Meet the Team

Top L-R: Taylor Kaluza, Jeremiah Dalton, Cody Vannoy, Nicholas Ratcliff, Thomas Winzeler, Madison Reed.
Bottom L-R: Kaley Dowell, Sierra Dyson.


Sierra Dyson is the Editor-In-Chief of Texan News Service. She is a junior 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 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 books, watching plays and having game nights with friends and family. 


Kaley Dowell is the Executive Producer for Texan News Service. She is a senior majoring in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism and Broadcasting. She is the feature twirler for the Sound and the Fury marching band and is a leader at the Baptist Student Ministry on campus. While working at TNS, Dowell’s goal is to teach aspiring journalists how to produce a broadcast with hopes that they will love it as much as she does. Her life motto is: “Just do it with confidence.”

Interests: Reading, sewing and spending time with friends and family.


Thomas Winzeler is the Managing Editor for Texan News ServiceWinzeler is a junior at Tarleton and is majoring in Mass Communications with a focus in Journalism and is minoring in English. While working at TNS, Winzeler hopes to gain experience and build a portfolio that he can show to future employers. His long-term goal is to work at ESPN as a lead college football reporter.  

Interests: Writing, watching Sports, playing golf, jogging, cycling, playing video games, photography and listening to music.

Jeremiah Dalton is the Art Director for Texan News Service. He is a junior majoring in Construction Science and Management, with a minor in Kinesiology. He is a Challenge Leader at First Baptist Stephenville. At TNS, Dalton wants to advance his photo editing and videography skills. His short-term goals include expanding his resume and finishing school; his long-term goal is to own a real estate and remodeling company and work with college students. 

Interests: Running, flipping houses, anything outdoors, playing music and being with friends.


Madison Reed is the Associate Producer with Texan News Service. She is a senior majoring in Communication Studies with a concentration in Journalism and Broadcasting. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Reed is looking forward to learning more about writing, interviewing, and finding news for TNS. Her short-term goals include growing her portfolio and graduating; her long-term goals include working overseas as a travel journalist and missionary.

Interests: Reading, writing, coffee and spending time outdoors.



Nicholas Ratcliff is a Multimedia Journalist for Texan News Service. He is a junior majoring in Communication with an Emphasis in Journalism and Broadcasting. Ratcliff is also a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity at Tarleton and manages their monthly newsletter. His short-term goal is to improve his writing and photography skills as a journalist and his long-term goal is to write for a well-known national news publication. His life motto is, “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So, when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.”  



Cody Vannoy is the Sportswriter for Texan News Service. He is a senior majoring in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Sports Communication. He is a catcher on the baseball team here at Tarleton. While working at TNS, Vannoy wants to grow his sports writing skills and develop his on-air hosting abilities through the show he co-hosts called, The Crew. Cody’s dream job would be to be the lead play-by-play announcer at a major network.

Interests: Participating in sports, watching sports, serving at church, music, hunting, spending time with my family.


Taylor Kaluza is a Multimedia Journalist for Texan News Service. She is a sophomore at Tarleton State University and is majoring in Pre-Clinical Psychology and minoring in Child Development and Family Studies. Along with working at TNS, she is a member of Tarleton’s Honors College. Kaluza hopes that during her time with the paper she provides stories that will inspire those to have the same love for writing as she does. Her long term goals include graduating and going to grad school to be a children’s counselor.

Interests: Reading, writing, photography, spending time with family and friends as well as hammocking


Avery Jackins is the assistant Art Director for Texan News Service. She is a sophomore majoring in ElementaryEducation.Jackins also enjoys being involved within the Paradigm student ministry. At TNS, Jackins wants to explore the arts and media aspects of journalism and strengthen her editing skills. Her short-term goals include staying involved with organizations in college and graduating and her long-term goal is to be a 5th-grade teacher, and later a high school English teacher.



Updated January 2021