Meet the Team

Top L-R: Elizabeth Black, Nicholas Ratcliff, Thomas Winzeler, Sierra Wells, and Avery Jackins.
Bottom L-R: Sierra Dyson and Madison Reed.
Not Pictured: Cody Vannoy


Sierra Dyson is the Editor-in-Chief of Texan News Service. She is a senior majoring in English with a teaching certification. She is a member of the Tarleton Honors program, is on the COLFA advisory board and attends First Baptist Church 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 and the surrounding area. 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. 


Madison Reed is the Executive 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, graduating and attending law school; her long-term goals include working overseas as a travel journalist and missionary as well as working in legislation.

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


Avery Jackins is the Art Director for Texan News Service. She is a junior majoring in Elementary Education. Jackins is also a challenge leader 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. Additionally, her long-term goal is to be a 5th-grade teacher, and later a high school English teacher

Interests: Spending time with friends, going to coffee shops and spontaneous adventures.


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 his own podcast. Vannoy’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 and spending time with my family.



Elizabeth Black is the Managing Editor for Texan News Service. She is an English major with a Psychology minor. While working at TNS, Black hopes to gain knowledge and experience related to writing and editing. Her life motto is, “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right” (Rosa Parks). 

Interests: Reading, writing, watching movies and spending times with friends and family.


Nicholas Ratcliff is a Multimedia Journalist for Texan News Service. He is a senior majoring in Communication with an Emphasis in Journalism and Broadcasting. Ratcliff is also a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity at Tarleton and is their Vice President. 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.”


Sierra Wells is a Multimedia Journalist with Texan News Service. She is a senior majoring in Communication Studies with a concentration in Journalism and Broadcasting and a minor in Technical Writing. Along with working at TNS, she acts as a member of Tarleton’s Honors College. While working at TNS, she strives to gain the necessary experience in reporting that will prepare her for a future career in journalism.

Interests:  listening to Broadway musicals, knitting and reading.




Updated August 30