Meet The Journalists

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.

Mitchell Breuer came to Winona State University from Lake City, Minnesota, after graduating from Goodhue Public School in 2015. Mitchell is a senior mass communication journalism major. In addition to his work on Winona360, he currently serves as the editor-in-chief on the WSU student-run campus newspaper, The Winonan. He is also a contributor on the NASCAR news site Popular Speed. After graduating from WSU, Mitchell aspires to become a full-time beat reporter traveling the circuit to cover the sport of NASCAR.

Crystal Flintrop, a senior at Winona State University, from Waseca, Minnesota, is majoring in mass communication journalism with minors in public relations and creative digital media. She has written for the university’s public relations department as well as the campus newspaper, The Winonan. She has been a DJ for KQAL 89.5, the campus radio station. While at WSU, she has held executive board positions in Phi Theta Chi sorority and Greek Council. Crystal is interested in furthering her writing and photography as an environmental activist for National Geographic.

Hannah Hippensteel  is a junior majoring in mass communication journalism with a minor in sociology. From Villa Park, Illinois, Hannah said  Winona feels like a home away from home. As a features reporter for The Winonan, member of the Society of Collegiate Journalists, and a staff writer and co-president of Her Campus blog, words are her forté. She aspires to work as a columnist or editor for her favorite magazines: Seventeen, Teen Vogue or Glamour. She seizes every opportunity to share her unique perspective through writing: a term she has coined as ‘Hannah-lyzing’ something.

Maurice Hudson, is from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and his family currently resides in Rogers, Minnesota. He is a senior at WSU with a major in journalism and a minor in communication studies. Maurice is a sports reporter for the WSU campus newspaper, The Winonan. He worked as a social media intern for THOR Companies over the summer of 2018, where he maintained their brand and facilitated websites and social media linked to the company. Maurice enjoys watching basketball and football and is an avid weightlifter.

Austin “Buck” Wallert, from Mountain Lake, Minnesota, is finishing his journalism degree at Winona State with a minor in coaching.  He has three years of experience with the campus radio station, KQAL, covering football, basketball and talk shows.  Wallert is a member of the campus newspaper, The Winonan, and has written sports articles and feature stories for more than a year.  In his free time, he writes songs, short stories and novels. Austin’s ultimate career goal is to be the voice of the Timberwolves or Vikings, or work for ESPN in any aspect.

(Photos by Maurice Hudson; except the Maurice Hudson photo by Austin Wallert.)

A Showcase For Mass Communication Students