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Steve Johnson, Publisher
Steve founded and launched The Coronado Times (published by eCoronado.com) 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. 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.”
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.”
Aimee Richer, Staff Writer
Aimee was a ‘nado Navy baby in the 1970s, where her love for adventure and travel began. After growing up and finishing college in the Midwest, Aimee spent more than a decade living and traveling overseas. She returned to the US in 2009, and made her way back to Coronado to raise her own baby – now a first grader at Village Elementary.
These days, Aimee finds most of her adventures in parenting. While the passports are always up to date, she now lives by the sentiment: there’s no place like home.
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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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Carolyn Rogerson, Staff Writer
Born on a peninsula in a northeastern Atlantic state, with a Navy port and a very important bridge. Little did I ever imagine I would eventually be living on a (much more beautiful) peninsula in the south west, with a major Naval facility and a very important bridge.
Life is full of wonderful surprises and mine has been a fabulous unplanned adventure. To be continued!
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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 Ballard, 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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Kyle McCarty, Staff Writer
During his 13 years as a Naval Aviation Rescue Swimmer, Kyle’s naval career brought him to NAS North Island in 2008 in which he eventually moved to Coronado in 2014. Although originally from Texas, he now considers Coronado to be home after his retirement in 2015. Kyle is a Communication major with a passion for writing, teaching, helping others, and public speaking. In his free time, he enjoys coaching baseball, game nights, his Jeep, and camping with his family.
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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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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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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 TheWrap.com, YahooMovies.com, MSNentertainment.com, 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 Senior Vice President 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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Ana de la Lama Photographer, Intern
Ana is a student at Coronado High School. She was part of Coronado Middle School’s KCMS broadcast journalism program prior to accepting this position.
Ana is responsible for capturing CHS photos for sports and other school activities. She also enjoys photography as a hobby. Ana wants to expand her knowledge about photography and eventually study it post high school.
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