Meet the Team


1V1A1426GARY METZKER, Managing Editor

Gary has been a lecturer at Cal State Long Beach since 2008. He is design adviser for the Daily 49er and Dig Magazine’s content and design adviser. He received his Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1976 at the University of Missouri and his Master’s in Communications in 2013 from California State University Fullerton. Metzker has worked at newspapers in Delaware, Missouri, Florida and California. For almost 25 years, he worked at the Los Angeles Times in positions ranging from sports news editor, metro news editor, A1 editor and Senior Editor.


Blake BLAKE PINTO, Multimedia Editor

Blake is currently finishing his degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations at California State University, Long Beach. He has been featured in the Daily 49er, the student-run Union Weekly and served on the editorial staff of LOCALE Magazine. After serving four years in the United States Navy, he returned home to pursue an education and chase a dream. When not buried in deadlines he spends his time with his wife, baby daughter, two dogs and a cat back home while he grills out and yells at the television.

You Contact Blake at, find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter: @blakepinto

EmilyPic EMILY RASMUSSEN, Associate Editor

Emily Rasmussen is a Long Beach native and associate editor for The Edge. She writes news and feature stories, in addition to freelance writing and travel blogging, hoping to one day become a foreign correspondent. She is a recent graduate of the journalism department at California State University Long Beach. She has worked at various publications throughout her college career and began her journalism career abroad as an editorial intern for several magazines in Dublin, Ireland. Emily has been an assistant news editor for the Daily 49er at CSULB, was an intern at the Beachcomber, and is currently a contributing writer at the Orange County Register.

You  can contact Emily at or find her on Instagram, Twitter (@erasmussen22) or WordPress (

1V1A1420 BROOKE BECHER, Senior Reporter

Brooke pursued journalism as a career path upon accepting the fact that activism doesn’t come with a paycheck. She aspires to cover social unrest on a global scale and to be an international correspondent for German media. Long-form features summarize her writing style, no matter the topic. She’s allergic to sticking to one beat, though band profiles and music-related pieces are the equal and opposite force she naturally gravitates toward. Brooke is a former editor of both special projects and the arts and life section at the Daily 49er, the official campus news source of California State University, Long Beach — now her alma mater. Her works have also been featured in Los Angeles Magazine and DIG Magazine. She has experience interviewing and reporting in German. California College Media Association awarded her column “‘May the fourth’ be with you, next gen” first place as Best Entertainment piece of 2016. Her profile feature “Alumni in Love, 46 years later” made honorable mention in the CCMA’s 2015 Best Feature Writing Print or Online and was a finalist in Los Angeles Press Club’s 2015 SoCal Journalism Awards under youth media.

1V1A1391 Dominique Dupree, Reporter

A Long Beach native, raised in the Caribbean. Dominique is a free spirit and an alumni of San Diego State University where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. Her first love is reading and the second is conveying thoughts and ideas from a pen onto paper. She’s not a gourmand or a sommelier, but she does have a healthy appreciation for all things food and wine related, especially international cuisine. Travel is a passion and she is excited to learn about new cultures, eat, dance, drink and swim her way through the majority of the seven seas.




Angelia Stevenson ANGELIA STEVENSON, Executive Administrative Assistant



1V1A1435 WILLIAM JOHNSON, Marketing Communications Manager


1V1A1454 ESTHER MCCULLOCH, Senior Account Manager