About Us

Last updated: 04/17/14 6:31pm

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

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) 487-1241
Advertising phone: (734) 487-0396
Student Media Director, Kevin Devine: (734) 487-1026

The 2014-15 Eastern Echo staff:

Nora Naughton:
Spring office hours: Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. or by appointment.

Managing Editor
Al Willman:
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:
Spring office hours: By appointment.

Advertising Manager
Brian Peterson:
Office hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment.

Creative Director
Vicki Behne:
Spring office hours: By appointment.

News Editor
Curt Allain:
Spring office hours: By appointment.

Arts & Entertainment Editor
Olivia Jackson:
Spring office hours: By appointment.

Opinions Editor
James Tatum:
Spring office hours: By appointment.

Sports Editor
Jillian Seach:
Spring office hours: By appointment.

Comics Editor
Christine Deneweth:
Spring office hours: By appointment.

Multimedia Editor
Andrew Mascharka:
Spring office hours: By Appointment

Photo Editor
Adam Karr:
Spring office hours: By appointment

Video Editor
Dakoda Johnson
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: 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.

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