The Coronado Times (published by eCoronado.com, LLC) is an independent online news 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.
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Steve Johnson, Publisher
Steve founded and launched The Coronado Times in 2002 as an online news publication to cover local news, business, people, city, events, entertainment and lifestyle. Our mission is to be fair and accurate in our coverage of Coronado, CA.
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, hi-tech 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
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 thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time she enjoys reading, hitting the gym or just walking her dog around the “island.”
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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Brad Willis, Visual Storyteller
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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Tyra is a multimedia journalist with several years of experience. She has worked at various news organizations including Fox 5 San Diego, KPBS and The Coast News. She is also a student at SDSU studying journalism.
Tyra grew up in Carlsbad and is excited to be reporting on another coastal community. She is particularly interested in reporting on issues of race, diversity and education. When she’s not working you can find her surfing, hiking or hanging out with her dog, Hachi.
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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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Alyssa K. Burns, Staff Writer
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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Christine Van Tuyl, Staff Writer
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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Aly Lawson, Staff Writer
Aly has a BA in mass communication, emphasizing journalism and public relations, and a MBA in marketing. She has worked as a reporter and marketer in various industries and overseas. She also won a best community business story award from the Nevada Press Association in 2017.
Originally from Washington, this is her second time living in Coronado, where her husband is stationed as a Navy helicopter pilot. They have two small children and the whole family adores Coronado.
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Clark Fahrenthold, Staff Writer
Clark is a recent graduate from Sonoma State University where he received his BA in Communications and a minor in History. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, tennis, and running.
Chloe Berk, CHS Staff Writer
Chloe has called Coronado home since she could walk or talk and considers herself a true Islander. She is currently a student at Coronado High School and a writer for the Islander Times. After studying and writing articles, she enjoys volleyball, the beach, and her newly-adopted dogs from PAWS.
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Bella Villarin, CHS Staff Writer
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