Heard it Here

Wake Forest Students Cover Downtown Winston-Salem

Phoebe Zerwick (Editor)

I am an associate professor of the practice in the English Department at Wake Forest University, where I teach journalism and writing. I came to teaching after more than 20 years as a working journalist, mostly at the Winston-Salem Journal, where I was a reporter, columnist and editor. I have always been drawn to human stories and to the role journalism plays in defining and creating community. Heard It Here is a regular news report produced by students in my community journalism class. I serve as editor, but the work you see is the work of my students. Feel free to email or call me with story ideas and comments. I want to hear from you when we get it right and when we don’t. You may reach me by email at zerwicp@wfu.edu or on my cell at 336-682-2249. Website


Stephen Bechtel

I am a junior at Wake Forest University with a major in biology and a minor in journalism. I love ecology and the environment and am especially passionate about issues like climate change. Helping people understand and appreciate science as it functions in the world around them via a good story is a romantic synopsis of what I hope to accomplish with my life. On a less serious note, I have a tubby and cantankerous cat named Stirling and enjoy cycling in my free time. Feel free to contact me through phone at (828) 855-4899 or by email at bechsj15@wfu.edu.


Meredith Happy

Hey! My name is Meredith Happy and I am a sophomore journalism student at Wake Forest University. I plan to study political science and education in addition to journalism while at Wake Forest. I love reporting stories so that entire communities can learn truthful, reliable news. Although Winston-Salem is my new home, I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. In my free time I enjoy reading, creative writing, watching movies, and hiking. Feel free to contact me at any time by email at happmp16@wfu.edu or over phone at (925)-899-4067.

Rachel Hirsch

I am a senior at Wake Forest University with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Journalism. I am also a student athlete and play for the University’s field hockey team. I have a love for being around kids and am currently in my student teaching in a kindergarten classroom this semester! I am curious and looking forward to learning more about the environment around me. Feel free to contact me through phone at (502)548-1172 or by email at hirsre14@wfu.edu


Madison Yauger

Hey! My name is Madison Yauger and I’m a senior at Wake Forest. I’m a Communication major with minors in Journalism and Political Science. I am passionate about writing, and am a huge travel junkie. I want to see the world. I want to share my experiences; write about the people that I meet and learn something new every day. I hope to have a career in journalism one day, and want to make a difference in the world. In taking this class, and writing about our community I hope to shed light on what’s going on right in our own backyard. Teddy Roosevelt once said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Here goes nothing. Any questions or concerns about what I write, please email me at msyauger@gmail.com


Erin Stephens

Hi there! My name is Erin Stephens. I am passionate about people and firm in my belief that every person has a story to tell. As a senior at Wake Forest I spend my weekdays in class studying Communication, Journalism and Entrepreneurship. Outside of the classroom, I am involved in the student newspaper, The Old Gold and Black, as a former Assistant Life Editor, former News Editor and current Social Media Editor. As much as I love written words on a newspaper page, I get equally as excited about notes drawn on ledger lines of sheet music. Singing has been a part of my life since childhood and I now enjoy pursuing this passion with my a cappella group, Minor Variation. In the rare moments when these two realms of my life intersect, I am happiest. I am excited about the opportunity to seek out downtown news and bring it to a platform that students, public figures and community members alike can read to stay informed about the heart of our community. Please feel free to contact me at 336-420-4748 or stepec14@wfu.edu with any comments, questions or ideas!


Megan Schmit

I am a senior at Wake Forest University with a major in Communications and minors in Journalism and Art History. I’ve had internships with magazines in the past, including Wake Forest Magazine and Providence Media Group, and a rich history of classes in the journalism program. I have a passion for getting the details right and hope to take this into my future career as an aspiring editor. If you have a comment, question or concern about a story, please feel free to reach me at schmm14@wfu.edu.



Hello, my name is Rayne Supple, I am a Junior on the baseball team at Wake Forest University. I am majoring in Psychology and minoring in Journalism. I have always hoped to write for the Old Gold and Black, so this is a great opportunity for me to practice my reporting skills in the meantime. I look forward to reporting on the diverse qualities that downtown Winston-Salem has to offer. If you would like to contact me, please reach me at supprw15@wfu.edu, or at 802-338-6184.




Lily Walter

I’m a junior at Wake Forest University with a Sociology major, Journalism minor, and concentration in criminal justice. As you might guess, I do have a passion for crime shows like Law & Order: SVU or Criminal Minds, but I also love to write and read what others have written. On campus I write for the school newspaper, the Old Gold and Black. I hail from the Virginia side of D.C., but now live in Philadelphia after a brief stint in Nashville, Tennessee. I love the opportunities journalism provides, and the glimpse it gives us into different worlds. Please feel free to get in touch with me for anything at all at waltlm15@wfu.edu or 703-309-0532.

Jessica Clifford

Hey y’all! I’m Jessica Clifford and I am a sophomore at Wake Forest University, double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics and minoring in Journalism. Although this is my first journalism course, I am very passionate about writing and I’m excited to see what I can learn. Aside from academics, I am on the cheerleading team at Wake Forest and am very involved in campus ministries, as well as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by email at clifjj16@wfu.edu or by cell at (828) 400-8520.

2017 Journalists