Staff profiles: Hayley McDonald

Hayley McDonald is a Journalism and Mass Communication major at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Hayley is from Knoxville and is home for the summer taking a few courses at the University of Tennessee. She will be a senior next year at Samford.

Hayley is involved in multiple areas on campus in Birmingham, including working as the current photography editor for the University’s yearbook. She hopes to one day work as a Photojournalist or Website Designer for a print or online magazine. Her dream is to one day move back to Knoxville and work for HGTV.

Hayley plans to graduate in May of 2014 and go on to work for a local magazine in Birmingham, Alabama.

Staff profiles: Brandon Rupert

DSC_0025Brandon Rupert was born in Ann Arbor, Mich. on February  5, 1986. He graduated from Tecumseh High School in Tecumseh, Mich. in 2004. He then attended Washtenaw Community College and received an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. After attending community college he worked for Balance Consulting, LLC, also in Ann Arbor, Mich. as a software salesman and consultant. In 2008 he joined the United States Marine Corps and served in Operation Enduring Freedom. He was Honorably Discharged in 2012. He now attends the University of Tennessee and is pursuing a degree in journalism.

Brandon is married to Ridley Rupert and has one son, Leyland David Rupert, who was born September 11, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Amidst his ongoing work and education he has been on two separate medical mission trips to Mexico where he worked as a translator for the medical staff and patients. He is an avid golfer and baseball fan. His son is named after the current manager of the Detroit Tigers, Jim Leyland. Previously he has worked as a sous chef, bartender, baseball umpire, assembly line worker, sales consultant, computer network administrator among other things. He has lived in Michigan, California, South Carolina, Hawaii and now in Tennessee. His travels have taken him from Afghanistan to the Phillipines, and also include 15 Major League Baseball stadiums across the country.

Staff Profiles: Emory Barnett

Emory Barnett is an undergraduate in the College of Communications at The University of Tennessee. Outside of his

studies, he spends most of his time in the creation of media works in photography, music composition, screenwriting and directing short films.

After having spent most of ten years as a veteran touring musician, Emory began attending college in 2010 as an escape from the intense physical and mental stress of constant travel.

He now lives with his wife and dog in downtown Knoxville, TN.



Staff profiles: Trevor Lane

Trevor Lane is a Communication Studies major at the University of Tennessee. He has recently picked up a Journalism and Electronic Media minor. Trevor hopes to one day be a fashion editor for a magazine. His sights are set on a lesser known, independent magazine because he would like to grow with the magazine. This is opposed to working at a major publication like Vogue or Marie Claire.

In addition to fashion editing, Trevor would like to become an illustrator. He likes the ability to create any look or idea without the confines of reality. Many fashion stylists have to worry about funds or availability of merchandise in order to showcase them in a look. When illustrating, creativity is the only restriction to creating a look.


Staff profiles: Matthew Moon

Matthew Moon is a 32-year-old returning student at the University of Tennessee.  He was not very good at school the first time around in the late 90s, but he is embarrassing himself much less this time around.

Matt has been been married to the lovely Gina Moon for just over seven years.  They have no children because they prefer to keep what little extra time and money they have to themselves.

Matt currently spends most nights working in the kitchen at the Tomato Head restaurant, and the occasional day volunteering as a deejay at local radio station 90.3 The Rock.  In his (very limited) spare time, he enjoys reading and trail-running.

Staff profiles: Megan Gutgsell

Megan Gutgsell is a 23-year-old senior Journalism and Electronics Media major at the University of Tennessee. Megan was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She has a degree in Communications from Arizona State and is in Knoxville for a second Bachelor’s degree.

Megan is interested in the entertainment aspect of journalism and will be writing for the arts and culture section. She became interested in journalism from watching different dynamics of the career growing up. Megan has also had previous internships with a music production company as well as a website.