Meet the Writers

EIC: Anna Billy


Location: Minneapolis, MN

Anna is a writer and editor who loves all things pop culture. Anna grew up in Los Angeles and currently resides in the underrated midwest music capital, Minneapolis. She frequently attends as many concerts as possible. Anna graduated from Grinnell College with English and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies degrees and has published her work in digital publications such as The Coven Magazine and Fan to Band. Anna is beyond excited to serve as Editor in Chief for the News Stan(d) and cannot wait to elevate the voices of fans everywhere!

Editor: Ariel Bianca Baise

( she/her/hers)

Location: Dallas, TX

Ariel loved being an entertainment reporter during college because she could be her little fangirl self by writing about her favorite pop artists’ album releases. Now, she simply tells people that she makes memes and tweets for a living. In her free time, she’s trying to finish writing a book, discussing random BTS things with her friend, running a lifestyle blog, and playing the Spanish guitar.

Editor: Roshni Khatri


Location: Toronto ON

Roshni Khatri is a self proclaimed fangirl, university student and aspiring Music Industry professional based in Toronto! She is passionate about books, music and One Direction’s (inevitable) reunion. She is an avid advocate for fans, fandom and the power of fan engagement. A lover of sunsets, sunflowers, reading, concerts, crystals, harry styles and coffee, Roshni is notorious for romanticizing life and being the most authentic version of yourself!

Writer: Amanda Gilchrist


Location: Columbia, MO

Amanda is 21-year-old Pisces out here just living the dream. Originally from San Diego, California, she now lives in Columbia, Missouri where she is working towards a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She loves the beach, watching baseball and all things One Direction and 5SOS.

Writer:Britney McVey (She/Her)

Location: Denton, TX

Britney is currently pursuing a BBA in Marketing at Texas Woman’s University where she also runs a k-pop dance group. Her love for journalism began during her first year of high school and continued to grow, ultimately helping her find herself wanting a future in the music industry. You can find her playing video games, editing photos, or at a concert in her free time. Her passion for music developed at a young age through a variety of genres and she is excited to share her interests with the News Stan(d) community.

Writer: Christine Granskog


Location: Chicago, IL

Christine lives in Chicago with her giant Bernedoodle, Beezy. By day, she works for an influencer marketing agency and by night, she can be found trying new restaurants or on any Lincoln Park dance floor. Christine jumps at the chance to see any and all live music. Her favorite hobbies include reading romance novels, walking Beezy and talking about Harry Styles.

Writer: Madeline Keane


Location: Philadelphia, PA

Maddie is currently an undergraduate student at Drexel University pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Industry and minoring in Communications and Graphic Design. Some of her interests in the music business include journalism, music promotion, and marketing, and she is super excited to be joining the News Stan(d) as a writer! In her free time, Maddie enjoys singing with her a cappella group, the Drexel Cleftomaniacs, listening to music by Lizzy McAlpine and Sammy Rae & the Friends, and cuddling up with her dog, Tucker.

Writer: Kristen Hawley (she/her)


Location: Roxbury, New Jersey

Kristen is a writer and content creator who recently graduated with her MBA in Marketing. Music has always been a major influence in her life and attending live shows is one of her absolute favorite things to do. She is pursuing a career in marketing, writing, or social media in the music industry, and hopes to one day work directly on an artist’s team. Kristen is super excited to continue writing for the News Stan(d)! In her spare time, she loves to watch movies/tv shows and create TikTok content centered around film reviews, theories, and entertainment news. Feel free to reach out to her on social media: @kristenahawley

Writer:Sheila Uría Véliz


Location: Tampa, FL

Sheila, 23, is a journalist and musician. She was born in northern Spain and has lived in the U.S. for over half her life. Sheila has a B.A. in Political Science and lives in central Florida. When she is not writing songs or playing instruments, she writes. Sheila has interviewed artists like Little Luna and Jagwar Twin and published with Highwire Magazine and The Brussels Times. The world of fandom has given Sheila community and allowed her to be herself unabashedly. She is delighted to work with the News Stan(d) and cannot wait to proudly tell stories fans care about.