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The Coronado Times
826 Orange Avenue #494
Coronado, CA 92118
Your Local Coronado News Team (Bios Below):
Megan Kitt, Publisher & Owner
Megan has worked as a reporter for more than 15 years, and her work in both print and digital journalism has been published in more than 25 publications worldwide. She is also an award-winning photographer. She holds BA degrees in journalism, English literature and creative writing and an MA degree in creative writing and literature. She believes a quality news publication’s purpose is to strengthen a community through informative and connective reporting.
Megan is also a mother of three and a Navy spouse. After living around the world both as a journalist and as a military spouse, she immediately fell in love with San Diego and Coronado for her family’s long-term home.
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Dani 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 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
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 that were raised in Coronado. In his spare times he enjoys surfing, fitness and travel.
Steve Johnson, Consultant (Former Publisher)
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. Steve served as Publisher for 21 years until selling the business in 2024.
Prior to publishing The Coronado Times, Steve earned a BA in Communication Studies from Westmont College and has experience 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 lives in Coronado, is married and blessed to have raised his two kids “on the island.”
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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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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Jeannie Groeneveld, Reporter
Jeannie is a retired Naval Aviator and Public Affairs Officer whose post-Navy career includes freelance writing, PR Consulting and a two year stint as the San Diego Padres Military Affairs Advisor. Having been stationed in various parts of the country including Washington D.C., Florida and Hawaii, Jeannie appreciates how amazing the Coronado community is and loves the experience her children have had growing up here.
Jeannie earned her BS in Marine Biology from Auburn University, her MS in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego and her MA in Communication and Media Relations at San Diego State University. A life-long learner and avid traveler Jeannie enjoys writing travel pieces, Navy stories and anything else that will broaden her perspective. When she is not working you will find her watching her boys play sports, walking Odin at dog beach, hiking, playing beach volleyball or spending time with the family.
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Lisa Lamb, Reporter
Lisa’s passion for sports journalism stems from her experiences playing tennis and running track, and reading great sports journalists, especially those who write about her favorite basketball team, the San Diego State Aztecs. As a professor of mathematics education, she enjoys analyzing data to highlight the statistics that help bring the story to life.
Lisa has lived in Coronado for almost 20 years with her husband and son. She loves the friendly neighborhood community and the walkable access to wonderful restaurants and parks.
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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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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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Elsie Hammond, Reporter
Elsie is a stay-at-home mom with an MBA, managing two kids, a husband, and a mini-Aussie. She moved to Coronado Cays in 2012 with her family by way of US Navy. She has lived in the Philippines, Japan, and Hong Kong and several states in the good old USA.
Elsie enjoys traveling, hiking, golfing, skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), and playing tennis. She also likes taking pictures with her iPhone and posting about them on her personal social media pages. She was a monthly contributor to Cays Living Magazine and has had several of her photos and stories published in various magazines and newspapers.
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Caroline Minchella, Reporter
Caroline was 15 years old when her family moved to Coronado. Though she was a “transplant”, Caroline found a home in the Coronado community near-immediately: she became an intern for “The Coronado Times”; helped reinstate the CHS newspaper, “The Islander Times”; was a volunteer dog-walker for PAWS; and a faithful Concert in the Park attendee.
After completing her BA in English at the University of California Santa Barbara, she went on to craft answers for Amazon Alexa devices and write creatively on the side. Fast forward seven years, Caroline is thrilled to return as a Reporter for “The Coronado Times.”
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Bella Villarin, Student Reporter (Coronado High School)
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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Maria Laguna, Student Reporter (Coronado High School)
Maria Laguna is student at Coronado High School and has lived in San Diego her whole life. She is an officer to numerous clubs on campus, including: Feminist Club, Creative Writing Club, and Activism Book Club. Maria is also very involved with community service. Her passions include fashion, reading, writing, and travel. She shows her love of literature by being a Coronado Public Library volunteer in her free time and working on her own novella. She has always loved doing activities that let her express herself creatively. Maria plans to study fashion and writing after graduating from Coronado High in 2024.
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Graham Bower, Student Reporter (Coronado High School)
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 in college.
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