Mary Frances McGowan, current managing editor of The Carroll News, was elected the new editor-in-chief on Thursday, March 31. She will begin her term as editor-in-chief on Thursday, April 14.
McGowan, a junior, began writing and copy editing for The Carroll News as a freshman in 2013. She was made the assistant editor to the Campus section at the end of her first semester, and became a Campus section editor at the end of her freshman year. After a successful year in this position, she rose to managing editor.
McGowan is currently double majoring in Communication and Political Science. She is also the president of the John Carroll University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In addition, she is a member of Eta Eta –the John Carroll chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society– as well as the Kappa Delta Sorority.
“I hope that The Carroll News embodies its purpose of providing a voice for the student body and holding the university accountable when it is due, as well as putting out a publication each week that speaks to the interests of the student body,” McGowan said. “I’m lucky that our staff is a group of talented, creative and curious folks, so I’m confident that, as a publication, we won’t be afraid to take risks and address campus-wide issues in an ethical and balanced way (and have a lot of fun, that’s good too).”
“I have complete confidence in Mary Frances,” said Katelyn DeBaun, the current editor-in-chief. “I’ve worked with her for three years now and have 100 percent faith that she will lead this newspaper successfully. I’m extremely excited to see what the future holds for her and The Carroll News.”