Staff Bios

Executive Editor:

Jen Cooper is a senior journalism major and a creative writing minor. She hopes to have her own opinion column someday. She likes indie and alternative rock and has seen her favorite band, the Decemberists, in concert twice. Jen has been a member of the Independent editors since her freshman year, and one time talked to Anderson Cooper about journalism. When she isn’t swamped with essays, she can be found at Sephora buying more makeup than she needs, cuddling her kitten Holly, using the oxford comma, and reading Harry Potter.

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Managing Editor:

Diamond Bridges Diamond Bridges is the managing editor for the Independent. She is currently a senior Journalism major and Digital Arts minor. In the future she hopes to work for either and online publication or through broadcast, so that’s why she feels like the Indie is the right place for her. Outside of journalism, she likes dancing, listening to music, playing video games and watching anime. (Because she is a self-proclaimed nerd). 

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News Editor: 

Vaidik Trivedi

Vaidik Trivedi is the News Editor of the Independent. He is in the School of Journalism and is currently in his junior year. His career goals center around law as he hopes to become a lawyer. In his free time, you can spot him eating food on campus.He likes football (yes, it is called football not soccer), watching movies or just arguing with someone just for the sake it.

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Reviews Editor:

Akanksha Kar

Akanksha Kar and is the Reviews Editor and manages the Independent Twitter. She is from Australia. She loves to write, specifically poetry and narratives. She also enjoys fashion, luxury, lifestyle and travel journalism and would like to set up a career path in that direction.Her most notable accomplishment so far was being published in Forbes India, both online and in their magazine as she was a summer intern of 2018. Her other interests include business and management, music, adventure sports, travel and succeeding at life.


Copy Editor:

Dara Bahk is the Indie’s 5’7.5” copy editor who is not only virtually blind without her glasses but also hard of hearing. When she is not scrolling through memes, one will most likely find her at Starbucks either chugging down espresso shots, working behind the counter or both. The senior is currently studying psychology and sociology with a minor in creative writing, and she aspires to study infants in the future. In her free time, Dara enjoys binge-reading Jane Austen’s novels, taking steps to reduce her ecological footprint and napping with her dog, BMW.

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