About Us

Meet The Vanguard E-Board

Gabriela Flores, Editor-In-Chief  

Gabriela is a Television, Radio and Emerging Media major, stepping into her third year at Brooklyn College. She previously was The Vanguard’s Features Editor and is now the paper’s Editor-In-Chief. With two years under her belt as an up-and-coming journalist, she’s built her news sense and passion for reporting. While off-duty, she kicks back to her favorite Bad Bunny and Zoé tunes.


 John Schilling, Managing Editor

John Schilling is a senior at Brooklyn College, a Journalism and Media Studies major, and the Managing Editor for the Vanguard. Previously, John worked as the Arts Editor for two semesters. A native of Rockaway Beach, John’s passion for writing stems from his high school days where he was encouraged by his English teacher to join the school newspaper. John went on to win “Best Column” two years in a row at The Tablet’s High School Press Awards. In addition to his work at the Vanguard, John writes for The Wave newspaper in Rockaway and works as the Admissions Coordinator at Cathedral Prep High School in Elmhurst. In his free time, John can be found ranting about the New York Mets, catching up on sleep, and watching the latest film or a Broadway musical (sometimes all at once). 


 Anakin Jackson, Layout Editor

Anakin Jackson is a Film Production major and currently the Layout Editor for the Brooklyn College Vanguard. Anakin’s originally from a small town on North Fork of Long Island and came to Brooklyn in 2019 to expand his horizons. He runs his own video production company out of Long Island which has worked with people like Shaq and Kelsey Grammer.  He aspires to one day be a breakdancer on the subway.


Fawaad Farooq, Business Manager  

Fawaad Farooq is a rising senior at Brooklyn College, a Journalism and Media Studies major, and currently holds the position of Business Manager for the Vanguard. When he isn’t in college, his passion is to watch and play sports, something that he loves and enjoys dearly.


Meet the Supportive Staff:

Emmad Kashmiri, Digital Editor

Emmad is a Computer Science major and is currently in his second year in Brooklyn College. He is currently the Digital Editor for the Vanguard. Emmad enjoys meeting new people and going outside with friends.


Kaylin Guzman, Photo Editor

Kaylin Guzman is a native New Yorker that loves to do touristy things. She is currently a Junior double majoring in Television and Radio and Journalism and Media Studies. Kaylin is joining the Vanguard to serve as the Photo Editor. With a camera always by her side and punk rock playing in her headphones, you can find her walking city streets taking candid pictures of different scenes involving fellow New Yorkers.


Meet the Section Editors:

Matt Hirsch, News Editor

Matt Hirsch is a senior at Brooklyn College majoring in Journalism and Media Studies with a minor in Television and Radio. A native Brooklynite from Coney Island, Matt graduated from Kingsborough Community College in 2019 with an A.S. in Journalism and Print Media, where he was the Editor-In-Chief of Scepter, the student newspaper. He’s a life-long Professional Wrestling fan, Mets fan, metalhead, and lover of video games.


Serin Sarsour, Features Editor  

Serin Sarsour is a sophomore at Brooklyn College majoring in Journalism and Media Studies. She is the latest addition to The Vanguard and is the Features Editor. Serin’s love for writing blossomed at a young age, and she aspires to be a journalist or work for a television network in the future. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Serin enjoys listening to music, eating good food, and spending time with her family and friends.


Ian Ezinga, Opinions Editor

Transferred to Brooklyn College in the Fall of 2019 from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is currently studying history and in addition to his work at The Vanguard, Ian is also involved in the college’s Historical Society and works at both the Magner Career Center and the Special Collections. Ian is interested in politics, urban history, sad folk music, and middlebrow fiction. When he’s not burning his time with his school-related activities, Ian is also an avid cyclist and works at a bike shop in Queens. I hated writing that.


Michela Arlia, Arts Editor

Michela Arlia is a Psychology and Theater major whose passion for writing stems from high school, where she wrote for the school paper under the guidance of her journalism teacher. After writing for the Vanguard since the first month of her Freshman year, she is so excited to be taking on the role of Arts Editor. In her spare time, you can probably catch her nose-deep in a book or streaming Billy Joel and Queen’s greatest hits on repeat.


Owen Russell, Sports Editor 

Owen Russell is a junior at Brooklyn College and a Creative Writing and Film double major. He has loved Sports since he was a little kid, but like most sports writers, he was never very good at them.