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The Eagle Advisory Board

The Eagle Advisory Board is a collection of Eagle alumni, American University professors, local journalists and current Eagle staffers who oversee larger operations of The Eagle. The board assists with fundraising, business operations, relationship to the university and proposed amendments to The Eagle Constitution and By-Laws. The board also addresses any personnel problems or grievances with the newspaper that must go beyond the editor-in-chief. 

Current Eagle staffers who serve on the board are voted in by members of The Eagle. The news managing editor and editor-in-chief also serve on the advisory board, though the editor-in-chief cannot vote. The board is also made up of local journalists and Eagle alumni, who apply to be on the board and then are selected by its current members. One member of the AU community also sits on the board. 

The Eagle Advisory Board meets at least three times each academic year, including in the spring when it elects the paper’s new editor-in-chief. Interested applicants submit an application to the board. The board then brings all applicants in for a panel interview. After the interviews, the board deliberates and all but the current editor-in-chief vote on the candidates. The candidate with the majority vote is selected as the next editor-in-chief. 

The Eagle Advisory Board:


Heather Mongilio, Advisory Board Chair    

Heather Mongilio is the advisory board chair and a reporter with USNI News. She served as the editor-in-chief of The Eagle from 2014-2015 and graduated from American University with her bachelor’s in journalism in psychology in 2015. She also holds a master’s degree in science writing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining USNI News, she worked at The Capital as part of Report for America and previously worked as a health and crime reporter at local Maryland papers. 

Chris Kain

Chris is the founder and editor of The DC Line, a nonprofit news website that covers local news in the District of Columbia. He served as editor-in-chief of The Eagle from 1990-1991 and graduated from American University in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science. Prior to establishing The DC Line in 2018, he served as managing editor at The Current Newspapers in Northwest DC.

Zach C. Cohen

Zach is a congressional reporter at Bloomberg Government, the most comprehensive source of information and analytics for professionals who interact with – or are affected by – the government. He served as editor-in-chief of The Eagle from 2012-2013 and graduated from American University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in international relations. He previously wrote about Congress and elections for National Journal. 


 Courtney Rozen, Finance Chair

Courtney Rozen is a White House reporter at Bloomberg Government. She led The Eagle as editor-in-chief from 2017-2018. She is an alumna of American University’s undergraduate and graduate journalism programs.


Jordan-Marie Smith, DEI Committee Chair

Jordan-Marie Smith is a producer with NPR's All Things Considered. She returned to the flagship evening news program in January 2024 after serving as a founding producer with the Washington Post's daily news podcast Post Reports since 2018. She studied at American University until 2015. She also served as the Lifestyle Editor in her senior year.

Anagha Srikanth, DEI Committee

Anagha Srikanth is a licensed graduate professional counselor in D.C. After five years working as an editor for a local radio station, writer for a digital vertical at The Hill and social media director for Rewire News Group, she earned a master’s degree in Community and Trauma Counseling at Thomas Jefferson University. While at the Eagle, she served as an editor for the Scene and Online Editor, establishing the most current iteration of before graduating in 2017.

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