Meet the Team

Top L-R: Ariel Sanchez, Renee Burns, Ciara Hall, Sierra Dyson, Alexis Burkett, Cody Drolet, Kaley Dowell.

Bottom L-R: Sarah Hayner, Haley Barnett.

Not Pictured: Deandre Hogg, Arynn Tomson.

Sarah Hayner is the editor-in-chief of 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.

Sierra Dyson is the managing editor for Texan News Service. She is a sophomore majoring in English with a teaching certification. She is a member of the Tarleton Honors program and a challenge leader at First Baptist Stephenville. At TNS, Dyson wants to improve her writing and editing skills as well as to help inform the community about what’s going on at Tarleton. Her life motto is: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord and not for men.” (Colossians 3:23). 


Interests: Reading all different kinds of literature and having game nights with friends and family.

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 and Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society). 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 go to graduate school for Art History and work in a museum or become a graphic designer.

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


Haley Barnett is the executive producer for Texan News Service.





Deandre Hogg is the sports editor for Texan News. 

Ciara Hall is the associate producer for Texan News. She is a junior majoring in Agricultural Communications. She is in Delta Zeta, participates in Round Up and is a member of the Ag. Communicators of Tomorrow. Hall wants to improve her editing and broadcast skills, including understanding equipment, speaking on camera, and learning what makes a good broadcast. Her long-term goal is to become a better broadcaster. Her life motto is: “Treat others how you want to be treated.”

Interests: community service, rodeo and stock shows, and anything ag. related

Ariel Sanchez is a multimedia journalist for TNSShe is a senior majoring in Communications. She is a member of BOLD. Sanchez wants to get experience interviewing and writing while also getting to meet new people. here at TNS. Her short-term goal is to graduate. Her long-term goal is to master AP Style and to be content with her life. Her life motto is: “Have courage and be kind.” Her role models include Gloria Anzaldúa and Cesar Chavez.


Interests: hiking, art, movies, and conspiracy theories

Renee Burns is a multimedia journalist for TNS. She is a junior Public Relations and Event Management major. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the National Society of Leadership and Success. At TNS, Burns wants to get more experience in writing for the public. Her short-term goal is to graduate. Her long-term goal is to one day own her own wedding venue. Her life motto is: “Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.”(George Bernard Shaw) Her role model is her mom.

Interests: weddings, football, and reading.


Kaley Dowell is a multimedia journalist for Texan News Service. She is a junior majoring in Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. She is a feature twirler for the Sound and the Fury marching band and a small group leader at BSM. While working at TNS, Dowell hopes to become a better writer and build up her portfolio. Her short-term goal is to write solely for the Cross Timbers Trails magazine and to work at her long-term goal, which is to write for Risen magazine in San Diego, California. Her life motto is: “Just do it with confidence.” Her role models are Savannah and Cole Labrant, for the way they live out their faith.

Interests: reading and spending time with friends and family

Cody Drolet is a sports writer for Texan News Service. He is a sophomore double majoring in Mathematics and Pre-Law. He is involved with Greek Life on campus. While working at TNS, Drolet hopes to gain experience. His short-term goal is to get an internship and develop a resume. His long-term goal is to get into law school and pursue a sports law program. His life motto is: “You get what you work for and not what you wish for.” His role models are his parents, Pierre and Jacki Drolet.

Interests: lifting, golf, sports, and fishing


Alexis Burkett is a multimedia journalist for Texan News Service. She is a junior majoring in Agricultural Communications. She is a member of the Ag. Communicators of Tomorrow. While working at TNS, she wants to gain experience writing, interviewing and to improve the quality of her stories. Her short-term goal is to get more hands-on experience in her field and to build her portfolio. Her long-term goal is to have a fulfilling career and life. Her life motto is: “Everything happens for a reason.” Her role model is Alexis Bloomer.

Interests: photography and design


Updated January 2020.