Madison (she/her/hers) is the Editor-in-Chief for the Niner Times. She is in her fourth year at UNC Charlotte, double majoring in communication studies and Spanish with minors in journalism and women’s and gender studies. She is from Fayetteville, North Carolina, so naturally she loves J. Cole and has seen his house more times than she can count. When she isn’t in the Niner Times office, she’s making coffee at Sunflour Baking Co., hanging out with her friends or playing with her guinea pig, Florence.
Olivia (she/they) is the Managing Editor for the Niner Times. She is double majoring in English and marketing in her third year at UNC Charlotte. She likes going to the gym and knows too much about sharks for someone not studying marine biology (they’re more diverse than you might think). Her hometown is Thibodaux, Louisiana, which is an hour south of New Orleans and definitely not underwater. Olivia is generally involved in several things at once, such as working as a linguistic research assistant, learning to garden, analyzing cartoons, and writing a magical realism book she hopes to have published in the spring.
Max (he/him/his) is the Copy Editor for the Niner Times. He is in his third-year at UNC Charlotte as a communication studies major, with minors in journalism and political science. As a Cary, North Carolina native, he is naturally a huge Carolina Hurricanes fan. He enjoys playing with his Welsh terrier, Murphy, editing out oxford commas, watching hockey, cooking or hanging out with friends. Fun fact, he is a certified marriage officiator!
April (she/her/hers) is the Assistant Copy Editor for the Niner Times. She is in her third year as a communication studies major with minors in journalism and writing, rhetoric and digital studies. Born and raised in Charlotte, when April isn’t sitting in front of a computer editing, you can find her as a dance teacher at her hometown studio, Dance Fever Charlotte. She enjoys chasing sunsets, obsessing over elephants and eating Mexican food. She is also always on aux no matter the occasion and hates when people question her music taste.
Jessica is the Assistant News Editor for the Niner Times. She is in her second year as a communication studies major with a minor in Journalism at UNC Charlotte. She is a military kid (so, no true hometown) and has lived in 6 different states growing up. She loves to edit papers and read books. On occasion, she will take photos, paint or sketch. Her other hobbies include extreme organization projects and volunteering at the local food bank. She loves to try new foods and visit new places across the country. She also lives on coffee.
Megan (she/her/hers) is in her fourth year at UNC Charlotte and third year as Niner Times’ News Editor. She’s majoring in political science and Spanish with a minor in statistics and has also written for the Latin American News Digest and Business North Carolina Magazine. Born and raised in Charlottesville, VA, Megan has both a hatred for Thomas Jefferson and thorough knowledge of his three types of columns (corinthian all the way). When she’s not reporting the news, she’s probably reading it, ranting about it or hanging out with friends and all that good stuff.
Hiral (she/her/hers) is the Opinion Editor for Niner Times. She is in her third year at UNC Charlotte and is from Cary, North Carolina. She is majoring in political science and is minoring in economics and capitalism studies. She has a unique love for breakfast food, Marvel (especially Captain America) and the Boston Celtics. If you find her anywhere off campus, you are probably at a boba shop.
Tyler (he/him/his) is the Community Editor for the Niner Times. He is a graduate student pursuing a Masters Degree in Architecture. Having lived in North Carolina for nearly his entire life, he hopes to explore greater horizons on the West Coast or abroad. When he’s not perusing social media or writing about movies on his blog, you can find him listening to some obscure indie band only eleven people have heard of. He enjoys watching movies, reading, cooking and making memes about his professors and friends.
Anders (he/him/his) is the Arts & Entertainment Editor for Niner Times. He is a second-year communication studies major, with a minor in writing, rhetoric and digital studies. Born and raised here in Charlotte, some of Anders’ favorite things to do are to try the latest and greatest restaurants that the city has to offer, attend concerts at Charlotte’s numerous entertainment venues and of course, go to Carowinds! When he is not writing about new albums for Niner Times, Anders can be found stocking freezers at the local Sam’s Club, podcasting or simply hanging out with friends and family.
Bradley (he/him/his) is the Sports Editor for the Niner Times. He is a third-year communication studies major with a minor in journalism at UNC Charlotte. He grew up in Hendersonville, North Carolina and loves the mountain views the small town offers. Some of his favorite things to do include playing golf, reading interesting books and watching an insane amount of sports. When he isn’t writing for the Niner Times, Bradley is driving a forklift at your local Lowes or hanging out with his roommates.
Miles (he/him/his) is the Assistant Sports Editor for the Niner Times. He is a senior, majoring in communication studies with minors in Journalism and Film Studies. Over the weekends, you can catch him hanging out with friends or cheering on the Carolina Panthers. He loves going to Cookout and knows the exact amount of a tray down to the cent.
Emily is the Assistant Features Editor for the Niner Times, assisting the Arts and Entertainment and Lifestyle sections. She is in her second year at UNC Charlotte and is majoring in elementary education and minoring in Spanish and journalism. Originally from Louisville, KY, Emily and her family lived in Sydney, Australia for a couple of years before moving to Winston-Salem, NC. She loves to travel (she went to Argentina this year), exercising (especially jump roping), photography, watching movies, blogging, trying out new recipes, and being with her friends, family and her dog, Tiny.
Nic (they/them/theirs) is the Layout Editor for the Niner Times. They are in their fourth year at UNC Charlotte and were born and raised in just outside Greensboro, NC. They are majoring in architecture and are interested in all forms of design, not just buildings. When they're not working on layouts for Niner Times, they’re doing graphic design work for Charlotte community organizations or working a golf cart that sells locally sourced goods.
Reuben Sanchez (he/him/his) is an Assistant Layout Editor for the Niner Times. He is a fourth year computer science major with a minor in history. Outside of class work, he enjoys looking fashionable, taking care of his plants, daydreaming about cats, and pretending to have artistic talent. This is his last semester at UNC Charlotte and hopes to make the best of it.
Brandon Mitchell (him/him/his) is an Assistant Layout Editor for the Niner Times. He is a third year communication studies major with minors in German and journalism. He is also the network manager of Uptown Audio, UNC Charlotte’s podcast network, and hopes to pursue audio journalism as his future career. If you see him in his office, come by and say hi in a socially distanced way. Outside of work, you can most likely find him reading in his hammock or out on an adventure with his friends. He is an ethical journalist, but will consider bribes as long as they’re in the form of coffee or twizzlers.
María (she/her/hers) is the Video Editor for the Niner Times. She’s a communication studies major with a journalism minor and she’s also trying to get a certification on Spanish translation. Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, María treats every day in the US like an adventure. Some of María’s favorite hobbies include watching comedy shows, listening to her favorite band, The Driver Era, and eating chocolate ice cream. If you see her outside the office, she’s probably binge watching Parks & Recreation for the eighth time or video editing for her own enjoyment.
Niyathi (she/her/hers) is the Photo Editor for the Niner Times. She is a double major in psychology and criminal justice with a concentration in crime analytics. After being born and raised in Germantown, MD, she came to Charlotte for a new adventure. Some of her favorite things to do include exercising, spending time with friends, cooking, and of course, taking photos! When she is not working for Niner Times, she is teaching group fitness classes at the university recreation center or working as a therapist for kids with autism.
Beth is the Assistant Video Editor for the Niner Times and a sophomore majoring in communication studies with a public advocacy track. As a native of Charlotte Elizabeth loves to explore the city and take pictures and video. When she is not writing for the Niner Times she is doing creative writing of her own, binge watching television, or just hanging out with friends. Her pronouns are she/her/hers.
Much like everything else this year, theater productions were not spared from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. For the UNC Charlotte Theater Department and Professor of Shakespeare Studies Dr. Andrew Hartley, the task of bringing the department’s fall production of “Julius Caesar” presented a new challenge, as the production shifted from a staged production of the classic William Shakespeare play to an audio podcast. Taking on a new format required a new perspective for the production, with our current political state and the pandemic featured at the center of it. I spoke with Dr. Hartley, the show’s director, about how the production evolved through this contemporary perspective and the inherent political roots of the Shakespeare play.