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J. Sellers Hill ’25 will lead The Harvard Crimson’s 151st Guard, the newspaper’s president announced Sunday, kicking off the next 150 years of America’s oldest continuously published daily collegiate newspaper.
Hill, an Integrative Biology concentrator on the pre-medical track from Wilmington, North Carolina, currently covers the Harvard College administration and co-leads The Crimson’s Audience Engagement Team. As a reporter, Hill chronicled a monthslong $30,000 dispute following a contentious leadership transition in a student group.
Hill also covered the College’s student government, closely following the fall of the Undergraduate Council and the inaugural semester of its replacement, the Harvard Undergraduate Association. This semester, Hill has covered campus turmoil, including doxxing attacks against students following the onset of the Israel-Hamas war.
A resident of Lowell House and member of The Crimson’s Multimedia Board, Hill will begin his tenure as The Crimson’s president on Jan. 1, 2024, following the conclusion of the paper’s sesquicenennial year.
“The 151st Guard will take The Crimson to new heights,” Crimson President Cara J. Chang ’24 wrote in a statement. “They are uniquely qualified and positioned to take the newspaper into a digital-first future while preserving all that has made 14 Plympton St. special for 150 years.”
Central administration reporter Miles J. Herszenhorn ’25 will oversee The Crimson’s coverage as its next managing editor, leading its newsroom and steering its magazine, arts, and sports sections as well as its blog.
Herszenhorn, a joint concentrator in History and Literature and Slavic Languages and Literatures, hails from New York with stops in Washington, Moscow, and Brussels. Herszenhorn has reported on Harvard President Claudine Gay’s first semester in office, including early challenges from Washington and alumni. A Mets fan, he also covers baseball for the sports section and writes for the magazine.
Herszenhorn, a resident of Pforzheimer House, has produced extensive reporting on the Harvard Kennedy School, breaking misinformation researcher Joan Donovan’s forced exit, investigating the school’s financial aid woes, and providing detailed coverage of the HKS student Rodrigo Ventocilla Ventosilla’s death in police custody while abroad in Indonesia.
Dunster House resident Matthew M. Doctoroff ’25 will serve as The Crimson’s next business manager, stewarding the newspaper’s financial operations and business affairs. An Economics concentrator from Huntington Woods, Michigan, Doctoroff has served as the Business Board’s marketing manager, guiding affiliate marketing efforts and overseeing a sponsored content suite responsible for more than $60,000 in revenue.
Doctoroff previously worked on social media engagement and analytics for the Business Board, bolstering The Crimson’s educational conference outreach and improving distribution strategy across a wide swath of advertising channels.
“The new guard’s innovative vision, capacity for empathy, and passion for holding power to account and telling untold stories will serve them well as they make the newspaper their own,” Chang wrote. “I cannot wait to see how Sellers, Miles, Matthew, and the rest of the masthead keep the old sheet flying in 2024.”
Founded in 1873, The Crimson is the independent student newspaper of Harvard University and provides detailed coverage of Harvard and Cambridge affairs to University affiliates, residents, and readers around the globe.
The Crimson elects its leaders through a process known as the Turkey Shoot, in which all outgoing members of the masthead may deliberate. A candidate for senior leadership must receive 75 percent of the vote or more to be elected.
Joining Hill, Herszenhorn, and Doctoroff on the masthead are:
Elias J. Schisgall ’25, Associate Managing Editor
Claire Yuan ’25, Associate Managing Editor
Mathias Melucci ’26, Associate Business Manager
Meredith W.B. Zielonka ’25, Associate Business Manager
Tommy Barone ’25, Editorial Chair
Jacob M. Miller ’25, Editorial Chair
Diversity & Inclusivity
Lauren A. Kirkpatrick ’26, D&I Chair
Hailey E. Krasnikov ’25, D&I Chair
Rahem D. Hamid ’25, Historian
Anna Moiseieva ’25, Arts Chair
Allison S. Park ’25, Arts Chair
Eve S. Jones ’25, Blog Chair
Hayeon Ok ’25, Blog Chair
Laurinne J.P. Eugenio ’26, Design Chair
Sami E. Turner ’25, Design Chair
Hewson Duffy ’25, Magazine Chair
Kaitlyn Tsai ’25, Magazine Chair
Julian J. Giordano ’25, Multimedia Chair
Addison Y. Liu ’25, Multimedia Chair
Katharine A. Forst ’25, Sports Chair
Jack K. Silvers ’25, Sports Chair
Dennis S. Eum ’26, Technology Chair
Neil H. Shah ’26, Technology Chair
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