Staff

Liz Spear

Contributing Editor

Raised in the Beach Cities of Los Angeles, Liz Spear is a seasoned writer and editor with a long list of credits that include news reporting, feature and travel writing, corporate communications, internal newsletters, and project management. Prior to joining MyNewsLA.com, she was the Local Editor for Manhattan Beach Patch and covered several other municipalities in the Greater Los Angeles area. She has freelanced for the El Segundo Herald, Beach Reporter, Palms Springs Life, Life After 50, and the Daily Breeze. Liz was born in Griffith Park in a maternity ward and grew up in Redondo Beach where she first became acquainted with journalism at Redondo Union High School under adviser Jolene Combs.


Debbie L. Sklar

Contributing Editor

Debbie SklarDebbie L. Sklar is a seasoned journalist who has lived and worked in Southern California for more than 20 years. Her content has been featured in print in such publications as the Orange County Register, OC Metro, Newsweek and Time. She has covered news beats ranging from police and celebrities to home and garden topics. She was a field editor for AOL/Patch.com/Huffington Post for several years and wrote many stories that went viral nationally.


Toni McAllister

Contributing Editor

Toni McAllisterRaised in San Diego, Toni McAllister has more than 20 years experience in the journalism and communications fields. Prior to her work with Times of San Diego, she served as a local editor for Patch in Riverside County and worked for a start-up online news site in the region. She also spent nearly 10 years working for various national magazine titles, including as managing editor of Horse Illustrated magazine. Currently, she also serves as a contributing editor to MyNewLA.com. McAllister is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach. In her free time, she participates in various outdoor sports activities, including tennis, running, and hiking. She’s also an avid equestrian.

Ken Stone

Contributing Editor

Small KenKen Stone has long experience in local news media, beginning in 1977 as editor of the weekly San Marcos Courier. Later he worked at the San Diego Daily Transcript, San Diego Business Journal and 24 years at The San Diego Union-Tribune, where he was a news and sports copy editor and part of a SignOnSanDiego.com team that won national honors for coverage of the 2003 San Diego County wildfires. He launched the AOL-owned La Mesa Patch in 2010 and eventually became associate regional editor of the hyperlocal news network in San Diego. His hobby website, masterstrack.com, won the inaugural award for online journalism excellence from Track and Field Writers of America. Ken is a graduate of the University of Kansas.


Chris Jennewein

Editorial Director

Staff - Chris JenneweinChris Jennewein has more than 25 years experience in online media. He is editor and publisher of the startup website Times of San Diego and was previously associate editorial director for Patch.com in Southern California. From 2001 to 2008, Jennewein led The San Diego Union-Tribune’s SignOnSanDiego.com, one of the most popular and profitable newspaper websites of its time. Jennewein helped launch the nation’s first complete online newspaper at the San Jose Mercury News in 1993.

Staff was last modified: May 30th, 2017 by Chris Jennewein