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Meet the Staff

Fall 2020 Staff



Editorial Board

Kate Bent
News Editor
Kate is in her fourth semester on Coast Report and her second year back at OCC after a several-year absence. She hopes to transfer to an international school and become a foreign correspondent. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, walking her cats and missing going to concerts.


Nat Cardos
Features Editor
Nat is a second-year journalism student and hoping to be a music journalist sometime in the future. Music has taken up a lot of her life and is a huge passion. She’s currently in a band and some of her favorite genres include punk, SKA, and new wave, among others.


Mikayla Conte
Views Editor
Mikayla is a second-year journalism major at OCC, and in her first year with Coast Report. When she is not at her job or school, she is working out, taking pictures, or eating something delicious. She joined the Coast Report to express her emotions and opinions through her writing. She hopes to transfer to California State University, Long Beach to continue her studies next year.


Matthew Gomez
Sports Editor
Matt is a second-year OCC student joining Coast Report for a third semester. The majority of his time is spent watching up-and-coming prospects across major sports or working at Starbucks. He plans to stay on the journalism route, and one day work a beat covering the minor leagues.


Giselle Unrue
News Editor
Giselle is a second-year student majoring in journalism. She will be the first in her family to go to college and into the “career of her dreams.” Since her childhood years, she has kept up with the news, reading the newspaper with her dad every morning before school. When she is not at school or with her loved ones, she is sitting on the floor of her apartment reading, writing or drawing. She is both excited and nervous to be a part of Coast Report, something she has dreamed of her entire life.


Staff Writers and Contributors


Chris Bibona
Chris is a first-year student at OCC, currently working toward a degree in journalism. He is a sports fanatic and co-host of Sports Sunday with Alex Crawford. He enjoys watching the Dodgers, as well as other LA teams on occasion. His goal is to become a sports commentator and/or analyst. He also has a love for philosophy. Authors like Dostoevsky, Camus, and Hemingway are all on his reading list.


Ramiro Cardenas
Ramiro is in his first year at OCC and his first semester working with Coast Report. If he’s not in school, he is either working or hanging out with friends (with socially distancing precautions). He likes to make music playlists, be on social media, and go out to enjoy the sun.


Oceana Christopher
Oceana is an avid reader and nature fanatic who is always seeking new ways to connect with the great outdoors. She grew up in both Maui and Los Angeles, traveling back and forth between both places throughout childhood. She loves exploring new neighborhoods, cities and countries and has worked as a flight attendant for the past ten years. She recently completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program and is currently enrolled in the 200 hour program at Orange Coast College.


K. Hardy
K. is a returning student pursuing a degree in journalism. She has a knack for staying busy, particularly since re-enrolling. When the semester’s course load allows, she spends the majority of her time reading, or tending to two very spoiled dogs.


Jordan Noble
Jordan Noble is a first semester journalism student. He spent the last six years managing restaurants in L.A. and Orange County. He is passionate about pizza, literature and politics. In his free time, Jordan enjoys hiking, surfing and riding motorcycles up and down the coast.


Erika Perry
Erika is in her third and last year at OCC. She finally decided to major in communications/journalism this past year. This fall, she is applying to universities for transfer for 2021. She would ideally like to study journalism at New York University or Vanderbilt University. When she is not writing, she is making music, singing or watching Vanderpump Rules.


Kathy Trinh
Kathy is a second-year OCC student eager to explore varying interests in hopes of finding a major. She enjoys film and television, having watched just about anything and everything. Eighties rock is the soundtrack to her life, with Bruce Springsteen's hits at the forefront of every playlist. Drawn towards the arts and popular culture, she is excited to learn journalistic writing and how it can apply to crafting entertainment stories.


Faculty and Staff

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Dr. Jeremy Shermak
Faculty Advisor
Twitter: @JeremyShermak
Dr. Shermak is the faculty advisor to Coast Report and journalism instructor at Orange Coast College. He teaches News Writing and Reporting as well as Social Media for Print and Online Journalism. Dr. Shermak earned his Ph.D. in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and previously studied journalism at the University of Missouri and Indiana University. He is a former journalist, managing editor and media analyst. When he is not in the newsroom, Dr. Shermak is either reading, watching or researching the news. He is a huge sports fan, especially baseball and his beloved Chicago Cubs.



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Kate Mann
Advertising Manager
Phone: 714-432-5673
Kate joined the Coast Report staff in 2005. She can usually be found shivering in the advertising office. Send any questions about display or classified advertisements her way.