Pablo Roa, Co-Founder, Co-Editor in Chief: Pablo Roa is a sophomore Broadcast Journalism and Government and Politics double-major at the University of Maryland, College Park. Pablo is the senior sports editor of Stories Beneath the Shell and the news editor of, where he writes about politics and campus news. Last fall, he interned with the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor. You can find his work and resume at
Michael Stern, Co-Founder,Co-Editor in Chief: Michael Stern is a senior broadcast journalism major from Plainsboro, New Jersey. He is the co-founder of The Left Bench, the co-founder of Beltway Bulletin, the sports director of WMUC Sports and is a production crew chief at Capital News Service. Michael has also reported and producer for Capital News Service through his four years at Maryland. Michael has interned at USA Today, NBC News Channel and WTOP, and worked at the inauguration for CBS. His passion for political journalism started in fourth grade when he started a school newspaper and wrote his first article on whether or not Hillary Clinton would run for President in 2008.
Alex Mann, Managing Editor: Alex Mann, 22, is junior multi-platform journalism major at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. A staff sports writer for Stories Beneath the Shell, Mann attended the University of South Carolina and St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he studied public relations and economics, respectively. After graduation hopes to pursue a career as a long-form journalist covering the environment, public health and social injustice. Mann was born in Washington D.C., but grew up in Maryland.
Katrina Schmidt, Managing Editor: Katrina Schmidt is a freshman multiplatform journalism major from Baltimore, Maryland. Besides her role as managing editor of the Beltway Bulletin, Katrina covers softball for The Left Bench. She is also involved with Students Helping Honduras and in the College Park Scholars Justice and Legal Thought Program. Katrina is a lifelong political news junkie, and unlike the average person, finds local politics particularly riveting. Her interest in social justice influences this passion, and she believes that one of the best pathways to change is at the local level.
Lauren Koenig, Multimedia Director: Lauren Koenig is a sophomore Broadcast Journalism and Government and Politics double-major at the University of Maryland, College Park. She currently serves at the Vice President of the University of Maryland’s Panhellenic Association, overseeing judicial affairs and accountability issues. Lauren’s interest in political journalism stems from her fascination with the level of integrity involved in reporting the news fairly and accurately, especially when it comes to politics. She believes political journalism allows for government officials to be held accountable by the constituents they represent.