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The Coronado Times (published by is an independent news media publication. Our mission is to positively impact the community of Coronado by creating and distributing high-quality coverage of local news, events, entertainment and people. Over 50,000 monthly readers enjoy their daily edition of our publication.  Subscribe today.

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Mailing Address:  301 Seventh Street, Coronado, CA 92118
Phone:  619-669-8686

Publication Staff:

team_steveSteve Johnson, Publisher

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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, was immediately supported by advertising partners and 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
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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 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”.

team_gloriaGloria Tierney, Staff Writer

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Gloria is a veteran reporter. Over the years she had contributed to a number of national and international publications and a few local ones. Her byline has appeared in The Times of London, San Diego Union and Coronado Lifestyles. She also worked for several years as stringer for Reuters-Thomson News Service.

A Coronado native, she attended Sacred Heart and Coronado High School, before moving away to attend college, UCSD and graduate school, UCSB. Her undergraduate degree was in political science. She returned to Coronado in the 1980s.

She spends Thursdays at a ceramics class in Normal Heights crafting pots on a wheel. On weekends she likes to traverse local mountains. She also takes hiking holidays in Europe and the United States.

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Coree Cornelius, Staff Writer
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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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Luan Troxel, Staff Writer

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Luan’s background spans a range of industries from academia to management consulting to investment banking. Along the way, she earned an undergraduate degree in political science at Northwestern University, a PhD in the same field from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia University. She has lived on both coasts and many states in between, as well as in Bulgaria and Germany.

Luan and her husband, two sons and three dogs moved to Coronado in 2017.

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Jeannie Groeneveld, Staff Writer
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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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Chris Kelly, Staff Writer
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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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Version 2Heather McNeil, Staff Writer
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Heather is a Navy wife of 20 years, a mom to two beautiful daughters (and two dogs), and and educator. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” ~ Confucius.

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Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 11.45.56 AMRuth Klamper, Staff Writer
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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
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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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team_kenKen Bryan, Staff Writer
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Ken was born and raised in Coronado and graduated CHS in 1981. He and wife Ann Marie have three exceptional, grown children, with only one left in college. Ken enjoys all sports, entertaining, cooking and photography. He very rarely can play ball anymore, so he thoroughly enjoys covering the local sports scene.

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Andres de la Lama, Staff Writer, Intern
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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

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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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Sean O’Connor, Staff Photographer, Intern

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Sean is a student at Coronado High School. He is a photographer for the school yearbook and has consistently volunteered at his church over the past two and a half years. He plans to attend The New York Film Academy after graduating from SDSU with a degree in business and finance.

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