Editor in Chief
The Mesquite News
Our Fall 2023 Student Team
Amber Esparza is a senior communications major and Managing Editor for The Mesquite at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Amber joined The Mesquite in spring 2021 as a Photo and Multimedia Editor after transferring from the Alamo Colleges with an associate’s degree in communication. Amber has extensive experience in photography, journalism and radio, television and film. In her spare time, Amber enjoys thrift shopping, doing deep dives on the music she’s listening to and watching movies, TV and YouTube. Amber hopes to build a career that can incorporate all of her passions for media and entertainment.
Social Media Editor
Matthew Lopez is a senior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio majoring in communications. Matthew received his associate degree along with his high school diploma in 2018. In his downtime he likes to go to the gym, watch sports and write poetry. He hopes to have a career in journalism where he can report on anything and everything — as long as he gets to continue writing, that is enough for him.
Johnathan “John” Pena is a sophomore majoring in communications and minoring in business administrations at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. John enjoys listening to an assorted genre of music, watching movies, playing video games and videoographing with his GoPro. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in advertising and media film.
Victoria Arredondo is a senior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio majoring in English and communications and minoring in psychology. Victoria received her associates degree along with her high school diploma in 2018. In her downtime, she enjoys reading, watching horror movies and spending time with friends. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in education.
Saile Aranda is a communications junior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She enjoys going to museums in her free time and visiting her family in Mexico. Saile loves photography and looks forward to pursuing a career with the profession after graduating.
Jaz Ortiz, a junior majoring in communications at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, originally from El Paso, Texas and has called San Antonio home for the past decade. Currently engaged in improving her photography skills, Jaz is currently contributing to The Mesquite, her university's newspaper. Outside of school, she indulges in exploring new local cuisines, thrift shopping for unique glassware, and cherishing moments with her cat, Prince. After graduation, Jaz aspires to pursue a master's degree in journalism with the ultimate goal of making her mark in pop culture journalism, aspiring to become the next Watchmojo.
Renne Estrada is a communications senior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She transferred from Sul Ross State University in fall 2023. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, shopping, and trying new restaurants. She wants to explore a career in public relations or working in social media management after graduating. She hopes to one day create a nonprofit that supports non-traditional college students.