Kelly Ledsworth "Meet the Staff" Photo

Kelly Ledsworth


Editor in Chief + Design Editor 

Kelly Ledsworth is an Arts education major, who primarily works in digital art and ceramics. When Kelly graduates they hope to do after school art programs and sell art a local markets.

Robin Davis Copy Editor "Meet the staff" photo

Robin Davis


Copy Editor

Robin Davis is a senior Art History student, who is also pursuing a minor in English. Robin loves to travel and read, but gains more joy if they happen at the same time.
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Doug Banks


News Editor

Doug is a senior in the Business program with a concentration in Marketing. He started out his college career at Husson University in Bangor where he majored in Sports Journalism, then transferred to Central Maine Community College where he got his Associates Degree, and finally enrolled into USM in January of 2020. Initially wanting to pursue advertising after graduation, Doug decided to go back into Journalism after realizing the importance that comes with writing about people and events then bringing their stories to an audience. Doug has been at The Free Press since September of 2022 and plans to pursue News Broadcasting and Reporting after graduation. Outside of writing, Doug spends his time hanging out with his friends, playing golf, and exploring the city of Portland where he currently lives.

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Ben Reed


Arts & Culture Editor + Deputy Editor in Chief 

Ben is a senior in the social & behavioral sciences program, with a concentration in counseling. He is applying to USM’s master’s in counseling program for entry in Fall ’23. Alongside being with the Free Press since Fall ’21, Ben is a residential assistant (RA) on the Gorham campus, a tour guide in the Office of Admissions, and a player on the men’s club volleyball team. When not writing, he likes hanging around with friends, drinking iced coffee, roller skating, hiking, or watching a great movie.

Dakota Eddy "Meet the Staff" Photo

Dakota Eddy


Community Editor

Dakota is an out-of-state freshman at USM from Vermont this year, majoring in Sociology with a double minor in Social Justice and Criminology. They are the Community Editor as of this year, often writing about events around campus or in the general Portland-Gorham area. Outside of the Free Press, Dakota also works with The ROCC as a front desk, student assistant. However down the road, will be participating in more group with them.

Deklin Fitzgerald "Meet the Staff" Photo

Deklin Fitzgerald


Web Editor

A freshman student, Deklin is a Maine native from Rockland with aspirations to succeed. Graduating in the Spring of 2025 with a degree in Media Studies and a double Minor in Political Science and Public Relation, Deklin is on an accelerated pathway. When not cramming out hours of academic work, he can be found working at Olive Garden, the Free Press and following his passion of photography and journalism.

Will Fudge "Meet the Staff" photo

Will Fudge


Director of Photography

Will Fudge is a Junior at USM and Director of Photography of the Free Press. Will is a Media Studies major, and previously studied Photography at Syracuse University before arriving at USM. Will has a passion for visual storytelling and sports media. In his free time, Will can be found taking photographs, making music, or with his dog, Lucky!

Check out his website here!

Cammie Breuer "Meet the Staff" Photo

Cammie Breuer


Photographer + Contributor 

Cammie is a 3rd year English major with a double minor in public and professional writing and studio arts with a concentration in photography. She joined the Free Press fall of her 3rd year in 2022 as a photographer and writer. When she’s not busy working Cammie likes to read, watch movies, listen to music, write, and go out on photo shoot adventures.

Mykayla Haggard "Meet the staff" photo

Mykayla Hoggard


Staff Writer

My name is Mykayla Hoggard and I am a senior media studies major here at USM!  

With my major in media studies I have a passion for journalism, podcast hosting as well as news reporting! My end goal is to be a news anchor or even a reporter on Entertainment Tonight. I have a love for community and pop culture. 

Here at the Free press I tend to write more community based articles. I enjoy conducting interpersonal interviews with anyone who has a passion for something. I am a firm believer that having a passion for something is what brings the spark to life that is just blissful. 

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Melanie Wiggins


Staff Writer

Melanie Wiggins is an aspiring investigative journalist with the Free Press. When not focused on her academic work, Melanie can be found creating new episodes for her podcast, “Streaming into the Void,” 
watching movies, and reading works of literature!

Cayley Bowman


Staff Writer

My name is Cayley Bowman and I am a sophomore. My major is Media Studies. In my free time, I enjoy writing and binge-watching tv.

Viktor Frazier's "Meet the Staff" Photo

Viktor Frazier



Viktor Frazier (he/they) is an openly queer/trans/intersex composer, artist and scientific researcher. A self-proclaimed renaissance man, he is equally passionate about pursuing and promoting the arts as he is about advancing genetic and neuroscientific knowledge. When not working on his own projects, you can find him spending time with his partner, Vidya, or his reptillian children, Thortoise and Hathor.
Rhiannon McQuaide "Meet the Staff" Photo

Rhiannon McQuaide



Rhiannon McQuaide a sophomore here at USM. She enjoy’s watching sports, traveling, and spending time friends and family. A fun fact about her is that she studied abroad in England first semester and got to travel all around Europe during that time. Her dream career is to be a reporter for NESN! Plus she has a really cute dog!

Deja Joy



Deja is a sophomore majoring in Communications. In addition to working as a sports writer for the paper she also works in the athletic communications department as a student assistant at USM.