Written by students, for students. Our team is compromised of many unique individuals with different majors, ages, interests, and personalities. We’re all excited for a new year and ready to share it on The Daily Duke blog! Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog and follow us on Twitter & Facebook!


Thanks for stopping by The Daily Duke blog! My name is Michelle Mullins and I’m The Daily Duke’s student editor. I was a writer for the blog last year, so I’m a Daily Duke veteran! I’m a senior majoring in Marketing and I’m involved on campus as a Student Ambassador. I am excited to share my passion for JMU through the blog this year!

2017-DD-Portraits-1007Welcome fellow Dukes! My name is Julia Shawver, and I am a senior from right outside of Williamsburg, VA. I am studying Media Arts and Design with a concentration in Integrated Advertising and Corporate Communication, and a minor in Art. After graduation, I hope to work in the advertising or communications fields, utilizing my creativity in some capacity. When I’m not in class or in the office, I enjoy traveling, running, and reading. I am very excited to be a part of The Daily Duke team, and I’m looking forward to a great senior year!

headshot 1Hello! My name is Erin Thorn and I am the Graphic Designer for The Daily Duke! I am from Richmond, VA and I am a Graphic Design major. I have been studying graphic
design since I was a freshman in high school and am hoping to work in advertising after graduation in 2019. I love HGTV, animals, and avocados. I am very excited to see graphic design become a larger part of The Daily Duke this year!

2017-DD-Portraits-1039Hey there, I’m Carrie Chang. I’m a sophomore Studio Art major, with a concentration in Photography, and an Art History minor. I’m from Charlottesville and JMU is my second home. In my free time, I love to take pictures, hang with friends, and pet every dog I see around campus.


Hi, my name is Stephen Abramowitz and I’m a Communication Studies major with a concentration in Public Relations. I’m originally from Doylestown, Pennsylvania; I chose James Madison for the beautiful views and community-based environment.  I serve on the executive board for JMU’s PRSSA chapter, and I’ve also been a member of  the rowing team as well as the snowboarding club. When I’m not writing for The Daily Duke, I enjoy exploring what Harrisonburg has to offer!

2017-DD-Portraits-1046Hey, Dukes! My name is Brooke Withers and I am a senior Communications Studies major concentrating in Public Relations. I’m from Fishersville, Virginia, which is located between Charlottesville and Harrisonburg. On campus I am actively involved in Lambda Pi Eta, The Odyssey, PRSSA, and I am thrilled to be a part of The Daily Duke team this year! Following graduation, I hope to pursue a career in public relations or social media marketing. I had the privilege of studying abroad in Ireland with SCOM following my sophomore year and hope to add a few stamps to my passport after college.


Hi, my name is Christina Ziu and I’m a senior Media Arts and Design major with a concentration in Journalism. I was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, but I call JMU home. On campus, I’m a producer for Breeze TV and a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. This past summer I studied abroad in Italy where I discovered my passion for video journalism and traveling the world. I’m looking forward to this upcoming year with The Daily Duke!


Hey everyone! My name is Jenny Amirante. I’m a senior Communication Studies major with a concentration in Public Relations. I also have minors in British Media & Communication and Women & Gender’s Studies. My time at JMU has been so fulfilling, and I have learned so much about my studies and myself. Last semester, I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad in London and travel all over Europe. Although my time here at JMU is coming to an end soon, I am excited to give back to the community, and spread the JMU spirit with The Daily Duke!


My name is Paige Epstein and I am a senior at James Madison University studying Communications with a Public Relations concentration. I’m from New Jersey and hope to work in New York City after graduation. Being creative and creating interesting and relevant content is the reason I am so excited to be a part of The Daily Duke!


Hey! My name is Caroline Brandt and I am a senior Media Arts and Design major with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in WRTC. I’m from Sterling, Virginia (NOVA) and I’m so excited to be a part of The Daily Duke team! On campus, I am also a Madison Advising Peer (MAP) and the Vice President of Communications for Sigma Kappa Sorority. I can’t wait to spend my senior year writing for The Daily Duke!


Go Duuuuukes!