About Us

First called the Normal News when founded in 1881, The Eastern Echo has served the Eastern Michigan University and Ypsilanti communities as an independent newspaper for more than 130 years.

Publishing Schedule

Fall semester (September-December): Monday and Thursday Winter semester (January-April): Monday and Thursday Spring semester (May-June): Tuesday Summer semester (July-August): Breaking news posted online only

Drop by for a visit

The newspaper offices are currently located on the second floor of King Hall on Eastern Michigan's campus. After entering King's West door, The Echo offices are up the stairs and the first door on the left.

What does "independent" mean?

The Eastern Echo is paid for solely through its own advertising revenue. This means the university cannot dictate management or content. All Echo employees are required to be at least part-time students at the university; the only full-time faculty is the student media director, who has no editorial influence over the newspaper's content. The Echo's student leadership is overseen by the Student Media Board, which is chaired by EMU faculty, advisers, administrators and members of the local community.

How to get involved

Interested in contributing?

Send an email to one or more of the editors below and set up a meeting.

Need a copy of an issue?

Call the main number or email one of the editors below.

Need advertising information?

Contact the ad manager (below) or click on the Classifieds link in the menu above to post a classified ad.

Send all other inquiries, letters to the editor and comments/suggestions to editor@easternecho.com.

The Echo offices in King Hall are always open to members of the Eastern Michigan and Ypsilanti communities. Stop by for a chat and see the faces behind the newspaper.

Contacting Us

Eastern Echo 229 King Hall Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Main office phone: (734) 487-1010 Newsroom phone: (734) 487-0397 Main office fax: (734) 487-6702 Advertising phone: (734) 487-0396 Student Media Director, Kevin Devine: (734) 487-1026

The 2014-15 Eastern Echo staff:


Editor-in-Chief Nora Naughton: editor@easternecho.com Spring office hours: Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. or by appointment.


Managing Editor Al Willman: managing@easternecho.com Spring office hours: Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. or by appointment.


Copy Editor Shelby Taylor: copy@easternecho.com Spring office hours: By appointment.


Advertising Manager Brian Peterson: bpeters4@emich.edu hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment.


Creative Director Vicki Behne: design@easternecho.com Spring office hours: By appointment.


News Editor Curt Allain: news@easternecho.com Spring office hours: By appointment.


Arts & Entertainment Editor Olivia Jackson: artsentertainment@easternecho.com Spring office hours: By appointment.


Opinions Editor James Tatum: opinions@easternecho.com Spring office hours: By appointment.


Sports Editor Jillian Seach: sports@easternecho.com Spring office hours: By appointment.


Comics Editor Christine Deneweth: comics@easternecho.com Spring office hours: By appointment.


Multimedia Editor Andrew Mascharka: multimedia@easternecho.com Spring office hours: By Appointment

Photo Editor Adam Karr: photo@easternecho.com Spring office hours: By appointment

Video Editor Dakoda Johnson video@easternecho.com Spring office hours: By appointment

Assistant Video Editor Michael G. Petersen Spring office hours: By appointment

Reader Comments:

The Eastern Echo encourages readers to participate in a dialog on the news and information presented on The Echo website by submitting comments. Not all reader comments will be published, and some comments, after publication, will be removed if they are deemed offensive, off-topic, inflammatory or spam by the editors.

Reader comments that will be removed from The Echo site include but are not limited to:

* Hate speech or personal attacks * Comments intended to incite violence * Commenters pretending to be someone else * Plagiarised comments or copyright infringement * Spam and advertising

In the interest of promoting dialog and free speech, the editors do not pre-screen comments. Therefore, some unacceptable comments may appear online briefly until reviewed and removed by an editor.

Readers who feel a comment is unacceptable for any of the reasons stated above or for another reason are encouraged to click on the “Flag for moderation” link below the comment and alert the editors.

Readers are also encouraged to contact the editors directly by email at the addresses listed in the “about us” tab on the top of the homepage. To submit a formal “letter to the editor” for consideration for publication, please email your letter (no more than 300 words) to: editor@easternecho.com and put “Letter to the Editor” in the subject line. Please include your full, real name and your phone number and home town so the editors can verify your identity. Only your name will be published with your letter should the editors choose to publish it: Letters may also be edited for content and space issues.