Meet the Staff

Spring 2020 Staff

Editorial Board

 

Kate Bent
Editor-in-Chief
Kate Bent is a first year journalism student returning to school after a five-year absence. After previously getting an AA degree in Child Development, she decided to return to school and hopes to be a conflict journalist someday. She also enjoys walking her cat, going to the beach and attending concerts.

 

Matthew Gomez
Sports Editor
My name is Matthew. I’m in my third semester at OCC, and second semester with the Coast Report. If I’m not at school or working at Starbucks, I often find myself watching various sports, and keeping an eye on up and coming prospects. Otherwise, I can be found spending my time hanging out with friends or my three dogs.

 

Staff Writers

 

Jessica Bustos
My name is Jessica Bustos. This is my fourth year attending OCC and I am completing my associates degree for transfer in journalism this semester. I am fluent in Spanish and will be the first person in my family to get a degree. I love to write because words hold the power to unite and break apart nations. My goal in life is to bring awareness to important and controversial issues while sticking to facts.

 

Oceana Christopher
I am a third-semester journalism student also working on becoming a certified yoga instructor. I have a passion for politics, health and documentaries. In my free time you can find me engaging in passionate debates at happy hour over sushi.

 

Bryan Harris
Hello! My name is Bryan Harris. I've been attending Orange Coast College since I graduated from the Orange County School of the Arts in 2014. I graduated from OCC in spring 2019 with a certificate and associate degree in film and television, and I've returned to further develop my abilities in fiction, nonfiction, and argument writing. I've studied broadcast journalism at Santa Ana College and documentary filmmaking at OCC and I have a passion for questioning and reforming the systems that govern the lives of Americans, especially the rights and opportunities of students and workers.

 

Mazin Khalil
My name is Mazin Khalil and this is my second year at OCC as a journalism student. I have a strong passion for sports being that I was a former D2 football player. If I’m not at school studying or trying to better myself, I’m probably watching my two role models on ESPN’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman.

 

Eva Muller
Hi I’m Eva and I’m a newly declared journalism major hoping to graduate with an AA-T at the end of this semester. I’m excited to be a part of the Coast Report and improve my writing while also confronting my trepidation of talking to strangers and procrastinating homework. When I’m not at school or working, I love to watch movies, read, paint and spend time with friends and dogs.

 

Alexis Nakahiro
Hi. I’m Alexis. I am a second-semester journalism major and this is my first semester on the Coast Report. Growing up, I spent most of my time in the dance studio and on the competition floor. When I'm not hanging out with my dog and my cat, I teach different styles of dance at a small studio in La Habra. I hope to gain journalistic experience and enhance my writing abilities .

 

Linette Owens
Hi. My name is Linette. I have been a student at OCC for three years. I’ve been a fashion merchandising major up until last semester. Now I am embarking my journey as a journalism major. This is my first semester writing for the Coast Report and I so am excited. I am hoping to transfer as a public relations major next fall.

 

Julia Rudy
My name is Julia Rudy and I am a third year journalism student at OCC. In my free time I am often found teaching Pilates, hiking, going to the beach or coaching volleyball. I also love to write and am very excited to be writing for the Coast Report this semester.

 

Cody Sargenti
I am a first-year OCC student who’s an avid sports, music and online gaming fan. After graduating from El Toro High School in 2013, I took some time to work on music in Seattle and Los Angeles. I’ve now returned to my collegiate experience with an interest in sports journalism as well as an intense burning passion for Liverpool Football Club. Up the Redmen. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

 

Bryan Yoon
My name is Bryan Yoon and I am a third-year photojournalism major at OCC. I reside in Huntington Beach and I have a passion for photography and writing. I’m also an Army veteran and I served in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom with the 2nd Infantry Division as a combat artillery soldier. This is my first year as part of the Coast Report and it is an exciting learning experience that I hope to take with me for years to come.

 

 

Behind the scenes

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Cathy Werblin
Faculty Advisor
Phone: 714-432-5094
Emailcwerblin@occ.cccd.edu
Cathy Werblin teaches newswriting and reporting and feature writing at OCC in addition to advising the Coast Report staff. She is tired most of the time. She spent many years writing for daily newspapers in Arizona and California, including the Orange County Register.
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Kate Mann
Advertising Manager
Phone: 714-432-5673
Email: coastreportads@yahoo.com
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.