Brianna Benitez is the editor-in-chief at The University Star and has been with the organization since fall 2018. As editor-in-chief, Brianna oversees The Star’s operations and serves as a resource for all of the organization’s staff members. Throughout her time at The Star, Brianna has worked as a life and arts reporter, assistant life and arts editor, life and arts editor and news editor. She also served as a project manager for The Star’s 11% Project. In these roles, Brianna has strived to serve the community around her through meaningful content ranging from human interest stories to breaking news. Brianna is currently a senior majoring in public relations and mass communications with a minor in pop culture. When she isn’t doing journalism, you can find her at brunch with friends, talking about Harry Styles or daydreaming about running her own fashion magazine.
Payton Russell is the managing editor at The University Star and has been with The Star since the fall of 2020. As managing editor, Payton oversees the editorial staff and copy edits all Star staff content — ranging from its timely, breaking news to personal video stories and multimedia collections. Prior to her role as managing editor, Payton was a reporter in the life and arts section, covering theatrical events and collecting personal stories across the San Marcos community. When Payton is not in the newsroom, she is most likely found spending time with friends, staying active on her feet or curled up writing screenplays. Payton is a senior acting major with an english minor, and is grateful to be on staff at The Star.
Timia Cobb is the news editor at The University Star and has been with The Star since fall 2020. As news editor, Timia copy edits all news content, manages the news staff and assigns news stories pitched by her team of reporters, fellow staff members and contributors. Before becoming news editor, she was The Star’s assistant news editor and also worked at Texas State's radio station, KTSW 89.9, as an assistant web content manager. With KTSW and The Star combined, Timia has written over 100 editorial, opinion and news articles/columns. After graduation she hopes to secure a job with a news station or to study abroad in Ireland for graduate school. She is currently a senior majoring in journalism and mass communications with a concentration in multimedia production and two minors in business administration and media studies.
Life and Arts Editor
Sarah Hernandez is the life and arts editor at The University Star and has been with The Star since the summer of 2020. As life and arts editor, Sarah copy edits all life and arts content, researches and assigns stories to her section’s reporters and collaborates with her team to write human interest stories that will inspire The Star’s readers. Prior to becoming life and arts editor, she held the positions of assistant life and arts editor and life and arts reporter. As a reporter, she covered topics such as student life, accomplished alumni and the local art community. Sarah is currently a junior majoring in journalism and mass communications with a minor in Latinx studies.
Eryka Thompson is the engagement editor at The University Star and has been with The Star since the summer of 2020. As engagement editor, Eryka manages all social media accounts for The Star. Before that, Eryka worked as a public and internal relations assistant where she contributed to planning and hosting Star events and socials. In addition to posting to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and building and sending out weekly newsletters, Eryka also works closely with the advertising department. Eryka is currently a senior public relations and mass communications major.
Assistant Engagement Editor
Meadow Chase is the assistant engagement editor at The University Star and has been with The Star since the Spring of 2021. As assistant engagement editor, Meadow works with the engagement editor to manage all social media accounts for The Star. She is currently a sophomore journalism major with a concentration in digital media and a minor in fashion merchandising.
Kim Davis Jr.
Kim Davis Jr. is the podcast editor for The University Star and has been with The Star since the spring of 2020. As podcast editor, Kim is responsible for editing content, producing original content and managing a team of producers. He is currently a junior majoring in electronic media and mass communications. His podcast “The Star Sitdown” releases every Friday during the fall and spring semesters.
Hannah Thompson the multimedia editor at The University Star and has been with The Star since the fall of 2019. As multimedia editor, Hannah manages the multimedia staff, assigns multimedia stories to her team of reporters and oversees multimedia projects. Before that, Hannah served as the assistant multimedia editor in fall of 2020 and as a multimedia reporter the year prior. As a reporter she made photo galleries, audio stories and video projects throughout the year, as well as weekly video content, such as Quad Talk and The Star Rundown. Hannah is a senior majoring in history with a minor in mass communications. She loves to combine her passion for both multimedia and history to create creative content for The Star.
Natalie Ryan is the multimedia editor at The University Star and has been with The Star since the spring of 2021. As multimedia editor, Natalie manages the multimedia staff, assigns multimedia stories to her team of reporters and oversees multimedia projects. Before that, Natalie served as a multimedia contributor. Natalie is a senior majoring in photography. When she isn't taking pictures, she's probably painting, reading, at a concert or drinking a Baja Blast.
Sumit Nagar is the sports editor at The University Star and has been with The Star since the fall of 2020. As sports editor, Sumit copy edits all section content, manages the sports staff and seeks out sports news related to Texas State. Before becoming sports editor, Sumit served as the assistant sports editor and a sports contributor. Sumit is currently a junior majoring in journalism with a minor in business administration
Assistant Digital Product Developer
Deven Meza is the assistant digital product developer at The University Star. As the digital product developer, Deven works closely with the faculty adviser, student publications coordinator and editorial board to design and maintain The University Star’s website and app. His primary focus is to design site aesthetics and maintaining the user experience on the website. Deven began his college career at Texas State University in Fall 2017. He is currently a senior majoring in computer science and applied mathematics.
Public and Internal Relations Director
Nadia Gonzales is the public and internal relations director at The University Star and has been with The Star since August 2019. As the public and internal relations director, Nadia manages the public relations team and plans events that reflect the mission of The Star. She also works to improve The Star’s relationship with Texas State University and the San Marcos community through outreach and volunteer events. Before becoming director, Nadia held roles as a public relations assistant and assistant public and internal relations director. Nadia also contributes to The Star as an opinions columnist. She is currently a senior majoring in public relations and mass communications with a minor in latino/a studies.
Viviana Faz is the design editor at The University Star and has been with The Star since the spring of 2020. As design editor, Viviana manages the design staff and designs the weekly print issue of The Star that is distributed every Tuesday during the academic school year. Before becoming design editor, Viviana was a page designer for the design team. Viviana began her college career at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas before transferring to Texas State in the spring of 2020. She is currently a senior majoring in public relations with the concentration digital media with a minor in communication studies.