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Fall 2019 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

Nic Nerli (

Nic has worked for The Pioneer Log since his first year at Lewis & Clark. Before becoming Managing Editor, Nic spent one semester as a sports editor and two semesters as an opinions editor. Nic loves that The Pioneer Log is run entirely by students and enjoys building relationships between the newspaper and the Lewis & Clark community.

An economics major and political economy minor, Nic plans on attending law school after graduation. He enjoys drinking coffee, fly-fishing, reading The New York Times and learning Elton John and Billy Joel tunes on the piano.

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.

Social Media & Web Manager and Head of Broadcasting

Amelia (Mia) Eichel (

Mia started contributing to The Pioneer Log the second semester of her freshman year and became a news editor in the fall semester of her junior year. She took a semester off to study abroad in Morocco as part of her Middle East and North African Studies minor, and upon returning, became Social Media & Web Manager. She created the Piolog’s new podcast, the PioPod, to connect members of the LC community to what is going on on campus. She is working especially hard to make sure the PioPod will be left in capable hands when she graduates.

Mia is a religious studies major focusing on the psychology of religion. She is passionate about journalism, sustainable living, permaculture and alternative economies. She loves cooking delicious food without a recipe, spontaneous yoga, people, animals, and the ocean.

Copy Chief

Mackenzie Herring (

Mackenzie began writing for The Pioneer Log her freshman year and became news editor her second semester at Lewis & Clark. She continued to work as news editor for the duration of her sophomore year, but is now working as Copy Chief. 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


Riley Hanna (

Riley has been a writer and photographer for The Pioneer Log since Fall 2018, and has held the position of News Editor since Spring 2019. She loves to write about local sustainability and environmental issues, reviews of poetry, film, and other artistic events, and articles that showcase lesser heard voices in the LC community.

Riley is an English major and Environmental Studies minor. As if academia and working for the Pioneer Log don’t keep her busy enough, she also works in an all vegan and gluten-free eatery in Northeast Portland (come visit her at work and she’ll make you a killer smoothie). In her free time, Riley enjoys spending her time reading, writing poetry, cooking, hiking, listening to good tunes, and petting strangers’ dogs for a little bit too long.

Ariel McGee (

Ariel has been writing for The Pioneer Log since her freshman year and became a news editor her junior year. Her favorite part about working for the student-run newspaper is reporting on stories that are important to the student body and informing students of events and news on campus. As a news editor, she hopes to inform her peers and touch on issues that will directly affect the student body, as well as encourage fellow writers and editors to continue doing the high quality journalism that The Pioneer Log is known for. 

Ariel is an International Affairs major and English minor. She enjoys reading, watching french films, exploring Portland, and listening to NPR.


Jacob Muscarella (

Jacob has always loved finding ways to be involved on the Lewis & Clark campus. Both as a senator and as Chief Justice, Jacob was an elected representative through the Associated Students of Lewis & Clark for four straight semesters. He also dabbled in Model United Nations, participated in a weekly volunteer peer-reading program through Student Leadership and Services, and served as the chair of the selection committee for the 2019 Teacher of the Year Award chosen by the Pamplin Society of Fellows. Now, as an opinion editor, Jacob is excited to help students make their voices heard on the issues they care about on campus and in the news.

Jacob is a political science major, and his interests include American public opinion and behavior, electoral politics, and The Golden Girls.

Ihsaan Mohamed (

Ihsaan began writing for The Pioneer Log last year and loved it so much that she joined again this year. Only this time as a co-opinions editor. She believes every opinion 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. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, golfing, and hanging out with her huge but wonderful family.



Lexie Boren (

Lexie has been writing and taking photos for The Pioneer Log since her freshman year. She became the Photography Editor her sophomore year, and continued in that role through her junior year, taking a break her fall semester to study abroad in London. Her favorite part about working for the student newspaper is learning more about the amazing students, staff and faculty at LC. She is excited for her new role as a features editor and hopes to grow the community of Features contributors.

Lexie is a computer science and English double major. She enjoys knitting and crafting, reading, designing websites and getting outdoors.


Madeline Cox (

Madeline has been writing for The Pioneer Log since freshmen year and became a features editor her junior year. Her favorite part about working for the Pioneer Log is getting to interact with her peers and LC faculty, and learning more about the LC community and Portland at large. 

As an International Affairs major, Madeline is passionate about current events and global politics. She hopes to pursue a career in journalism or work for a nonprofit. Madeline also enjoys art, movies, and environmentalism.



Tyler Short (

Tyler Short ’21 is one of the arts editor for the Fall 2019 semester. He started writing for The Pioneer Log his freshman year and quickly fell in love with it, becoming a sports editor his sophomore year. This semester he hopes to engage students with the arts at Lewis & Clark as well as the arts in the broader Portland community. 

Tyler is an art history major and French minor. He is passionate not only about studying art, but also creating it. He has been practicing sculpture since high school and recently learned how to paint. He loves fiction novels, swimming and spending time outdoors.


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.


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.



Matthew Feldman (

Matthew is a newcomer to The Pioneer Log, taking up the position of Sports Editor in his senior year. He is excited to dive into journalism and learn a lot in his new position. As Sports Editor, Matthew hopes to help expand the sports section and make it accessible to more readers, while also fine tuning our established sports content.

Matthew is an International Affairs Major and a Political Science minor. He enjoys reading the news, computers, geopolitics and aviation.


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