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About Us


The Belmont Vision is the official, award-winning online news resource for Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Our site — ranked Best College News Site at the 2017 Southeast Journalism Conference — is updated daily with campus news, arts and entertainment coverage, sports and more, all from the Belmont community and beyond.


Editor in Chief

Braden Simmons ('25)  is a double major in Political Science and Journalism from Memphis, Tennessee. He loves to read and write about anything ranging from breaking news to features. When he’s not in the Vision office, he can be found spinning tales of wonder and intrigue, when he plays Dungeons and Dragons. Braden also enjoys getting coffee at Bongo Java with friends and discussing the latest in local and national politics.



Sports Editor

Ty Wellemeyer (’26) is a journalism major with a sports administration minor from Evansville, Indiana (Go Purple Aces). He loves reading or watching anything sports related and plans on becoming a sportswriter when he graduates from Belmont. When Ty isn’t invested in figuring out whether or not LeBron James is actually going to retire, he can be found playing basketball at FitRec, pretending that he is the next great NBA prospect, or taking a nice walk around campus to enjoy the sunny weather. Don’t be afraid to say hi to him. He swears he doesn’t bite.




News Editor

Tessa Pendleton (‘25) is a Spanish major and journalism minor from Zionsville, Indiana. She started at the Vision as a writer and photographer. She enjoys writing because it helps her to better understand the world, and photography because it can bring those words to life. Outside of academia, Tessa likes coffee ice cream, team activities and nice outdoor walks. Fun fact: she is convinced that she writes better while sitting on the floor. 



VNN Executive Producer

Melody Scott ('25) is a double major in media production and journalism. Originally from Cumming, Georgia, her dream job is to work in production and post-production in the documentary film industry or for a news station. When she’s not in class, Melody loves watching old sci-fi movies and TV shows, especially her favorites “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope” and “Battlestar Galactica” from the 1970s. She also enjoys hanging out with her friends and grabbing a Starbucks coffee whenever she can. 



VNN Executive Producer

Luke Ayers ('25) is a media production and journalism double major from Franklin, Tennessee. He started at the Vision in the spring of 2022. He is a huge fan of Belmont Basketball and watching whatever he can find on Netflix or YouTube. He has been making videos since he was a freshman in high school, and never drinks coffee, only tea. 



Faculty Adviser

Dorren Robinson is an assistant professor of journalism and award-winning former journalist. She wrote for The Tennessean for more than 15 years before entering the world of academia. She teaches Foundations of Journalism, Writing for Media and Advanced Storytelling. Her office is Johnson Center 106.


Want to join the staff?

Weekly staff meetings are open to all and are held every Monday at 10 a.m. in the Vision office, located in Johnson Center 108.


We gladly welcome any student to contribute, regardless of media experience or major.

Stop by our office any time or connect with the Vision on Twitter and Instagram.

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