Incoming Editor-in-Chief names supporting staff
Observer Staff Report | Monday, February 10, 2020
Juniors Mariah Rush, Maeve Filbin, Claire Rafford and Sara Schlecht will help oversee The Observer’s Editorial Board next term, incoming Editor-in-Chief Maria Leontaras announced Sunday.
Rush will become the Managing Editor, while Filbin, Rafford and Schlecht will serve as Assistant Managing Editors. The four women will begin their new roles March 16.
Rush, a junior currently studying abroad in England for the semester, was previously an Associate News Editor for the Observer, and is majoring in American Studies with a minor in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy. A former resident of Pasquerilla West Hall and a South Bend native, Rush has worked in the Notre Dame News department since her freshman year. She has written about a variety of topics, including the University’s history of legacy admissions, Notre Dame’s history with Native Americans and her interview with presidential candidate and former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg.
“I have always loved being part of the Observer family, and I’m thrilled to continue being involved as Managing Editor alongside four amazingly talented women,” Rush said. “We are so excited to continue to uplift our community’s voices through student journalism and plan to further elevate our coverage in the coming year.”
Filbin is a Saint Mary’s junior studying political science and economics. She is part of Notre Dame’s John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy and currently serves as the Saint Mary’s News Editor. From LaGrange Park, Illinois, Filbin has previously covered the changes made to campus transportation, transitional periods within the College administration and the reinstallation of Clarissa Dalloway’s Coffeehouse.
“I love The Observer and fully believe in its mission — to uncover the truth and report it accurately,” Filbin said. “I am so proud of the content we’ve produced over the past couple of years. Since 1966, we’ve established that we’re a student newspaper that is willing to dig deeper and ask the tough questions, and I am so excited to continue contributing to this legacy as an Assistant Managing Editor.”
Rafford, a junior living in Farley Hall, is completing her term as Associate News Editor. Originally from Tempe, Arizona, Rafford is majoring in English and minoring in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy and Business-Economics. Rafford has worked for the Observer’s Notre Dame News department since her freshman year and has reported on a variety of topics, including student senate, the University’s residential life policies and Notre Dame’s admissions practices.
“I am so excited to serve alongside these talented women in the upcoming year,” Rafford said. “The Observer has meant so much to me during my time in college, and I am honored to have the chance to contribute to the paper’s legacy.”
Schlecht, a junior at Saint Mary’s, is majoring in history and English writing with a minor in humanistic studies. Originally from Chickasha, Oklahoma, she is completing her term as Associate News Editor. She has covered various happenings at the College, such as changes in intercampus transportation and community service opportunities for students.
“The Observer has been an integral part of my college experience, ” Schlecht said. “The paper is an incredible asset to the tri-campus community, and I am thrilled to be working with its impressive editorial board and staff for the year ahead.”