©2019 by The Beacon Today. A news publication of Palm Beach Atlantic University

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

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. 

AMAIA WILIAMS

Reporter

JAVIER SARACHE

Reporter

Javier Sarache Jr. is a freshman at Palm Beach Atlantic University currently majoring in journalism and minoring in cinema arts. He aspires to be an actor and a creative storyteller. The concept of reporting piqued his interest especially in subjects of sports and broadcasting. He was the head sports editor for his high school newspaper but hopes to work in the cinema industry in the future.

Faculty Advisor

ISRAEL BALDERAS
 

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.

DANIELLA PARRA

Reporter

Daniella Parra is a freshman at Palm Beach Atlantic University majoring in communications with a minor in journalism. Writing has always been a big passion of hers, and with now joining the Beacon, Daniella is excited to create connections with people and continue to grow in her abilities and knowledge. One of Daniella’s favorite areas in journalism includes creating news video packages and being in front of a camera. She has a big heart for giving the unheard a voice, and hopes to continue to learn and be a successful reporter. Her goal is to work as a News Anchor after college, and publish her own book.

BENJAMIN WAINER

Reporter

HALEY HARTNER

Reporter

ELVANICE PREVILMA

SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

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.

MARIA TEIXEIRA

MULTI-MEDIA EDITOR

Maria Teixeira, originally from Brazil, is a sophomore at Palm Beach Atlantic University and is majoring in journalism. She has been involved with a Journalism program since high school and was editor-in-chief her senior year. This is her first year on staff and is so excited to explore her passion for journalism.

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

SOFIA JAS

Reporter

Sofia Jas is a sophomore from Denver, Colorado studying journalism. She hopes to write for magazines such as Harper's Bazaar and Vogue in her future. Her specialty is fashion journalism and ranges from features to emerging designers and trends. Sofia is currently a contributing journalist for The Beacon Today and maintains her own fashion and lifestyle blog.

REBECCA KEIJZERWAARD

Reporter

MORGAN THERRIEN

Reporter

Morgan Therrien is a junior studying Journalism at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Originally from the small town of Lanesborough, Mass., she has chosen to pursue photography and video editing 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. Currently, she is interning with The Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, and she’s assisting in the production of the Chambers TV talk show “She Owns It!”