About Us

Neon Tommy is an online-only, around-the-clock, student-run, Los Angeles-based news source sponsored by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism through Annenberg Digital News.

Our visitors depend on us to cover crucial stories that would otherwise fall by the wayside, and to provide meaningful context in a cluttered media landscape. Our fleet of reporters is a powerful presence throughout Los Angeles and across Southern California, with selective coverage of national and international events.

We take particular care to avoid redundancy with other news outlets; our work is fresh and unique, telling stories that other outlets are not. When another outlet has the story, we point our visitors there.

We are innovative and interactive, pushing the boundaries of storytelling on the Internet. We throw dated, inaccurate, and misguided news paradigms out the window. We employ a variety of platforms and technologies to create engaging experiences for our visitors. We represent the future of digital news.

Annenberg Digital News

Annenberg Digital News is a multimedia newsroom that is operated, edited and managed by graduate and undergraduate journalism students of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

It serves not only as a lab and incubator for ongoing and transformative innovation in the fast-changing world of journalism but also as a vibrant and rich source of the very best in local, regional, national and international reporting and commentary.

ADN publishes Neon Tommy, constantly refreshing the site with the very best in Annenberg journalism. ADN draws not only from its own robust stable of reporters and editors, but also brings forward the very best in multi-platform journalism produced by the various reporting, investigative reporting, collaborative reporting projects, research centers and institutes that have put USC Annenberg on the front lines of modern American journalism.


Brianna Sacks, Editor-in-Chief Email

Hannah Madans, Deputy Editor Email

Kacey Deamer, Operations Director Email

Alex Gold, Social Media Director Email

Christopher Coppock, Supervising Executive Producer Email 

Graham Clark Stecklein, Editor-at-Large Email

Melissah Yang, Editor-at-Large Email

Sara Newman, Senior News Editor Email

Charlie Magovern, Associate News Editor Email 

Colin Hale, Associate News Editor Email

Michael Nystrom, Associate News Editor Email

Will Federman, Associate News Editor Email

Eric Parra, Tech Editor Email


Jenny Chao, Senior Entertainment Editor Email

Kelly Hanelt, Senior Entertainment Editor Email

Mara Hyman, Associate Entertainment Editor Email

Jillian Morabito, Associate Entertainment Editor Email   

Lily Min, Music Editor Email

Alison Selick, Style Editor Email

Kathy Zerbib, Film Editor Email


Veronica Werhane, Senior Arts Editor Email

Savannah Barker, Arts Editor-at-Large Email

Katie Buenneke, Theater Editor Email

Elizabeth Pereira, Health and Fitness Editor Email

Kelli Shiroma, Food Editor Email

Janelle Cabuco, Associate Food Editor Email 

Ashley Riegle, Associate Arts Editor Email

Chrystal Li, Associate Arts Editor Email 


Jacob Freedman, Senior Sports Editor Email

Max Meyer, Senior Sports Editor Email

Matthew Tufts, Associate Sports Editor Email

Mike Piellucci, Associate Sports Editor Email


Francesca Besey, Senior Opinion Editor Email

Christian Patterson, Deputy Opinion Editor Email


Didi Beck, Graphics Editor Email

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