Ryan Johnston
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Online Managing Editor
Ryan is a junior communications major and journalism and Latin American studies minor at Wake Forest. After working as an assistant and head Editor of the Sports section, Ryan has transitioned into the role of Online Managing Editor for the Spring of 2017. Ryan enjoys skiing, playing pickup basketball and reading aloud his favorite tweets to the staff of the Old Gold & Black on production nights, prompted or unprompted. Ryan is grateful to the Old Gold & Black for the journalistic and career opportunities that the newspaper has provided him throughout his time at Wake Forest.
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ARTICLES BY Ryan Johnston
Anna Gustin: Japanese
Life · By

For Anna Gustin, the study of Japanese at  Wake Forest was about much more than simply learning a language.

April 27, 2017
Margie Feng: French
Life · By

Initially, Margie Feng simply wanted to be able to speak to her grandfather, a French professor in China, in French.

April 27, 2017
Deacon Spotlight: Men’s golf Head Coach Jerry Haas
Sports · By

Head Coach Jerry Haas has the Wake Forest men’s golf team playing its best golf at the best time of the year. With the end of the regular season near and ACC Championship play approaching, the No. 8 ranked Demon Deacons look poised for a deep postseason run led by the great leadership of Coach […]

April 20, 2017
Spotlight: Robert Heppenstall
Track · By

Standout sophomore Robert Heppenstall has proven himself to be a rising star on the track for both Wake Forest and his home country of Canada.

April 13, 2017
Deacon Spotlight: Jonathan Pryor
Sports · By

Senior outfielder and leadoff hitter Jonathan Pryor opens up about life on the No. 24 ranked Diamond Deacs.

March 30, 2017
Deacons drop Yellow Jackets, fall to Fighting Irish
Sports · By

Despite strong play from sophomores John Collins and Bryant Crawford, Wake Forest went .500 against two ACC foes.

February 10, 2017
Spotlight: Hunter Roberts
Track · By

Senior sprinter and hurdler Hunter Roberts has her eyes set on breaking school records before she graduates, but her legacy at Wake Forest will reach far beyond the track.

February 10, 2017
Deacon Spotlight: men’s soccer Head Coach Bobby Muuss
Sports · By

Wake Forest men’s soccer Head Coach Bobby Muuss led the Demon Deacons to the National Championship game last season and is excited to compete at a high level next season as well.

February 3, 2017
Sawvel steps in as defensive coordinator
Sports · By

The Wake Forest football team is coming off of it’s best and most newsworthy season in at least five years, and the roller coaster doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon for head Coach Dave Clawson and the rest of the program. 

January 26, 2017
Deacons look to build during Spring season
Sports · By

Until the 2014 season, Wake Forest women’s soccer head coach Tony da Luz had not missed an NCAA Tournament as the sideline leader of the Demon Deacons.

January 20, 2017
Four takeaways from win over Hurricanes
Sports · By

Four lessons learned from the Wake Forest Demon Deacon’s win over the Miami Hurricanes:

January 20, 2017
Football finishes tumultuous season as champions
Sports · By

As the smallest school in the Power Five conferences, it’s not often that the Wake Forest football program makes national headlines.

January 12, 2017
Wake Forest beats Temple 34-26
Sports · By

Though the game didn’t start the way the Deacons wanted, it certainly finished in a favorable way. Wake Forest overcame a mid-game injury to starting quarterback John Wolford to take down the No. 23 Temple Owls on Dec. 27 and become the 2016 Military Bowl Champions.

December 27, 2016
Wake Forest fans looking forward to today’s game
Sports · By

Wake Forest hasn’t been to a bowl game since 2011. Long a laughingstock of the ACC, the Demon Deacons will be looking to change the narrative today, as they will take on the No. 24 Temple Owls in the Northrop Grumman Military Bowl.

December 27, 2016
Breaking: Former Wake Forest assistant football coach leaked gameplans for two years
Sports · By

In what could be the college sports story of the year, former Wake Forest assistant football coach and IMG radio announcer Tommy Elrod has been accused of providing “confidential and proprietary game preparations” to multiple opponents of Wake Forest since 2014.

December 13, 2016
Deacons prepare for No. 23 Temple in Military Bowl
Sports · By

For the first time since 2011, the Wake Forest football team will be playing in a bowl game. The Deacs will take on No. 23 Temple in the Northrop Grumman Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland, at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

December 8, 2016
Demon Deacons move to 7-2 on the season
Sports · By

Wake Forest’s men’s basketball team has found a star in the making in sophomore forward John Collins. Following a 75-67 win at Richmond on Dec. 3 and a 91-74 route over Charlotte on Dec. 6, Collins is second in the nation in offensive rating and has four straight double-doubles for the 7-2 Deacons.

December 8, 2016
Men’s basketball meeting expectations early in year
Sports · By

Wake Forest has cooled down after a hot start to the 2016-17 men’s basketball season, going 2-2 over their last four games after starting off 3-0. The Deacons now sit at 5-2 following a tight-fought 58-65 loss to Northwestern on the road last Monday, Nov. 28.

December 3, 2016
Spotlight: John Collins
Sports · By

Sophomore forward John Collins may be the most improved frontcourt player in the ACC, and if he maintains his current play, he’ll be in the national conversation.

December 3, 2016
Spotlight: Alec Ferrell
Sports · By

Redshirt senior goalkeeper Alec Ferrell has been the rock of a Demon Deacon defense that has a claim for the best in the country.

November 17, 2016
Demon Deacons fall to Virginia in ACC Semifinals
Sports · By

The No. 19 Wake Forest women’s field hockey team played their final game of the season on Friday, Nov. 4, a 3-2 overtime loss to eventual ACC Champion Virginia that saw Wake Forest hold, and subsequently lose, two separate leads throughout regulation.

November 10, 2016
Spotlight: John Wolford
Sports · By

Junior quarterback John Wolford has been a pivotal force in ushering in a new era of Wake Forest football along with head coach Dave Clawson.

November 10, 2016
Field Hockey finishes regular season with confidence
Sports · By

When the Wake Forest field hockey team took the field against Appalachian State on Friday, Oct. 28, the object of the game for the Deacons wasn’t simply to come away with a win, it was to demonstrate that they had the ability to overcome the adversity that they’ve faced throughout the season, and that will […]

November 3, 2016
Spotlight: Jon Bakero
Sports · By

Junior forward Jon Bakero has been a huge part of Wake Forest’s two straight Atlantic Division titles.

November 3, 2016
Spotlight: Duke Ejiofor
Sports · By

Redshirt junior Duke Ejiofor is a leader on the 5-2 Wake Forest football team, both on and off the field.

October 20, 2016