2017-2018 Staff

Katie King

Katie King is a sophomore at San Diego Mesa College and a first time Mesa Press member. She has a passion for education and wants to be a second grade teacher when she is older. She hopes to transfer to University of Colorado...

Kyla Esquivel

This is Kyla Esquivel's first year at San Diego Mesa College, but her second year as a journalist. After graduating from University City High School in the spring of 2018 and spending a year at the Commander there, Kyla is super...

Leo Abustan

Leo has an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. His current major is in Communications. He loves to travel and to experience life.

Barbara Prevost-Nedd

I have had a long held interest in writing but detoured to the field of Accounting, in which I earned a degree at CSU San Marcos. I am happy for this opportunity to write for The Mesa Press. My long term goals include writing...

Libni Galicia

Libni Galicia is a San Diego native with a love for the water and music. She is on her second year here at Mesa College double majoring in Journalism and English, aspiring to become a news editor or an investigative journalist....

Megan Blacher

Megan is a second year student at San Diego Mesa College, and it is her first time being part of the staff at the Mesa Press. Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, she moved a year ago to San Diego to pursue a career in Journalism....

Kellie Summers

Kellie Summers moved to San Diego from a small Texas town outside of Corpus Christi. She is a Muay Thai addict, mental health advocate, and has a strong passion for writing. Kellie is currently in her third year, studying Journalism...

Isadora Troncoso

Isadora is a Journalism major with a deep passion for movies, music and travel. She is the current Editor of Photography at the Mesa Press. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Isadora followed the sun all the way to San Diego in the...

Isaiah Opatz

Isaiah Opatz is a Music Producer, Musical Artist, Film Maker, and aspiring Screenwriter and Novelist. He lives in San Diego, CA with his wife and their two children (which are dogs).

Adriana Orozco

Adriana is majoring in Journalism and Public Relations. This is her second year at Mesa College and hopes to transfer to California State  University Fullerton in the Fall of 2019 in hopes of becoming a successful journalist.

Samantha Festin

Samantha is majoring in journalism at San Diego Mesa College. She is in her third year of community college and plans to transfer to San Diego State University in Fall 2019.

Karina Bazarte

Karina is a 24-year-old San Diego native who is studying Journalism. This is her first year writing for The Mesa Press Newspaper. This is Karina's last semester at San Diego Mesa College and will become a full student at San Diego...

Jake Smiley

Jake Smiley started his journalism career as a newswriter and announcer for his hometown radio station. Jake was put on the air and was the youngest radio announcer in the state of Illinois. After high school, he moved to Chicago,...

Leslie Lopez

Leslie is an English major at San Diego Mesa College with a love and passion for reading and writing. She aspires to be an informative person in all the departments of academia such as the arts & humanities, science, technology,...

Melanie Reiter

Melanie is a fun-spirited extrovert with strong interests in fashion, entertainment, media, traveling, writing, and anything creative. She is completing her last semester at Mesa College this Spring. After she gets her Associates...

Siera Matthews

Siera is a 20-year old full time student majoring in Journalism with a specific interest in Broadcast Journalism. Since this is her last semester at San Diego Mesa College, she hopes to transfer to an HBCU or CSU. In the future...

Jonathan Smith

Jonathan is an Alabama native who has found himself living in many cities across the U.S. After realizing his love for writing and being a stylist, Jonathan began styling reality TV celebrities and international musicians as well...

Dorian Uson

Dorian Uson is a sophomore at San Diego Mesa College. She graduated from University City High School (UCHS) in June of 2017. At UCHS she fell in love with journalism as a member, and leader of the Commander staff. She also has...

Delaney Schafnitz

Delaney is in her third semester here at San Diego Mesa College. She is majoring in Journalism and this is her second semester on the Mesa Press staff, her first semester as Features Editor. Originally from a small town in central...

Dennis Lopez

Dennis Lopez is a second year Mesa student, and first year member of the Mesa Press. Originally he was a graphic design major but, was lured away by the fast paced excitement the journalism world had to offer. He is in the process...

Lauren Lee

Lauren is a second year at San Diego Mesa College, and originally moved from Ventura County. She is currently 21 years old and is studying Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations. She hopes to transfer to SDSU in the Fall...

Karina Bazarte

Karina is a 24-year-old San Diego native who is studying Journalism. This is her first year writing for The Mesa Press Newspaper. This is Karina's last semester at San Diego Mesa College and will become a full student at San Diego...

Jessica Aquino

Jessica is a San Diego native who is majoring in Journalism with an emphasis on Media Studies. She hopes to obtain her AA in the spring and transfer to San Diego State University in the fall of 2018. In her free time, she loves...

Chelsea Heath

Hello, my name is Chelsea and I am a 26 year old journalism major. This is my second year here at Mesa, and I am currently working towards finishing an ADT with the hope of transferring to SDSU or CSUSM in the Fall. My goal is...

Chris Varela Benitez

Chris Varela Benitez is a sophomore student athlete at San Diego Mesa College. He competes in Track and Cross Country and is excited to be part of the Mesa Press. He is finishing his AA in Journalism and plans on transferring...

Aleah Jarin

Hi! I'm Aleah Jarin, originally from a small town in northern California. I'm 19 years old and majoring in journalism at San Diego Mesa College. I would like to go into broadcasting or write for a major fashion magazine. I plan...

Robert Hatchett

Robert is a 25 year-old San Diego native with a passion for music, astronomy and hikes with his dog. His obsession with journalism began with watching Vice documentaries on HBO and only progressed further when the series develope...

Cassidy Bartolo

I'm an aspiring feature and extreme sports writer finishing my ADT-Journalism this spring semester and attending San Diego State University in Fall 2018.  The opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and write about...

Pia Mayer

Pia Mayer is a San Diego born-native with a love for writing. In the Summer of 2016, Pia took on an internship at Cosmopolitan Magazine in New York City, working under award-winning writers. Soon thereafter she continued writing...

Kirsten Cesna

I am originally from Sacramento but moved to San Diego three years ago to go to school. My major is Journalism and I am hopefully going to be transferring to San Diego State next year. This is my first semester writing for the...

Jacquelle Smith

Hello everyone my name is Jacquelle Smith. I'm currently a student athlete at Mesa College. This is my second year here, and I'm working on my major which is journalism. My goal is to attend a four year university were I can continue...

Shaina Borg

Hi! I've been back and forth at Mesa College for several years, but this will be my last semester and my first time writing for the Mesa Press! After receiving my transfer degree in Journalism, I plan on transferring to SDSU and...

Mayra Figueroa Vazquez

Hello! I'm Mayra. I am a quiet introvert who loves storytelling. In my free time I enjoy watching and critiquing movies, going to art galleries and exhibitions, as well as comedy shows and the theater. I love to cook but I can...

KC Portee

Hello my name is Cameron Portee, but I prefer to go by KC. I'm a 21 years old college student at mesa. This is my first semester on the mesa press staff. I'm currently a third year obtaining his AA in journalism to transfer to...

Michael Scott

Michael is a 23 year old college student at Mesa. He is originally from the Bay Area and moved to San Diego 2yrs ago for a change in scenery. After finishing his AA in Communications last spring, he decided to challenge himself...

Dominick Celestina

My name is Dominick Celestina and I hope to transfer to San Diego State University next fall semester with an AA in journalism. I am 27 years old and was born and raised in Sonoma County California but have been living in San...

Anna Fiorino

Anna Fiorino is a 19-year-old college sophomore at San Diego Mesa College. She enjoys live music, online shopping, and long walks on the beach (preferably picking up trash to help her community 😉). Anna hopes to transfer next fall to...

Sandy Guerrero

Sandy Guerrero has been attending Mesa College for almost two years. While finishing up her Associates in Real Estate, she took and passed the state exam in March of 2016. Alongside being a Realtor, writing is her main passion...

Adriana Orozco

I'm a second year college student majoring in Journalism. This is my first semester in the Mesa Press and I am ecstatic about starting this new journey. I have a passion for hard work and speaking up for what I believe in. I love...

Dorian Uson

Dorian Uson is a sophomore at San Diego Mesa College. She graduated from University City High School in June of 2017 . There she fell in love with journalism as apart and leader of the Commander staff. She also has a passion for...

Josue Lozano Rodriguez

Hey there, my name is Josue (Ho sway). This is my second year writing for the Mesa Press. My goal as a journalist student is to bring attention to music from Mesa College, local musicians. I am the editor for the features section.

Rebeca Partida Montes

Rebeca has been writing for The Mesa Press for three semesters. In fall of 2017 , she served as Features Editor for the paper and this year, she will serve as News Editor. She studies journalism and political science, and has...

Chris Anthony

Hello, my name is Chris Anthony and this is my third semester on staff and I am finally Editor In Chief for The Mesa Press. I am very passionate about how important journalism is for the well-being of the world, and one day I...

Janna Braun

Janna has been the Faculty Adviser to The Mesa Press since 2005.  During that time, the newspaper has been honored by a variety of organizations, including the San Diego Press Club, San Diego Society of Professional Journalists,...

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