Eric Rynston-Lobel (@EricR_L) is a rising senior majoring in journalism and psychology. He’s from Port Washington, New York (about 20 miles east of Manhattan) and is a diehard Yankees fan. He also supports the New York Giants and New York Rangers even though they’re not very good. When Eric’s not covering a Northwestern sporting event, he’s either at a Northwestern sporting event as a fan or talking about Northwestern sports with anyone who will listen. Eric is serving his second term as Sports Director, becoming WNUR Sports’ resident FDR.
John Volk (@jk_volk) is a rising junior journalism and statistics double major from Seattle, Washington. John is entering his third year at WNUR Sports and previously served as Editor-in-Chief for the station’s online content. A lifelong Mariners fan, some of his favorite sports memories come from listening to Dave Niehaus and Rick Rizzs call summer games on the radio. He is excited to continue broadcasting Northwestern baseball and softball games.
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Ally Navarrete (@ally_nav12) is a rising sophomore majoring in journalism. She’s from Bethesda, Maryland, and loves all DC sports teams, but her favorites are the Nats and the Caps (or, in other words, the champions). She loves going to both college and professional sports games; her favorites to watch are college basketball and the MLB. Ally looks forward to getting to know more about all the sports in the amazing Northwestern athletic community through her work with WNUR!
Brea Lassek (@BreaLassek) is a rising sophomore majoring in journalism and legal studies. She’s from Columbus, Nebraska, and grew up a huge Husker fan but is not delusional enough to believe Scott Frost can return the football team back to its former glory. Living 91 miles from Omaha, Brea has attended a College World Series game every year since she was five years old and credits her dad Jeff for introducing her to baseball. Her favorite sports teams include the Kansas City Royals, Nebraska Volleyball and all Northwestern programs. Brea looks forward to exposing Eric’s cold takes this year and continuing the legacy of @NoContextERL.
Margaret Fleming (@mgfleming12) is a rising junior from Chicago majoring in journalism and minoring in history. She served as Co-Producer of SportsVoice last year and looks forward to her new role as Podcast Director. Her favorite team is the Bulls, and while she loves all her hometown teams, she’ll always pick the White Sox in the Crosstown Classic. Her favorite season is March Madness and she’s excited for the return of Northwestern women’s basketball next season. She hopes to pursue a career in investigative journalism.
Eli Berk (@eli_berk) is a rising sophomore from Dallas, Texas, majoring in journalism. He’s a diehard Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls fan and is still trying to figure out what actually happens in the Bears’ front offense. At WNUR, Eli has built a reputation for correctly predicting the future, and he is incredibly humble about it.
Andrew Neville (@AndrewNeville20) is a rising sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia, majoring in journalism and economics. He’s a huge Atlanta sports fan, supporting the Braves, Falcons, and Hawks and also loves the Carolina Hurricanes and all Northwestern teams. Andrew enjoys trying to follow all of the intricate strategy and competition involved in every sport. He likes the strategy of football the most because of the increased time in between plays for him to think about each teams’ strategy and which plays might be coming.
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Kikue Higuchi (@kychiguchi) is a rising junior from Fremont, California, majoring in journalism. Her favorite teams to follow are Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse and Women’s Basketball, along with professional teams like the Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics and Green Bay Packers. She is an emoji enthusiast and looks forward to livening up WNUR Sports’ Twitter Feed 🥳💃🏽. Kikue is also debuting the station’s Instagram account. In her own words, “I come with the drip, the sauce, the spice; I’ve got it all 😎.”
Sriman Narayanan (@_srimanarayanan) is a rising sophomore from Arlington Heights, Illinois, majoring in journalism and political science with a minor in creative nonfiction. He supports the Denver Broncos, Chicago Bulls and Northwestern Women’s Basketball. His favorite part of sports is “the grind😤💪🏽.” Sriman will handle the station’s TikTok account, proving the ‘Cats don’t just dance in March!
Matthew Coronado is a rising junior from the Chicago suburbs studying communications. He previously served as WNUR Sports’ Assistant Social Media Director and will coordinate Sportsathon, the station’s main fundraiser, this year. He’s an all-around Chicago sports fan but has a special place in his heart for the Bulls. When he’s not covering sporting events for WNUR you can find him playing pickup basketball or working through his Nintendo Switch backlog. He hopes to work in social media or media relations.
Eli Karp (@karp_eli) is a rising senior from Briarcliff Manor, New York, majoring in journalism with minors in history and legal studies. He appreciates the unpredictability of sports and is a big New York sports fan. Eli previously served as the station’s podcast director and host of Sunday Night Sources and looks forward to using his new position as social chair to vaccinate the whole station. Eli gets as frustrated by the Giants as Walgreens’ “inefficient, unreliable and unpredictable COVID-19 vaccine scheduling system.”