Hi! I’m Riggs Zyrille Vergara, your new Publishing Editor! I’m a Broadcast Media Studies student with a minor in Marketing. I am so excited to use the platform of The Reflector to explore captivating stories, tell wonderful lives and tackle critical issues. Whatever content I produce, may it be in the form of words, photos, videos and graphics, I always strive to tell the stories of silenced voices. I truly believe that content created with passion, good intent and sensitivity is powerful and can impact positive change. When I’m not writing and editing for The Reflector, you can see me taking portraits of my friends or watching queer films and tv shows on my laptop.
Hi everyone! I’m Noel Harper, your News Editor for The Reflector this year. I am in my fourth year of MRU’s journalism program, and I have produced a variety of stories during that time, touching on social issues, politics, arts, the environment, and beyond. I am a long-time collaborator with Concordia University’s Institute for Investigative Journalism, having completed a fellowship with them over this past summer and working on projects such as Tainted H2O and Project Pandemic, among others. I also serve as newsletter director of the Glenbrook Globe, a Great News publication. Feel free to reach out with your story ideas, particularly in the MRU or post-secondary spheres.
Hey all! I’m Cassie Weiss, the Features Editor for The Reflector for the 2020-2021 school year. I’m in my last year of my social work diploma, with plans to work towards my masters, as well as minor in psychology. I am passionate about sunsets, the outdoors, and combating stigma against mental health and substance addiction. I also hold a diploma in photojournalism, and I believe there is beauty in every single thing, and that every single person has a deep and intricate story that defines them. When I’m not writing articles, blogs, Instagram posts, or mantras to live by, I’m beside the water with my dog, taking photos of the sky.
Hey, I’m Mackenzie Mason and I’m this year’s Arts Editor for The Reflector! I’m currently in my third year at MRU in the journalism program and I’m also pursuing a minor in Marketing. I love to travel and I’m very passionate about all things “art” — specifically music, theatre, dance and film as I have been involved in the performing arts my whole life (but visual arts and photography still hold a special place in my heart as well). I’ve worked with Beatroute Magazine in the past and I’m currently with Bell Media doing promotional work for CTV, CJay 92 and 98.5 Virgin Radio. With my degree in communications, I hope to be an arts and entertainment reporter showcasing the creative and amazing work of artists around the world.
I’m Zach Worden and I’m taking over the Sports Editor position at The Reflector this year. I’m in my fourth and final year of journalism at MRU and am also minoring in Marketing. As an avid sports fan my entire life, I decided to pursue a career in sportsthrough the media side of the industry. Along with being a student at MRU, I have been a member of the University of Calgary baseball team for four years. This past summer I interned with the MRU Marketing and Communications teams, writing stories and learning about some of the internal processes that go on behind the scenes at the school.
Hi there, I’m Christian Kindrachuk and I’ll be the new Layout Editor for The Reflector this year. This is my fourth year at MRU for a degree in journalism. I’ve always been interested in hearing people’s stories and excited to figure out ways to tell those stories. Some of my previous experience includes working in partnership with Maclean’s Magazine through the Calgary Journal for the They Were Loved obituary project to commemorate people who have passed away from COVID-19. If I’m not busy working on assignments and articles you can find me catching up on work with the Student Governing Board of SAMRU, or in the middle of a book.
Mikaela Delos Santos
Hello! I’m Mikaela Delos Santos, this semester’s Web Editor. Growing up, I’ve always been fascinated with watching, reading, and listening to the news and media. Now, I am a second-year Broadcast Media student at Mount Royal University, hoping to venture into TV and magazine focusing on travel, lifestyle, food, and cultures. Previously, I have worked with Corus Entertainment Calgary radio stations such as Q107, Country 105, and CHQR 770. I am also a producer and host alongside colleague Riggs Vergara, wherein we have produced a radio show ‘The Minority Life’ with CMRU.ca and ‘Yours Sincerely’ with the Society of Broadcasting.