About Us

The Beacon Beat, formerly called As It Happens, is the official newspaper of the Beacon student body. Not only is The Beacon Beat an essential source of school news, but its editorials provide unique student insight about our city, country, and world. We encourage students to express their views on everything from their classmates’ coffee addictions to U.S. foreign policy.

We are always on the lookout for new reporters, editors, photographers, and artists! Any student may join our weekly Wednesday meetings or submit work for our consideration via email (beaconbeateditors@gmail.com). We don’t just want to hear new voices; we want to empower them.

2019-2020 Staff


Lauren Abate, Faculty Advisor 

Ms. Abate teaches English at The Beacon School.

Adrian Flynn, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Adrian Flynn is a senior at The Beacon School, and has written for The Beacon Beat since his freshman year. As a sophomore he was the Website Design and Publishing Manager, and as a junior, he was the Staff Politics Editor. He has had a uniquely international upbringing, spending nine out of the eighteen years of his life abroad. In the past, Adrian’s writing has enabled him to meet highly influential members of the government, such as Justice Sonia Sotomayor and former President Jimmy Carter. During the summer, when Adrian is not working as an editor, writer and publisher for the paper, he can be found trekking across the country working on political campaigns or working at an immigrant-run artisanal ice cream shop in the Village.

Esme Laster, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Esme Laster is a senior at The Beacon School and has been a committed member of the paper since her sophomore year.  As a junior, Esme managed public relations for the paper and has since been promoted to her current title of Co Editor-in-Chief. She loves to write both creatively and journalistically. In her free time, Esme dedicates herself to ballet, ultimate frisbee, and a good read. As Co Editor-in-Chief she hopes to make the newspaper the best it’s ever been. 

Tali Rosen, Staff Editor

Tali Rosen is a junior at The Beacon School and has been a part of The Beacon Beat since her sophomore year. She loves music, going to concerts and playing guitar. She has worked with Simply Put Media, a not-for-profit organization that translates vital information (how to get a mortgage, prenatal health) into simpler language for adults who need it. She loves writing and reading stories, and is excited to be an editor at The Beacon Beat.  

Ruby Paarlberg, Staff Editor

Ruby Paarlberg is a senior at The Beacon School, and has written for The Beacon Beat since sophomore year. In addition to journalism, she enjoys playwriting. Outside of the paper, Ruby plays on the Beacon girls varsity soccer team. When she is not at school, she enjoys swimming, hiking in the mountains, and trying new foods.

Phoebe Kamber, Staff Editor

Tali Lebowitsch, Communications Director

Tali Lebowitsch is a junior at The Beacon School and the current communications director of The Beacon Beat. She has been part of the team since sophomore year and has a huge passion for journalism. Outside of school she loves reading, writing, listening to music, and spending time with friends. 

Ariella Moses, Social Media and Student Outreach Director

Ariella Moses is a junior at The Beacon School and has been a member of The Beacon Beat since her sophomore year. Ariella has always been interested in writing and journalism analysis, and spends time doing all of the above. Outside of school she loves to spend time with friends and her family as well. 

Staff Writers: Sanai Rashid, Samuel Bovitz, Maki Nientao, Cali Morrison Carss, Guy Mermelstein, Camilla Bauman, Sam Klein Stearns

Past Editors-in-Chief:

2017-2018: Ilana Cohen

2018-2019: Sophie Steinberg

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