Ronia Cabansag | Stateside Production Assistant

ronia cabansagRonia Cabansag is a senior at Eastern Michigan University studying journalism and English linguistics. She also works as an intern on The Best Advice Show podcast. She has served as a reporter and podcast section editor at The Eastern Echo, EMU’s student newspaper. Ronia helped establish The Echo’s podcast section in 2019. When she’s not writing and booking guests for Stateside, she enjoys biking, flying her kite, and flipping pancakes. You can find a portfolio of her work at

Caroline Llanes | Newsroom Intern

Caroline is a third year history major at the University of Michigan. She also works at The Michigan Daily, where she has been a copy editor and an opinion columnist. When she’s not at work, you can find her down at Argo Pond as a coxswain for the Michigan men’s rowing team. Caroline loves swimming, going for walks, being outdoors, cooking, trivia, and spending time with her two-year-old cat, Pepper.

Chantell Phillips | Stateside Production Assistant

Chantell Phillips is an incoming Junior at Wayne State University. She’s studying Broadcast Journalism with a Business Certificate. She dreams of having her own talk show, starting a daycare center in Detroit, and owning a nonprofit mentorship program. Whether you see her hosting the BET awards, sparking great conversations on the red carpet and or interviewing Oprah, she’s bound for greatness!

Lucas Polack | Stateside Production Assistant

Lucas is a senior at Michigan State University studying professional and public writing. He has previously worked as a co-director of editing for VIM, an MSU fashion magazine. An aspiring music journalist, Lucas dreams of getting paid to go to concerts. He is also a screenwriter. When he’s not working, he can be found walking around aimlessly, listening to either punk rock or Kacey Musgraves.

Mary Claire Zauel | Stateside Production Assistant

Mary Claire ZauelMary Claire Zauel is a junior at Michigan State University studying English, Film Studies, and Musical Theatre. In addition to Michigan Radio, she has worked as a research assistant for the Head of Acting and Directing at MSU and interned for the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland. Mary Claire has won various awards for her written work, including the MSU 2021 Creative Writing Award for Poetry and the Arthur N. Athanason Scholarship in Creative Writing. She is thrilled at the opportunity to work at Stateside, and hopes to one day write for Saturday Night Live.