Meet the Team


Makenzie Plusnick is the editor-in-chief of Texan News. She is a senior Communications major with an emphasis on Journalism and Broadcast and minors in Technical Writing and English. Plusnick is also the president for Tarleton’s SPJ chapter. At TNS, Plusnick hopes to give Tarleton Texans a voice, as well as gain hands-on experience.

Interests: reading, napping, true crime podcasts and binge-watching reality television.

Arynn Tomson is the art director for Texan News Service and Cross Timbers Trails. She is a senior double majoring in English and Art. She is the treasurer for Tarleton’s SPJ chapter and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. At TNS, Tomson wants to gain experience in artistic design and journalism, and be able to network with people for her future career.¬†Her long-term goals are to become a graphic designer or a professor of English or Art.

Interests: drawing, painting, music, reading, cats, coffee, and watching documentaries.

Sarah Hayner is an associate producer for Texan News Service. She is majoring in Communications  with an emphasis on Journalism and Broadcast and minoring in Technical Writing and Business Management. At TNS, she would like to gain experience and knowledge that will help her further her journalism career. Her future career goals are to become a news anchor and work at Good Morning America.

Interests: Watching rom-coms that make you cry, cat videos, vacationing far away, and coffee.

Diana Valdez is a multimedia journalist for Texan News Service.

Updated June, 2019.