Meet the Staff

The Runner

Spring 2017



 Christopher Mateo                 

Christopher Mateo is a senior communications major. He started on The Runner in fall of 2015. He began as a photographer, then moved on to distribution manager. He found a passion for breaking news stories and became a full-time writer. Mateo then went on to freelance for a semester but decided to come back as Editor-in-Chief spring of 2016. Mateo hopes to continue growing the reputation and quality of The Runner.


News Editor

Julie Mana-Ay 

Julie Mana-Ay is in her sixth term at The Runner. Starting from the multimedia team in winter of 2015, Julie soon rose to news writing and became News Editor in Fall 2016. This is Julie’s second term as News Editor as she hopes to gain better writing and leadership skills. Julie won second place for “best staff editorial” and third place for “best news series” at the California College Media Association in March 2017. She is a journalism major and an anthropology minor. After graduation, Julie wants to become a broadcast journalist.

Assistant News Editor

Emily Amparan

Emily Amparan is a senior English major with a credential emphasis. She joined the Runner at the beginning of the Spring 2017 semester starting as a news reporter and quickly joined on as the Assistant News Editor. While she enjoys her work with news reporting, she plans of pursuing a career as a high school English teacher after she graduates.


Opinions Editor

Anthony Jauregui


Features Editor

Devon Halsell                                                            



Sports Editor

Peter Castillo

Peter Castillo is in his second semester on The Runner. He is a native of Upland, California. In Fall 2016, Peter transferred and quickly rose to prominence as a sports reporter covering numerous sports stories. Peter is now the Sports Editor for this semester. He is majoring in communications and a minor in history. Upon graduation, he would like to pursue a career within sports journalism. His favorite teams include the Angels, the Lakers, the Chargers, and the UCLA Bruins. Peter also loves dogs.


Photography Editor

AJ Alvarado  



Web Editor

Roxana Flores                                                             



Copy Chief

Heather Simmons



Multimedia Editor

Rebecca Romo

This is Rebecca’s first semester on The Runner staff. She is a pioneer of Runner News Network, a broadcast production for The Runner. She is currently Multimedia Editor and is quickly learning the ways of The Runner. She loves the tools she is provided with to gain experience and skills in broadcast journalism. She hopes to one day be a news anchor for CNN, MSNBC, or any local news stations like KTLA. She is double majoring in communications with an emphasis in journalism and Spanish, and minoring in psychology. 


Assistant Multimedia Editor

Brenda Gonzalez

Brenda Gonzalez is in her first semester at The Runner. She is majoring in communications with an emphasis in public relations, and minoring in sociology. As Assistant Multimedia Editor, she believes that the skills she is using here will help her with her career in the future. 


Art Director


Paloma Rosales



Podcast Producer

Paul Lopez 


Business Manager

Megan Oliver 

 Megan Oliver has been on The Runner since Spring 2016 and has been a marketing and sales rep, as well as, she was distribution manager. She is a communications major with an emphasis in public relations and is minoring is sociology. She obtained her Associates Degree in communications at Bakersfield College. After she graduates she hopes to obtain her Masters Degree and teach communications at college level. She has found that being apart of The Runner has given her the hands-on experience to help her succeed after graduating.

Distribution Manager

Omar Youssef 

Omar Youssef is double majoring in Finance/Marketing, he is the distribution manager at The Runner. This is his first term on the staff. He is originally from Egypt. He went to boarding school in Switzerland. He loves working on The Runner because it gives him the opportunity to speak with businesses, so he gets experience towards his major. He one day hopes to own his own businesses(one commercial real estate and one car dealership).