Meet the Team

(Top; left to right:) Katy McQuillan, Lorynne Benavides, Channing Flatt, Chris Gibbens, CaiAyhn Ford, Briana Busby.

(Bottom; left to right:) Arynn Tomson, Latricia Powell, Nicolette Howe, Katelyn Rivera, Quanecia Fraser, Ashley Inge.

Quanecia Fraser is the Texan News Service editor-in-chief. She is a junior, majoring in Communications, with a focus in Broadcast Journalism. Fraser is also involved in Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), BOLD, National Society of Leadership and Success, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society.

While working at TNS, Fraser wants to develop all the skills she needs to be a successful journalist and help her co-workers reach their goals. Her short-term goal is to have an internship at a television news station in the summer of 2018. Her long-term career goal is to become a television news reporter and anchor at a station.  Her life motto is “Sitting at the edge, gazing at the sun, how will you get there if you do not try?”

Fraser looks up to her mother, her brother Quincy, Dan and Kathryn Malone, Robin Roberts, Barbara Walters, Tamron Hall, Don Lemon and Cynthia Izaguirre.

Interests: fashion, make-up, music, and watching documentaries.

Latricia Powell is the Texan News Service managing editor. She is a senior, majoring in Communications, with a focus in Broadcast Journalism. Powell is the president of the Tarleton SPJ chapter and represents TNS in the Student Government Association.

While working at TNS, Powell wants to gain more experience with publishing, print, broadcast video, feature and hard news writing, investigative reporting, and editing. Her short-term goal is help organize a speaker to come for SPJ or plan a trip to Dallas/Forth Worth. Her long-term goal is to graduate and get a job in broadcasting.  Her life motto is “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?”

Powell’s role models are her parents, and Dan and Kathryn Malone.

Interests: broadcasting, reporting, video editing, photography, print, movies, sports, music, news, dogs, and babies.

Arynn Tomson is the art director for Texan News Service and Cross Timbers Trails. She is a junior double majoring in English and Art. She is the secretary 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 teacher or professor of English or Art.

Interests: drawing, painting, music, reading, writing, and watching documentaries.

Sydney Burns is the editor for the Cross Timbers Trails magazine and a senior Communications in Broadcast Journalism major. She is involved in SPJ, Honors College, and Alpha Omicron Pi. Burns wants to experience feature writing and to get ready to graduate. Her short-term goal is to write stories for the CTT magazine, and contribute more content to the TNS newspaper. Her long-term goal is to publish an awesome magazine and get a job after graduating.

Her life motto is: “Do more of what makes you happy!” Burns’ role model is her dad.

Interests: reading, writing, dogs, yoga, and food.

Ashley Inge is a the executive producer for Texan TV News. She is a junior and a Broadcast Journalism Communications major. She is a member of BSM and SPJ. At TNS, Inge wants to get enough experience in print and TV so that she can show her employers that she knows more than one area of her future career. Her short-term goal is to learn more about TriCaster and get comfortable teaching the broadcast class and work at a newspaper when she graduates. Her long-term goal is to eventually work at a news station.

Her motto is: “Live for the moments you can’t put into words.” Her role models are her parents, Katie Couric, and Carrie Underwood.

Interests: Netflix, singing, reading, writing, dyeing her hair crazy colors.

Danny Hernandez is an associate producer for Texan TV News. He is a senior Communications major.  Hernandez is involved in SPJ and Tarleton’s radio station The Planet. Hernandez wants to learn new knowledge and skills to become a better journalist. His short-term goal is to produce a lot of print and TV content. His long-term goal is to find a good job in sports reporting.

Hernandez’s role models are Jason Kennedy, and his mom and dad.

Interests: writing, broadcasting, sports, talking, anime, and music.

Lorynne Benavides is the sports editor for Texan News. She is a sophomore majoring in Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. She is also a member of SPJ. Benavides hopes to build her resume and strengthen her journalism and professional skills while working for Texan News. Her short-term goal is to raise her GPA and become a better journalist. Her long-term goal is to become a platform for those whose voices deserve to be heard.

Her life motto is “Do good anyway.”

Benavides’ role models are her family.

Interests: fashion, spirituality, and raising her son, Axel.

Channing Flatt is the sports reporter for Texan News Service. He reports on all Tarleton athletics events in his show, Texan Sports Minute, with Texan TV News. Flat is a junior majoring in Communications. He is a member of SPJ and Kappa Delta Rho. His short-term goal is to win an award, and his long-term goal is to become rich.

His life motto is: “My incompetence knows no bounds.”

His role models are Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, and Alejandra Arreguin.

Rebecca Hernandez is the photographer for TNS. She is a senior majoring in Communication with emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. Hernandez is involved in TNS and Tarleton’s KXTR radio station.

While working at TNS, she wants to become a better writer and leader. Her short-term goal is to make all A’s this semester. Her long-term goal is to graduate and to get a job locally or at an out-of-state news station.

Hernandez’s life motto is “The best is yet to come.” Her role models are her parents, Ilia Calderon, Cat Sadler, Audrey Hepburn.

Interests: food, reading, photography, writing, painting.

Katy McQuillian is a multimedia journalist for Texan News Service. She is a senior majoring in Broadcasting Journalism with a minor in Political Science. She is the president of Turning Point USA here at Tarleton. McQuillan’s short-term goal is to pass her classes and complete success projects. Her long-term goal is to produce a good demo reel and portfolio, and become a reporter somewhere for sports, entertainment, or sports.

Her life motto is “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Her role models are her parents, Erin Andrews, Jason Kennedy, and Erin Lim.

Interests: politics, sports, dogs, her family, music, and driving.

Bianca Barajas is the promotions director for Texan News Service. She is a senior and is majoring in English. Barajas is a member of SPJ and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She hopes to learn AP style and branch out to learn more about news. Her short-term goal is to write a story for the newspaper. Her long-term goals are to write and publish more stories, sell ads, graduate in the Spring, and become a professor.

She lives by the verse Proverbs 31:25 “She is clothed in strength and dignity, she laughs without fear of the future.” Barajas looks up to her grandma, her big sister, Alexander Hamilton, and William Shakespeare.

Interests: singing, Disney movies, baking, travel, and reading.

Volunteers for Fall 2017 are: Megan Ables, Ethan Taylor, Destiny Ross, Alycia Mieth and Makayla Robbins.

(Photos by Rebecca Hernandez)