Mary Ruth Yoe, Executive Editor

Mary Ruth Yoe became editor of the Magazine in July 1989. With a BA in American studies from Washington College, she earned an MLitt from the University of Edinburgh. She has helped edit alumni magazines for a baker's dozen of institutions, including Grinnell College and Johns Hopkins University (where she headed the Alumni Magazine Consortium). She enjoys writing headlines that include puns and/or lyrics from her favorite songwriter, and no doubt her epitaph will contain a typo.

Laura Demanski, Editor

Laura Demanski, AM'94, joined the Magazine in 2012. She previously worked for the University as editor of the the College magazine, the Core, and managing editor of the literary journal Modern Philology. Laura earned her AB from Brown University and her AM from UChicago in English language and literature.

Lydialyle Gibson, Associate Editor

Lydialyle Gibson came to the Magazine in August 2005, after one year as a magazine and newspaper freelancer and four years as staff writer for a weekly newspaper, the Chicago Journal. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1998 from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a master's degree in 1999 from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. She contributes features to the Magazine, coedits its UChicago Journal department, and manages the staff interns.

Jason Kelly, Associate Editor

Jason Kelly joined the Magazine in February 2009 after 14 years as a reporter, columnist, and editor at the South Bend (Indiana) Tribune. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1995. At the Magazine he coedits the UChicago Journal section and writes feature stories.

Helen Gregg, AB’09, Alumni News Editor

Helen Gregg, AB’09, joined the Magazine in 2014 after working as a lead editor for a Chicago-based trade magazine. She also spent time in the book publishing world, working for Penguin and the Frankfurt Book Fair. At the Magazine she edits the Peer Review section and contributes to the rest of the Magazine.

Rhonda L. Smith, Senior Copy Editor

Rhonda Smith joined the Magazine in September 2010. As copy editor she reads for style and grammar and fact-checks the features and department stories. Previously, Rhonda was the editorial coordinator in the Books Division of the University of Chicago Press and a technical editor for a software company. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in writing, both from DePaul University, and a certificate in editing from the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.

Guido Mendez, Art Director

A graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Guido has two BFAs in graphic design and photography and an MFA in photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Guido has especially enjoyed designing for fine arts and higher education, with special interests in magazine/book publishing and creative direction of brand development. Most recently he was a senior art director for Columbia College Chicago. He joined the University this past December.

Joy Olivia Miller, Interactive Content Editor

Joy Olivia Miller studied computer-graphics technology at Purdue University. She started to work for the University in 1999, one week before graduating, as assistant director of communications in the Alumni Association. When ARD's Creative Team was created in 2001, Joy transferred to that group and started to work on the Magazine. She left the University in 2004 to become art director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists; she was part of the editorial team that won the 2007 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. She returned to the Magazine staff in December 2008 as its interactive content editor.

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