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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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Publication Staff (Bios Below):


Steve Johnson, Publisher
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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
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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, 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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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.

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Jadyn Brandt, Staff Writer

Jadyn was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to San Diego in 2018 to attend SDSU. She rediscovered her love for writing while at state and is currently pursuing a degree in journalism and media studies.

She has worked as a reporter and news editor for The Daily Aztec, SDSU’s student-run newspaper, and is currently the VP of Writing and Copy for The Look, her university’s first arts and culture magazine. Her passion for journalism stems from her love of stories and storytelling in all forms. Outside of journalism she enjoys doing yoga, playing soccer and writing poetry.

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Lily Yates, Staff Writer

Lily is currently a fourth-year Communication Studies major and Music minor at the University of San Diego. She is passionate about many aspects of communication and is especially interested in writing about arts, culture, and fascinating people. She can also be found working as a Library Assistant at the Coronado Library.

Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Lily is a transplant to the San Diego area and has already been spoiled by the wonderful weather and the wealth of things to do. In her free time, she enjoys making and listening to music, playing tabletop games, exploring new spots to eat, and getting outside.

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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

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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Contact Points:

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