Meet The Staff



Editor in Chief

Angie Bacha

Angie began working for The Vanguard in the Spring of 2021. She is a Mass Media major at CCP, returning to school after having earned a double Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights and Theatre Studies at the University of Connecticut. She is interested in connecting communities through truth-telling, and she focuses most of her work on telling stories that empower those affected. When not writing, she can be found performing sketch comedy, hiking with friends, or trying her hand at a new delicious recipe to share.


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Multimedia Editor/Staff Photographer

Korey Williams

Korey is a photographer based in Philadelphia and studying at CCP. To Korey, images make people think and connect with a subject. He believes everyone should pick up a camera and document the world around them to share with other people how they see the world through their eyes. When he’s not out and about taking photos, he’s most likely developing film, shopping at a thrift store, or listening to John Coltrane.

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Business Manager/Associate Editor

Leila Franklin

Leila (Lay-la) Franklin is the Business Manager & Associate Editor for The Vanguard. Creative writing was one of her favorite subjects in high school. She is now a Computer Information Systems major studying on how to become an awesome Software Engineer. In her spare time, Leila loves to cook, garden, brew kombucha, and read webcomics/graphic novels. She is also the proud owner of an almost 8-year-old chihuahua named Roxy. 

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Faculty Advisor

Professor Eva Blackwell

With a passion for communication and education, for nearly a decade, Professor Blackwell has been teaching academic courses in communication, journalism and multimedia studies. Concurrently, 

she created and confounded a non-profit organization that provides multimedia advocacy and aids in the independence of autistic young adults. In addition, she works with a preeminent national online company that promotes jobs, education, and community for journalists. Prior to that, for nearly twenty years, Professor Blackwell was a career award-winning broadcast journalist, having worked at several broadcast networks, ranging from NPR, PBS to NBC Universal, holding positions that ranged from news reporter to writer/producer/director, to publicity manager. She takes pride and joy in mentoring the next generation of leaders and innovators. Since the start of the 2017 academic year, Professor Blackwell serves as Faculty Advisor of the college’s award-winning newspaper – The Vanguard. 



The 2020-2021 Team!



Bree Brown

Bree began writing for the paper last fall, moving on to the Editorial team in the spring of 2020. This is her second go-around at education, as she went to acting school right out of high school. Though she still has a place in her heart for acting she found that something else was calling her. After working on a cruise ship in Hawaii she decided to come back to her hometown and study English. She is an English and Creative Writing major. She plans to finish her degree and teach English overseas before deciding on a longer-term career.

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Managing editor

Nastassja Holm

Nastassja Holm is a mass media major at the Community College of Philadelphia and Managing Editor of Multimedia for the Vanguard. Through her reporting and editing, Nastassja tries to focus on how broader political and social issues specifically impact the CCP community. When not reading or writing, she can often be found having long conversations, trying new recipes, and pretending not to miss live music so much

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Business Manager

Joseph DeFeo

Joseph DeFeo is 20 years old and originates from South Philadelphia. He’s currently in his second year at Community College of Philadelphia, his major is mass media. He joined The Vanguard in the fall 2020 semester. The Vanguard will be a great learning experience for him. He’s very grateful for this opportunity. He’s very excited to begin this wonderful opportunity with such great people. GO LIONS!!!!

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The 2019-2020 Team!!


Abdullah Pullin

Abdullah Pullin is an award-winning journalist and Editor-in-Chief of the Community College of Philadelphia’s newspaper, the Vanguard. Along with this, he is a poet, essayist, literary scholar and English major, pursuing his Associate degree and expecting it in the Summer of 2020.


Managing Editor of Print

Griffin Fadellin

Griffin Fadellin is a Liberal Arts major at the Community College of Philadelphia. As Managing Editor of Print for the Vanguard, they enjoy writing about arts, politics, LGBT+ issues, and using their background in editing to help their fellow journalists’ work shine. Their passions include tabletop gaming, long walks to get coffee, and making the world a better place. They hope to use their associate degree to kickstart a career in journalism, writing, or whatever else strikes their fancy.


Associate Editor

Michael Angelo Smith

Father. Veteran. Fighter. Explorer. Writer. Photographer. Philosopher. 

Michael Angelo Smith, or “Smitty”, is an English major at the Community College of Philadelphia. After nearly 10 years of military service, a few kickboxing and cage bouts, and a backpacking excursion of the west coast, Smitty has come back to Philly to pursue being a writer—poems, short stories, essays, etc. He hopes to share the impact art, literature, and philosophy has had and continues to have, on his life with all communities and individuals. 

” It all starts with an idea, but the conversation is ongoing. It’s up to each of us to add to the conversation and make our voices heard.” 


Managing Editor of Online/Social Media

Bree Brown

Bree is an actress turned writer. After completing an AOS at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City she went on to work as an entertainer on Norwegian Cruise Lines Pride of America. After completing her 5 month contract of working non-stop in Hawaii, she decided to head back to school, this time for English. She is currently an English and Creative Writing Major. Bree Managing the Website as she learns the duties of editor and chief.


Consistent Contributor

Brandan Thomas

Basketball purist, avid writer, loving individual 

Just a kid from South Philadelphia trying to fulfill his dream of becoming an NBA journalist spreading love and positivity along the way. 

Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed. -LeBron James 


Join the team! Much of the vanguard team will be graduating, so next semester we’ll have PAID positions! Stop by our meetings in S2-11, Wednesdays at 3pm, or stop by of office! Office hours are MWF in S1-12F!


3 thoughts on “Meet The Staff

  1. Hello! I am Cassidy, a student at CCP, and I am interested in writing for the Vanguard. Are there positions available? I am happy to cover essentially any topics, with particular interest in academic policy and community engagement. I have experience with photography as well and would be happy to be involved in any capacity the Vanguard needs.

    1. Hi Cassidy!
      We have our meetings Wednesdays at 3pm in S1-12. Stop by tomorrow and introduce your self, we could use the help and would love to have you!

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