Emma Polen | Editor-in-Chief – Emma is a first-semester senior from the North Hills region of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is majoring in integrated marketing communication and is minoring in French and English, with a certificate in global studies. She’s a member of the university’s Honors College, and she’s also involved in Duquesne Comedy Club, the Advertising Club and the Evergreen Environmental Club. She interned at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette during the Spring 2022 semester and is currently interning on campus at the Praxis Magazine with WTAE’s Mike Clark.
This is Emma’s fourth semester as an editor at The Duke. She served as the layout editor during the Fall 2021 semester, the features editor during the Spring 2022 semester, and the news editor during the Spring 2023 semester. She also studied abroad during the Fall 2022 semester.
Emily Fritz | A&E Editor – Emily is a second-semester junior from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. She is majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications and is minoring in Psychology. She works as the student marketing assistant at St. Martin Hall and Brottier Hall. She is also a two-time alumni of the Disney College Program.
This is Emily’s second semester as an editor at The Duke. She served as a staff writer during the Fall 2022 semester.
Isabella Abbott | Features Editor – Isabella is a first-semester senior from Glastonbury, Connecticut. She is double majoring in Multiplatform Journalism and Communications. She is a member of the Duquesne women’s rowing team, the vice president of the Society of Professional Journalists and is currently an intern for Duquesne’s Advancement Communications office. This past summer, she served as a production assistant for 90.5 WESA and a communications intern at Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.
This is Isabella’s third semester as an editor at The Duke. She served as the features editor during the 2022-23 academic year.
Zach Petroff | Opinions Editor – Zach is a second-semester senior from Canton, Ohio. He is double majoring in Multiplatform Journalism and History. He is the vice president of the Student Veterans Center, the treasurer of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is currently interning as a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He has also served as a content creator intern for The Stoop, a social media group. During the Summer of 2023, he interned at the Butler Eagle as a staff writer.
This is Zach’s third semester as an editor at The Duke. He also served as the opinion’s editor during the 2022-23 academic year.
Nicholas Zotos | Ads Manager – Nicholas is a first-semester junior from Clark, New Jersey. He is majoring in Biology, on a pre-medical track. He serves as a team leader/orientation volunteer and also conducts malaria research for the university.
This is Nicholas’ third semester as the ads manager at The Duke. He served as the social media/ads manager during the 2022-23 academic year. He looks a lot better in person.
Brentaro Yamane | Multimedia Editor – Brentaro is a second-semester graduate student from Scott Township, Pennsylvania. He is currently working on receiving his master’s degree in communication. He received his bachelor’s degree in Sports Information and Media and Journalism during the Fall 2022 semester. Besides working for The Duke, he is also a play-by-play announcer and camera operator for Duquesne Athletic Productions, while also being a part of Duquesne Student Television (DSTV). He is also a graduate assistant in the Graduate School of Liberal Arts with Dr. Erik Garrett in the Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research (CIQR) He is also a freelance journalist and photographer for Cover Three Athletics. He previously served as a team leader/orientation volunteer and was selected on Duquesne’s Homecoming Court in 2022. He also is a staff writing intern for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the athletics yearbook for L’Esprit du Duc.
This is Brentaro’s fourth semester as editor at The Duke. He served as the layout/multimedia editor during the Spring 2022 semester and the 2022-23 academic year.
Spencer Thomas | Sports Editor – Spencer is a first semester junior from Shaker Heights, Ohio. He is majoring in Sports Information & Media. During his entire freshman year, he was a staff writer before becoming the sports section editor as sophomore in Fall 2022. After one semester in the position, he spent a semester in Rome.
He spent the Summer of 2022 writing for Cleveland Guardians Baseball Insider, covering the Akron RubberDucks, the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians. He is currently interning with the Pittsburgh Penguins as a staff writer.
Megan Trotter | News Editor – Megan is a first-semester junior from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She is double majoring in Multiplatform Journalism and Digital Media Arts. She has served as an intern staff writer at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in fall 2022 and Pittsburgh Magazine in summer 2023. She is the Director of Alumni Colligate Engagement for Alpha Sigma Tau sorority.
This is Megan’s first semester as news editor at The Duke. She has served as a staff writer since 2021 and studied abroad Spring 2023 semester.
Emily Ambery | Layout Editor – Emily is a first-semester senior from Alexandria, Virginia. She is an English and Public Relations double major and is in the English Honors Society.
She is an intern with Work Design Magazine and spent the summer interning at The American Gardener. She is also the editor-in-chief of the L’Espirit Du Duc.
This is Emily’s first semester as editor at The Duke. She served as a staff writer for the past three years. She also studied abroad during the Spring 2022 semester and Summer of 2023.