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Spring 2020 Staff

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Hanna Merzbach (

From her early days of reading Nancy Drew and watching Gilmore Girls, Hanna has always aspired to be a journalist. She joined The Pioneer Log as a bright-eyed first year, snagging the free concert tickets and writing reviews. After discovering an addiction to the world of news, she spent her sophomore year as a news editor and became the Copy Chief the following year. As the Editor-in-Chief, Hanna hopes to continue to make the Pioneer Log more inclusive and expand its role as the voice of the student body.

Hanna is an international affairs major and studied abroad in Tanzania. She is an avid listener of “The Daily” from The New York Times and is working on improving her crossword skills. In her free time, she enjoys scaling walls, floating rivers and eating Thai food.

Managing Editor

Amelia (Mia) Eichel (

Mia started contributing to The Pioneer Log during her freshman year and became a news editor in the fall semester of her junior year. Upon returning from her study abroad program in Morocco, she became Head of Broadcasting and started The PioPod. Now, as Managing Editor, she is dedicated to implementing bottom-up journalism and multimedia coverage at The Piolog.

Mia is a religious studies major and is writing her thesis on quantum ontology. She is pursuing storytelling and entrepreneurship after she graduates in May.

Business Manager

Stuart Myers (

Stuart joined The Pioneer Log this year as its new Business Manager. He hopes to maintain the financial stability of the Pioneer Log and make sure that all of its business operations run smoothy, ensuring that the editors and contributors can focus on what they do best: covering the events, news, and opinions of the Lewis & Clark community.

Stuart is an economics major and a political science minor. In his free time, he likes to read, cook, listen to music and podcasts, and obsessively follow the news.

Web Manager and Head of Broadcasting

Mateo Kaiser (

Mateo began working for the Pioneer Log during his freshman year. He produces the PioPod, a bi-weekly podcast, as well as maintaining In his free time Mateo enjoys gardening, doing crosswords, and reading the news.

Social Media Manager

Blake Ashby (

Copy Chief

Mackenzie Herring (

Mackenzie began writing for the Pioneer Log her freshman year, and became news editor her second semester at Lewis & Clark college. She continued to work as News editor for the duration of her sophomore year, worked as Copy Chief for the first semester of her Junior year and is now back at News editor. Her time at the newspaper has allowed her to interview and work with a variety of people, and learn about LC’s inner workings at an institutional and personal level.

Mackenzie is from Minnesota and enjoys movies and American politics. As a political science major, she is considering law school after graduation.

Editorial Staff


Lexie Boren (

Lexie started contributing to The Pioneer Log her freshman year, and became photo editor her sophomore year. In the fall of her senior year, she became a features editor, and is finishing her senior year as news editor.

Lexie is an English and Computer Science double major, and hopes to be a User Interface Designer when she graduates. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, knitting, and playing video games.

Venus Edlin (

Venus Edlin ’23 started contributing to The Pioneer Log as soon as they got on campus in fall. They have contributed writing, photos or illustrations to every issue that has been published since they’ve been on campus. Mid-spring semester of their freshman year Venus took on the role of news editor. Their goals by the end of their freshman year are to contribute to every section and bolster the news section with relevant, timely and important stories that bring critical issues to light. 

Venus is a rhetoric and media studies major, dance minor and environmental studies minor. In their free time they perform in Gagged, which is LC’s monthly student drag show. They also enjoy collecting vinyl, gardening and tweeting.


Cassidy Harris (

Cassidy has been writing for the Pioneer Log as soon as she stepped on campus her freshman year. Starting her Pioneer Log career writing for The Backdoor and news, she began to focus on writing (usually politically-charged) articles for the opinion section. Now as a sophomore, she has joined the Pioneer Log team as an opinion editor. As an editor, she hopes to diversify student voices represented in the opinion section and allow the Pioneer Log platform to support lesser-heard or marginalized groups on campus.

Cassidy is an International Affairs major and a History minor. In her free time, you can catch her tutoring English in the ILC, looking at plants in Tryon or watching any show about ghosts and cryptids.

Ihsaan Mohamed (

Ihsaan Mohamed ’22 has been writing for The Pioneer Log since her freshman year. She loved it so much that she joined again her sophomore year. Only this time as an opinion editor. She believes everyone deserves to be heard and hopes to support and encourage the variety of voices who write for the newspaper. 

Ihsaan is an International Affairs Major and Middle East and North African studies minor. As an IA major, she is incredibly passionate about human rights and hopes to pursue a career in law. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, golfing, baking, and hanging out with her huge but wonderful family. 


Aidan D’Anna (

Aidan was a contributor for the Pioneer Log his first semester at Lewis and Clark, and became features editor for his second semester. He is also a member of the Ultimate Frisbee team, Model United Nations, and Psych club.

As a features editor he hopes to direct students’ attention to events, people, and interesting details about the community they share. He also hopes to inspire fellow students to write for the Pioneer Log and contribute to its supportive journalistic environment.


Aidan is a Psychology major and English minor. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing poetry, playing piano, and all things comedy.

Matthew Feldman (


Riley Hanna (

Riley has been a writer and photographer for the Pioneer Log since Fall 2018, and held the position of News Editor both Spring and Fall 2019. This semester she is serving as an Arts Editor for the first time. She loves to write reviews of poetry, film and other artistic events, articles surrounding sustainability and environmental issues both locally and more broadly, and stories that amplify lesser heard voices in the Lewis & Clark and Portland communities. Her primary goals as an Arts Editor are to create a poetry section that showcases the creative writing of LC students and to continue to diversify content in the Arts section.
Riley is an English Major and Environmental Studies Minor. Outside of her studies and work on the paper, she holds another job at a vegan and gluten free eatery in Northeast Portland. She is also a proud mother to two adorable kitties, Cosmo and Cupid. In her free time, Riley enjoys reading literature, writing poetry, cooking, painting, and giving her fur babies lots of love.

Justin Howerton (

Focusing on concerts, gallery openings and other general happenings, Justin has written consistently for The Pioneer Log since his sophomore year. As arts editor, he intends to broaden the scope of the section’s content through more robust looks into the local, national and global areas of public entertainment and art. He hopes to encourage contributors to write passionately and informedly about their artistic interests by providing careful advice on how to strengthen and consolidate arguments and avoid common journalistic pitfalls.

Justin is an English and math/CS double major and a rising junior. He spends his spare time taking photos, reading, writing, painting, swimming and going on road trips.


Alex Barr (

Alex Barr is one of the sports editors at the Pioneer Log. As a rhetoric and media studies major, she spends the majority of her time watching movies, tv shows and reading. As an Oklahoman, she cheers on the Sooners during the fall and the Thunder during the spring.

Annie Erickson (

Annie is a sophomore from Durham, North Carolina. She has been writing for The Pioneer Log since freshmen year and is excited for her first semester as sports editor. Her favorite part of writing for The Piolog last year was contributing opinion pieces to the sport section. She is looking forward to broadening the discussion of sports and its culture on campus. Annie is majoring in political science with a minor in English. She loves anything involving basketball, ocean swimming, and stand-up comedy.


Anna DeSmet (

Anna has written for The Pioneer Log since the fall semester of her freshman year. She was the Website and Social Media Manager for three semesters. This semester she will be the page editor for The Backdoor. Her favorite part of working for The Pioneer Log is keeping people on campus informed.

Anna is an English and computer science double major. While not at school, she likes to read, write, play guitar, hike, cook, and lounge about.

Visual Arts Editors

Illustrations: Raya Deussen (

Raya has managed visuals staff and illustrations since her sophomore year, and regularly contributes her own artwork to the paper. She finds The Pioneer Log to be the perfect outlet for creative energy and loves the rich storytelling that is accomplished by collaboration between journalism and illustration. 

Raya is a computer science major. She loves cooking, plants and the newest season of Mindhunter.



Photography: Jo Tabacek (

Jo began contributing photographs to The Pioneer Log her sophomore year, and this will be her first year as a visuals editor. Jo has been doing photography since middle school, with a deference to 35 mm film. She loves using refurbished vintage polaroid cameras, and finds the flaws in film to be the most beautiful part of the photograph. For Jo, photography is a way to share the stories that words don’t always encompass, thus making photography a vital part of journalism.

Jo is a hispanic studies major who loves to travel and just got back from studying abroad in Alicante, Spain, making Spain the 18th country she’s explored. She hopes to continue her travels after her time at Lewis & Clark, with the goal of traveling to 30 countries before the age of 30