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

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Daniella Parra

Social Media Director

Daniella Parra is a junior majoring in communications with a minor in journalism. Writing has always been a big passion of hers. Being a reporter for The Beacon Today has given Parra the opportunity to make connections with people and continue to develop a strong transmission suite that aligns with her outgoing personality. She has won awards in the areas of speech and video feature pieces. Parra focuses on local engagement and networking, as well as building trusted relationships with the community. She hopes to become a published author and grow as a news anchor.

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Maria Luisa Teixeira

Editor-In-Chief

Maria Teixeira, originally from Brazil, is a senior majoring in journalism. She has found her passion for sharing people's stories whether it's their business or their life journey. Which she has now learned to use through digital marketing. Teixeira is currently beginning her own business focusing on social media marketing and helping businesses share their story.  Her clients are currently local businesses in the West Palm Beach area. 

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Haley Hartner

Managing Editor & Co- Editor-in-chief

Haley Blaze Hartner is a Junior at Palm Beach Atlantic University majoring in Journalism on a Pre International Law track. As The Beacon's political correspondent, Haley reports on political current events and conducts analysis on public policy and affairs. With a passion for fighting for the voiceless, Haley is determined to serve as a vigilant watchdog for every community.

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McKay Campbell

Reporter

McKay Campbell moved from Nashville, Tennessee in August 2020 to pursue a journalism degree. Now a sophomore, she enjoys writing people-focused pieces from around the West Palm Beach area and beyond. Campbell loves to travel and hopes to one day live abroad as a freelance journalist. While traveling, she enjoys documenting trips through portrait photography to capture different people from all over the world. Apart from journalism, she hopes to one day be on CBS’ Survivor. 

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Jasmine Lien

Reporter

Jasmine Lien is a junior majoring in journalism. Although she originally chose to study the field of journalism because of her passion for writing, Lien enjoys interacting with different people and listening to their stories. She appreciates how reporting gives her the opportunity to learn about different cultures and perspectives from within the community.  She also loves creating video packages and hopes to do more of that in the future. Her goal is to one day become an editor. 

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Hedda Jarhall is a freshman from Sweden. She is majoring in journalism and is a member of the women’s soccer team at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is passionate about writing print stories and aspires to work at the United Nations. 

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Ava Khachadourian

Reporter

Ava Khachadourian is a sophomore from upstate New York.  She is a communications major pursuing a minor in journalism. With a flair for writing, Khachadourian appreciates investigating the backstory of each prospective narrative and bringing it to light for the community. She has hopes of becoming an entrepreneur and making a name for herself. 

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Michael Haines is a junior studying political science with a minor in English. Haines is originally from Jupiter, Florida and strives to bring insight into school sports by spotlighting student athletes. He dreams of one day working for a professional sports team, using the experience he has gained from reporting on PBA sports and political matters across South Florida.

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Madison Bakatsias is a freshman studying journalism. Originally from Sterling, Virginia, Bakatsias found her passion for journalism while working as the editor-in-chief of her high school's yearbook team. She hopes to one day have her own platform where she can travel to meet people and tell their stories.

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Alijah Simmons

Reporter

Alijah Simmons is a freshman from Atlanta, Georgia. Simmons has always had a deep appreciation
for the storytelling side of journalism. Working with The Beacon Today as a journalism major has been an amazing experience for him, finding his passion through in-depth reporting. His goal is to eventually work for a gaming magazine where he can write and speak about the subjects he loves.

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Jordan Wolfe

Reporter

Jordan Wolfe is a senior from Northern Virginia majoring in journalism. She enjoys writing print pieces, as well as photojournalism. Wolfe aspires to explore the world and report for a travel magazine, such as Lonely Planet or National Geographic.

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Aaron Heckmann

Reporter

Aaron Heckmann is a freshman journalism student from Minnesota. After being involved in his high school newspaper for three years, he decided to pursue journalism. In addition to reporting for The Beacon Today, he is a freelance hockey writer for ZoneCoverage, a Minnesota-based sports website. He aspires to be a hockey reporter or an investigative journalist.

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Osvaldo Godoy

Reporter

Osvaldo Godoy, originally from Argentina, is a sophomore majoring in journalism with a minor in sports broadcasting. His goal is to one day cover a World Cup, the Olympic Games, or a tennis Grand Slam. He hosted a 10-episode podcast on Spotify titled “Jóvenes Promesas,” in which he interviewed promising young athletes from Argentina. He also did an internship at MundoalBiceleste, a website that covers Argentina’s national soccer team.

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Matthew Sargent

Reporter

Matthew Sargent is a junior from West Palm Beach, Florida majoring in sports broadcasting and minoring in journalism. He aspires to work as an anchor on a sports network or become a published author.

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Luiza Desouza

Reporter

Luiza Desouza, originally from Connecticut, is a sophomore majoring in English while minoring in journalism and prelaw. She hopes to use her degree to attend law school for entertainment law. This is her first year working with The Beacon Today and she is excited to discover her passion. She is interested in helping others tell their stories.

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Grace Sigler

Reporter

Grace Sigler is a sophomore minoring in journalism. She is excited to work on stories to help share the voices of the West Palm Beach community. She is passionate about writing, editing, storytelling and assisting others in doing so, as well. She is in a passionate pursuit to find her voice in journalism and cannot wait to learn new skills to apply to her work.

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Alisa Koryagina

Reporter

Alisa Koryagina is a junior majoring in journalism. She loves doing interviews and getting to know people while learning their stories. She dreams of working in the gaming journalism industry, such as IGN, where she can combine her passion for video gaming and writing.