About the Editorial Board
Austin De Dios, Editor-In-Chief
Austin De Dios is a senior economics major, born in Portland but raised in Sandy, Utah. He is this year's Editor-in-Chief.
After three years at The Beacon covering breaking news as a reporter and as news and managing editor, he’s looking forward to taking the helm. His passion for writing, along with wanting a meaningful campus job, brought him on staff. The wonderful people he met while there are his reasons for staying.
Austin hopes to use his economics degree in combination with his journalism experience to pursue a meaningful career in business journalism. When he’s not in the newsroom, you can find Austin relaxing with friends, drinking coffee, or suffering through an evening jog.
Austin can be found on Instagram at @austindedios.
William Seekamp, News & Managing Editor
William Seekamp is a senior political science major and english minor. He was born and raised in Vancouver, WA.
This is William’s third year at The Beacon, working first as a reporter his sophomore year and then as sports editor his junior year. He applied to work at The Beacon because he wanted to get more involved on campus and to write more.
In his free time, William enjoys tinkering with his major, he has made 15 major and minor changes, spending time with his friends and family and playing chess. Suggestions for William’s next major/minor can be sent to his Instagram @Williamseekamp_
Havi Stewart, Living Section Editor
Havi Stewart is a senior communication studies major and business minor as well, as the living section editor for The Beacon. She is originally from Sonora, a small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California.
Havi joined The Beacon as a reporter at the beginning of her sophomore year and is excited to continue developing her journalism and media skills on this year’s editorial board.
In her free time, Havi is typically found taking care of her houseplants, lovingly named after 70s rock icons, re-watching The Office, or making oat milk matcha.
She can be found on Instagram @havilandstewartt
Sadie Wuertz, Sports Section Editor
Sadie Wuertz is a senior English and music double major with a vocal performance focus, as well as this semester’s Sports Editor. She’s from Denver, Colorado, on a street that she considers to be the best place in the world.
This is Sadie’s second year on The Beacon, and her first year reporting in-person. She’s excited to develop her reporting and editing skills, and is even more excited to become acquainted with the world of athletics. Her own athletic experience starts and ends with the seventh grade basketball team she was on for a week before breaking her leg.
When she isn’t writing, Sadie can be found behind the bar working on her latte art skills or frantically scrolling through the Oregon Humane Society website’s kitten section.
Sadie’s Instagram is @sadiewrtz.
Mia Werner, Opinions & Faith Issues Editor
Mia Werner is a senior environmental ethics and policy major, graduating in December ‘21, and is this year's opinions editor. She was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, but now lives in Portland full time.
This is Mia’s third year at The Beacon, having previously worked as a reporter. She is excited for the opportunity to serve as the opinions editor, as her parents always told her that her own strong opinions would need to be channeled productively someday. She looks forward to helping the UP community use their voices to inspire change.
When she isn’t busy stirring up controversy with her own opinions, Mia enjoys sipping a good latte, spending time with friends, and furiously sending out job applications in hopes of being employed by the time she graduates.
Mia’s Instagram is @miajwerner.
Brennan Crowder, Multimedia Editor
Brennan Crowder is a senior mechanical engineering major from Snohomish, Washington. He is this year’s Multimedia Editor.
Brennan is a self-taught photographer whose passion for photography stems from his first 35mm film camera. He has since discovered digital cameras and the magic they bring to the table, although he still avidly shoots any quirky film camera he can get his hands on.
In his limited spare time, he enjoys watching any form of motorsport, working on his own decrepit station wagon, hiking, and fly fishing.
He can be found on Instagram @brennan.crowder.
Carlos Fuentes, Copy Editor & Sr. Sports Reporter
Carlos Fuentes is a senior environmental science and English double major from Central Point, Oregon. He is the current Copy Editor for The Beacon.
This is Carlos’ third year working for The Beacon, which he joined to meet new friends and improve his writing skills. The accomplishment he’s the most proud of is receiving Employee of the Month while working at 7-eleven.
In his free time, Carlos enjoys writing mediocre poetry, playing sudoku, and planning his dream vacation to Iceland.
Carlos can be found on Instagram at @carlos.fuentes
Brie Haro, Community Engagement Editor
Brie Haro, a junior communication major, is The Beacon’s community engagement editor. She is from Salt Lake City, UT, known for its mountains and variations of fry sauce.
This is Brie’s second year working for The Beacon and is excited to showcase all aspects of what it's like to be on staff through The Beacon's social media accounts and newsletter. While being on the editorial board, she is not quite ready to hang up her reporter badge, so be on the lookout for her byline every so often.
The Beacon is something that Brie has been passionate about since her freshman year on campus after seeing the impact of what having an amplified student voice can do and encourages more students to send in opinion submissions or suggest story ideas they would like to see.
When not in the classroom or collaborating with her Beacon teammates, you can find Brie dancing with her friends, thrifting stellar outfits, designing something in Canva, or face timing her family back home.
She can be found on Instagram @briennaharo.