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The Coronado Times (published by eCoronado.com, LLC) is an independent online newspaper publication that was launched in 2002. Our mission is to make Coronado smarter and better connected while being fair and accurate in our Coronado coverage. Our writers are local, intentional, conversational and committed to truth telling in our coverage.

We work with dozens of local and national brands to deliver trackable traffic and quality leads to our partners.  Hundreds of readers also support our publication as paid subscribers.

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301 7th Street, Coronado, CA 92118

Publication Staff (Bios Below):


Steve Johnson, Publisher & Owner
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Steve founded and launched The Coronado Times in 2002. It quickly became the largest news source for Coronado and provides coverage of local news, events, business, military, education and lifestyle.

Prior to publishing The Coronado Times, Steve earned a BA in Communication Studies from Westmont College and has a diverse resume in the fields of publishing, technology, online learning and education. Steve has served on the board for the Coronado Chamber of Commerce and has been an advisor to the Coronado Schools Foundation. Steve is married and has two children.


Dani Schwartz, Managing Editor
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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 is happy to call Coronado home and to have raised her children here. In her free time she enjoys reading, exercising, trying new restaurants, and just walking her dog around the “island.”


Jonathan Withers, Director of Sales & Business Development
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Jonathan has worked in the media and advertising world most of his professional career working with major ad agencies and media companies. His passion is now utilizing this experience working with local community based businesses.

Originally from the UK, Jonathan has lived in San Diego for 30 years and has two daughters raised in Coronado. In his spare times he enjoys surfing, fitness and travel.


Jennifer Velez, Reporter

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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Christine Van Tuyl, Reporter

Christine was born and raised in Texas, but moved to Coronado with her family as a teen in 1993. Although initially horrified by surfers, flannels and skateboards, she ultimately grew to love all things So-Cal. A graduate of UCSD, Christine got her first writing job on the KUSI ten o’clock news while simultaneously juggling a reporter position at the San Diego Community News Group. She worked as a public relations professional, a book editor, real estate professional, and a freelance writer before eventually succumbing to motherhood in 2008.

A decade later, Christine resurfaced to start the Island Girl Blog, a Coronado lifestyle blog. In addition, she writes a monthly page for Crown City Magazine. Christine loves hanging out with her husband, Ian, and their two spirited daughters, Holland and Marley, who attend Village Elementary and Coronado Middle School. When she’s not working, you’ll find her practicing yoga, spilling coffee at school drop off, meeting friends for sushi, or sailing the Bay with her family and English Bulldog, Moshi.

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Brandon Mariano, Reporter

Brandon was born in Carrollton, Texas but moved to Southern California at the age of four. After high school, Brandon enlisted in the Marine Corps where he attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot San Diego and was stationed at Camp Pendleton. During his four year enlistment, Brandon worked as Inventory Management Specialist, an Armory custodian, and a Martial Arts instructor.

After being discharged, he went straight back into school at Irvine Valley College while also working as a Legal Assistant at Veterans Legal Institute in Santa Ana. Brandon transferred to UC San Diego in 2020 and graduated in 2022 where he majored in Political Science with a focus in International Relations. While at UCSD Brandon worked as a Peer Navigator at the Student Veterans Resource Center and as contributing news writer for the UCSD Guardian. In his free time Brandon likes to read, write, play guitar, go skateboarding, and explore the beautiful city of San Diego.

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Alyssa K. Burns, Reporter

Alyssa is a graduate of Coronado High School and was in the founding broadcast journalism class at CHS. She earned her BA in Communication from CSU East Bay and completed her MBA from CSU San Marcos.

Her passion for writing and interest in the behind the scenes of business, leads her to write frequently about Coronado businesses. You can find Alyssa walking around the ferry landing with her shih-tzu terrier or enjoying a cup of coffee at one of Coronado’s favorite cafes.

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Clyde Van Arsdall, Reporter

Clyde is a trained chef that has worked in hospitality for nearly 40 years. In addition to cooking, he is a freelance food writer and storyteller. Clyde is a third-generation Coronado local CHS graduate and father of three. He owns and operates Olive Avenue Supper Club, a boutique catering company specializing in culinary experiences. You can follow his culinary journey on Instagram @oliveavenuesupper.

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Pilialoha Estall, Reporter

Pilialoha has a diverse background, ranging from non-profits, and experiential marketing, to being an executive event producer, and has a pr agency focused on youth development. She is passionate about helping her community, (a 4th generation Coronadan) and is on the boards for Coronado Schools Foundation, Coronado Band & Choir Boosters, Rady Children’s Hospital – Coronado Auxiliary, and Coronado Flower Association.

She loves spending time with her family, golfing with her daughter and friends, and Polynesian dancing! She loves writing (from comedy to novels, you name it). She also has a humble weblog and global podcast PilialohaNow – Building Sustainability, available on all major platforms.

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Brad Willis, Visual Storyteller / Reporter

Brad Willis is an author and retired network news foreign correspondent who has worked in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, Latin America and Asia. He has received national and international awards for compassionate journalism and for his war coverage.

Brad is longtime Coronado resident who also Commissioner of Public Art for the City of Coronado.

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Bella Villarin, Student Reporter

Bella is a proud military brat who moved to Coronado in 2015. She was born in Yokosuka, Japan, and after a short stay in Virginia, had numerous experiences traveling throughout Asia while residing in Singapore. Her favorite places to visit include Tokyo Disneyland, Universal Studios Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Bali, Indonesia.

Bella first found her love of writing after joining the Coronado Middle School Surfer Yearbook Staff, where she was the managing editor. A freshman at Coronado High School, Bella can be found at the driving range or golf course when not attending school, studying, writing, reading books, playing the guitar, or spending time with her family and friends.

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Graham Bower, Student Reporter

Graham Bower is a proud “navy kid” and a student at CHS, class of 2024. He is a captain of the football team and plays multiple positions, including quarterback. Graham has always had a passion to create and share content, starting in the sixth grade making videos at the skatepark in Naples, Italy. From there, it kicked off and became a huge interest. After taking video production, digital media, and photography classes from 2018-2021, he finally got a professional camera in November of 2021.

He started creating sports videos for the school and sharing them on Instagram. Since then, he has continued to create videos not only for many sports and activities, always being open to new ideas and opportunities to grow his experience. Graham plans to study film and photography and play football at college in Montana.

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Kaylee Smith, Student Reporter

Kaylee was born and raised in San Diego, becoming an official Coronado local in 2015. As a homeschooler, her life has looked a little different from your average teenager. From cruising amusement parks mid week to attending community college since the age of 14, life as the oldest of five stays full. When not crafting together a story, she loves training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and playing beach volleyball.

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Contact Points:

Story Ideas/Tips/Questions:  [email protected]
Letters to Editor: 
Submission Guidelines & Contact Info
Advertising / Media Kit:
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Employment: 
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Payments: The Coronado Times
301 7th Street, Coronado, CA 92118