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 student newspaper for more than 130 years.

Publishing Schedule

Fall and Winter semesters (September-April): Tuesdays except during the holiday break and spring break.  During the Spring semester (May-June):  every other Tuesday.   The Echo website, www.easternecho.com, is updated continually throughout the year.

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?

Per EMU Regents Policy and board practice, the Eastern Echo newspaper and other student-created media in the Department of Student Media operate independently in order to provide editorial freedom for the student editors. The Student Media Board of Directors provides oversight, and the director of Student Media administers the department on behalf of the board. The university and/or university administrators or officials do not dictate, preview, vet or veto content in the student-created media. All Echo employees are required to be at least part-time students at the university. The only full-time staff member is the department director who advises the editors and staff but does not exercise prior restraint on content matters. The director also oversees the day-to-day operations, including advertising sales, and implements department policies and procedures.

How to get involved

Interested in joining the Echo staff?

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

Need a copy of a back issue?

Call 734-487-1026 or send a message to easternecho.advertising@gmail.com.

Need advertising information?

Call 734-487-1026 or send a message to easternecho.advertising@gmail.com 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

The Eastern Echo 229 King Hall Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Main office phone: (734) 487-1026

Newsroom phone: (734) 487-0397 

Main office fax: (734) 487-6702 

Advertising phone: (734) 487-0396 

Student Media Director, Kate Mitchell: (734) 487-1026

The 2017-18 Eastern Echo staff:

Editor-in-Chief: Arica Frisbey


(810) 837-2252

Office Hours:

MW: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Managing Editor: Malaya Elgarico


Fall office hours by appointment.

Advertising Manager: Kate Mitchell

Fall office hours by appointment

Contact: easternecho.advertising@gmail.com or 734-487-1026.

Design Chief: Ryan Carney


Fall office hours by appointment.

News Editor: Olivia Grills


Fall office hours by appointment

Arts & Entertainment Editor: Prynsess Partridge


Fall office hours by appointment.

Photography Editor: Arica Frisbey

editor@easternecho.com or contact the section editor you are most interested in taking photos for. 

Sports Editor: Drew Conover


Fall office hours by appointment.

Comics Editor: Scott Schuelter


Fall office hours by appointment.

Opinions Editor: Andrew Lenzo


Fall office hours are MW 8 a.m. - 1, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m & T,Th 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. or by appointment.

Adviser: Kate Mitchell

advisor@easternecho.com or 734-487-1026.

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

Plagiarized comments or copyright infringement

Spam and advertising

The editors do not pre-screen reader 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 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 above. 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 or send by USPS to: The Eastern Echo, 230 King Hall, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Please include your full, real name and your phone number and hometown 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.