The news articles; including photos, videos, audio, charts, etc., have been researched, written and edited by students in the Journalism Capstone class: MCOM 437-Publication Practicum, led by Professor Tom Grier.
Matthew Drewry is a junior double majoring in journalism and recreational tourism. Initially from Waunakee, Wisconsin, Drewry felt at home in Winona the second he saw the bluffs. Drewry is features editor at The Winonan, WSU’s campus newspaper, and music director at KQAL 89.5, the campus radio station. He is also president of climbing club, RTTR club, and Society of Collegiate Journalists. In his spare time, he climbs the rock and ice of the driftless area. Drewry plans to be a travel journalist focused on outdoors, climbing and alpinism and eventually work in municipal parks and recreation.
Christopher Edwards is a senior with a major in journalism and minor in communication studies. This is Edwards’ third year at Winona State, as he transferred from Anoka-Ramsey Community College. From New Brighton, Minnesota, Edwards has worked on his uncle’s podcast called Hip-Hop and Politics. He was also a sports reporter for the WSU campus newspaper, The Winonan, for two years. He also enjoys listening to music and watching both basketball and football. Edwards’ ultimate goal is to cover sports or hip-hop for an online publication or on a podcast/radio show.
Kelli Jo Knobloch is a WSU junior majoring in mass communication, and emphasizing journalism, with a minor in film studies. Knobloch is from La Crosse, Wisconsin, and chose to attend Winona State because it was close to home but far enough away to help her gain independence. Knobloch has worked over the years for KQAL, the campus radio station, as a producer and DJ. She wrote a few articles for The Winonan, the campus newspaper, but says she found her passion in radio journalism. Knobloch hopes to become a producer with a radio station where she can go to shows and interview acts.
Carolina Guerreiro Machado, a senior international student at Winona State University, is from Sāo Paulo, Brazil, majoring in mass communication-journalism and minoring in mass communication-advertising. She has been a DJ for the campus radio station, KQAL, and says she truly enjoys that role. Guerreiro Machado’s favorite hobby is photography. She is interested in broadcast journalism and investigative journalism. She aspires one day to work for National Geographic as a photographer or BuzzFeed as a columnist. She says her goal is to find a job where she can have fun, enjoy it, and be herself.
Greg Off is from Mount Prospect, Illinois, and is a senior at Winona State University with a major in journalism and a minor in coaching. Off has served as on-air analyst during Winona State football games on KQAL, the campus radio station, following a short playing career with Warrior football. He is the radio voice of WSU women’s basketball, served as KQAL sports director, and hosted the weekly “Sports Rundown” show as well as his own show, “The Mid-Day Munchies.” In his free time, Off listens to podcasts, reading The Ringer and watching wrestling. He aspires to pursue his passions in sports and pop culture.
Christina Bisola Ojo is from Cottage Grove, Minnesota. Born to Nigerian immigrant parents, Ojo is a senior at Winona State University finishing her major in mass communication-journalism and an individualized studies minor. Ojo is a disc jockey for KQAL 89.5 FM, the Winona State radio station, and has worked for HBC TV 25, the local broadcasting community-access cable station. Ojo says she is a huge film buff and enjoys spending her free time reading with her book club. Ojo aspires to someday take the seat of Trevor Noah and become the host of The Daily Show, n the Comedy Central cable network.