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Meet the Eagle Media Staff


Eagle News Staff

Samantha Roesler

Eagle News Editor
Hey there fellow Eagles! I’m Samantha (Sam) Roesler and I’m so excited to be your Eagle News opinion editor for the year! I am a junior who is dual majoring in journalism and legal studies. I’ve had a passion for local journalism since middle school, but I also have great interest in how our country’s legal system operates. I have been working at a Starbucks in Estero for two years, and I play on FGCU’s club tennis team! My free time at home consists mainly of pen-palling people all over the world and cuddling with my cats. My job as opinion editor is to be the voice of our school’s student body on any FGCU related events and even issues affecting the entire country. I’ll also be supplying tips on how to be successful throughout your college career! Have an opinion on something occurring on campus or on a national scale? Speak up! I would love to hear from you. [email protected]

Julia Bonavita

Photography Editor
Julia is a junior majoring in Journalism and minoring in Political Science at FGCU. She is from Jupiter, Florida and has been practicing photography for seven years. When she is not behind the camera, you can find her traveling the country, trying new foods or visiting her favorite vacation spot: Walt Disney World. She hopes to work as a political photojournalist and become the next Pete Souza upon graduation. Julia is excited to continue her work as a photographer for Eagle News. [email protected]

Jake Henning

Sports Editor 
Jake is a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in interdisciplinary studies at FGCU. He is from Boca Raton, FL and has been with Eagle News for three years. Jake has been an avid sports fan since he was very young and is always following the latest news in the sports world. When he’s not writing pieces for Eagle News, he’s playing or watching sports, finding new shows on Netflix, or traveling around the country. After college, Jake hopes to work for a major sports media company or as a writer for a professional sports team.

Nina Mendes

Assignment and Features Editor 
Nina Mendes is a junior majoring in journalism and minoring in interdisciplinary studies at FGCU. She is from South Brunswick, New Jersey, and moved to Fort Myers in 2018. She has been an assistant editor for Eagle News for the past two years and was the editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper. When she is not writing for the News & Features section, you can find her moshing at metalcore shows, taking pictures of her cat or watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She hopes to land a career in entertainment journalism, working with musicians.

Erika Sauer

Design Editor 

Erika Sauer was born in Fort Myers and lives in Cape Coral when she’s not living on campus at FGCU. She is a Marketing Major and she is the graphics editor here at Eagle Media. She’s been working with graphic design since she was in 6th grade and she’s won multiple county and state awards for her work. She loves singing, doing crafts, and having adventures with her friends.

Karina Cashman

Opinion Editor 
I’m Karina! I’m a junior, a journalism major with a creative writing minor, and the new opinion editor. I love reading fiction novels, writing poetry and prose, and color coordinating my outfits. I’m always down to discuss some school required literature or the latest political development. You can find me in the newsroom on Wednesdays from 1 pm to 2:30 pm.

ENTV Staff

Samantha Romero

ENTV Director

Samantha Romero is junior majoring in Journalism and minoring in Marketing at FGCU. She is from Miami, Florida and moved to Fort Myers in 2017. If she is not working for Eagle Media, you can find her working in production at WINK news, listening to new music, watching movies, fantasizing about adopting a dog, or working on new graphic design idea. She hopes to further her career in a creative field in Journalism or Film. [email protected]

Sarah Mankowitz

ENTV Assistant Director

Sarah Mankowitz is a junior majoring in Journalism and minoring in Interdisciplinary Studies at FGCU. She is from Bradenton, Florida and has wanted to become an anchor/reporter either in news or sports since her freshman year of high school. When she isn’t in front of the camera, you can find her playing trumpet in the FGCU basketball band or at a bonfire with the FGCU off-roading club.

Eagle Radio Staff

Lauren Shanley

Eagle Radio Station Manager

Lauren Shanley is a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University majoring in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. She is from Sarasota, Florida. When she is not working with Eagle Radio or on-campus she likes to enjoy her time with her friends and family. Lauren loves to travel and has been to 7 different countries. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in Public Relations as well as own a dachshund. 


Justin Paprocki

Justin Paprocki is the student media advisor at Florida Gulf Coast University, and until recently, was the managing editor of Gulfshore Business. Paprocki had been with Gulfshore Life Media for four years, previously as the digital media manager and senior editor at Gulfshore Life. Before arriving in Naples, the native Ohioan spent a decade as a writer and editor at community newspapers before earning a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He lives in north Naples with his family. [email protected]