Maggie Vanoni– President
Maggie Vanoni is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in journalism with a focus in sports writing. Maggie is the president of Oregon’s chapter of AWSM, after serving as the chapter’s treasurer the year prior. She also serves on the executive board of the University of Oregon’s chapter of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). As a senior sports reporter for the Daily Emerald, she covers Oregon sports such as football, men’s basketball, softball, volleyball and track and field. This past year Maggie has interned at TrackTown USA as a communications intern and at The Register-Guard as a Snowden intern.
As president, Maggie is determined to get chapter members to the AWSM National convention this summer. She plans on continuing to spread AWSM’s presence on the Oregon campus by bringing in notable Oregon and AWSM alumni.
Outside of responsibilities, Maggie spends her free time getting purposefully lost on adventures, relaxing at the Oregon Coast and visiting her family up in Portland. She has strong passions for writing and for sports. She believes that being able to combine both of these into one career is the coolest thing she has ever done.
Linden Moore – Vice President
Linden Moore is a senior at the University of Oregon double majoring in journalism and public relations with a minor in business. She became an active member of AWSM her freshman year before serving as treasurer her sophomore year. When she’s not planning events or talking sports with AWSM members, she is the campus editor for The Tab Oregon, a college news network on campus. She is also heavily involved in the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center and is a content producer for the Warsaw sports business club weekly newsletter. With her last two years, Linden is looking forward to telling different sports stories through written and other different platforms.
Outside of school, Linden is an avid runner and is passionate about fitness and traveling. You can usually find her running across the Autzen bridge with friends or making new recipes with friends.
Julia Lobaina – Podcast Director
Julia Lobaina is a senior at the University of Oregon, majoring in journalism with a minor in business. She became an active member of the Oregon Chapter of AWSM this year and is now the podcast director for the 2018-2019 school year. As part of her education, Julia devotes her time between KWVA, the campus radio station and Duck TV, a student-run television program. She plays an active role in both organizations as a reporter and anchor. Julia has had the opportunity to cover all things sports, especially women’s soccer, where she was the color commentator for various games.
As a sports enthusiast, Julia’s life has revolved around sports, whether she’s the athlete playing or the reporter behind the scenes. Originally from Los Angeles, Julia enjoys spending time with her family and of course, attending sporting events in her free time.
Ruby Quintero – Social Media Director
Ruby Quintero is a junior at the University of Oregon majoring in Journalism with a focus in broadcast and print media, while also minoring in business. Ruby learned about AWSM her sophomore year and began attending chapter meetings. She was so interested that she became a board member her junior year. Along with her involvement in AWSM, Ruby holds a Sports Reporter and Anchor position through UO’s student-run broadcast Duck TV. With her participation in both groups, Ruby’s love for sports has flourished even beyond her wildest dreams.
Hoping to branch out, Ruby looks to intern at a variety of places including KEZI, GoDucks, and even the Register Guard. She also aims to step out of her comfort zone and work for a radio station to gain more insight in becoming a journalist.
Aside from her education and career goals, you can find Ruby at sporting events (of course), hiking one of Oregon’s beautiful trails, reading a book, or even going on a scavenger hunt to find the best coffee around—because according to her, aside from journalism and sports, coffee makes the world go round.
Sydnee Walker- Executive Board Member
Sydnee Walker is a sophomore at the University of Oregon, majoring in Journalism with a focus on broadcast. Sydnee attended AWSM meetings her freshman year, before deciding to take on a leadership position her sophomore year. Sydnee is involved in Duck Tv Sports and the Tab Oregon. You can find her reporting at women’s basketball, softball, or publishing an article about her life on the Tab. Sydnee has learned the dedication and time commitment it takes to be a great journalist, She looks forward to covering more sports this upcoming school year.
Outside of education, Sydnee is a member of the Oregon Track & Field team. She enjoys hanging with her friends, attending sporting events, and enjoying the beautiful scenery that Oregon has to offer. Sydnee also enjoys giving back to others through community service and mission trips.
Lori Shontz– Faulty Advisor
Faculty adviser Lori Shontz has been an AWSM member since 1988, when she was a sophomore at Penn State
University working as an assistant sports editor and wrestling beat reporter at The Daily Collegian.
At the University of Oregon, she has developed a variety of sports journalism classes, including a sports-focused section of Reporting 2, a sports, media and society, and “track class,” in which students cover all of the major spring term track events at Hayward Field. Her students’ work has appeared in publications including The Miami Herald, the Knoxville News Sentinel and Runner’s World Online. She also teaches a variety of reporting classes and is co-founder and co-director of Writing Central, the school’s peer-to-peer coaching center of writing.
She previously spent more than two decades in the newsroom, specializing in Olympic sports, intercollegiate sports, women’s issues and higher education for publications including The Miami Herald, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Penn Stater alumni magazine.