Incoming Editor-in-Chief names supporting staff
Observer Staff Report | Friday, February 10, 2023
Juniors Ryan Peters, Gabrielle Beechert, Hannah Hebda and José Sánchez Córdova will help oversee The Observer’s Editorial Board next term, incoming Editor-in-Chief Maggie Eastland announced Feb. 9.
Peters will become the Managing Editor, while Beechert, Hebda and Sánchez Córdova will serve as Assistant Managing Editors. The four students will begin their new roles March 19.
Ryan Peters is a junior majoring in business analytics with a minor in constitutional studies. He previously served as Notre Dame News Editor and has written for the news department since his freshman year. Peters has covered events on campus ranging from supreme court justice visits to the death of Quarter Dogs. A former Knott Hall resident, Peters is from Lake Forest, Illinois, and is currently seeking his degree for the spring semester at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy.
“I’m excited to help The Observer continue to inform the tri-campus,” Peters said.
Beechert, a junior at Notre Dame from Rye, New York, is a neuroscience and behavior major with a minor in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy. A resident of Pasquerilla East Hall, she currently serves as one of two New Writer Editors in the news department. Since joining The Observer at the beginning of her sophomore year, she has covered a variety of campus events, including those at the Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway program during her Fall 2022 semester abroad.
“When I walked into my first meeting my sophomore year, I had no idea The Observer would come to mean so much to me,” Beechert said. “I have so much love for the people, the organization and the work that we do. As Assistant Managing Editor, I hope to honor them all.”
Hebda, a junior at Notre Dame, hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but calls Breen-Phillips her home on campus. Studying economics, with minors in real estate and Catholic Social Tradition, Hebda joined The Observer her sophomore year. She currently serves as the Viewpoint Editor while also cheering on the Fighting Irish as a Varsity Cheerleader.
“Becoming a part of The Observer has been such a special, and unexpected, experience here at Notre Dame,” Hebda said. “The opportunity to help lead this publication alongside such motivated and passionate student journalists is an incredible privilege, and I am honored to help further its legacy this upcoming term.”
Sánchez Córdova is a junior majoring in political science with minors in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy and French and Francophone Studies. He is currently a sportswriter and has written for the department since his sophomore year, covering mostly fencing, baseball and soccer. He also worked as the fall intern at Notre Dame Magazine, covering campus events like Milkshake Mass and the Thom Browne shoot last October. A former Knott Hall resident, Sánchez Córdova was born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico and is currently studying abroad at Sciences Po in Paris.
“The Observer has taught me so much in so little time,” Sánchez Córdova said. “I am unbelievably grateful for the opportunity to keep learning and growing with this newspaper as an Assistant Managing Editor. I can’t wait to return and get back to work.”