MEET THE O&B STAFF
KARLY KEHRES, Editor-in-Chief
“Hi, I’m Karly! For now, I am a journalism senior at UF, but come May, I’ll be [unwillingly] out in the real world. I have a minor in family, youth and community sciences and a passion for community-based journalism. My focus is on editing, and I am also the copy desk chief at the Independent Florida Alligator. Although I don’t know where I’ll be next year, I hope to pursue a career in magazines.”
“I’m Ryan, and I’m a senior journalism major at UF. My hobbies include
listening to music, working out and writing. I’m interested in
becoming a book editor.”
“I’m a writer, photographer and cook. I’m also one of three Editor-in-Chiefs of the fall 2013 issue. I live for the things that inspire me to write — food is one of them. My writing experience includes time at the Independent Florida Alligator, Bon Appétit Magazine, FOODBEAST and more. I plan to follow my stomach wherever to subdue its cravings, and I’m bringing a pen and paper with me.”
“Taylor Gonzalez is a comedy-loving graphic designer from Tampa, FL. He splits his life between obsessing over magazines and doing improvisational comedy with UF’s Theatre Strike Force. He’s an Aquarius, whatever that means.”
KEILANI RODRIGUEZ, Art Director
” I’m Keilani. I’m a third-year journalism major with a passion for magazine design and, clearly, a fear of cameras. I also like coffee, legal pads, incandescent lighting and the Internet.”
“I am an executive editor of the spring 2013 issue. I love traveling but always enjoy returning to my South Florida hometown. I am a senior studying journalism with a passion for public relations. I believe that running can cure almost any dilemma, and I love college football and J. Crew.”
“Hi, I’m Kyra (KEER-ah)! I’m a third-year journalism senior who will soon be catapulted into the real world. I hope to one day be an editor for a lifestyle magazine where I can write anything and everything on a range of topics. When I’m not writing you can find me watching TV, trying to be crafty or laughing my head off at the newest memes.”
“I’m a junior majoring in journalism, and I’m planning on going into food writing and editing. I’m a freelance writer and photographer, and a food blogger. I love dogs, cooking and the news. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com.”
“ Chris Baldwin graduated summa cum laude from Indian River State College with an associate’s degree and is currently a senior studying journalism in the College of Journalism and Communications at UF.. Originally born in Syracuse, Ny., Baldwin was raised in Ft. Lauderdale and has lived in various Florida cities. Baldwin’s writing interests include politics, social problems, video games and subculture. He a self-proclaimed gamer who has a deep love for punk rock, metal, traditional ska, underground hip-hop. When not writing or attending classes at UF, Baldwin likes to read fantasy and sci-fi or philosophy and current events. He lives with his girlfriend and a 6-year-old fluffy cat named Leanan Sidhe.
” Hey guys! I am a senior double majoring in English and journalism, and I love music, watching various shows (Hart of Dixie and The Newsroom!) and dancing. I am originally from Croatia and have a twin sister. After graduating this May, I hope to find a job either in the media industry or as an editor at a publishing company!
“I’m a senior journalism major who loves music, fashion and food, with an emphasis on food. I decided to go down the journalism route after years of cooking professionally. My ultimate goal is to combine the best of both worlds and work for a food magazine, but I feel like I could make a life for myself doing just about anything, just as long as I get to obsess over food in my spare time.”
“Hi! I’m Chrissy and I’m an assistant art/photo director for O and B. I love photography and am interested in design. I love to cook, travel, and read. I’ve had the pleasure of studying abroad in Rome and spending a summer in NYC. I’m hoping the traveling has only just begun!”
“I’m a 24-year-old senior and journalism major with an interest in graphic design and a love for fashion. I plan to move to New York after graduation this may to pursue a career in fashion journalism. Right now I live in Ocala and work as a barista at Starbucks. I spend most of time at school or work and my free time at the gym or hanging out with my two Australian cattle dogs, Kanga and Willie.”
“My name is Lauren Cabrera. I am from Miami, Fla. I am a senior journalism student at the University of Florida. I was HerCampus staff writer and had a blog named Truth Serum which focused in on love and relationships in college. I enjoy playing soccer and am a huge sports fan. I am currently applying to law school and one day hope to be a sports and entertainment lawyer. My dream job would be working for the Miami Heat.”
“I’m a senior journalism major with minors in French and leadership. I’ll be attending law school in the fall as I pursue my goal of becoming an entertainment lawyer. I love sunflowers, kiwi green, asian food and my wonderful Venezuelan family!”
“Julia is a journalism junior with a minor in art history. When she’s not working as the managing editor of The Independent Florida Alligator, she’s daydreaming about working in journalism or publishing in New York City. She has been to 12 Jonas Brothers concerts, doesn’t eat the yellow Skittles and is continually frustrated there are no 7-Elevens in Gainesville.”
CAITLIN HARTLEY, Copy Editor
“Hi, I’m Caitlin! I’m a journalism junior, working on getting my minor in French Language. I’m actually planning on studying abroad this Summer in Paris, and I’m so excited! Writing is my thing. I’ve always loved doing it, and I hope to write for a magazine someday. I love cooking, shopping and watching movies. I spend all my paychecks from work on clothes and good food. I’m a die-hard Gator fan. Both my parents went to UF so I grew up spending my Saturdays in the Swamp. I hope you enjoy our issue of O&B!”
JULIE WILSON, Senior Writer
“Hailing from the fashion capital of New York, I have always been interested in fashion and have desired to work within the industry some day. Later discovering my other passion to be writing, it was a no-brainer that fashion journalism was the career path for me. I interned at ELLE Magazine and learned an extraordinary amount about the overall industry, and later studied abroad at the London College of Fashion where I improved my knowledge of subject matter. I was also a cheerleader on the UF co-ed cheerleading team for one year, a contributing editor for the Florida Odyssey and have blogged the “Look of the Day” for INsite magazine. My other interests include thrill-seeking activities like skydiving and rock-climbing, english bulldogs, DIY activities and the New York Knicks. Someone who I aspire to be like is Giuliana Rancic from E! network.”
“Hey guys. I’m Autumn! I’m a third-year English major with a minor in German. My passion lies in every aspect of music—from writing to discovering new artists. I’m currently interning with local concert promoter Glory Days Presents!, from which I will be gathering the majority of my material. Just some random fun facts about me: I love long walks on the beach, rainy weather, photography and the color purple. I’m planning on moving to London, England after I graduate. My focus for the blog each week will be on a review of an out-of-town band that will be performing in Gainesville in the upcoming few days.”
Hello! I’m Samantha Blend, a sophomore English major and Spanish minor. I love basically every type of music and my favorite place to be is at a concert. I drink too much coffee and know too much about Seinfeld. So I’ll be putting this previously useless knowledge to use by posting about modern life lessons that we can learn about from the sitcom.
Mike Profeta graduated summa cum laude from Indian River State College with an Associate’s degree and is currently a senior studying digital media with a specialization in gaming at IRSC. Mike was born in Rahway, NJ but moved to Vero Beach, FL at a very young age and has lived there ever since. He is an avid gamer, in particular a Halo fanatic. A lover of music, his favorite genres include punk rock, ska, alternative, and indie. Mike is a fan of movies, TV, and books and has a love for sci-fi that spans all three (and gaming too!).
Hello, I’m Laici! I am a senior English major. I hope to eventually become an author and professor. One thing I enjoy is listening to people tell their stories. Each week I will cover someone from the Gainesville community and try to share a glimpse of who they are. I hope by getting to know others from our city we all can realize how much we have in common and how much there is to learn from each other.
Hey everyone! My name is Thuria Abuzamel, and I am a senior biology major with a huge interest in classic clothing, movies, and music. I have a peculiar obsession with Audrey Hepburn. I believe that no one can resist her charm and sense of style in her movies, so my obsession is acceptable. I have always had a passion for fashion and like to keep up with the current trends and integrate them into my style. Even though I love fashion and all its glamour, I am pursuing a career in public health and will be attending graduate school in the future.