The people responsible…
Born in Fitzgerald, Georgia and taught at Irwin County High School, Payton Fletcher grew up learning how to write, but not what to write for. Now at VSU, Payton is learning exactly that as Editor-in-Chief for The Spectator. Now with a couple college credits to his name and drive to keep VSU students in the know, Payton is always on the look out for the next story. In his free time, Payton likes walking, board games, and writing short bios about himself.
Prince Robinson Jr.
This is my first year serving as managing editor for The Spectator. Previously, I served as the beat writer for a variety of Blazer sports teams. I am also a staff writer for VSU’s On Tap Magazine. Last summer, I served as an intern for Chapel Hill News & Views USA in Chapel Hill, Ga. I serve as president for the Georgia College Press Association, where I was nominated by my peers this year in Athens, Ga. Recently, I was the recipient of the 2018-2018 Otis A Brumby ll scholarship, given directly from the Georgia Press Educational Foundation. Upon graduation, I aspire to work as a columnist. Outside of the newsroom, I love to hike, watch sports, and play video games.
This is Isabella’s first semester as the copy editor for The Spectator. She is from Saint Petersburg, FL and has been at VSU since August 2017. She wrote her first column in spring 2019 and wrote stories for The Spectator in fall 2019. During that time, she was an accounting major. However, she learned quickly that writing and editing are what she is truly passionate about. When she is not editing for The Spectator, she likes to watch films and t.v. shows, go horse-back riding and spend time with friends and family.
“You need to step out of your comfort zone in order to become stronger and grow.”
Campus Life Editor
Major: English/Journalism with a Mass Media Minor
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
Gerald Thomas III
Digital Content/Social Media Editor
Major: Mass Media
I am the Digital Content and Social Media Editor for the Spectator. I am a Junior Mass Media major with a passion for journalism and film writing. If not at the Spectator, you can find me at an athletic event or at home playing video games.
As a senior Communication major, this is my second year on the Spectator staff. Because I love working my body to mental exhaustion, I juggle being an editing intern at In the Game magazine, public relations intern at Rotary International, a customer service rep at CDK Global, member of PRSSA, full-time student and volunteer babysitter along with my editing responsibilities. When I actually have time to myself, I love to read, travel, party, indulge in pop culture and try my hand at archery (don’t mess with me). My end goal is to become a strategic manager of a large PR firm, take the entertainment world by storm by becoming a top publicist/reporter or just get more than five minutes to myself.
“There is a light at the end of the tunnel…hopefully its not a freight train!”- Mariah Carey, The GOAT
This is my first year serving as photo editor for the spectator. The last couple years, I was a writer for various sports teams. Outside of the news room, I run my own barbershop business called “Men’s Hair Corporation”. I love to write about things I’m passionate about. My dream is to be a columnist and or a screenwriter/director.
“If you’re not living out your dreams are you really living ?”