About Us

The Leader is The State University of New York at Fredonia’s only student-run news publication. With a newspaper distributed every Wednesday, we pride ourselves on covering important, hard-hitting local campus and town news. Our staff works hard every week of the semester to bring you high quality, relevant news. We always welcome new writers, photographers, illustrators, editors and more.

If you’re interested in joining or staff, or have any questions or concerns, please email us at leader [at] fredonia [dot] edu or stopping by our offices at room S206 in the Williams Center.

Madeline Carroll, Editor in Chief

Madeline Carroll is the editor in chief of The Leader. She is a senior media management major from Rochester, NY. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, taking care of her cactus and succulents and tearing down any professional advertisements that use comic sans.





Amber Mattice, Managing Editor

Amber Mattice is the managing editor for The Leader. She is a journalism major from Horseheads, NY. She spends most of her time drinking coffee, tripping over nothing and reading copious amounts of poetry.





Dan Orzechowski, News Editor 

Dan Orzechowski is the news editor for The Leader. He is a double major in political science and journalism from Somersworth, NH. When requested, he can recite most of the Napoleon Dynamite dance.





Claire O’Reilly, Life and Arts Editor

Claire O’Reilly is the life & arts editor for The Leader. She is a senior journalism major hailing from Rochester, NY. Her hobbies include spending too much time on Pinterest, eating too many chicken wings and talking too much. You can find her on campus with her nose in a book or eating a nacho lunchable (because we all know nacho is the best).



Curtis Henry, Sports Editor 

Curtis Henry is the sports editor for The Leader. He is a fifth-year senior majoring in journalism and minoring in English. His hometown is Rochester, NY, and his favorite hobbies include demolition derbies, fantasy football and cracking open a cold one with the boys. 




Travis LeFevre, Scallion Editor 

Travis LeFevre is the scallion editor for The Leader. He is a junior journalism major from Grand Island, NY. He enjoys video games and Rick and Morty. The fact that a Naruto run will be taking place on campus haunts his soul.





Jason Cheung, Web Editor 

Jason Cheung is the web editor for The Leader. He is a junior computer science and mathematical science major from Hong Kong. He is also a part of various on-campus clubs and organizations including comptroller for Student Association, Pokemon Club, Kappa Sigma, Social Work Club and more.




Jessica Tompkins, Design Editor 

Jessica Tompkins is the design editor for The Leader. She is a BFA graphic design major from Buffalo, NY. She enjoys reading while drinking a nice cup of tea and playing the ukulele.





Marissa Doing, Art Director 

Marissa Doing is the art director for The Leader. She is a BFA graphic design major. Marissa is from Syracuse, NY, where she enjoys drinking coffee and cuddling her chihuahua, Hercules.





Angelina Dohre 

Angelina Dohre is the photo editor for The Leader. She is a journalism major from Fredonia, NY. In her spare time, Angelina enjoys watching stand-up comedy and beating her friends in a round of ping-pong.





Ben Anderson, Copy Editor 

Ben Anderson is a copy editor for The Leader. He is a senior English and philosophy major from Hamburg, NY, went to St. Francis High School and will be pursuing a law degree after graduating from Fredonia. He enjoys cats, music and hanging out with Brandon Safe, his best friend.




Brandon Safe, Copy Editor 

Brandon Safe is a copy editor for The Leader. He is a senior English adolescence education major and commutes from Angola, NY. He is also a manager at Autozone, has a superior taste in music and loves to talk about artists he listens to, such as Radiohead, Death Cab For Cutie and Lorde.




Lauren Finke, Business Manager

Lauren Finke is the business manager of The Leader. She is a senior marketing and music industry double major and enjoys singing in her a capella group, painting and playing with animals.





Taylor Staight, Advertising Sales Manager 

Taylor Staight is the advertising sales manager for The Leader. She is a media management and business marketing double major from Horseheads, NY. She enjoys the finer things in life like a nice cup of coffee, cats and anything with floral print.



Avril King, Social Media Manager 

Avril King is the social media manager for The Leader. She is a double major in public relations and journalism. Avril is from Naples, NY, where she enjoys hiking, playing tennis and reading anything she can find.



Elmer Ploetz 

Elmer Ploetz teaches journalism at SUNY Fredonia. He previously spent 27 years in newspapers, the last 23 at The Buffalo News. He has also created video documentaries, radio shows and websites. He won his eighth grade spelling bee, but never got the dictionary that was to go to the winner.








7 thoughts on “About Us

  • October 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Hi there,

    I was wondering who would be the best person to contact in regards to music news and artist features/interviews. Thank you!

    Mackenzie Mink
    ET Studio Productions LLC
    TE Music Group
    mmink [at] etstudioproductions [dot] com

  • October 22, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Hello Leader Staff of the Future! (from my perspective).

    I was a Leader staff member about 12 years ago. I was just thinking about my time as the Illustration Editor and decided to check out your website. Glad to see you have one (!) and that the paper is still going strong. I know how much work you put into it every week. Keep it up!

  • January 21, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Hello, I was wondering who I would contact in regards to generating a press release for an upcoming student art gallery show. It will be taking place from January 26th to February 8th and I am not sure if it is too late to run something in the Leader. If it is still possible, how do I go about organizing this?
    Marisa Bruno

  • March 19, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I am a student at SUNY Geneseo exploring the “myth” that a lot of the SUNY campuses were build to be “riot-proof” after student unrest in the 60s and 70s. The brutalist style that many of the campuses are built in (think concrete, few windows, winding hallways) are popular across the country and have long been associated with the story of riot prevention.

    I heard that Fredonia has a similar story. I am wondering if anyone at your paper have ever heard this myth and if you know anything about it. I think it could be an interesting example in my research.


    Lillian Mayer

    • August 3, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      There are some uncited references to riot prevention on the SUNY Fredonia Wikipedia page, but no solid sources. It’s difficult to say whether the buildings were built with that particular function in mind, or if it’s just reflective of I.M. Pei’s style choice.

  • May 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I want to cite an article from your paper, written by Mo Sadek. The article is “Project Identity Self Identification.” It appeared in your paper Dec 10, 2014. I need to know the following:
    What is the official name of your paper (The Leader? The Fredonia Leader? or?)? Who is the publisher of your paper: SUNY Fredonia? or? The ‘date of access’ is Dec. 10. Is that also the Publication date, or did the article appear in print or some other publication before it came out in the online Leader on Dec. 10? Thank you so very much.


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