2020-2021 Champion Staff

Hattie Troutman



Hattie is a senior studying Journalism and Government. She enjoys most outdoor activities, especially roller blading, and thinks Jane Austen is a genius.

Savanna Graves

News Editor


Graves is a journalism and strategic communications major from Texas. Graves loves her home state, politics and decaf coffee. When she’s not writing for the Liberty Champion, she’s riding for the Liberty Equestrian team.



Brittany Slaughter

Assistant News Editor 


Brittany Slaughter is a senior journalism major who enjoys all things reporting and crime. She is a lover of fall and in her spare time, can be found writing or traveling.    


Bailey Duran

Opinion Editor


Bailey is a senior studying journalism with minors in digital media performance and graphic design. She loves writing opinion, political and travel pieces. When Bailey isn’t writing, she’s most likely hanging out with family or friends or on some sort of adventure. She is passionate about traveling and hopes to be able to do more of that in the future.


Victoria Nelson

A-Section Copy Editor


Victoria is a senior studying journalism and is looking forward to graduating in December. She enjoys stocking her pen collection and drinking different types of coffee while watching Spanish language films. Her greatest hope in life is to regain her New York accent.

Jacqueline Hale

Feature Editor


Jacqueline is a junior studying digital journalism with minors in French and Spanish. She loves reading, learning, and travelling. When she is home in New Hampshire, she spends any free moment hiking in the White Mountains. 

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Luke Randle

Assistant Feature Editor 


Luke is a Junior studying Digital Media and Journalism. He enjoys a wide variety of fields in journalism. He is hoping to travel the world, reporting on important stories and living out a Christ-like life.


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John Nekrasov

Sports Editor


John is the Sports Editor and a senior in the journalism program. Born in Israel to a Russian dad and an American mom, he can be satisfied in essentially any situation as long as soccer is involved (or if someone distracts him with a theological conversation). When he graduates, John wants to be a reporter covering the English Premier League.

Christian Weaner

Assistant Sports Editor


Christian Weaner is the assistant sports editor this semester. He is from south central Pennsylvania and grew up as a Penn State athletics and Philadelphia sports fan, although he considers himself more prudent than your average Philly fanatic. Journalism provides a perfect blend of his two passions: sports involvement and the opportunity to learn and share people’s stories. He loves interviewing coaches and and is excited to share more stories this semester at the Champion.


Kayleigh Hamer

B-Section Copy Editor


Kayleigh is a senior journalism student from Lancaster, PA. The oldest of three, she loves any opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family, drink some good coffee, or run a trail. When she is not studying or working at the Champion, she can often be found harmlessly browsing the aisles at Hobby Lobby or taking advantage of a Rot swipe.


Mark Rio

Photography Editor


Mark Rio is 19 years old and started taking pictures for over three years now. He has experience with events, sports, and portraits. When Mark takes photos, he strives to connect the subject’s emotion to the viewer. For Mark, photography is a medium for telling stories in a moment of time. 


Brent Tyrrell

Assistant Photo Editor


Brent is a sophomore studying Digital Media and Journalism. He enjoys traveling, photography, and anything to do with the outdoors. He hopes to work in the outdoor industry as a freelance photographer /cinematographer in the future.



Kaitlyn Bradshaw

A-Section Designer


Kaitlyn is a graphic design major from Illinois. This is her second year as a graphic designer for the Liberty Champion. She loves watching TV (The Office, White Collar), movies (Marvel and comedies) and reading books


Dakota Ward

B-Section Designer


Dakota is a senior in the psychology program and minors in business. He enjoys activities like kayaking, longboarding, and golfing. When he isn’t doing those activities, he is most likely drinking an excessive amount of caffeine.


John Simmons

Web Manager


John lives in North Hampton, NH and has four wonderful younger siblings. He is an unashamed New England sports fan, and is very salty that Tom Brady left for Tampa Bay. John has an improving sense of fashion, is a Middle-Earth nerd, and a lover of all things fall.

Emmanuel Adamson

Social Media Editor


Emmanuel is a Senior studying journalism. He was born in the United Kingdom and  enjoy playing sports, traveling and is a huge Los Angeles Lakers fan. When he graduates he wants to be a reporter for a news station.

Christian Bedell

Digital Media Editor


Christian Bedell is a senior at Liberty studying Digital Media: Video. He is a loud and proud Mainer and food fanatic. You can just call him Bedell.



  • Lonnie Ray Alexander

    Good afternoon to everyone. Just as Miss Savanna Graves, I too am a proud Texan and from the GREAT State of Texas. I reside in a small but growing community located approximately 35 miles Northeast of Downtown Houston, so Howdy! I have been an online student at Liberty University since 2019; unlike the Staff, I am old! I turn sixty in April. I have been closely monitoring the Politics in Virginia, and I am very concerned. It appears as if the voters want to turn the State into the Socialist Peoples Republic of Virginia. I am seriously contemplating leaving Liberty and find a Christian Univerity in Texas. I am concerned that it’s just a matter of time before the Socialists gain power, and when they do, they will be coming for Liberty University. Is there any push back by anyone in the State of Virginia?
    L.R. Alexander

  • I enjoy reading the Liberty Champion newspaper. My grandchildren are graduates and students at LU. I wish the staff would consider looking at the size type. I wear glasses and have a problem reading the paper. You may have other readers with the same problem. Others may need to comment if they have the same problem. Jack Peay Roanoke Va

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