Meet the Fall 2019 Lindenlink staff

KAYLA DRAKE | Editor-in-Chief

Here are the names and faces behind our headlines.

Kayla Drake is our editor-in-chief and works to make sure Lindenlink produces content that engages readers and pushes students. Most recently, Kayla was the Broadcast Intern for KMOV, the CBS affiliate in St. Louis. There she found a passion for video and audio storytelling. Human interest stories are her focus because she believes we learn best by hearing personal testimonies of grief, passion, tribulation and activism. She is a proud St. Louisan and is passionate about discovering the local food scene. If you see her on campus say hi.
Matt Hampton is our news editor. He is majoring in Advertising and Strategic Communications with minors in Spanish and Interactive Media and Web Design (IMWD). In 2018, he competed in the National Student Advertising Competition. Outside of Lindenlink, Matt is involved on campus in the IMWD Firm, Advertisers Desiring Success and Public Relations Club, Philosophy Club, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and Running Club. Matt graduated from McCluer North High School in Florissant, Missouri, and he has interned with the St. Louis Press Club and Duchesne High School.
Merlina San Nicolás Leyva is our sports editor. When she is not covering a game or interviewing athletes, she is being an athlete herself. Merlina is on the bowling team and has competed for Team Mexico in past years. A native of Mexico City, she loves watching cooking shows or video essays on Youtube from NerdWriter1. She also enjoys playing video games, going on adventures or taking naps. After graduating, Merlina hopes to move to San Francisco to continue doing communications and photography for a professional sports team.
Taylor McDaniel is our culture editor. She is a senior who is studying journalism and graduating in December. She enjoys writing and telling stories, which makes this position perfect for her. In her free time, you can usually find her with her Tri Sigma sisters or at the barn with her horse Pointer. Along with her horse, she also has a dog named Sasha, who is her pride and joy. She also loves being outdoors and spending as much time in nature as she can. 
Mia Tebbe is our Social Media Manager. She is majoring in Advertising and Strategic Communications with minors in Graphic Design and Journalism. Mia interacts with our readers on all of our social media platforms by sharing stories and news relevant to the Lindenwood community, while adding her own informative and engaging touch. Mia is outgoing and loves interacting with others, she especially loves connecting people with news and information. She plans to pursue a career in Public Relations while also doing some freelancing graphic design. Mia is a Kansas City, Missouri native but has a love for nature and hopes to move to the mountains after finishing college.
As the Design Chief for Lindenlink.com, Kat Owens has honed her interests with photography and design by adding the graphic flair to Link Magazine. She is a senior Graphic Design/Art History double major and is interested in illustration and print design. You’ll never find Kat without some writing utensil as she is constantly drawing on just about any paper she can find.
Tananan (James) Kamnuedkhun is our photographer and videographer. He is majoring in Music Business and is an international student from Thailand.  He is involved in many activities inside and outside of Lindenwood. He is an Olympic Weightlifter for Lindenwood, a part of the university's Marching Band, and is also manages the Instagram for the Crossings Church Wentzville. After graduation, James wants to be a freelancer and travel around the world.
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Kayla Drake is our editor-in-chief and works to make sure Lindenlink produces content that engages readers and pushes students. Most recently, Kayla was the Broadcast Intern for KMOV, the CBS affiliate in St. Louis. There she found a passion for video and audio storytelling. Human interest stories are her focus because she believes we learn best by hearing personal testimonies of grief, passion, tribulation and activism. She is a proud St. Louisan and is passionate about discovering the local food scene. If you see her on campus say hi.

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