The CT Staff


Zach Joachim
Zach is a senior pursuing a dual degree in print journalism and English. A proud Norfolk-ian, he enjoys long walks on the beach, English literature of the romantic period and anything pertaining to Harry Potter or baseball. Zach is an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan who can usually be found working at the Student Media Center or running along the James.





Georgia Geen
Georgia is a junior pursuing dual degrees in print/online journalism and Spanish with a certificate in Spanish/English Translation and Interpretation. When she’s feeling academic, she enjoys studying nationalism, identity, linguistics and maps. She was an editorial intern at Richmond Magazine and hopes to work one day as a foreign correspondent in Latin America (or build a house of cards with her degrees, whichever comes first). In the little free time she has, Georgia enjoys reading and doing her perfect eyebrows.




Nia Yasmeen Tariq
Nia is pursuing a degree in mass communications with a focus in broadcast journalism, as well as a minor in psychology. After her graduation in December 2019, she plans to continue her education in pursuit of a master’s degree and get her feet wet in the field as a reporter for a local news station. One day, you will see Nia writing comedy and anchoring shows such as Weekend Update or The Daily Show. In the meantime, she will continue to fill up her schedule instead of the void and hide her mildly above-average singing voice behind the safety of her shower curtain.

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Jessica Wetzler
Jessica is pursuing a degree in digital journalism and a minor in creative writing where she plans to graduate December 2018. She enjoys writing about sporting events at VCU as well as covering all things government in the Richmond area. She was an editorial intern at Richmond Magazine and The Henrico Citizen and now writes human interest stories for the College of Humanities and Sciences. In her free time, she enjoys trying out new Pinterest recipes and watching Game of Thrones.




Katie Bashista
Katie is a senior pursuing a major in journalism and a minor in political science. She enjoys writing about current events, especially regarding anything that’s happening in Richmond. She hopes to someday write for a major publication in a big city. When she’s not writing you can find her at a local Richmond show or trying out a new recipe she found on Facebook.

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Caitlin Barbieri
Caitlin is a senior majoring in print/online journalism. She is currently pursuing a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Colombia after graduation. Caitlin hopes to become a Latin American correspondent for a major American news outlet. She can be seen biking all over Richmond on a bike that is slightly too big for her, so if you see her crash be sure to stop and check that everything is okay.





Saffeya Ahmed
Saffeya is a senior pursuing dual degrees in print journalism and political science. After she graduates, she plans to continue her career in journalism, hopefully as an international crisis reporter. In her free time, you can find her painting, writing poetry or watching Friends.






Erin Edgerton
Erin is an expert in photographic processes and social media management. Currently an intern at RVA Magazine, this is her third year working for the CT, second as photo editor and first as multimedia editor. Erin enjoys photographing weddings, wearing pineapple button downs, eating tacos and telling people why she’s right — which she always is. You can usually find Erin working at Quirk hotel, getting patronized on the sidelines of basketball games or running around photographing all sorts of things such as impounded scooters or sketchy nightclubs.




Kayleigh Fitzpatrick
Kayleigh is second-degree junior majoring in Nursing. She earned her first Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia in 2010, where she wrote for The Red & Black, serving as sports editor and Editor-in-Chief amongst other roles. When she isn’t in scrubs, she can usually be found in the library attempting to read her nursing textbooks and not procrastinate. An ink-stained wretch to the core, she is continuing on the never-ending pursuit of adding to her press pass collection.




Steck Von

Steck is a senior pursuing a degree in Graphic Design. He is also a freelance illustrator, he has been doing illustrations for the CT for two years, he focuses on graphical and editorial illustration and comics. He loves Asian food and Hats. Check out his works on Instagram: von075


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Staff Writers

Adam Cheek, Sports



Sam Goodrich, Spectrum

After submitting as a contributing writer for a year, Sam became The Commonwealth Time’s resident film critic. He now spends most of his time watching or writing about movies. When he’s not doing that, he’s watching other people talk about movies. Somewhere in between, Sam goes to his classes on his journey towards earning an English degree. Sam is always willing to talk about any nerdy subject, be it the importance of horror films on pop culture, or why YouTube is the future of media, for better or worse.



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Ryan Rich
Ryan is 6’2” and 170 pounds. He is a Leo, but for the record doesn’t think that has any bearing on his life at all. [Editor’s note: his managing editor thinks he is wrong.] He enjoys cooking, cartooning, making cocktails and playing with his cat Scott.






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Jeffrey Pohanka