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
Debbie 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.
Ken 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 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.