Kasey Carpenter is a sophomore at The University of Minnesota; she studies towards a Bachelor's in Law/Criminology and Rhetorical Communications. Kasey developed her passion for writing in elementary school, and feels proud to continue working with that passion ten years later as a writer for The Minnesota Republic. Kasey also loves working with people through interviewing and public speaking. Kasey formerly worked as a youth camp counselor in her home town of Plymouth, Minnesota. She also spends time acting in various productions throughout the Twin Cities. Kasey acknowledges and thanks her loving and supportive family and friends for their encouragement as she joins the MN Republic Staff. She looks forward to reporting campus, state, national, and international stories to you this year.
Madison Dibble is a freshman at the University of Minnesota. She is currently majoring in Economics. Madison grew up in the tiny town of Fulda, which is a small gem located in the south west corner of Minnesota. While in high school, Maddy was a drummer in the band and ran cross country and track. She also competed in speech and Business Professionals of America. When she is not spending too much of her life reading and watching the news, Madison enjoys reading books, wasting time on social media, cheering for the Gophers, and hanging out with her family and friends.
David Blondin is a History and Spanish major in his third year in school. A transfer student from UMN-Morris and a native of Stillwater MN. David likes to read the news and is particularly interested in Internatioal relations and international trade.
Mason Nuss is a sophomore at The University of Minnesota who joined the Minnesota Republic in early 2015. Mason’s passion for both economic, and financial analysis have led him to studies Applied Economics in the College of Food Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. For hobbies he enjoys listening to podcast covering various topics from local news to current events in technology and gaming. Mason has worked previously as a technology and social media marketing intern for a local dry cleaning company near his hometown of Shorewood, Minnesota. As a writer at the Minnesota Republic Mason focuses governmental budget issues, and has examined the budgets of both public transit and MNsure.
Justine is from Genoa City, Wisconsin and is a freshman at the University of Minnesota. She is majoring in Biology, Society, and Environment. While she plans to spend her life working towards the improvement of the environment, she believes that conservative values are the only way to make environmental management sustainable. In high school she was (surprisingly) a cheerleader, state board member of Key Club International, and a member of the National Honors Society. Justine's favorite activity is volunteering and she has logged over 120 hours since the beginning of senior year of high school. When she's not working, Justine enjoys binge-watching Supernatural on Netflix, crocheting, and spending time with friends.
Kent Kaiser, Ph.D., APR, is associate professor and chair of the communication department at the University of Northwestern – Saint Paul and adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is an expert on Title IX and women in sport and focuses on sport communication in his academic research. He advises the U of M student publication Minnesota Republic. He is also adviser to the Alpha Sigma chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Minnesota. He is the former editor of the Minnesota Family Council’s Pro-Family News (circulation 100,000/month) and former communications and voter outreach director for the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. He is an avid outdoorsman, a judge in the Miss USA pageant circuit, a competitive eater, and a bagpiper.