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ABOUT

We are The Beacon.

We are the staff and reporters for the news site of Palm Beach Atlantic University's School of Communication and Media. We cover news ranging from the Southern White House to new makeup products and everything in between. 


TEAM

Get to Know Us

Danny Pearson

Reporter

Danny Pearson is a freshman Journalism major from Orlando, Florida.  Two of his hobbies are surfing and writing, and he hopes to find a career that can utilize his passions to make an impact.

J. ISRAEL BALDERAS

FACULTY ADVISOR

SOFIA JAS

Reporter

Sofia is a freshmen at Palm Beach Atlantic University majoring in Journalism. She was an editor and photographer on her high school yearbook staff and now maintains her own lifestyle blog. She hopes to work in the fashion journalism industry in the future.

Kristen Franz

Reporter

Kristen Franz is from the suburbs of Chicago, IL, and is currently a sophomore studying Journalism. She plans to one day work for National Geographic as she enjoys multimedia stories about the environment and wildlife conservation. Kristen has worked in freelance journalism and hopes to gain more experience throughout her time at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Jessica Fernandez

Reporter

Jessica Fernandez, a senior at Palm Beach Atlantic University, is majoring in Sports Broadcast. As the current Miss Palm Beach County 2019 for Miss America, she has been able to win awards such as the 2019 Rising Star Award and the 2018 Miami Spokesperson Award. Her goal is to get an internship with E! News over the summer in New York City. She hopes to become a broadcast reporter for entertainment or sports. She is excited to work at The Beacon her senior year.

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JESSICA LYKINS

Reporter

Jessica Lykins is a junior at Palm Beach Atlantic University that studies communication and  journalism. She enjoys writing for the Beacon because of the pulpit it provides to marginalized stories.

MICHEALA PAYNE

Reporter

Michaela Payne is a junior at Palm Beach Atlantic University studying English with a double minor in Journalism and Biblical Studies. She is originally from Jacksonville, Florida but has found her home in sunny West Palm Beach. She aspires to write and report in order to advocate for the unheard. Her passions lies with people, the environment, and exploring the world around her.

BENJAMIN WAINER

Reporter

Benjamin Wainer is currently a junior majoring in journalism and minoring in communication. He was born in Suffolk, Virginia and have lived in both Tennessee and Georgia. All things pop culture are his passion and expertise. 

ELVANICE PREVILMA

Reporter

Elvanice Previlma is a transfer student attending PBA as a junior Journalism major from Wellington, Florida. Right now she specializes in print, but is also interested in broadcasting. She hopes to get into the fashion journalism industry to report on the latest fashion trends.

SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

KASIMIR JACKSON

MULTI-MEDIA EDITOR 

Kasimir Jackson is a senior at Palm Beach Atlantic University from Jersey City, NJ, studying journalism. He has served as The Beacon Today’s Multi-editor since 2017. He has a passion for pop-culture, art+design, and music. In the summer of 2019, he was presented an SPJ Florida Pro for Best Website

ASHLEY ALLEN

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Ashley Allen is a senior from Tampa, Florida studying Communication and Journalism. She spent the summer writing for The New York Post as the editorial page intern. Once she graduates, Ashley would like to go back to work in New York City. Her ultimate goal is to become a print-focused foreign or war correspondent.

AMBER AMORTEGUI

MANAGING EDITOR

Amber Amortegui is a second-semester junior studying journalism. Amortegui is an award-winning podcast host for her show "The Tone of Today." Last summer she interned with Study Breaks, an online magazine, and VideoBolt. Amortegui aspires to become an NPR correspondent in New York, Washington D.C. or at any member station. She also hopes to be a freelance writer for magazines like Time and Rolling Stone.

SARAH ROULETTE

RADIO PRODUCER

BRENNA BROWN

Reporter

Brenna Brown is a sophomore studying Intercultural Studies all the way from the heart of amish country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She intends to pursue law school after graduation in hopes of becoming a prosecutor to bring justice to the victims of human trafficking. Optimistic about her first semester working for The Beacon, she is looking at possibly minoring in journalism and hopes her practice with the newspaper will allow her to use her voice as a tool for others to be heard.

HEATHER CHILES

Reporter

Heather Chiles is a junior Journalism major from Silver Spring, Maryland. She enjoys living in West Palm Beach as she explores the world of journalism. Her goals are constantly evolving as she discovers new things each year at Palm Beach Atlantic University about journalism and about herself. Some of the news sources she aspires to emulate are Refinery 29, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, Vanity Fair and Girlboss Media.m.

RACHIDA HARPER

Reporter

Rachida Harper is a senior at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Harper is an investigative journalist for The Beacon Today. She has a strong belief that everyone deserves to have a voice and tell their story. During her time with The Beacon, Harper hopes to confidently cover and know every news beat.

MORGAN THERRIEN

Reporter

Morgan Therrien is a junior studying Journalism at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Originally from the small town of Lanesborough, MA (the Berkshires.) She has chosen to pursue photography and video editing here in South Florida. She is an Alumn of The New England High School Journalism Collaborative in which she worked in tie with editors from The Boston Globe. Her goal is to one day be successful in the television broadcasting field.