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.


Hannah Mabry is the managing editor for Texan News Service. She is double majoring in Communication Studies and Spanish. She will graduate in December. Her goal while at TNS is to write, edit, and photograph influential stories. She is excited to gain experience that will apply to her future career. 

 

 

 

 

Interests: Ice cream, photography, Marvel movies, and videography.


Rachel LaCroix is the executive producer for Texan News Service. She is a senior Communications Journalism and Broadcast chapter. She serves as the social media chair for Tarleton’s SPJ chapter. While at TNS, she plans on using broadcast to create a demo reel. In the future, she hopes to graduate, get a job, and travel.

 

 

 

Interests: travel, film, and kickboxing. 


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. She is a senior Communications Journalism and Broadcast major. Her goal while at TNS is to learn more about journalism and do more stand-up for Texan TV. Her goal for the future is to become financially stable. 

 

 

 

 

 


Deandra Hogg is a graduate assistant at Tarleton State University. He will be working at Texan News Service this semester to help TNS become better known across campus and on social media. He hopes to become a coach in the future and eventually a sports analysist and debater. 

Interests: football, sports, movies, music, food, lifting, and health. 


Whitley Combs is a multimedia journalist for Texan News Service. She is a junior Communication Studies major. Her goal while at TNS is to gain experience, meet new people, and have a great Fall semester. She hopes to gain insight and experience so she can one day fulfill her goal of writing for the New York Times. 

 

 

 

Interests: golf and spending time with friends and family.


Samuel Tucker is a sports writer for Texan News Service. He is a sophomore History major. He hopes to improve his news writing skills during his time at TNS. He also hopes to build relationships with professionals in the sports news industry. 

 

 

 

 

Interests: sports, music, band, cooking, and writing.


Mykel Jones is a multimedia journalist for Texan News Service. She is a senior Communication Studies major. While at TNS, she hopes to learn more about journalism. In the future, she would like to have a successful career in communications. 

 

 

 

 

Interests: making clothes, working on shows, and nutrition. 


Tierra Mauney is a multimedia journalist for Texan News Service. She is a junior Communications Public Relations and Event Management major. While at TNS, she hopes to become comfortable in front of the camera and enhance her writing skills.

 

 

 

Interests: working out and online shopping.

 


Updated August, 2019.