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Meet the Eagle News Staff



Alexandra Figares is a senior majoring in journalism at FGCU. When she’s not working with Eagle News, you can find her studying ancient history and reading. Her interests include anthropology and archeology. She hopes to become an expert in history, focusing on the ancient Rome and the Byzantine empire.

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Managing Editor

Emily is a senior majoring in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and minoring in Journalism. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida she is happy to have spent the past three years in the beautiful Fort Myers. Set to finish her degree in the Spring of 2019, Emily hopes to be working with an NFL team covering their respective team upon graduation. When she isn’t in the newsroom, Emily can be found at the gym or enjoying the outdoors, especially the beach. Finishing her final year at FGCU, she hopes to make it the best year yet!

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Business Manager

Yves Firestone is a senior at FGCU studying Marketing as his major and Advertising as a minor. He is very excited to have started his tenure as Eagle Media’s Business Manager for the school year 2017- 2018. Aside from hustling and making sales calls, he likes to play basketball, shoot pool, go biking and look at dank memes. He transferred to FGCU from FSW in Fort Myers, where he received his Associates Degree in Arts. After he graduates with a bachelor’s degree next year, he plans to start his own marketing firm, and/or continue his father’s advertising agency, Firestone Advertising.

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Audrey Mobley

Graphics Editor

Audrey is a senior majoring in Art with a concentration in Digital Media Design at FGCU. She’s a Fort Myers, Florida native and doesn’t plan on moving any time soon. You’ll typically find her designing graphics for Eagle News, working in the FGCU Archives, or at her design internship. She enjoys listening to podcasts and playing video games in her free time. She plans to one day work at a video game development company as a graphic designer or to start her own design business. No matter what, she will be working on something amazing – so keep an eye out!

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Sean Porter

Media Editor 

Sean is in his third year at FGCU, where he is working towards a major in communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in journalism. Sean has been a member of Eagle Media since 2017 and has worked with all departments. When Sean isn’t uploading articles to the website, you will find him cooking, taking pictures and writing poetry. Sean is also the president of the NAACP. Music is Sean’s greatest love, and is always open to new artists and playlists. Sean is very passionate about many things, such as saving bees, respecting nature and appreciating the Oxford comma. His social media accounts are @Lunchtime58

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Sports Editor

Jordyn Matez is a sophomore majoring in journalism. She loves dogs, Philadelphia sports teams, and more dogs. When she’s not attending sports events or writing articles about them, you can typically find her taking a nap or browsing Shiba Inu accounts on Twitter. She hopes to one day live in New York or Philadelphia and work for a major news corporation. She also hopes to own many dogs.  

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Entertainment & Lifestyle Editor

Bruno Halpern is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has a degree in advertising and marketing from ESPM-RJ and will complete his journalism degree at FGCU Spring 2019. He plans to make films/documentaries in the future.

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Opinion Editor

Sam Palmisano is a senior from Weston, FL majoring in economics. His passion for economics started in high school, and Sam is always eager to discuss it with anyone who will listen. Sam hopes to attend graduate school to earn his Ph.D. in Environmental Economics and demonstrate that it is possible to save the environment and make money at the same time. On campus, Sam has served on Student Government, been an Eagle International Ambassador, and worked a number of positions with the Office of Housing & Residence Life. In his time here, Sam has completed undergraduate research and also worked a paid internship with Lee County’s Economic Development Office. Sam will typically argue that FGCU provides the best opportunities to students. He hopes to one day return as a professor of economics.

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Photography Editor

Bret Munson is a senior at FGCU studying Journalism. He is a self-taught photographer who has dedicated much of his time and money into his passion. Bret started off his college career in the engineering program at FGCU and after two years switched majors to journalism. He worked as a manager for the basketball team where one of the coaches asked him to learn how to do video highlights for team during his junior year. He spent the next couple of years learning everything about cameras. This led Bret to find his passion with video and photography.

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Eagle News TV Staff

Shylah Soares

ENTV Director

Shylah Soares is a junior seeking a major in communication with a minor in journalism. Her hometown is Fort Lauderdale, FL, where she has lived her entire life. Last year, she was the Sports Content Manager and enjoyed reporting all the latest sports news and games. She has always been interested in broadcasting and being in front of the camera, which put her in the hands of ENTV last year. Her favorite thing to report is sports, preferably soccer or basketball. Her other interests include astrology (she’s a Scorpio), food, and acting. She looks forward to keeping you updated with FGCU’s latest news and keeping you in the know with your FGCU Eagles Sports teams!

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