Meet the Eagle News Staff
Emily Ford is a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University majoring in communication with a concentration in public relations and minoring in journalism. Emily has been a part of the Eagle News team since freshman year, helping out with design and photography and since sophomore year, Emily has been the production manager. When not in the newsroom, Emily can be found at a concert that primarily focuses on the teen angsty bands we all enjoyed in middle school (i.e. All Time Low), binge watching a television series on Netflix from the comfort of her couch, or at Disney World spending all her money and meeting all the different characters. Emily also has an unhealthy addiction to Starbucks so if needed, check at a nearby location first.
Rachel Iacovone (yah-cuh-voe-nee) is a fourth-year journalism student at Florida Gulf Coast University. She was born and raised in the Sunshine State, which may not be obvious considering her pale skin and less-obvious vitamin D deficiency. Also made less obvious by her skin tone — her Hispanic heritage. She can be found at the Eagle News copydesk or out shooting events around campus with one of her seven camera bodies. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and others-proclaimed hipster, proud Christian and bleeding-heart Liberal and an obvious fan of contradictions.
Nikki Henkell is a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University, majoring in marketing and minoring in advertising. When not in the newsroom she can be found at the beach or a park with her camera in hand and her dog in tow, or at the local Ulta or Sephora swatching every single lipstick and eyeshadow shade available.
Audrey is a sophomore majoring in art with a concentration in digital media design and a minor in art history. She was born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida. You’ll typically find her looking at interesting, old books while interning in the FGCU Archives or playing with extremely cute puppies while volunteering with Pause for Paws. In her free time, she likes to play video games with her boyfriend, think of new ideas for tattoos, and try – and fail – to ride her longboard.
Media Editor // ENTV Assistant Director
Katie Hopkins is a senior communication major at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is the Media Editor and ENTV Assistant Director. You may recognize her hands from ENTV’s Eagle Eats videos. When she isn’t “on the scene” (must be said in an Australian accent) catching the latest story, you can find her in her room having her own personal concert to every Little Mix or One Direction song ever recorded, or relating every conversation back to Shrek. She hopes to one day hold the prestigious position of Assistant to the Regional Manager at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.
Assistant Media Editor
Aubrey is a junior studying journalism at Florida Gulf Coast University. She loves photography, hiking and vegan food. Aubrey adores anything having to do with animals and is the proud parent of an American Bulldog pup. When she’s not posting articles on the website, you may find her eating at Chipotle, binge watching House of Cards, or dancing to GROUPLOVE in her room. She loves all things social media and hopes to travel the world after she graduates.
Taylor Crehan is the News Editor of Eagle News. She’s a sophomore majoring in journalism from Pembroke Pines, Florida. She loves spending time with friends and listening to music. When she’s not in the newsroom, she’s either quoting SpongeBob Squarepants or thinking about New York City.
Assistant News Editor
Miguel Rodriguez is a sophomore communications major at FGCU. Miguel is from Lyndhurst, New Jersey, and has lived in the Cape for seven years. Rodriguez would one day like to be an anchor for Sportscenter on ESPN. Miguel supports Real Madrid, Arsenal, the Lakers, the Yankees, the Jets, and Orlando City Soccer Club. When not watching his favorite teams in action or covering sporting events, Miguel likes to play FIFA and spend time with friends, and family.
Assistant Sports Editor
Emily Kois is a sophomore majoring in journalism. She was born in Jacksonville, Florida but weirdly decided to move around the country. Emily has since found her way back home, making her and her skin very happy. A wiener dog enthusiast, Emily dreams that one day her bun hairdo will go down in history. She hopes to go into sports journalism, broadcasting or marketing after graduation and will further her sports writing until she makes it to the big league.
Entertainment & Lifestyle Editor
Allie Taylor is a rising senior in the journalism program, and has dedicated most of her life to writing (whether scooping stories on campus, or practicing her creative fiction). She can recite the entirety of Bo Burnham’s “What?” and loves marathons… of Netflix, of course. When Taylor is not in the newsroom, you can find her rehearsing with the cast and crew of S(He) Will Fade, drinking her weight in coffee at Starbucks or burrito-ing herself in a blanket in her dorm room.
Assistant Entertainment & Lifestyle Editor
Julia Browning is a senior studying journalism at Florida Gulf Coast University. She’s lived in Florida her entire life and plans to expand her geographical horizons after graduation, writing about her experiences along the way. Aside from writing articles for entertainment and lifestyle, she also enjoys writing creatively and is always in the process of researching a story. If Julia’s not in the newsroom she’s probably buried in a book, in a Netlfix binge that’s gone a little too far, or cheers-ing with her friends at happy hour.
Luke Janke is a super senior studying journalism at FGCU. When he’s not listening to podcasts, he’s busy producing his own podcast, Full Pulp. Concerts and music are at the forefront of his horizon, and when there’s an ounce of free time you’ll find him in his home studio laying down tracks for his music project, Bull Moose Party. As a self-proclaimed nihilist, his affinity for death is emphasized by the authentic squirrel skull found on his desk in the newsroom.
Assistant Opinion Editor
Sam Palmisano is a freshman dual-majoring in economics and marketing. Sam loves kayaking and ping pong. Outside of Eagle News, Sam is a member of the Honors program and Student Conduct Committee, and serves as President of the Palmetto Hall Area Council. His goals are to be a political economist and to one day run for Congress. You can find Sam getting into arguments on social media or playing frisbee on the library lawn.
Senior Copy Editor
Sarajane Sullivan is a junior majoring in journalism and possibly minoring in musical theater. She’s not sure yet, but she’ll let you know when she is. She just wants to watch John Oliver clips on YouTube and eat white cheddar Cheez-Its in peace. She started performing in and writing one-act plays when she was six, and would have her mom check them for any grammar errors. Now, she pays it forward by checking the grammar of all the Eagle News writers.
Brad Young is a freshman marketing major from Pennsylvania. One time he met Joe Biden, so that’s pretty cool.
Assistant Photography Editor
Kim Smith is a freshman majoring in Clinical Laboratory Science with a concentration in pre-health. In her free time, she likes to ride horses, travel and go to the beach.
Eagle News TV Staff
Cassidy Mace is a senior majoring in communication with a concentration in public relations. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland but has worked her way down the East Coast and somehow ended up in Florida. She is a firm believer in the power of a strong cup of coffee and hip-hop music. If Cassidy isn’t busy directing the next big ENTV video, you can find her on the beach and/or eating tacos.
Entertainment & Lifestyle Content Manager
Olivia Keegan is a senior majoring in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. Born and raised in sunny Saint Petersburg, Florida, she made her way down to southwest Florida to pursue her dreams in the Entertainment Communications field. She is an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, and loves to be involved in its philanthropy, Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. Olivia spends her free time singing and writing music, exploring the great outdoors and binge-watching Harry Potter.