Meet the Editorial Board


The Knight News works on behalf of the QC community with journalism as the main pillar of its vision. 

“We learn so that we may serve”

Holden Velasco, Editor-in-Chief

Holden is an award-winning student journalist, currently a junior majoring in Media Studies with a minor in Writing. He has been with The Knight News since August of 2020, and has taken on multiple positions for the newspaper. Velasco has had his work published in the Long Island Herald, SLAM Magazine, and SB Nation’s NetsDaily. As one of twenty selected students, Velasco is a member of the prestigious New York Times Corps, where he receives one-on-one career-guidance from a mentor within The New York Times. In addition to his roles as Editor-in-Chief, he also leads the Sports section of The Knight News.

Sammy Ali, Secretary

Sammy Ali, Managing Editor

Sammy is a junior majoring in political science with a minor in writing. He joined The Knight News in its very first cohort of interns, and is now the Managing Editor for the paper. Since starting, Sammy has been an avid fan of reporting on politics, and as of March 2021, was able to hear from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer regarding student loan debt. He hopes to spend the remainder of his undergraduate years at The Knight News, reporting & serving the QC community.

Jayla Cordero, Executive Editor

Jayla Cordero is a senior majoring in Media Studies with a minor in English. She is the Executive Editor, as well as a writer for The Knight News. Her hobbies are reading and listening to music! She loves to find new artists to add to her playlists! She aspires to become a producer in broadcast news when she graduates.

Britt Trachtenberg, Treasurer

Britt Trachtenberg is the treasurer of The Knight News. She is a junior majoring in English and minoring in Writing. Britt’s beats of interest are politics and current events. Her hobbies include writing poetry, playing violin, and doing photography. Britt is so excited to continue working with The Knight News team. 

Manuela Quiceno, Secretary

Manuela Quiceno is the secretary of The Knight News. She is a junior double majoring in Media Studies and Film Studies. Her hobbies are writing, listening to music, dancing, and playing the piano. She loves to help others, especially those that are in unfair situations. One thing that she is most passionate about is pursuing her faith, she is a devout Catholic Christian.