How To Contact Us

There are multiple ways to contact The Criterion staff depending on your message or question. If you would like to ask a general question, submit a correction or provide a news tip please email us at If this is an urgent situation or news tip, call us at 970-248-1171. If you are interested in placing an ad, visit the relevant page or contact our business manager, Jake Wellborn. If you have a message or query for a specific editor or writer, please click on the relevant staff member below and contact them through the relevant channel.

Want To Work For Us?

Interested in writing for The Criterion? Photography? Maybe you’re curious about how the sausage is made? You’re in luck! Meetings are open to all current Colorado Mesa University students where they are able to pitch stories, volunteer to write or take pictures or to voice suggestions.

We hold our meetings every Monday at 8:00 p.m. on the second floor of the University Center, room 211.

Editors and Staff

Editor in Chief

Alec Williams
Alec Williams is a political science major and editor in chief for The Criterion's 2017/2018 academic year. Starting in the spring of 2016, Williams rose from the ranks of a reporter to news editor to managing editor to his current position. Williams was awarded the Society of Professional Journalists 2016 Region 9 Mark of Excellence for his efforts in investigative reporting.

News Editor

Chris DeLeon
Chris DeLeon is The Criterion's news editor for the 2017/2018 academic year and a certified personal trainer and military veteran. He is in his second year at CMU, working towards a bachelor of science degree in exercise science before going towards a doctorate in physical therapy. Chris began writing seven years ago but recently brought his love of the written word to journalism.

Sports Editor

Matt Kennedy
Matt Kennedy is a sophomore mass communication major from Colorado Springs. He is in his second year with The Criterion, has served as the assistant sports editor and is now sports editor. Kennedy went to Doherty High School where he wrote for his school paper for three years and he aspires to continue in the sports journalism field after graduation to pursue a career as a sportscaster.

Opinion Editor

Maddie Banfield
Maddie Banfield is a junior mass communication student and the opinions editor for the 2017/2018 academic year. She has been writing for the Criterion for 5 months. Maddie is from Fort Collins, CO and loves puppies and the outdoors.

Photo Editor

Casey Smith
Casey Smith is a sophomore at Colorado Mesa University studying English and Criminal Justice with minors in Psychology and Sociology. She is the Editor of Photography for The Criterion and has been photographing since 8 years old. After undergraduate, she plans to continue her education by attending law school.

Managing Editor

Lauren Lipski
Lauren Lipski is a senior at Colorado Mesa University serving as The Criterion's managing editor for the 2017/2018 school year. She is also majoring in English literature, English writing and Hispanic studies. She also served as the managing editor of Pinyon, CMU's poetry magazine. Upon graduation in May 2018, she plans to pursue graduate studies in writing and publishing.

Assistant News Editor

Cassidy Jimerson
Cassidy Jimerson is a mass communication major and a junior for the 2017/2018 academic year. Jimerson has contributed to several publications including CMU's Horizon Magazine. This is Cassidy's first year with The Criterion and is serving as the newspaper's assistant news editor. Cassidy also writes opinion pieces for her column "My Wine Ate My Homework."

Assistant Sports Editor

Josue Perez is a junior mass communication student. He is from Montrose, Colorado. He began writing on staff for The Criterion in the fall of 2017 and will be assistant sports editor in the spring. He has a passion for sports and wishes to pursue a career in sports journalism.

Art & Life Editor

Laura Huwa
Laura Huwa is a junior majoring in mass communication. Laura is also minoring in dance and exercise science. This is Laura's first year with the Criterion. She has had previous experience with her high school newspaper, The Columbine Rebellion. She cycled through being an editor and writer for every section. Laura is looking forward to working as the Art&Life editor for The Criterion.

Social Media Editor

Mckenzie Moore is a junior mass communication major at Colorado Mesa University. She began as a staff writer for The Criterion in Fall 2017 and became the social media editor in 2018. She has previous experience writing for the CHS Bruin Tracks and the CSU Collegian, and is an independently-published novelist and a contributing writer for the Delta County Independent and Halftime Magazine.

Staff | Spring 2018

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Business Manager

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Distribution Manager

Cullen Meurer
Cullen Meurer is a third-year Geology/Environmental Geology student at Colorado Mesa University. He has worked as Distribution Manager for the Criterion for a semester and a half. Meurer has so far enjoyed learning about each and every step to getting a newspaper published and hopes to continue contributing to the process.

Academic Advisor

69 years old, retired. Born in Hannibal, Mo., Mark Twain’s hometown, not that that means much. Served in Vietnam in the U. S Navy. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Worked as reporter, editor, editorial writer, at various newspapers, including the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun, Binghamton (N.Y.) News, and the Glenwood Springs Post. Joined The Daily Sentinel in May 1979, as business editor. Served in various capacities at TDS (city editor, assistant to the publisher, managing editor, editor and executive editor) before retiring as executive editor and publisher in 2009. Adjunct lecturer in mass communication at CMU since January 2016. Married to Kathy for 38 years, one daughter and two grandchildren. Enjoy photography, walking, movies, reading, rebuilding my collection of classic rock vinyl (could kick myself for getting rid of all of it when I thought CDs were the be all and end all of recorded music) and travel.

Academic Advisor

Bob Silbernagel was the editorial page editor for The Daily Sentinel newspaper in Grand Junction for 19 years. Prior to that, he served in a variety of capacities for the paper, including city editor and political reporter. He retired in 2014, but he continues to write a regional history column for the newspaper. He is the author of the 2011 book, "Troubled Trails: The Meeker Affair and the Expulsion of Utes from Colorado,” and the upcoming “Historic Adventures on the Colorado Plateau,” which will be released in May 2018. When not writing, Bob enjoys horseback riding, bicycling and camping, primarily in Western Colorado and Eastern Utah. He and his wife, Judy, live near Palisade, Colo.