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Something Newsy Ep. 5

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5th editon of The Mesa Press’ “Something Newsy” podcast where we discuss government spending, , and the fine line between cultural appropriation v. appreciation.

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Michael Scott
Michael Scott, Staff Writer
Michael is a returning staff writer and former editor of the Mesa Press. After a brief hiatus, Michael decided to come back and finish his associate degree at Mesa College,  and ultimately return to the news team. Once he earns his assoiate degree he hopes to transfer to a 4-year college and continue to pursue his dream of working in the wild world of sports journalism. When he is not writing he enjoys anime, playing video games, and watching basketball.
Siera Matthews
Siera Matthews, Sports Writer/Staff Writer
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 she hopes to become a talk show host or a local news anchor. In her spare time she plays basketball or is making new videos on Snapchat. You can follow her @siera_monique.
Jonathan Smith
Jonathan Smith, Staff Writer
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 as being a Creative Director which later led him to move to Los Angeles. As time progressed, he fell more in love with writing and being behind the scenes which inspired him to relocate to San Diego where he is now in his second semester at Mesa College. He is now a staff writer for The Mesa Press as well as being the owner and editor of Outlier Weekly.
Karina Bazarte
Karina Bazarte, staff writer and social media editor
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 State University. Karina attends SDSU for social media (journalism). Karinas plans are to start expressing her voice through the radio and become a News reporter.
Jake Smiley
Jake Smiley, Staff Writer
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, IL to pursue voiceover work. He currently resides in San Diego, CA and is making a degree in broadcast journalism his top priority. In Jake's free time, he enjoys lifting weights, trying new restaurants, and going on adventures with his Japanese Chin. Jake is currently a staff writer for The Mesa Press.
Chelsea Heath
Chelsea Heath, Writer
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 to pursue a BA degree in Public Relations/Media Studies. I look forward to writing for and working with the Mesa Press for the first time this semester.
Chris Varela Benitez
Chris Varela Benitez, Sports Writer
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 to either SDSU or CSUSM to pursue his BA in Mass Media/Public Relations. Dreams of becoming a sports broadcaster, news anchor, and marketing specialist. Chris was also co-host at the 10th Annual STAR Awards last year.
KC Portee
KC Portee, Co Editor in chief
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 San Francisco state to pursue a bachelor's in photo journalism and black studies. My hobbies range from Martial arts like Muay Thai, and Brazilian jiu jitsu, poetry, and gardening. I feel that Journalist have  a moral obligation to question authority and inform the public about the truth.
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