Meet Our Editorial Staff


Taylor Owens, Editor-in-Chief                                 E-mail:


Taylor Owens has been writing for as long as she can remember. She first discovered her passion for journalism in high school. Now a senior majoring in journalism and electronic media, she hopes to become a magazine editor. When she’s not writing, she’s probably watching something on Food Network or reading a good book.





Lexie Little, Managing Editor                    E-mail:


Lexie Little is a senior from Kingsport, Tennessee. She is a double major in Journalism and Electronic Media and French and Francophone Studies. She has sung with Grammy Award winners, lived in Paris and once stood 4 feet away from the President of the United States. If she’s not writing or in the classroom, you can find her watching classic movies, shopping or cheering on the Vols. She aspires to pursue a career in law while always continuing to write. To get in touch with Lexie, email her at or tweet her @lexielittle2015.





Vanessa Rodriquez, News Editor                              E-mail:

Vanessa Rodriguez is a junior studying journalism and electronic media. She hopes to be an entertainment journalist and work at E! Entertainment. Her interests include celebrities, travel, food and spending time with family. To get in touch with Vanessa, email her at








Chelsea Babin, Arts & Culture Editor

Chelsea Babin is a senior majoring in Journalism and Electronic Media with a minor in English Literature. She was born in Texas, but she grew up in Michigan and moved to Tennessee in 2011. She has two cats, Captain and Cleo, and her interests include: writing, reading, editing, photography, painting, crafting, cooking, baking, hiking, watching football or hockey and spending time with family and friends. When she’s not at school or work, she’s probably watching Hulu to catch up on all her favorite shows (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Good Doctor,” “Bones,” etc…). She aspires to be a magazine editor for an entertainment magazine at some point in her career and would love to eventually have her own publication. To get in touch with Chelsea, email her at or tweet at her @_babinn. 




Ainsley Kelso, Asst. Arts & Culture Editor

Ainsley Kelso, assistant editor of Arts and Culture, is a freshman majoring in journalism and electronic media. She is a 1794 Honors student working as an intern with the UT Press for the Spring 2018 semester. Outside of academics, Ainsley frequently goes to concerts, reads and enjoys traveling when given the opportunity. She knew from a very young age she wanted to be a writer which is what has pushed her to work hard and take advantage of every opportunity. Along with working with the TNJN, Ainsley is also a member of Advocates for Autism, works as a notetaker on campus and enjoys volunteering when she gets a chance.




Ben McKee, Sports Editor                                         E-mail:

Ben McKee is a senior from Huntsville, Alabama who is majoring in journalism and electronic media. His interests include sports, being outdoors and hanging out with friends. He aspires to be a sports journalist and to have his own sports radio show. To get in touch with Ben, email him at






Feel free to reach out to any of these editors to join our staff. A person does not need to be a major in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media or taking journalism classes to be on the staff of the Tennessee Journalist.

The Tennessee Journalist is always interested in adding writers, editors, photographers and others interested in Web journalism to its staff.

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