Logan Smith

Manager of Content

Logan is the Manager of Content at the Champion and has previously served as the asst. Sports editor and distribution manager. He loves sports, books, video games, pizza, metal music, Magic: the Gathering and energy drinks. But above all else, Logan loves spending time with his family. He commonly refers to the Champion staff as “rock stars.”

Lillian Abbatacola

Content Editor

Lillian serves as the content editor and enjoys reading dense legal documents while listening to alternative indie boy bands. Fun fact: At any time, every cup holder in her car has an empty coffee cup in it. Her love languages are memes and her daily Enneathought.

Rachel Van Tuyl

Assistant Content Editor

Rachel is the Assistant Content Editor, and while at the Champion, she spends most of her time grappling with InDesign. When she isn’t at the newspaper, she enjoys quilting, doing art and hunting down atrocious grammer.

Chad Wylie

Editorial Editor

Chad is a junior studying journalism and plans to graduate in May 2020. As opinion editor of the Champion, he constantly looks for topics that will enhance the conversations going on around campus. When he’s not in the office, Chad loves watching sports with his friends, reading biographies and enjoying road tripping to towns in Virginia on the weekend.

Jenna Crenshaw

Feature Editor

Jenna is the Feature Editor, and writing headlines is her favorite part of the job. In her spare time, she is probably multi-tasking and sipping an iced caramel macchiato from Bean Tree.

Emily Baker

Sports Editor

Emily is a sophomore-junior in the journalism program. She enjoys exploring new places, dog pictures, sports, and ramen noodles. Emily hopes to become a sports reporter or be involved with sports communications after graduation.

Jacob Couch 

Assistant Sports Editor

Jacob serves as the Champion’s Assistant Sports Editor. His favorite things in life are the Lord, his beautiful girlfriend, his sweet family and his home in sunny Florida.

Bethany Kocik 

Copy Editor

Emma Smith

Copy Editor

Emma is the Section A copy editor but specializes in writing Lynchburg news and giving Logan advice. Outside of the Champion office, you can find her draining her savings at local coffee shops or falling asleep by 9 p.m.

Ryan Klinker

Photography Editor

Ryan is the Photography Editor and says the best parts about his job are being on the sidelines at sporting events and meeting new people. He spends his free time binge-watching YouTube videos about movies, listening to Broadway cast albums, and petting “doggos” whenever humanly possible.

Allison Heise

Assistant Photo Editor

Allison is a senior studying Integrated Communications, and she has been the Assistant Photography Editor at the Champion since Fall 2018. She hails from the Sunshine State where she spends most of her time wrangling her three younger brothers and soaking up quality time with her large extended Greek family.

Luke Coleman


Luke Coleman is the Section A Graphic Designer and a senior in the Graphic Design program. In his free time, he enjoys pointless drives through the mountains and getting lost in the woods.

Elizabeth Mallicoat


A proud military kid, Elizabeth has lived in over a dozen places but is happy to call Lynchburg home now. Good typography, sarcastic letter boards, and sunny hikes are some of her favorite things. Her dream is to be paid to design, drink coffee, and travel the world.

Bethany Brown

Digital Media Editor

Bethany is a Digital Media Editor and senior finishing her Bachelor of Science in Video with minors in French and Theatre Arts. Her hobbies include editing videos at 4 A.M., trimming her own bangs, and watching Food Network.

Faith Banford

Web Editor

Faith is a senior studying Digital Media. She plans to graduate in May 2019. As web editor, she post the news stories to the Liberty Champion website to ensure readers can catch up with Liberty Champion online. In her free time, She enjoys learning/practicing photography, being on leadership on campus, and solving puzzles. 

Deanna Drogan

Social Media Editor

Deanna Drogan is the Champion’s social media manager. She also writes for the content section and is in the process of authoring her first book to be published November 2019. If you can’t find her writing behind her computer, you might find her petting a nearby dog, sipping on a matcha latté, or “attempting” to play the guitar.

Nathaniel Chambers

Distribution Manager

Nathaniel is the distribution manager who wrote for the sports section of the Champion for three semesters, up until last semester. Outside of working for the Champion, you can see him playing volleyball or watching sports with friends, or playing Switch or Xbox.

Deborah Huff

Champion Advisor

Deborah Huff has served as advisor and mentor to the Champion staff for nearly two decades. 

She often says she enjoys watching the students learn while they are at Liberty but more importantly, after graduation, she gets excited to see where the Lord leads them and gives them opportunities to use their talents for his glory.

Sarah Rodriguez

Graduate Student Assistant

Sarah is the graduate student assistant for the Champion. She began her Champion career during her undergraduate when she spent a year as the news editor and a year as editor-in-chief. Sarah is now completing her Masters in Strategic Communication. When Sarah is not at the Champion office or doing homework you can find her cheering on her favorite sports teams, reading a book or dreaming of her next overseas adventure.


  • Deborah Ann Wiseman

    Hello, I am in the Master Class for Addiction Counseling and I would like to know if you do columns like in regular newspapers. I am 65 years old and would like to do a column on Farmers for Christ. People could write in questions to me and/or I could select a topic each month. This would be Christ centered and uplifting. Perhaps you have not heard about my farming for Christ. I would be happy to share my story if you are interested.

    Many Blessings,
    Deborah Ann Wiseman

  • Hello Mr. Will
    Just received the Liberty Champion and was quite impressed with your article on being
    “well-watched than well-read”. I have always been an avid watcher of documentaries but sure
    enjoy my readings especially “The Word”. I am 77 years old and try to keep up on knowledge through reading and life as it is through documentaries and putting it to use by sharing it with others as the Lord
    has instructed us to share that we might gain more of Him.
    You didn’t list , however, where we could find these docs and films. Are they in your library at LU or in
    book stores or even on websites? This would help me to know as I live in the Danville area.
    Thanks so much for being there to share for all of us that we may exercise the brain God has given us.
    May the Lord bless you in your journey in this life.
    Sincerely, Lynda Richardson

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