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Incoming Editor-in-Chief names supporting staff

| Friday, February 5, 2021

Juniors Evan McKenna, Isabella Volmert, Nelisha Silva and Colin Capece will help oversee The Observer’s Editorial Board next term, incoming Editor-in-Chief Adriana Perez announced Thursday.

McKenna will become the Managing Editor, while Volmert, Silva and Capece will serve as Assistant Managing Editors. The four students will begin their new roles March 21.

McKenna, originally from Morristown, Tennessee, is a junior studying English and psychology at Notre Dame. He began his time with The Observer his sophomore year as a Viewpoint copy editor and a writer for the From the Archives project, and is currently finishing his term as the project’s leader. He and the archives team have spent the past year uncovering highlights of the tri-campus community’s rich history, such as the 1992 vote of no confidence against Fr. Malloy, the history of co-education at Notre Dame and the story of the first woman on the Irish Guard.

“I am so grateful for the home I’ve found at The Observer, and I am thrilled to continue serving our tri-campus community as Managing Editor,” McKenna said. “I’m humbled to be working alongside such a talented team of student journalists, and I only hope we can continue and expand upon the incredible efforts made by current and past leadership here at The Observer.”

Volmert, a junior at Notre Dame, hails from the St. Louis area of Missouri and resides in Walsh Hall. She is an English major minoring in theology and Journalism, Ethics and Democracy, and she currently serves The Observer as an Associate News Editor. Volmert has worked for the Notre Dame News Department since her sophomore year and has covered student government, campus health protocol developments and the 2020 general election.

“The writers and staff of The Observer have worked incredibly hard this past year to report on the events of our tri-campus community and produce high quality journalism despite the challenges of the pandemic,” Volmert said. “I’m thrilled to work with the Editorial Board and the entire Observer community to continue this legacy.”

Silva, a Las Vegas native, is a junior majoring in English and global affairs and minoring in the Hesburgh Program for Public Service. She currently serves as the Viewpoint Editor for The Observer. Silva has worked for the Viewpoint department since her sophomore year first as a copy editor, and then as department editor where she managed a team of over 30 columnists, copy editors, illustrators and podcast hosts. 

“I couldn’t be more thankful for the family I’ve found within The Observer, and I’m overjoyed to be chosen to serve the tri-campus community this upcoming year,” Silva said. “I’m proud to be working with such a talented group of editors dedicated to continuing The Observer’s legacy of student journalism.”

Capece, a junior from Smithtown, New York, is an Associate Sports Editor for The Observer and is majoring in political science with a minor in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy. A resident of Dunne Hall, Capece has contributed to The Observer’s sports department since his freshman year. He has covered many different sports at Notre Dame and has profiled figures ranging from a Bengal Bouts captain to Irish quarterback Ian Book.

“The Observer has been an incredible part of my Notre Dame experience, and I could not be more excited to join this term’s Editorial Board,” Capece said. “This paper has a strong legacy of fair and honest reporting and serves as a major news source for the tri-campus community. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to further contribute to The Observer as an Assistant Managing Editor.”

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