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Editor-in-Chief: Abby Petersen, 21, is the Editor-in-Chief of The Clarion this year. As a senior journalism major, she hopes to bring light to topics that don’t get talked about, even if they’re uncomfortable, and pursue ethical, compassionate storytelling. In her free time, she checks out too many library books, watches sitcoms and travels to South Dakota. Her go-to news source is The New York Times.

763-477-1367 | | @abbyafterall

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Managing Editor: Beret Leone, 21, is the managing editor of The Clarion. Being a senior this year, Leone hopes to graduate. She’s most passionate about people and their stories. And flash mobs. You’ll most likely find her drinking coffee, running or singing in the shower. Her go to news source is Skim and she probably owns more shoes than friends.

612-963-2785 | | @grinandberet


Design Manager: Kendall Soderstrom, 21, is the design manager for The Clarion. A senior this year, Soderstrom is also involved in the Shift ministry, leading a bible study for freshman students in Bodien. She hopes to use her skills in graphic design to infuse more visual interest into each issue of The Clarion this school year. She is passionate about using design and creative thinking as a way to service other people. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, participating in intramural sports, and baking cupcakes. Her go-to source for news is USA TODAY.

763-746-6670 | | @kendallsod

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Web Manager: Tim Heck, 23, is the Web Manager for The Clarion. With one final semester, he hopes to enhance the existing website to be more user-friendly. He wants the the viewers experience to be enjoyable and leave them with a desire to come back. He is passionate about music and enjoys listening to any genre, but has a special place in his heart for Metalcore. He enjoys playing his guitar and video games with friends in his spare time. His go to news source is Fox News.

952-465-8668 | | @timtheheck

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Multimedia Editor: Josh Towner, 19, is the Multimedia Editor for The Clarion. A sophomore, Towner hopes to create entertaining content and encourage discussion about meaningful issues. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outside, talking about sports and pretending to understand philosophy. He is passionate about making people laugh and telling stories. His go-to news source is The New York Times.

847-450-3723 | | @JoshTowner4Real

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Culture, Arts and Lifestyle Editor: McKenzie Van Loh, 21, is the spotlight editor for The Clarion. She is a senior this year studying journalism. She runs cross country and track and is the assistant resident director at North, an upper class dorm on Bethel’s campus. When she isn’t at school, she loves backpacking, painting, watching documentaries and wandering around the library. She is also passionate about the environment and preparing healthy food. Her go-to news site is The New York Times. | @mckenzv

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News Editor: Callie Schmidt, 20, is the news editor of The Clarion. A junior this year, Schmidt hopes to start important conversations through excellent storytelling. She’s passionate about social and environmental issues and looking at how our role as a Christian community affects those issues. In her spare time, she enjoys making music through singing and playing guitar, riding her bike around town, climbing on stuff and going on new adventures. Her go-to news source is The New York Times.

612-250-8789 | | @calliemschmidt


Sports Editor: Maddie DeBilzan, 19, is the sports editor of The Clarion. As a junior, DeBilzan wants to push the sports section to focus on the behind-the-scenes world of sports, reporting on more than what fans can see by simply attending a game. She gets most excited about a story when it’s about an individual athlete’s personal journey, because she believes that sports provide a platform, and reporting gives athletes a way to use that platform. In her spare time she goes for long runs (although she doesn’t enjoy them), makes chocolate chip cookies (so she can eat the dough) and either watches nerdy documentaries (i.e. Inside North Korea) or mind-numbing comedies (i.e. Napoleon Dynamite). Her go-to news source is the Star Tribune.

651-226-2981 | | @maddidebs


Copy Editor: Katie Saffell, 21, is The Clarion’s copy editor. As a senior Literature and Writing major, Saffell hopes to lend to the clarity and accuracy of The Clarion. She is passionate about humanitarian issues and the empathetic capacity of good storytelling. For news, she follows The Washington Post. For fun, she follows @dog_rates. Her talents include quoting movies, losing her balance and her train of thought, and curating Spotify playlists.

605-391-1894 | |@ktsaffell

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Business/Marketing Manager: Matt Lemay, 19, is the business manager of the Clarion. A sophomore this year, Lemay plans on bringing an advanced business approach to the Clarion in hope of creating a new connection between business and journalism. He’s most passionate about generating the needed revenue to help bring new equipment and resources to the Clarion staff, along with expanding on the Clarion’s connection among local businesses. In his spare time, he enjoys playing intramural basketball, fishing and watching documentaries. His go-to news source is the Wall Street Journal.

651-398-0710 | | @lemay_42

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Senior Reporter: Sarah Nelson  is one of the senior reporters for The Clarion in the 2017-2018 school year. You can catch her making Arrested Development references, watching Brewers baseball or complaining on Twitter. She cares most about feminism and immigration. Her go-to news source is either The New York Times or The Washington Post – whichever website takes less time to load.

763-248-4737 | | @Sarah_Nelson24

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Senior Columnist: Godfrey Mpetey, 21, is a senior columnist for The Clarion. As a senior, Mpetey will touch on current events such as politics, relationships, culture, music and sports from his own lens. His favorite topics stretch from social justice and activism to sports and music. In his spare time, he enjoys watching Netflix, traveling, podcasts and his personal favorite- chilling. His go-to news sources are The Ringer and Star Tribune.

952-297-5943 | | @gfreempetey52


Columnist: Samuel Krueger, 20, is a regular columnist for The Clarion. Krueger is a Junior political science major who wants to bring a conservative voice to The Clarion. Krueger loves to push the issues that people are afraid to talk about. He enjoys writing serious political and provocative commentary as well as satire. In his spare time he travels and drools over classic cars. His go-to news sources are Info Wars and Huffington Post.

651-262-3175 |

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1 Comment

  1. Excellent Job Clarion Staff. Congratulations on the first place award. You are making the journalism department at Bethel shine. Keep up the good work. President Jay Barnes sent us a thank you letter and commented ” the program is amazing”.
    Gene and Kathy Johnson

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