Cara J. Chang ’24 will lead The Harvard Crimson into its sesquicentennial as the president of the newspaper’s 150th Guard, the organization announced last week.
Chang, a History concentrator from New York, currently covers Harvard’s central administration as a reporter for The Crimson’s News Board and serves as a staff photographer. She also co-runs the paper’s social media accounts, oversees its newsletters team, and serves on its Audience Engagement Team.
As a reporter, Chang has covered University President Lawrence S. Bacow and the search for his successor. In April, she broke a story revealing that Harvard holds in its museum collections the human remains of at least 19 individuals who were likely enslaved and almost 7,000 Native Americans after she obtained a draft of a University report that has since been publicly released by the school.
A resident of Leverett House, Chang will begin her term on Jan. 1, 2023.
“The 150th Guard represents the best of what The Crimson is,” Crimson President Raquel Coronell Uribe ’22-’23 said in a statement. “They are incredibly qualified and well positioned to tackle the challenges The Crimson will face this coming year which will mark its 150th anniversary. The decisions these leaders will make will be crucial to keeping the old sheet flying, as we like to say around here, and upholding The Crimson for the next 150 years.”
Reporter Brandon L. Kingdollar ’24 will lead The Crimson’s coverage as its next managing editor, directing its daily news coverage and overseeing its magazine, arts, and sports sections, as well as its blog. He will oversee the production of its newly-redesigned weekly print paper in its first full year.
Kingdollar, a Government concentrator from Lake Village, Indiana, currently covers police accountability, reporting on the Harvard University Police Department and its efforts to reform under a new chief. In December 2021, Kingdollar served on a team of reporters covering the trial of professor Charles M. Lieber, who was convicted by a federal jury of lying to government authorities about his ties to China.
A Winthrop House resident, Kingdollar also co-runs The Crimson’s social media accounts alongside Chang and serves on its Audience Engagement Team. During his stint as a junior reporter, he covered the News Board’s government relations beat, chronicling state politics and the rise of Boston Mayor Michelle Wu ’07.
Leverett House resident Cynthia V. Lu ’24 will serve as The Crimson’s next business manager, overseeing the newspaper’s finances and business affairs. An Applied Mathematics concentrator from Belmont, Massachusetts, Lu previously served as the Business Board’s marketing manager, overseeing its sponsored content and piloting the use of new analytics platforms.
Previously, Lu co-led an effort to launch a “Four Years in Review” product that was sold to families of graduating Harvard College seniors. She has also served on a team tasked with analyzing and improving The Crimson’s print distribution strategy.
“The new guard’s spirit for innovation, holding power to account, and maintaining the independence of our institution — the core principles which underlie everything we do — will serve them well as they make the building their own,” Coronell Uribe said. “I cannot wait to see where the next President, Managing Editor, and Business Manager take the organization in 2023.”
Founded in 1873, The Crimson is the student newspaper of Harvard University. The Crimson selects its leaders through an election process called the Turkey Shoot, in which all outgoing members of the masthead are invited to participate. A candidate for a senior leadership position must receive at least 75 percent of the vote to be elected.
Joining Chang, Kingdollar, and Lu on the masthead are:
Leah J. Teichholtz ’24, Associate Managing Editor
Meimei Xu ’24, Associate Managing Editor
Derek S. Chang ’24, Associate Business Manager
Eleanor V. Wikstrom ’24, Editorial Chair
Christina M. Xiao ’24, Editorial Chair
Diversity & Inclusivity
Gordon J. Ebanks ’24, D&I Chair
Hailey E. Krasnikov ’25, D&I Chair
Anya L. Henry ’24, Arts Chair
Alisa S. Regassa ’24, Arts Chair
Tina Chen ’24, Blog Chair
Hana Rehman ’25, Blog Chair
Sophia Salamanca ’24, Design Chair
Sami E. Turner ’25, Design Chair
Io Y. Gilman ’25, Magazine Chair
Amber H. Levis ’25, Magazine Chair
Julian J. Giordano ’25, Multimedia Chair
Joey Huang ’24, Multimedia Chair
Mairead B. Baker ’24, Sports Chair
Aaron B. Shuchman ’25, Sports Chair
Kevin Luo ’24, Technology Chair
Justin Y. Ye ’24, Technology Chair