8th Editorial Board of the Gate


Madeleine Parrish is a third-year Political Science major from New Jersey. She first became involved with The Gate fall quarter of her first year writing for the Chicago section, and since then has served as the Chicago Section Editor and now as a co-Editor in Chief. In addition to The Gate, she is part of the Social Sector Leaders Program, volunteers at the 61st Street Farmers Market, and writes for the South Side Weekly. She has previously interned at NewsGuard and the Journalism and Media Program of the MacArthur Foundation. In her free time, she enjoys running, exploring downtown Chicago with friends, reading, and making playlists. 

Meghan Ward is a fourth-year Political Science and Economics double major from Oak Park, IL. She has loved being a part of The Gate since she started as a writer her second year. Outside of The Gate, she is on the board of Women+ In Law. In her free time, she likes running and trying new coffee shops. 

Managing Editor

Jake Biderman is a fourth-year political science major interested in law, journalism, and governance. He has worked for outlets including the Des Moines Register and Fox News, covering the Democratic primaries and a Democratic presidential debate. When he’s not worrying about Americans’ critical thinking skills, he’s exercising, learning foreign languages, or watching baseball. Go Nats!

U.S. Editors

Gabrielle Smith is a third year Political Science and English major. She has loved being involved with the Gate since joining as a writer in her second year. On campus, she is involved with Women+ in Law and her sorority Pi Beta Phi as the Vice President Community Relations. Since her time at UChicago, she has worked as a Congressional intern and a legal intern for a defense company.

Gabrielle Meyers is a third year majoring in Public Policy and History. She has been writing for the Gate since the beginning of her freshman year, and is excited to be co-managing the US Section in time for the presidential election. Currently, Gabby is continuing her summer internship with BallotReady to educate voters ahead of election day. She is also a Copy Chief for the Chicago Maroon, Deputy Editor for Polytics, an EAC for ChoMUN, and a member of APO, the community service fraternity on campus.

Chicago Editor

Kaitlyn Van Baalen is a third year majoring in Public Policy. 

World Editor

Madeleine Wonneberger is a third year majoring in Public Policy Studies and Anthropology, minoring in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Outside of editing the Gate's world section, she is an undergrad writing tutor and the soprano section leader of Motet choir. In her free time, she loves to play piano, paint, explore downtown, play violin, and travel with friends. Since beginning at UChicago, she's worked in China, Hong Kong, Michigan, Chicago, and D.C. She is super excited to work with this year's world section writers!

Interviews Editor

Claire Cappaert is a third year studying Public Policy and (maybe) Russian & East European Studies. This past summer, she interned at UK Parliament for MP Ed Miliband. She previously has worked on two campaigns, at an alderman’s office, and for a literacy non-profit. On campus, Claire is president of EUChicago. In her free time, she enjoys café-hopping around the city, cheering on the Chicago Bears, and being by the lake. 

University Editor

Chase Gardner loves writing and editing for the Gate, but if you can’t find him lounging in the IOP living room, he’s probably busy running around campus and making life difficult for pedestrians as a member of the Varsity Cross Country and Track teams. As his Environmental and Urban Studies major might suggest, he also does his best to help the planet by working remotely for a food hub in his hometown Cincinnati, OH. When not on the job, Chase enjoys making too much noise in the OI reading room, perusing postmodern fiction, and writing songs that no one will hear. 

Opinion Editor

Daniel Harris is a second year History major. Outside of the Gate, he does political organizing and public policy training. He has interned at the Library of Congress and a regional historical society. In his free time he likes to bake and listen to bossa nova.

Senior Writers

Julianna Rossi is a third year Political Science major and Human Rights minor. Originally from Los Angeles, California, she spends her time on campus as the Chair of UChiVotes and as a communications intern for the IOP. Besides that, she loves cooking and baking, reading the news, and exploring Chicago.

Katherine Leahy is a second-year Political Science major who spent the summer working as an AmeriCorps volunteer in the Rocky Mountains. On campus, she sings in the University Chorus, serves as a Chicago Swing Dance Society board member, and works as a research assistant. In her free time, she enjoys fiction, hiking in places with real elevation, mediocre coffee, and exploring Chicago with her friends.

Ridgley Knapp is a graduate of the College and second-year MPP student at the Harris School for Public Policy. When he's not working in or writing about politics and policy, he enjoys rowing and the New York Times crossword.

Sophia Lam is a third year chemistry and political science major from New York City. On campus, she’s a member of Phi Alpha Delta and a debate teacher at Debate It Forward. She’s previously worked as an intern at Boies Schiller and Flexner and at Pfizer Inc.

Chief Copy Editors

Jonathan Foldi is a third-year majoring in Molecular Engineering. He spent this past summer in Chicago working as a research assistant on the Hospitalist Project, and during the year is on the board of New Americans and is an avid fan of the Washington Nationals.

Alexa Saccone is a fourth-year Psychology major and History minor, interested in political psychology and 20th century history. This past summer, she worked as a marketing intern at Quizlet. On campus, she is involved in UChicago’s marketing club and works as a research assistant for the Cognitive Development Lab.


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