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2015-2016 Whitman Pioneer Staff

Olivia Gilbert


Olivia Gilbert is a first year student from Grand Rapids, Michigan and an opinion columnist for The Pioneer-- her first journalistic endeavor. She aspires to major in English and environmental studies.

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Sarah Cornett


Sarah is a senior History major from Sacramento, California, and The Pioneer's Editor-in-Chief. She's previously worked as a News writer, News Editor, and had a brief stint as the Features section editor last spring.

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Andy Monserud

News Writer

Andy is a junior Politics major and third-year Pioneer employee from South Saint Paul, Minnesota.  After spending a semester as an Opinion columnist, Andy became a News writer and spent a year as co-News Editor before returnin... 

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Benjamin Shoemake


Benjamin Shoemake is a senior Mathematics / Gender Studies double-major, and a columnist for The Pioneer.

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Jessi Anderson


Jessi Anderson is a sophomore history major and a copyeditor for The Pioneer. She's previously worked as a copyeditor for all sections of The Pioneer. 

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Martina Pansze

A&E Editor

Martina Pansze is a sophomore and editor of the Arts & Entertainment section of The Pioneer. She's previously worked as a feature reporter.

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Austin Biehl

Humor Writer

Austin Biehl is a senior psychology major and is excited to be writing for the humor section of the paper. Austin has never worked in journalism before, and his experience consists solely of a blog he wrote about the time he spent... 

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Ellen Ivens-Duran

News Writer

Ellen is a senior history major from Los Angeles, CA. Her interest in journalism stems from an assignment to create a podcast as a capstone project on Semester in the West. It also doesn't hurt that an alarming number of her friends... 

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Hannah Bartman

Feature Editor

Hannah is a senior Art major and Sociology minor and the Feature editor for The Pioneer. Her history with the Pio includes Feature, News and A&E reporter, A&E editor and infographic artist.

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Marra Clay


Marra Clay is a junior Chemistry-Environmental Studies major from Minnetonka, Minnesota. This year she is the publisher of The Pioneer. During her first year at Whitman College Marra worked as a photographer, then served for one ... 

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