The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

2021-2022 1st Semester Staff

Jordan Parker
editor in chief

Jordan Parker

Jordan Parker is the editor-in-chief of The State Hornet. He took the helm of one of the largest news organizations in the Sacramento region in May 2021 and leads the newsroom staff as well as all editorial content published on the website and its affiliated social media channels. ...

Nijzel Dotson
managing editor

Nijzel Dotson

Nijzel Dotson is The State Hornet’s managing editor for the fall 2021 semester. He first joined The State Hornet in 2019 and was previously the arts & entertainment editor. He has written for Comstock’s Magazine and The Advocate, Contra Costa College’s student-run newspaper. ...

Magaly Muñoz
managing editor (features)

Magaly Muñoz

Magaly Muñoz joined The State Hornet as an opinion writer in fall 2019 and went on to run the opinion section as editor for the 2020-2021 school year. Magaly is the fall 2021 managing editor and will graduate with her bachelors degree in journalism in spring 2022. After graduation, she hopes to delve into magazine writing or publishing. ...

Alex Muegge
copy editor

Alex Muegge

Alex Muegge is the copy editor for The State Hornet. This is his second semester with the paper and his third at Sac State. Previously, he worked as a staff writer for the ARC Current and was editor-in-chief of his high school paper: The Rio Mirada. Alex is the resident Marvel fan of the Hornet, and a majority of his pieces center around the MCU. In his free time he enjoys watching Marvel movies and...

Camryn Dadey
news editor

Camryn Dadey

Camryn Dadey is The State Hornet’s news editor. A Sacramento native, she has interned at POLITICO and is president of Sac State’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She has worked at The State Hornet since fall 2020 and is majoring in political science-journalism. ...

Michael Pacheco
arts and entertainment editor

Michael Pacheco

Michael Pacheco joined The State Hornet in fall 2020, starting as a news writer and covering Sac State’s ASI last spring. He is a journalism major and the current arts and entertainment editor. ...

John Cabales
sports editor

John Cabales

John Cabales joined The State Hornet in spring 2021 and is the sports editor. He previously worked as the deputy sports editor. Before joining The State Hornet, he was the sports editor for The Connection at Cosumnes River College. ...

Emma Hall
diversity, equity and inclusion editor

Emma Hall

Emma Hall is The State Hornet’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion editor. Hall’s work has been featured with KQED, The Pleasanton Weekly, High Country News, The Advocate at Contra Costa College and The Inquirer at Diablo Valley College. Alongside The State Hornet, she works for the CalMatters College Journalism Network covering community colleges. ...

Mack Ervin III
podcast editor

Mack Ervin III

Mack Ervin III is the podcast editor for The State Hornet. He is a senior who joined back in fall 2019 and has previously served as football beat writer and multimedia reporter. A double major in journalism and communications, he is also an avid sports, racing and video game enthusiast. ...

James Fife
multimedia editor

James Fife

James Fife is the multimedia editor for The State Hornet. He previously was a film-set rat for The Art Institute-Sacramento and the photo editor for the Sac City Express. His interests include movies, games and taking long drives. ...

Ayaana Williams
visuals editor

Ayaana Williams

Ayaana Williams (she/her) is the visuals editor for The State Hornet. She is a multimedia journalist with a background in writing, broadcast, radio, film, photography and more. This is her first semester on The State Hornet staff. She was previously the features editor for The Collegian and editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper. She plans on graduating in spring 2022 and pursuing a career in...

Isabelle Juarez
newsletter editor

Isabelle Juarez

Isabelle Juarez joined The State Hornet fall 2020 and is currently in her second semester as newsletter editor. Isabelle started in the diversity and identity beat where she won an award in COVID-19 coverage from the Associated Collegiate Press before becoming co-deputy news editor. Isabelle is a senior political science-journalism major. ...

Kaylin Flatland
audience engagement editor

Kaylin Flatland

Kaylin Flatland is the audience engagement editor for The State Hornet. She is a senior who has previously worked as a digital assistant for iHeartMedia. Kaylin has experience as a staff writer for the Sac City Express and The Connection at Cosumnes River College. ...

Erick Salgado
spanish editor

Erick Salgado

Erick Salgado joins his third semester at The State Hornet as the Spanish editor. He was previously the COVID-19 news beat for The State Hornet in spring 2021. He is from San Rafael, California and is a junior at Sac State majoring in Journalism. ...

Mercy Sosa
digital editor

Mercy Sosa

San Diego native Mercy Sosa (she/her) is the digital editor for The State Hornet. She is a junior who joined The Hornet in spring 2020 as a politics beat writer and afterwards served as their news editor for two semesters. Mercy is also the vice president of Sac State’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. ...

Odin Rasco
news writer

Odin Rasco

Odin Rasco (he/him) covers news for The State Hornet. He has written for the Sacramento News and Review and the Mountain Democrat. He is the manager of KSSU, Sac State’s student-run radio station and a stand-up comedian. ...

Kris Hall
news writer

Kris Hall

Kris Hall joined The State Hornet in fall 2021 as an ASI news beat reporter. Kris has previous experience as an opinion editor of The Rampage at The Rampage at Fresno City College. ...

Dominique Williams
news writer

Dominique Williams

Dominique Williams covers news for The State Hornet. She was the editor-in-chief of The Collegian, Delta College’s student-run newspaper and has won awards in news writing, inside page layout and sports photos among other awards. She hopes to become an investigative journalist.   ...

Nicque McMullen
staff writer

Nicque McMullen

Nicque McMullen is a staff writer on the general assignment desk for The State Hornet. She is a senior and joined The State Hornet in fall 2021. Previously, Nicque wrote for Roundhouse News & Reviews at Sierra College. There she won second place in Webcast/Broadcast News from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges. ...

Jennah Booth
staff writer

Jennah Booth

Jennah Booth is a staff writer on the general assignment desk for The State Hornet. She has previously written for the Sacramento News and Review, the Fort Bragg Advocate-News, and served as the former editor-in-chief for the American River Current. This is her first semester on The State Hornet. ...

Alec Ramey
staff writer

Alec Ramey

Alec Ramey has been with The State Hornet since spring 2021 when he entered as a general rotation staffer.Ramey hopes to graduate in spring 2022 and is also a musician. ...

Tony Rodriguez
sports writer

Tony Rodriguez

Tony Rodriguez joined The State Hornet as a staff writer in fall 2021. Tony has an interest in reporting on sports as well as interesting people. He was previously the sports editor for The Express at Sacramento City College. ...

Brandon Bailey
sports writer

Brandon Bailey

Brandon Bailey is a sports beat writer for The State Hornet. He is a senior who joined The State Hornet in fall 2020. He has previously worked as a general rotation writer for The State Hornet and is majoring in journalism. ...

Dylan McNeill
sports writer

Dylan McNeill

Dylan McNeill is a sports beat writer for The State Hornet. He is a junior who joined The State Hornet in spring 2020. He has previously worked as an arts & entertainment beat writer and as a general rotation staffer. Dylan is majoring in journalism. ...

Jordan Latimore
sports writer

Jordan Latimore

Jordan Latimore joined The State Hornet in spring 2019 as a staff writer and is now a beat writer for the sports section. Before joining The State Hornet, he wrote for his school paper, The Bruin Voice, where he had a sports column. Jordan is majoring in journalism and aspiring to cover professional sports in the future. ...

Chrissy Martinez
diversity, equity and inclusion staffer

Chrissy Martinez

Chrissy Martinez joined The State Hornet as a COVID-19 and higher education beat writer in spring 2021. A Tracy native, Chrissy advocates for the youth in Tracy and informs Tracy residents about local news. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in broadcasting and run for local office to represent the Tracy community. ...

Keyshawn Davis
diversity, equity and inclusion writer

Keyshawn Davis

Keyshawn Davis joined The State Hornet in fall 2021 as a beat writer for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Keyshawn has previously done freelance work for Comstock’s Magazine and Sacramento Magazine. Prior to The State Hornet, he was the sports editor for Sacramento City College’s Express news site. ...

Erick Amaya
diversity, equity and inclusion writer

Erick Amaya

Erick Amaya joins The State Hornet this fall as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion beat reporter. He was previously the sports editor at Los Medanos College in his hometown of Pittsburg, California. His most memorable moment as a student journalist is winning a sports photography contest at the 2019 JACC convention.  ...

Shelby Tolly
diversity, equity and inclusion writer

Shelby Tolly

Shelby Tolly joined The State Hornet in spring 2021 as an opinion beat writer. She is now a staff writer for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion beat. She was previously a staff writer for Sacramento City College’s Express news site. Shelby is a junior majoring in journalism and minoring in LGBTQ+ studies. She is an avid gamer, is new to streaming and a die-hard horror movie fan! ...

Zachary Cimaglio
arts and entertainment writer

Zachary Cimaglio

Zachary Cimaglio is a beat reporter for the arts & entertainment section of The State Hornet. He joined The State Hornet in fall 2021, making this his inaugural semester as a reporter. Zachary was formerly a history major before demoting it to a minor in favor of journalism, and he hopes to become a full-time writer and reporter in the near future. ...

Marin Perego
arts and entertainment writer

Marin Perego

Marin Perego joined The State Hornet as an arts & entertainment beat writer in fall 2021. She is a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in communication studies. After graduation, she hopes to continue reporting within the A&E realm. ...

Michael Eskridge
arts and entertainment writer

Michael Eskridge

Michael Eskridge joined The State Hornet in spring 2021. He is currently a writer for the arts & entertainment section. Michael has his own travel blog called “Chill Life Network.” He hopes to become a freelance journalist in travel and sports after he graduates. ...

Nadia Sabbaghian
audience engagement

Nadia Sabbaghian

Nadia Sabbaghian is in The State Hornet’s audience engagement section. She is a senior, majoring in journalism and minoring in marketing, who joined the State Hornet in fall 2021. She currently works as a freelance writer for the Sacramento Bee high school sports section and is working towards becoming a sports reporter as well. ...

Alexis Perales
audience engagement

Alexis Perales

Lexie Perales (she/her) joined The State Hornet in fall 2021, and this will be her second semester with them. She is a third-year journalism major who is on the audience engagement and social media team. She previously wrote for the general staff rotation and before that for her high school paper, The Titan. ...