide a platform for people to share their unique stories. She looks forward to watching the university’s student news source continue to grow.
In her free time, Ana is typically blasting music at an almost harmful volume, rereading "Harry Potter," yet again, or binge-watching "Stranger Things," yet again.
You can follow Ana on Instagram @ana.iriss.
Natalie Nygren, Community Engagement Editor
Natalie Nygren, The Beacon’s community engagement editor, is excited for one final semester on the editorial board. Graduating a semester early with a degree in marketing, Natalie is originally from Auburn, Washington, but she tells almost everyone she’s from either Seattle or Tacoma.
This past summer, Natalie spent her time working at an experiential marketing agency doing social media, copywriting and (much) more. She is excited to implement more events and experiences into The Beacon’s engagement strategy on campus. Alongside that, she wants to give Beacon social media lots of attention to provide great content in parallel with all the stories The Beacon publishes this year.
While not in the classroom, working one of her several jobs or collaborating with her Beacon teammates, you can find Natalie binging her favorite tv shows on Netflix (“Zumbo’s Just Desserts” is a current fave), taking a “study break” trip to Dutch Bros, or tagging her close friends in memes or cute photos of opossums on Facebook.
You can follow Natalie on Instagram @natalie_nygren or Twitter @nygrennatalie11.