Mackenzie Wilkes

Mackenzie Wilkes, a North Carolina native, is the current Executive Director of Elon News Network. She is responsible for managing ENN’s website and has a strong interest in digital media. 

The journalism and political science double major who previously served as ENN’s Politics Editor also has an interest in the intersection of politics, policy and people. 

Recent Articles

LIFESTYLE 1/8/21 9:33am

Navigating faith in a pandemic

Over 10 months of masks, limited gatherings and physical distancing have affected aspects of everyday life — work, school, social activity and even how people worship during the coronavirus pandemic. As COVID-19 continues to spread, places of worship and people of faith are learning to worship during a pandemic. Thus leaving spiritual leaders and people of faith to navigate their beliefs and hardships of life during a pandemic.

NEWS 10/30/20 11:31am

Contact tracing catches COVID-19 clusters

Within the past two weeks, ten clusters have been identified by the Alamance County Health Department amongst Elon University students. Clusters of COVID-19 cases have been popping up in residence halls and greek organizations across campus. Seven fraternities and sororities and three freshman dorms all have had clusters.

NEWS 10/23/20 6:24pm

Elon University moves to High Alert, identifies 3 new clusters

Elon University has moved to level 3 — High Alert after the university reported the single highest daily cases of COVID-19 with a total of 44 new cases. The move to High Alert comes on the first day of social hiatus and five days after moving to in level 2 — Moderate Alert. According to Jeff Stein, chair of the Ready & Resilient committee, there were three new clusters identified bringing the total number of clusters identified on campus in the past two weeks to eight.

NEWS 10/19/20 7:23pm

3 new coronavirus clusters identified at Elon University

Three additional coronavirus clusters have been identified at Elon University. Two of the clusters are located in freshman dorms, while another was identified in a sorority. According to Jeff Stein, chair of the Ready & Resilient committee, the clusters are due to social gatherings.

NEWS 10/6/20 11:00am

Elon University moves down to Moderate Alert level

Elon University has moved back down to Level 2 — Moderate Alert, according to an email from Jeff Stein, chair of the Ready & Resilient committee. The university had been in the High Alert Level since Sept. 21, after an outbreak in cases that caused the university to increase two alert levels in four days.

SPORTS 9/17/20 1:28pm

Elon athletics activity suspended due to COVID-19

All Elon University varsity athletics have paused practice until further notice due to the spread of COVID-19 among athletes, according to Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley. In an email to undergraduate students, Dooley said 21 student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19, which includes a cluster of football players.

NEWS 9/14/20 6:05pm

27 students have or are facing conduct charges for hosting gatherings

27 students have faced or are in the process of facing conduct charges for hosting mass gatherings as of Sept. 12, according to Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley, representing an increase of 20 students since Aug. 25. Students who are charged with hosting gatherings larger than what is allowed by the university and town of Elon are suspended from campus.

NEWS 9/3/20 9:50pm

COVID-19 disproportionately hits Alamance County Latino community

Hispanic people make up 61% of COVID-19 cases in Alamance County, or 1,731 of the 2,838 cases in the county, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. But of the estimated total population of Alamance County, only 13.1% is Hispanic, yet they make up a large portion of those infected with the virus.

NEWS 7/24/20 1:55pm

Graham repeals protest permit ordinance, but litigations continue

After a lawsuit and subsequent protests, Graham City Council has repealed its ordinance requiring protesters to apply for a permit in order to gather. On behalf of the Alamance County chapter of the NAACP and other protesters, civil rights groups filed a lawsuit on July 2 against the city of Graham and other Alamance County officials.

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