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www cJ0verd JereveiJJe,c0m May 30, 2019 The Cloverdale Reveille Page 9 uce West Pubi We practice "community journalism" that seeks to make a positive impact on where we live, work and share stories. We treat the local news as public property without fear or favor of friend or foe. We don't play favorites and we seek to be 100% accountable and transparent to our readers, advertisers and all others. We expect our readers to be active partners in our journalistic work. local news as a conversation where the best of our reporting has been informed by many voices, and not just the few. We seek to earn your trust as well as your continued support as subscribers and paying readers. Thank you. We view Rollie Atkinson that continue to Atkinson, 68, equally devoted Rollie Atkinson is the publisher for Sonoma West Publishers' four community newspapers. He started his journalism career in 1974 at his hometown newspaper in Frederick, Md. He continued his career at The Healdsburg Tribune after moving to Healdsburg in 1981. His newsroom assignments have included big and small stories that took him to state houses and U.S. Congress, steelworker strikes, CIA investigations, presidential political campaigns, cub scout pancake breakfasts, numerous centenarian birthdays, river floods, high school sports action, wine industry milestones and many other places. Atkinson has marked his journalism career with two guiding principles: to protect and defend the First Amendment and the public's right to know, and by his appreciation of the high honor bestowed to him by his readers and local community members allow him to tell their stories. also considers it a privilege to work along side his much younger but Sonoma West Publishers journalists. Greg Clementi has patrolled the sidelines as sports editor for Sonoma West Publishers for nearly 17 years, covering five high schools in north and west Sonoma County with a genuine love and admiration for coaches, student athletes and youth sports. Greg began his career as a writer and co-publisher of Sporting Edge Magazine in 1982, covering the Marin County boxing scene. He was a regular contributor for Petaluma Magazine and a prolific freelance writer focusing on running and fishing before joining the Sonoma West team in 2002. Under Greg's watch, Sonoma West Publishers was recognized by the California Prep Sports Writer's Association for providing the best high school sports coverage in the entire state, regardless of newspaper Greg ClemenU circulation size. A native of Wisconsin, Greg is an avid fisherman, car enthusiast and a two-time finisher of the Boston Marathon. He's been married to his wife Ann for 35 years and they have five daughters and five grandchildren. Zo~ Strickland Zo~ Strickland is the editor of the Cloverdale Reveille. Hired in July 2018, Zo~ has a passion for small towns and writing articles about the people who live in them. Zo~ was born and raised in southern Sonoma County, but moved to Oregon in 2014 to pursue a bachelor of arts in English literature. Four years and one degree later, she moved back to Sonoma County. Before working at the Reveille, Zo~ spent two years as the editor-in-chief of a literary magazine, three years in various positions at her weekly college newspaper, four years as the editorial director of an editing company and had a brief stintas a radio DJ. When she's not reporting, Zo~ has a passion for baling, taking care of plants, finding the best coffee shops and hangilg out with her dogs. Heather Barley grew up in Sonoma County and graduated from Ursuline High School in 1991. She was a dedicated competitor in the sport of three-day eventing, an Olympic equestrian discipline and represented California at the junio Olympic level. She moved to the east coast in 1995, and graduted from George Mason University in 1998 with a degree in communications. Her initial work in journalism was as a wr~er for The Chronicle of the Horse, the nation's oldest, weekly hcse sports magazine, where she covered Olympics and World Championships, as well as national competitions and wrte feature stories. She has worked professionally as a horse trainer and riditg instructor, in addition to her work as a writer. She currently Heather Bailey lives with her husband and son on a farm, where her husba~ trains horses and riders, and they raise Nigerian Dwarf goats and various breeds of chickens. She has won various awards for her writing, including from the International Association of Equine Journalists, the California Newspaper Association, the Califor]ia School Board Association and the National Newspaper Association. In her spare time, such as it is, she likes to read and watch movies. Dylan Sirdofsky grew up in Sonoma County and graduated from Piner High School in 2009. After earning his associate degree in Social & Behavior Sciences from the Santa Rosa Junior College, he decided to focus on writing and film at Sonoma State University. When he joined the Sonoma State Star weekly newspaper staff in spring 2013, his love for arts & entertainment flourished through a new found interest in journalism. Despite having many career path interests, he constantly ponders the idea of being either a scriptwriter or film critic one day. Closing out his last two semesters on the newspaper as editor-in-chief, he was honored in the Phillip McComb's Scholarship Program from the San Francisco Public Relations Round Table. Dylan would then graduate from SSU with a Dylan Sirdofsky bachelor's degree in Communication & Media Studies with Distinction, and a minor in English. Taking a break for several years to pursue other career options, Dylan eventually tested the waters in journalism again when he became a freelance reporter. Two years later he joined Sonoma West Publishers as a staff writer in March 2019. When he isn't busy covering topics around west county, his main hobbies include watching and collecting new or lesser-known films and creating video content on YouTube to review and recommend. Andrew Pardiac Andrew Pardiac originally hails from southeast Michigan and received his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 2008. He has written several works of fiction in addition to his work in journalism. Before joining the fourth estate, Pardiac was briefly the publisher of a small comic book company in Michigan and has also been published in regional magazines. In 2013, he took a job as copy editor for Larson Newspapers in the Verde Valley of Arizona, including Sedona. He spent four years there covering a wide range of topics from the arts to city government. He's worked for Sonoma West Publishers as managing editor since the beginning of 2019. In his free time, he continues to enjoy working on fiction, reading science fiction and exploring the world with his 8-year-old daughter. Frank Robertson has written about west Sonoma County since the 1980s when he moved to the Russian River from San Francisco. "I was drawn by the natural beauty," he said. "I liked how it was kind of wild, unplanned and affordable." He's been an editor at the Russian River News, the Sebastopol Times and The Paper (now the North Bay Bohemian). After Rollie Atkinson acquired the Sebastopol Times and the Russian River News and combined them into Sonoma West Times & News, Robertson covered Sebastopol and chronicled the lower river's evolution from a seasonal playground to a year-round population comprising a vividly eccentric diversity. "For a writer, the river seemed like a lucky gift," said Robertson. "I felt like a baseball batter might feel when looking at Frank Robertsona hanging curveball." Robertson's work has earned a Sonoma State University Lincoln Steffens Journalism Award for stories on the transformation of rural Windsor into a modern suburbia. He still lives in Guerneville with his wife, Mary Robertson, an artist known for her Russian River paintings. They live in a summer cabin and may rescue another dog some day, maybe two dogs. Laura working call She Laura Hagar Rush has been a journalist for more than 30 years. After leaving UC Berkeley with a degree in English, she became editor of the Sierra Club's Bay Area newspaper, then worked as a reporter and columnist for the East Bay Express in Berkeley for 15 years, covering the environment, education, the university and pretty much anything else that struck her fancy. In the early aughts, she started StreamingManiac, the first blog and web guide to university lectures online. After moving to west Sonoma County in 2002, she joined North Bay biz magazine as managing editor, then, entranced by the digital world, retrained as a web designer, working for KRCB Northern California Public Media. Because this is wine country, she founded a winery, Sonoma Hagar Rush Aperitif, making vermouth and wine-based aperitifs. She began for Sonoma West Publishers as a webmaster in 2016, but couldn't resist the siren of print journalism, becoming editor of Sonoma West Times & News in August of 2018. lives with her family and an amusing bunch of 20-somethings in Forestville. Social/digital media manager and staff writer Katherine Minkiewicz grew up in Marin County, where she set her sights on being a journalist when she joined her high school's newspaper, the San Marin Pony Express. She attended San Francisco State University, where she received her bachelor's degree in print and online journalism with a minor in English literature. During her years in college, she worked on crafting her skill, grit and love of coffee as a staff writer, and later as a managing editor with the Golden Gate Xpress (Go Gators!). After college she started her local newspaper career at The Community Voice in Rohnert Park as a writer/editor. She covered city council, the school board and everything else in between. A year later she joined the Sonoma West family where Katherine Minkiewicz she enjoys working with the talented, kind and funny crew of dogged journalists, some of whom also share her enthusiasm for burritos and more coffee. Her favorite part about her role is keeping social media up to date on all the latest news and chasing down SoCurious-powered stories. Particularly, she enjoys writing about city developments, housing, crime, and community events. In her spare time, Katherine likes spending time hiking at Helen Putnam Regional Park in Petaluma, eating Thai noodles and binge watching "Doctor Who" with her fianc4e. She also enjoys visiting her family dog Teddy, who lives with her parents in Novato. Meet our many community columnists and regular contributors: Gabe Fraire Matt Calegari Marie Gewirtz Matt Villano Renee Kiff Jim Corbett Gayle Okumura Sullivan Tina Castelli Steven David Martin Erin Stroud Jonah Raskin Elizabeth Knobel Bob Jones Kay Wells Cami Courtright Donna Romeo Pam Tinnin Juliana LeRoy Joyce Mann Gary Quackenbush Jon Haupt Paul Schneider John Koetzner Karen Allan Aggie Maggio Janet Ciel So oM . sT : l bur ; ribur THE WINDSOR TIMES CLOVERDALE REVEILLE 823-7845 433-4451 838-9211 894-3339 sonomawest.com healdsburgtribune'c m windsortimes.com doverdalereveiUe.com