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Mailing Address:  301 Seventh Street, Coronado, CA 92118
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team_steveSteve Johnson, Publisher

Steve founded and launched The Coronado Times (published by in 2002 as a daily publication to cover Coronado news, events, entertainment, business, people and lifestyle.  It filled a need for local news and was immediately supported by the community of Coronado residents, visitors and businesses.  It is read by over 50,000 residents and visitors every month.  

Prior to publishing The Coronado Times, Steve earned a BA in Communication Studies from Westmont College where he also contributed to the college newspaper.  He has worked in educational publishing, product development and online marketing.  Steve currently sits on the board for the Coronado Chamber of Commerce and is an advisor to the Coronado Schools Foundation.

Since moving to Coronado in 1999, Steve has traded his car for a bike, dress shoes for flip flops and has fully embraced the “island life”.

Version 2Dani Schwartz, Managing Editor

Dani’s background includes a unique combination of physics, information technology, marketing and serving diligently as the “grammar police” (her self-appointed title) at many past positions.

Originally from upstate New York, Dani has lived in Coronado since 1996. She and her husband Harry are thrilled to call Coronado home and raise their two children here.  In her free time enjoys reading, hitting the gym or just walking around the “island”.

Coree Cornelius, Staff Writer

Coree is a military spouse and mother who has been lucky to call Coronado “home” for the second time.  She and her family have moved all over the country, moving 11 times in the past 19 years.  A graduate of Rowan University in New Jersey, Coree taught special education to high school and middle school students in New Jersey, Virginia, California, and Maryland, and in Hawaii she worked with elementary students.

Coree embraces each place her family has been stationed.  She worked at a winery in Monterey, California, worked at the historic mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, and now she enjoys writing for The Coronado Times.  In her free time Coree can be found volunteering at her daughter’s school, running, taking pictures, and planning her next adventure traveling.

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Chris Kelly, Staff Writer

Chris is a native San Diegan who has had business ties to Coronado from when the bridge still had a toll. She vowed to herself one day she would make the “island” her home. In 2017, she and her Village Elementary aged daughter planted roots here in Coronado.

Chris has been an entrepreneur for over two decades as a business owner and business/life strategist and coach. She has been a writer for a lifetime with three books authored and more on the way. Her work has been seen in magazines, blogs, The Seattle Times and The Huffington Post. Chris is forever dreaming up ways to make a positive impact while empowering people.

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Jeannie Groeneveld, Staff Writer 

Jeannie is a recently retired Naval Officer whose first duty station brought her to Coronado in 1998.  A Navy Helicopter Pilot for 10 years and a Public Affairs Officer for 11 years, the Navy afforded her many incredible opportunities to serve her country in unique ways while seeing the world.

She is a military spouse and a soccer-mom of two wonderful boys who attend Village Elementary and Coronado Middle School. A Connecticut native who earned her degree in Marine Biology at Auburn University and Masters degrees at USD (Global Leadership) and SDSU (Communications), Jeannie feels fortunate to have landed in Coronado and call it home. She enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, running, water-skiing and spending time with friends..

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Rebecca Sather, Staff Writer

Rebecca’s connection to Coronado goes back to when she was a little girl. Her parents, both SDSU grads, often brought Rebecca and her siblings down to The Crown City from Orange County for many school breaks. Rebecca’s family now has a home here, and they love to live the “island” life whenever possible.

A graduate of the University of Oregon’s Journalism School, Rebecca lived in New York City and Seattle prior to moving back to southern California. She’s worked for Condé Nast, Time Inc., and other local publications. Rebecca enjoys riding her purple beach cruiser, creating self-guided taco tours, traveling, reading and subsequently drinking wine with her book club, cooking, decorating and entertaining. She loves to immerse herself in her community by discovering new gems or revisiting old favorites wherever she is.

Her version of the perfect day includes time spent on Coronado beach with a sandwich from Park Place Liquor & Deli.

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Laura Ribitzky, Staff Writer

Originally from Israel, Laura grew up in suburban Boston before traveling the world with experiential education organizations, NGOs, and U.S. government agencies. She regards Coronado as her adopted forever-home.

Currently working as an International Student Advisor at San Diego State University, she earned a B.A. in Social Thought & Political Economy, a J.D. with a concentration in Mediation, and an M.A. in Conflict Resolution. Laura enjoys the arts, local craft coffee shops, and outdoor living.

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Jennifer Velez, Staff Writer

Jennifer fell in love with Coronado as a teenager while visiting a college friend. She vowed that someday she would make it her home, and that dream has recently become a reality. Fast forward through completing college with a BA in Journalism, Public Relations and Communications, she then went on to work with a variety of clients. She also taught Journalism and coordinated fundraising for her children’s school, and was a staff writer for San Diego Family Magazine and contributed to other parenting publications.

Much of her inspiration for writing comes from a love of travel, which started when she got the opportunity to go to Brazil as an exchange student. It continues today as she travels with her family on a variety of adventures from camping trips through national parks to safaris in Kenya, never without a good book in hand.

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Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 11.45.56 AMRuth Klamper, Staff Writer

Ruth moved to Coronado with her husband and fur-baby (dog), Storm, in 2011.  She is a seasoned reporter, avid animal lover and new mom to an adorable little girl.  Ruth has covered local and national news stories, but finds enjoyment in telling stories about what makes her community one-of-a-kind.

A graduate of Florida Southern College, Ruth has worked for ABC, CBS, and FOX affiliates, as well as the Home Shopping Network. She has traveled the world on mission trips and looks forward to planning her next adventure abroad.

When Ruth isn’t covering local news or hosting visitors from out-of-town (because, honestly, who doesn’t want to visit Coronado), she can be found strolling the dog beach, hiking trails, indulging in local cuisine, rooting on the LA Clippers, or walking around the “island” with her baby, dog, and coffee in tow. If you see her around town, don’t hesitate to stop and say “hi!”

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Suzette Valle, Staff Writer 

Suzette Valle moved to the Coronado Cays in 1992. She was born in Mexico, graduated from the University of San Diego, and earned a Master’s Degree from Oxford University. She worked in finance in London where she met her husband. After motherhood, she became a family entertainment writer. Her articles have appeared on,,, and REUTERS among others. She is the author of “101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up” (Quarto Publishing, October 2015). You can pick up a copy at Bay Books.

Suzette is married to Alejandro, a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley. They have two children, Alex and Bianca, both CHS and college grads. Suzette enjoys watching movies, writing, and walks on the beach with her husband and adorable Maltipoo, Bella.

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Andres de la Lama, Staff Writer, Intern

Andres is a student at Coronado High School. He was a part of the KCMS Broadcast Journalism program in middle school, giving him experience in the fields of both filmmaking and news coverage. Now writing for the high school newspaper and the Coronado Times, Andres aspires to become a writer in the future and will study philosophy and creative writing after he graduates high school.

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Lucia Martin, Video Production, Intern

Lucia is both a student at Coronado High School and a film student at Coronado School of Arts. She has participated in the production of over 10 short films in her time at CoSA and at film workshops, allowing her to gain experience with cameras, lighting, sound, and video editing software. Now producing video for The Coronado Times, Lucia aspires to become a filmmaker in the future and will focus on screenwriting and cinematography after she graduates high school.

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