Staff

Christal Gaines-Emory

Christal Gaines-Emory

Editor-in-Chief
Journalism 2024


When I was sending out college applications, I felt very strongly about CSULB. Then when I visited Long Beach, it immediately felt like home. I joined the Daily49er because I wanted to gain experience in journalism while also making a difference on campus and meeting new people with similar career goals. My no-skips album is Electra Heart by MARINA and my go-to comfort shows are Avatar: The Last Airbender & The 100.

Kristina Agresta

Kristina Agresta

Managing Editor
Journalism & French Minor Fall 2024


CSULB has been the perfect school for me. While I didn’t start in the journalism program, I’m so glad to have lucked into a wonderful community with talented writers and professors. I started with the Daily49er as the Social Media Editor and have now found myself on the managing team. My current no-skips album is five seconds flat by Lizzy McAlpine and my all-time favorite comfort show is New Girl.

Leila Nunez

Leila Nunez

Multimedia Managing Editor
Computer Science 2025


I've always had a passion for journalism, but I’ve found myself specifically drawn to the digital side of the field. When I saw the opening for Multimedia Managing Editor I thought it was a great way to do something I love while also making friends. Anything by Harry Styles is a no-skips album for me and Criminal Minds is my go-to comfort show.

Gisele Robinett

Gisele Robinett

Creative Director
Journalism 2023


I joined the Daily Forty-Niner because I was really interested in building on my skills. Collaborating with a big team on news design has not only allowed me to practice design but also to meet so many different people. This is my final year with the 49er and I am very grateful for the time I’ve spent with the team. I recommend Pen15 to watch and CAPRISONGS by FKA Twigs is a perfect album to listen to.

Richie Rodriguez

Richie Rodriguez

Community Engagement Editor
Journalism 2023


I chose CSULB because I felt the journalism department was the best fit for me. The diversity of the Long Beach State community drew me to the campus. I hope to enrich the campus community during my time as a student and as the Community Engagement Editor. Beyonce’s self-titled album is a classic for me and I always love watching Schitt’s Creek.

Kaitlyn Rowell

Kaitlyn Rowell

PR & Promotional Manager
Public Relations 2023


I chose the Daily49er because I needed to get involved in a student organization and I just clicked very well with the 49er crew. I first got involved by writing for the publication for a class and now I’m a manager! My no-skip album is An Evening with Silk Sonic and my comfort show is Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Rosaura Montes

Rosaura Montes

Chief Copy Editor
Journalism 2023


I always thought Long Beach was impossible to attend but now I’m a student here. I decided to join the D49er because I wanted to work with the fantastic staff and gain more experience in journalism before entering the real world. My album recommendation is …Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age and my go-to comfort show is King of the Hill.

Jasmine Lee

Jasmine Lee

Graphic Design Assistant
Studio Art & Graphic Design Minor 2023


I decided to join Beach Media because I really wanted to get involved on campus and it was a great opportunity to see what other students were working on. My no-skips albums are all the Cage the Elephant albums and my go-to comfort show is New Girl.

Jazmin Arellano Gallardo

Jazmin Arellano Gallardo

Copy Editor Assistant
German MA 2024


I chose CSULB because it has an excellent German program and I felt it was right for me. I wanted to get involved on campus, write, and prepare for a career in publishing, so I applied to D49er and thankfully am now part of our staff. Miss Anthropocene by Grimes is my no-skips album and my comfort show is Jujutsu Kaisen.

Kimberly Estrada

Kimberly Estrada

Copy Editor Assistant
Public Relations & Spanish Minor 2023


I decided to start working for the Daily Forty-Niner because it's a great student-run publication and I wanted to get more experience in the journalism industry, specifically within a newspaper environment. My no-skips album is American Teen by Khalid and my go-to comfort show is Friends.

Hannah Shields

Hannah Shields

News Editor
Journalism & Political Science Minor 2023


Long Beach State has been my dream school since I moved to California. I was excited to join the Daily 49er as a staff writer and found myself surrounded by talented writers who continue to inspire me every day. I will always listen to Hadestown all the way through and my go-to comfort watch is Emma Chamberlain vlogs.

Vincent Medina

Vincent Medina

News Assistant
Journalism 2024


Coming from Los Cerritos College, I chose CSULB because it has one of the best journalism programs in the area. The Daily Forty-Niner creates great content and has a strong news desk, so I knew I wanted to work on staff when I started at CSULB. My no-skips album is folklore by Taylor Swift and my comfort show is Seinfeld.

Andrea Lopez

Andrea Lopez

Sports Assistant
Journalism 2023


I chose CSULB because I loved the classes that were offered. I looked up many CSULB alumni, saw where they are now, and knew it would be a great place to learn. I love the way Daily 49er is diverse, inclusive and creative. I knew right away that I wanted to be part of the team. I have grown so much since joining. The Mamma Mia soundtrack is my no-skips album and Sex and the City is my go-to comfort show.

Nicholas Broadhead

Nicholas Broadhead

Sports Assistant
Journalism 2024


I decided to work for the Daily Forty-Niner because I wanted to continue gaining meaningful experience writing for a publication. I’m hoping my time at the 49er will help me become the best editor I can be before I go off into the journalism industry. I don’t have a no-skips album, but my comfort show is The Big Bang Theory.

Naoki Gima

Naoki Gima

Sports Assistant
Journalism 2024


I chose to attend CSULB because it’s a great school and it’s really close to home. I also decided to work for the Daily49er to have the opportunity to work with great people and grow. My no-skips album is Renaissance by Polyphia and my go-to comfort show is Brooklyn 99.

Kadie Gurley

Kadie Gurley

Arts and Life Editor
Journalism 2023


I transferred to CSULB from Cal State Dominguez Hills. I decided to come here instead because I felt like the diversity of the campus community made it more relatable than any campus I had attended previously. I similarly chose to work for the Daily49er because of the diverse and welcoming staff. Rihanna’s ANTI is my no-skip album, I’m waiting for the queen to come back with new music. And my current comfort show is Never Have I Ever.

Stacey Chen

Stacey Chen

Arts & Life Assistant
English Creative Writing 2023


I chose CSULB because I love living near Los Angeles while being close to the beach. I used to live in Las Vegas, and I never felt like I fit in. But when I moved to LA I realized I found it to be the place for me, and I wanted to be a part of that world while going to a great college. I decided on the D49er because I wanted to have experience working and writing with a diverse group of people. Every album by Mitski is a no-skips album for me, and my go-to comfort show is Puella Magi.

Georgie Smith

Georgie Smith

Opinions Editor
Journalism 2024


I chose the Daily 49er because I wanted to get more involved with the JPR program and get hands on experience working for a publication. I feel like working on the 49er has given me a chance to meet other talented journalists while also expanding my skill set as an editor and writer. My no-skips album is Swimming by Mac Miller, and my go-to comfort show is Adventure Time.

Briana Mendez-Padilla

Briana Mendez-Padilla

Special Projects Editor
Journalism & English Education 2023


I joined the 49er because I wanted to strengthen my editing skills and work with my peers to make engaging and impactful content. My comfort show is Gilmore Girls. A yearly autumn rewatch of it is mandatory. My no-skip album is Lana del Rey's Norman F***ing Rockwell.

Isabel Silagy

Isabel Silagy

Podcast Editor
Political Science & Journalism 2023


CSULB is my family school, and both the POSC and JOUR departments cater perfectly to my areas of interest in terms of studies and career plans. Working for The Daily 49er seemed like the perfect step to take in my collegiate career, both for professional readiness and for fun, and it has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my undergraduate experience. My no-skips album is Guy Walks Into a Bar... by Mini Mansions and my comfort show is The West Wing.

Renzo Pocasangre

Renzo Pocasangre

Photo Editor
Political Science 2024


I decided to join the Daily49er because I felt that it was an exciting opportunity to contribute my skills to the university while pushing the boundaries of my photography abilities. My no-skips album is Stadium Arcadium by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and my go-to comfort show is Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back.

Luke Wines

Luke Wines

Video Editor
Political Science 2025


I've lived in Long Beach my whole life, it's an amazing city with people from all walks of life, and the same is true for CSULB. The Daily49er's commitment to editorial independence from CSULB is commendable and a big part of what drew me to the paper. My no-skips album is by far "How Do You Love?" by The Regrettes and my go-to comfort show is easily How I Met Your Mother, an amazing show with a wonderful plot... if you don't think about the ending.

Maureen Linzaga

Maureen Linzaga

Social Media Assistant
Journalism 2024


Having previously worked for my community college newspaper, I wanted to continue gaining experience in publication on a much larger scale, so I decided to join the Daily49er this semester as a social media assistant. My no-skips album is Live on Ice by Tobi Lou, and my go-to comfort show is End of the F***ing World on Netflix.

Andy Nguyen

Andy Nguyen

Sound Assistant
Film and Electronic Arts 2023

Sam Farfan

Opinions Assistant

Matthew Gomez

Sports Editor

Jaylyn Minnich

News Assistant

Armando Jacobo

Photo Assistant

Tatiahna Bentley

Video Assistant

Atazshii Austin

Social Media Editor

Ashley Wilkes

Social Media Assistant

Sonny Tapia

Photo Assistant

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