The Observer announces 2022-2023 department heads
Observer Staff Report | Monday, February 14, 2022
Seven new and two returning department heads will complete The Observer’s 2022-2023 Editorial Board, incoming Editor-in-Chief Alysa Guffey announced Saturday.
The nine editors will join Guffey as well as incoming Managing Editor Aidan O’Malley and Assistant Managing Editors Mannion McGinley, Genevieve Coleman and Maggie Eastland in directing the paper in its editorial responsibilities.
Juniors Anna Hurt, Aidan Thomas, Willoughby Thom and Ryan Vigilante and sophomores Hannah Hebda, Maggie Klaers, Meg Lange, Siobhán Loughney and Ryan Peters will lead their respective departments beginning March 13.
Hurt, from Dallas, Texas, will take over as Social Media Editor. She is a junior from Pasquerilla East Hall, double majoring in theology and philosophy with a minor in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy. She’s worked on the social media team for The Observer as a Twitter manager for the past year, and has enjoyed watching The Observer’s social media platforms grow throughout her time on the team.
Thomas, from Front Royal, Virginia, is a Dillon Hall junior. He is double majoring in marketing and applied computational and mathematical statistics and will take over as Sports Editor. He’s covered primarily the football and baseball beats over the last two years. His favorite opportunities have been covering the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona and covering the baseball team through their Cinderella 2021 season. Outside of The Observer, he plays Ultimate and works as an athletics marketing intern with Notre Dame.
Thom, from Los Angeles, California, will take over as Scene Editor. She is a Badin Hall resident double majoring in art history and French. Thom has been working at the Observer since her freshman year, and this past year she held the position of Associate Scene Editor. Outside The Observer, she has a weekly radio show on WVFI, enjoys collecting records and is a curatorial research assistant at the Snite Museum of Art.
Vigilante, from Potomac, Maryland, will take over as Photo Editor. He is a Dillon Hall resident double majoring in applied computational and mathematical statistics and film, television and theatre. Vigilante’s first experience with The Observer was taking photos at a Notre Dame women’s soccer game against Iowa in 2019, and since then he’s had the opportunity to cover many events from the baseball team’s meteoritic rise last season to the football team’s epic nail-biter against Virginia Tech.
Hebda, a sophomore economics major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will take over as Viewpoint Editor. Hebda started working with The Observer this past fall as a copy editor for the opinions department. Elsewhere on campus, she is involved with various student organizations including Student Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations (SCNO), Design for America (DFA) and the Student Policy Network (SPN).
Klaers, a sophomore from Minneapolis, Minnesota, will be continuing her role as Graphics Editor. A Flaherty bear majoring in biology and visual communication design, Klaers has been working for The Observer since her freshman year. Her favorite part of her job has been collaborating with the photography and sports departments to put out the Irish Insiders.
Lange, originally from Chicago, Illinois, will take over as Saint Mary’s News Editor. She is majoring in Humanistic Studies and Global Studies with a concentration in Global Justice and Human Rights. She currently serves as a news writer for the Saint Mary’s News department. Lange has written for The Observer since her first year at Saint Mary’s and has covered a variety of topics including the return to full capacity at Notre Dame Stadium and lectures covering the prevention of sexual assault.
Loughney, a sophomore from Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, will continue in her role as Manager of Talent and Inclusion. She is a resident of Welsh Family Hall, majoring in economics with a minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Loughney has written in the news department throughout her time with The Observer. Outside of the paper, she throws javelin for Notre Dame’s Track and Field team.
Peters, a Knott Hall resident from Lake Forest, Illinois, will take over as Notre Dame News Editor. He is majoring in business analytics with a minor in constitutional studies and currently serves as an Associate News Editor. During his time at The Observer, he has covered events including Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s lecture at the Notre Dame Law School, the Ecumenical Patriarch’s visit to campus and the University’s COVID-19 response.