Meet our columnists

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Aruba Today has five great columnists who contribute to our newspaper with their knowledge and creativity. Please let us introduce to you Steve, Shanella, Anthony, Thais and Joris. They would surely appreciate your comments on their columns. Check out our website to find their articles.

Creative Islander by Thais Franken

ThaĆÆs G. Franken (24) is a recently graduated Aruban student at the University of Maastricht (UM). She obtained her graduate double Master of Science degree in Public Policy and Human Development in collaboration with the United Nations University Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT). Back home, on the beautiful island of Aruba, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Organization, Governance & Management (OGM) at the University of Aruba (UA), where she successfully defended her thesis titled ā€œPlacing Culture and Creativity at the Heart of the Aruban Sustainable Developmentā€. It was precisely this research project that inspired the emergence of the ā€œCreative Islanderā€ column in 2018. ThaĆÆs is very passionate about topics such as sustainability, innovation, culture, creativity, social entrepreneurship and their role in public management. Next to her academic interests, she enjoys reading, writing, dancing and cooking.


Island Insight by Anthony Croes of Etnia Nativa

Anthony Croes is an Etnia Nativa based artist at Westpunt, originally from Companashi. As a child, he demonstrated a natural interest and respect for his old world heritage as well as his nativesā€™ ancestorā€™s history and their survival challenges. This same interest encouraged him to pursue anthropological studies as an academic call. For someone with such interest in cultural expressions it is no surprising that Aruba Today welcomed him as a columnist.

Hotel Hustle by Shanella Pantophlet

Aruban born and bred Shanella Pantophlet is passionate about tourism. That is the world she studied and works in, so we might as well call her a specialist. Luckily for Aruba Today Shanella also loves to write. Together with the fact that the majority of our readers are tourists, we found ourselves a perfect combination for a column:Ā Hotel Hustle.

Todayā€™s Catch by Joris Zandvoort

Dutch Joris Zantvoort is a writer at He writes a monthly fisher report for Aruba Today. The company works with 17 captains in Aruba that help him create this report containing information like: What is currently in the water? What can you catch? Amazing pictures are being shared and part of the column shows The Captain of The Month.


Todayā€™s Click by Steve Francees

Aruban born and bred Steve Francees has a passion for photography. Being a local photographer he knows the hidden gems of this island and captures them in an amazing way. As a Family and Landscape photographer Steve is ready to create your next ā€˜vacation memoriesā€™,Ā morning and/or sunset shots.