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The North Wind

The North Wind

Staff Profiles

Molly Birch | Editor-In-Chief

2022-2024 | [email protected]

My name is Molly, and I am in my final year at NMU. I come from Midland, MI, probably one of the most boring places on earth. However, we do have the only Tridge in the world, so that’s pretty nifty (google “The Tridge Midland, MI”; it’s worth it, trust me). I enjoy reading, writing, knitting, and learning new things in my free time. I speak fluent-ish German, and I’m naturally blonde. I’ve always loved journalism. I started taking journalism classes in my freshman year of high school and immediately fell in love with everything about the field. I worked for two years for the North Wind as the Social Media Editor, and I’m pleased to be taking over the role of Editor in Chief for my senior year! My favorite stories to write are profiles of everyday people because I love the intimate personal aspect of telling their stories. I am also an avid photographer.


Matthew Sarna | Business Manager

2023 | [email protected]


Dallas Wiertella | Multimedia Editor

2020-2024 | [email protected]

Through my experience here at the North Wind I have been able to have the privilege of highlighting students through all forms of multimedia journalism. Whether I’m in front or behind the camera, I aim to highlight human achievement in whatever way I can!




Mackayle Weedon | Social Media Editor 

2024 | [email protected]

My name is Makaylee! I am going to be a senior majoring in Social Media Design Management. I am apart of the Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority chapter on campus! I love thrifting, photography, skiing and going to the hockey games!




Deirdre Northrup-Riesterer | Graphic Designer 



Ryley Wilcox | News Editor

2021-2024 | [email protected]

I found my passion for journalism during my sophomore year of college, writing articles here and there for the North Wind. Since joining the staff this past semester as the news writer, I have been able to learn more about writing and collect some new passions from the stories I have covered. I have always been a learner who was curious to know more about everything and figure out how things worked, which I have been able to do in my time at the North Wind. In my remaining time in college and on staff, I cannot wait to learn even more and find some new passions along the way.


Megan Voorhees | Assistant News Editor 


Rachel Pott | News Writer 


I am a marketing major about to start my second year at Northern Michigan University, however, this will be my third year in college. I previously attended a small community college near my hometown, Charlevoix, Mi. In high school, I was a part of my school’s journalism program and helped to produce bi-weekly student newspapers. In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities like skiing, boating, fishing, and biking. I also love to work out, read, paint, and bake.



Amelia Kashian | Features Editor 

2023-2024 | [email protected]

Being passionate is one of the best parts of being human, and I am glad that writing has helped me recognize that. I have been writing stories since I was a little girl, and over time I have grown to become more and more fond of journalism. Now, I am excited to grow as a writer and build connections as a staff member of the North Wind. In my free time I enjoy running, finding new music, and exploring nature.



Antonio Anderson | Assistant Features Editor 

2024 | [email protected]

My name is Antonio Anderson, I am in the latter half of my second year at NMU. I am from the Marquette County area and always wanted to leave until I dug my teeth into the people and events with my time at TV6 which simultaneously sparked my passion for Journalism. My favorite part about Journalism is connecting with people and hearing their stories.



Katarina Rothhorn | Features Writer


The first message I ever sent from my Northern Michigan University sanctioned email was to the editor-in-chief of the North Wind asking if there was any way I could join the staff. Classes hadn’t even started yet but I knew if there was one place I was going to be in college, it was going to be in the news room helping create an archive of campus life. Being a part of the North Wind has shown me a sides of NMU that I would not have known existed otherwise and has given me a platform to raise up the stories of those who are often overlooked. After being a copy editor, features editor and now the editor-in-chief, I feel so grateful to be a part of an excellent staff and have the opportunity to learn, grow, and make mistakes along side a great support system.


Megan Poe | Opinion Editor 

2024 | [email protected]

My name is Megan Poe and I’m an English (writing concentration) and Philosophy double major at Northern. My concurrent experience with being published in and interning for literary magazines has landed me the job as the Opinion Editor of The Northwind. Because of my passion for creative writing, I love that my job dwells in the more “abstract word soup” sphere of journalism rather than the objective and tangible one. In my free time, I like to write surrealist literary fiction, crochet, play the piano, read short story collections, and watch pretentious little French horror films.


Chloe Everson | Sports Editor 

2023-2024 | [email protected]

Hi! My name is Chloe and I am a fourth-year senior here at NMU. I am a Public Relations major and have always enjoyed sports. I love being outdoors, shopping, and drinking coffee at all hours of the day. I am extremely excited to be a part of the North Wind with hopes of improving as a writer!




Lily Gouin | Assistant Sports Editor 


Hi! My name is Lily Gouin I am in my third year here at NMU. I am from Appleton, WI majoring in communications and double minoring in multimedia journalism and public relations. In my free time, I like to go thrifting, watch TV and sports, and do puzzles. Once I graduate from NMU I hope to work in sports as a sideline reporter!




Caden Sierra | Sports Writer


Hey. My name is Caden and I’m from the Chicagoland area.  I’m currently going into my 3rd year at NMU.  I’m a multimedia production major with a double minor in journalism and criminal justice. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for being behind a camera.  It doesn’t matter to me whether I’m filming an experimental short film or photographing players at a sporting event. I’m always looking for ways to challenge myself with the next big thing and create a product that I’m proud of.  Having played hockey for most of my life and loving all things sports, I’m super excited to be a part of the North Wind and use both of my passions to improve as a writer. In my free time I’m either playing/watching hockey, looking for new adventures, or relaxing with my friends.


Annamarie Parker | Copy Editor 


I am an English, Writing major with a double minor in German and journalism. I’m also pursuing my TESOL certificate while working for Housing and Residence Life. I love to travel and meet new people.





Hannah Jenkins | Copy Editor 


Hi! My name is Hannah Jenkins, and I am one of the copy editors here at the North Wind. I am a sophomore at NMU, and I love all things writing and editing-related. I am proud to be a part of this great team that provides top-notch news coverage to the NMU community.