Wasatch Magazine

2021-2022 Staff

Colby Child
Editor

Colby Child

Colby is a senior from Ogden, UT studying Geography and Philosophy of Science. He is excited to continue with Wasatch as the Editor for the 2021-22 school year. He believes that our engagement in outdoor recreation, and appreciation of wild places, should inspire greater care for our local ecosystems and the planet. His time in the backcountry is spent backpacking, peak bagging, skiing, climbing, and...

Katie Riley
Assistant Editor

Katie Riley

Katie is in her third and final year at the U studying a Bachelor of Arts in English. Previously a staff writer, she is now the Assistant Editor for Wasatch Mag. She is a Salt Lake Valley local and passionate about skiing in and out of bounds, as well as a frequent hiker and climber. Katie loves language and especially poetry. Once she completes her degree she is headed to Southern California to hike...

Madysen Shalise Gailey
Platform Manager

Madysen Shalise Gailey

Madysen is starting her first year at the U with the intention of majoring in Environmental Sustainability Studies. She’s always been incredibly passionate about our global community and the strides we can make to care for and connect with our planet. Although Madysen loves academic challenges and more sedentary activities like reading and writing, they always make time for weekend adventures like...

Brittany Lovegrove
Assistant Designer

Brittany Lovegrove

Brittany Lovegrove is a going into her third year of the Graphic Design Program at the U. She is a Page Layout Design Intern here at the Wasatch Magazine. Brittany grew up in Sandy Utah and loves to do anything active and outdoors. She is an avid climber and road biker and spends her winters on a snowboard. The outdoors have always been therapeutic for her, and it fuels a healthy and adventurous lifestyle...

Leah Button
Copy Editor

Leah Button

Leah Button is a junior at the University of Utah majoring in Architecture and minoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She grew up in Salt Lake and has always loved exploring the amazing hiking trails in Utah. Her main hobbies include bouldering, hiking, painting, and playing volleyball. She loves the outdoors because it reminds her of the beauty in nature and maintains her positive outlook...

Zachary Craigmile
Writer

Zachary Craigmile

Zach Craigmile is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, although he has lived in 8 different states within the US. He has additionally spent a few years working abroad, where he lived and travelled between 16 countries. He is a Senior at the University of Utah, studying Environmental Sustainability with a focus on Ecojustice Education. He is an avid climber, hiker and wildly mediocre musician. He currently work...

John Horton
Writer

John Horton

Long John Horton, Pirate of the Colorado Plateau is from Salem, Utah, but now lives in Salt Lake City.  He is entering his fifth year as a Mechanical Engineering major with no obvious end in sight.  In the past few years, he has developed a passion, bordering on obsession, for river rafting, canyoneering, and more recently, caving.  Recently John became certified as an EMT, and volunteers on Salem...

Sofia SantAnna-Skites
Writer

Sofia Sant’Anna-Skites

Sofia is studying modern dance and English and is completing her final semester at the U. After serving as co-editor of Wasatch for a year, she is excited to return to writing. Sofia enjoys connecting with natural landscapes via a multitude of outdoor activities and always in good company. She strives to spread her love for the outdoors and to make these spaces more inclusive and welcoming of all...

Melissa Paulsen
Writer

Melissa Paulsen

Melissa Paulsen, a Reno, NV native, is a senior double-majoring in Environmental Sustainability Studies and Geography. This is her second semester writing for Wasatch and she is stoked to be able to squeeze it into her college experience. The outdoors have provided Melissa with endless space for growth in her life, and she loves to share these experiences with others. Melissa believes that embracing...

Writer

Aashna Shah

Aashna is a third year student at the U studying math. The outdoors serves as a very special atmosphere for her because it has provided a platform for personal growth where the value of her accomplishments and experiences are solely intrinsic and absent from comparisons that plague her everyday life. It has provided unique moments of tranquility and joy that she finds herself actively chasing. She...

Will Ginsburg
Writer

Will Ginsburg

Will Ginsburg grew up in Salt Lake City, and is currently a staff writer for Wasatch. He will be starting his third year at the U this fall, majoring in Writing and Rhetoric Studies. Outside of academics, he is a member of the men's Ultimate Frisbee team and a lover of the outdoors, with his main passions being snowboarding, skiing, and hiking.

Kevin Cody
Photographer

Kevin Cody

Kevin Cody is a photographer at heart. He focuses on nature and outdoor photography but spends a lot of time doing other forms of photography, such as sports, photojournalism and product photography. Kevin graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2013 with a degree in Natural Resource Ecology and Management with an Option an option in Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology. Upon graduation, he realized that...

Derek Kober
Photographer

Derek Kober

Born and raised in Los Alamos, NM, Derek is a Junior studying biology with a minor in computer science. This fall is Derek’s first semester working as a photographer for Wasatch, he’s stoked to be a part of the team. He loves to climb, backpack, and give his best shot at all other outdoor activities.

Bradley De Boer
Photographer

Bradley De Boer

Bradley is an incoming sophomore from Chicago, Illinois. He is a design foundations major considering architecture and urban ecology. He loves to shoot both film and digital photos and is super stoked to be part of the magazine this year. He is an avid snowboarder and hiker. Leaving the midwest for the mountains was the best decision he ever made, and he plans to pick up a few more hobbies these next...

Ryan Pearson
Photographer

Ryan Pearson

Ryan is a senior studying computer science and minoring in math. This is his second year as a photographer for Wasatch. Growing up in Boise, Idaho he has been hiking and skiing all his life. He started to bring his camera along anytime he was outside where he developed a love for photography through the outdoors. To him, being outside is a way to forget distractions and to focus only on ...

Abby Blackett
Photographer

Abby Blackett

Abby Blackett is in her third year at the U. She is majoring in communication and doing a minor in digital photography. One of the things she is most passionate about is the outdoors, and capturing the beauty through her camera.

Kiernan Dunn
Videographer/Photographer

Kiernan Dunn

Kiernan is going into her junior year at the U studying Film and International Studies while working as a videographer for Wasatch. She is from Northern California and has a huge love for yoga, music, climbing, exploring, and being with her friends and family. The outdoors serve a very important role in her life as she describes it as a true place to return to oneself and grow a greater respect for...

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