Two students to serve as newspaper co-editors-in-chief

Ronna Fisher will be newspaper editor-in-chief in Spring 2014. Kira Roberts will be editor-in-chief for Fall 2013. (Photo provided by Ronna Fisher)

By Macy Sliman, Staff writer

After submitting applications and being interviewed by the Publications Board, Kira Roberts and Ronna Fisher were selected as The Echo’s editors-in-chief for 2013-2014.

In the fall semester, Roberts will be editor-in-chief, and then in the spring semester Fisher will take over. The idea started out with Roberts wanting to study abroad in Australia in the spring but also wanting to be newspaper editor. The best way for her to be able to do both was if she could run for the position with another well-equipped editor.

Roberts is a junior mass communications major with a business minor. The past three years she has written for The Echo and played volleyball for the SNU Women’s Volleyball team. She is an accomplished photographer with a small business.

“When I do (have free time), I typically find myself adventuring with my boyfriend, reading books and writing, doing anything and everything I can outdoors, and cooking whenever I get the chance,” Roberts said, describing what she does in her free time.

The second half of the year, Fisher will be serving as editor-in-chief. She is currently the assistant editor for The Echo. She is a junior English education major. She has used her experience with writing for The Echo as a way to get involved with the community here at SNU. In her spare time, Fisher likes to read, being with her friends and trying new food.

Fisher was also eager to comment on the big commitment she and Kira are taking on as a team.She was initially hesitant about applying.

“To be honest, I had not thought about applying at all until Kira asked me to apply with her,” Fisher said. “It’s a big responsibility and a lot of work, and I wasn’t sure I would be able to handle that or if I was even qualified.”

Fisher explained that she thought a lot about it, prayed, and talked with her parents and friends in making the decision.

“The more I thought about it, though, the more I got excited about it, and Kira assured me I would be ready,” Fisher said. “I have just really enjoyed being a part of a group of people who produce something important… Basically, being a part of The Echo has been a great opportunity, and I think it’s time to pay it forward (in a way).”

“Having worked with both of them this year, I know Ronna and Kira will do a phenomenal job,” current editor-in-chief Brad Crofford said. “They have both the expertise and relational skills to work well together and take The Echo to new heights next year.”