The Appalachian

2020-2021 Staff

Mickey Hutchings

Managing Editor

Mickey (she/her) is a senior Communication, Journalism major from Davidson, NC. She is a former video intern for Newsweek. Instagram: @mickeyhutchings Twitter: @mickeyhutchings Email: [email protected]

Sophia Lyons

Chief Copy Editor

Sophia Lyons (she/they) is a senior journalism major from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She joined The Appalachian as a staff copy editor in March 2019, and took over as chief copy editor in January 2020. When she's not copy editing, Sophia also works...

Emily Broyles

News Editor

Emily Broyles (she/her) is a junior journalism and public relations double major, Spanish minor, from Camden, NC. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @em_broyles ...

Silas Albright

Sports Editor

Silas Albright is a senior journalism major from Fountain, N.C. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @silasalbright

Efrain Arias-Medina Jr.

Graphics Editor

My name is Efrain I'm a junior commercial photography major and a minor in studio art. I am a certified graphic designer and this is my third year as the Graphics Editor for the paper. Instagram: @EAM.Creations

Jesse Barber

Photo Editor

Jesse (he/him) is an Interdisciplinary Studies, Documentary Studies in Appalachia major from Sawmills, N.C.

Shelly Banz

Business Manager

Shelly Banz is a senior advertising major from Hendersonville, N.C. email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Abi Pepin

Senior Reporter

Gianna Holiday


Gianna (she/her) is a senior journalism major with a minor in political science. This is her third year working with The Appalachian. She has also interned with High Country Press and Radio America. In her free time, she enjoys to read, go to the gym,...

Jessica Kimes

Assistant Business Manager

Jessica is a Junior Advertising Major, Spanish and Business Minor from Concord, North Carolina.

Meg Powell

Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Meg Powell is a junior advertising major from Mars Hill, N.C. Email: [email protected]

Ansley Puckett

A&C Editor

Ansley Puckett is a junior journalism major with a minor in English. She is from Columbia, S.C. (she/her/hers) Email: [email protected] Twitter: @AnsleyPuckett

Xanayra Marin-Lopez

Multimedia Editor

Xanayra Marin-Lopez (she/her) is a sophomore journalism major and media studies minor from Clinton, NC. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @xanayraml...

Caleb Garbuio

Editorial Page Editor

Caleb is a senior economics major from Spokane, Washington. As a columnist Caleb interests range from the local economy, technology, philosophy, biology, and soccer. email: [email protected]

Tucker Wulff

Associate A&C Editor

Tucker Wulff (Senior, English - Creative Writing Major with a minor in Communication). Tucker is from Fort Collins, Colorado, but his family moved to Greenville, South Carolina in 2010. Soon after moving to South Carolina, Tucker began learning how to...

Anna Muckenfuss

Appalachian Weekly News Producer

Anna Muckenfuss is a senior journalism and broadcasting major from Durham, N.C. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @Muckenfussan

Jackie Park


Jackie Park is a senior journalism major from Charlotte, N.C. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @jackiempark

Moss Brennan

Political Editor

Moss Brennan (he/him) is a senior journalism major with a minor in political science and media studies. He has worked on The Appalachian since freshman year as the Enterprise Editor, News Editor and most recently as the Editor-in-Chief. The past two summers...