Meet the Broadcasting and Performance Team
Karli Sutton is a senior at MTSU with a Journalism major and Theater minor. After graduation, she plans to pursue producing and graphic design for broadcast news and would like to travel to do so. She has an affinity for the arts and all things creative, striving to put that sense of creativity and fun into everything she does. Aside from her academics and love for journalism, Karli enjoys spending quality time with her closest friends and practicing her makeup skills for stage and film; special effects included.
Kayla Walker is a Multimedia Journalist at MTSU. She is currently a senior majoring in Journalism and minoring in Public Relations. She has anchored for MT10 News and written sports stories for Middle Tennessee News. Throughout her education at MTSU, she has had the opportunity to learn how to interview, write scripts, and control a teleprompter. Kayla is from Detroit, Michigan and what she values most is experiences. She believes being able to experience every opportunity presented to her will continue to help her grow and obtain skills each day.
Adam Garrett is a senior English major from Fairview, Tennessee. As a child, he developed a love for fantastical stories that grew into a passion for films, novels, games, and more. In school he joined the band as a tuba player, and it was here where he began to find his confidence. With a natural talent for literature and a blossoming enjoyment of performance arts, Adam wants to become a voice actor so that he can bring smiles to the faces of those who love a good story.
Hi my name is Tori Wilkes. I am Junior here at Middle Tennessee State University. I enrolled here in 2018 and I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with my life. Types things I am interested in is singing and talking. I have been singing since I was 4 years old. Singing is one of my great passions but, I realized I like to talk since I made that transformation from high school to college. Types of hobbies I enjoy is hanging out with my friends, going to church, spending time with my boyfriend, working, and self-care time for me. I really just don’t get into the hype and stay to myself. Start of this new year, I found out that I will become a mom in September
Alex White is currently enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University, majoring in Theatre with a focus on acting. He hopes to one day be able to act in both film and television, as well as onstage. He has appeared in a wide variety of theatrical productions across the Middle Tennessee area, including "James and the Giant Peach", "Sweat", and "The Odd Couple". Alex has what he refers to as an "obsession" with film and television, starting from a very early age, growing up in Decatur, Alabama. He hopes this "obsession" will lead him into a fulfilling career down the road.
Ryann Kieu is a multimedia journalist who has worked with print journalism, broadcast media, and television production. She is currently a junior at Middle Tennessee State University majoring in Journalism with a minor in Media Management. Ryann has worked with many on-campus groups such as Sidelines, Middle Tennessee News, and Blue Raider Television. She is currently co-producing a music-based student run television show called “The Wave” that is affiliated with Blue Raider Television. Ryann is from Chattanooga, Tennessee and enjoys going home to visit her family, reading, and listening to music in her free time.
Cheyana is a senior at Middle Tennessee State University with a major in Journalism and minoring in Political Science. Since early years of high school, her passion has been sharing stories through video and film. From the spring of 2019-2020 she acted as an assignment manager, anchor, and producer for Middle Tennessee News. It taught her so many lessons, in journalism and in her own personal life such as organization, conflict management, and communication skills. She also works as a freelance videographer and photographer. In the summer of 2020, she served as the videographer for a local judicial campaign. Through her experiences she has learned the importance of networking and forming relationships with her fellow professors as well.
Haley Perkins is a senior at Middle Tennessee State University with a major in journalism and a minor in marketing. She has been telling stories through video since she was in high school, where she produced many hype videos for her schools football team. She works as a social media and digital content producer for Middle Tennessee News. Haley is passionate about telling stories and finding new ways to tell them. When she isn’t telling stories, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family. In the future, she hopes to continue telling stories though different forms of media.
Jackson Cates is earning his degree at Middle Tennessee State University. He grew up in Franklin TN. From a young age he had a passion for telling stories. With his passion for telling stories and his writing skills, he decided to pursue a career in journalism. He aims to tell any and every type of story, be it in written, radio or broadcast television form. He dreams one day of becoming a best-selling author.
Sarah Oppmann is a junior at Middle Tennessee State University double majoring in journalism and theatre. Sarah has worked with WMOT news as a student reporter and radio voice and Middle Tennessee News as an anchor and analyst for the tennis broadcast. Sarah has performed in three main stage performances in Tucker Theatre with the MTSU theatre department. Sarah is also a College of Liberal Arts Emissary and a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and Alpha Psi Omega fraternity.
Naffie Njie is a senior pursuing a BS in Interdisciplinary Journalism and a minor in Film Studies.
She grew up in Southfield, Michigan and she is Gambian-American. She has always been passionate about storytelling and has wanted to be a writer since she was a kid.
In high school, she got her start writing for Blackman High School's Online Newspaper: The Blackman Voice. She wrote music reviews and news pieces for the site for 1 year before transferring to Stewarts Creek High School. There, she participated in the theater program and directed a one-act play during her senior year.
Currently, she is a contributing writer for MTSU Sidelines, and she is interning at the Frist Art Museum and the Civic Design Center in Nashville. In 2019, she received a John Seigenthaler Journalism Scholarship for $500. She is pursuing a career in journalism and screenwriting.
Roselyn Pickens is a senior at Middle Tennessee State University. She is currently a dual major in Journalism and English with a minor in writing. Her passion for writing and communication developed early when she took her first position in radio in 1994 at KNWD. She worked in the Middle Tennessee News Room as a reporter last semester enjoying the broad learning experience. She has called Middle Tennessee home for the last ten years moving from South Louisiana.
Will Chappell is a Senior at MTSU majoring in Journalism with a minor in Russian studies. He works at WMOT covering Covid and real estate, and writes opinion pieces for Sidelines. In addition to Russian, he speaks French. He loves travelling and has been to more than a dozen countries and every state except Alaska.
Sam Lindsay is a senior at MTSU majoring in Interdisciplinary Media with a focus in Journalism. He is originally from Kansas City, Missouri but has lived in Tennessee since 2013. He plans to obtain his master's degree.
Nick Cook is a senior at Middle Tennessee State University striving to achieve a Bachelor's degree in Science with a Major in Journalism. His focus is in Public Relations and his Minor is in Music Business. He finds all things creative interesting and strives to learn new, creative hobbies everyday. Along the way, he has learned to web design using WordPress and Wix. He also enjoys photo-editing, video-editing, photography, audio production, and graphic design.
Frederick Behaylo is a senior advertising major from Nashville, Tennessee. All of his life Frederick has been captivated by art, media, and communication. In his opinion, every aspect of the human experience is inherently beautiful and artistically valuable. Frederick’s goal is to take a close look at the universal human experience and find the subtle beauty that lies dormant in every corner of our existence.
DeAngelo Conley grew up in Memphis, Tennessee near riverside dr in the downtown area. He is simply a fashion and sneaker geek. He often model for MTSU black history month fashion shows and will be at every event that involves clothing or music. He wants to create an atmosphere that allows younger individuals find themselves in clothing and ultimately own a store to help them further.