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  • The Charlotte Observer - Staff Listing

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    600 S. Tryon St.
    Charlotte, NC 28202

    Executive Team

    Executive Team Member Title Phone
    Ann Caulkins President and Publisher (704) 358-5000
    Rick Thames Editor/VP, News (704) 358-5000
    Cheryl Carpenter Managing Editor (704) 358-5004
    Taylor Batten Editorial Page Editor (704) 358-5000
    Kelly Mirt VP, Advertising (704) 358-5333
    Jim Puryear Regional VP / Audience Development (919) 829-4727
    Richard Rinehart VP, Operations (704) 358-5686
    Charles Machalicky Interactive Director (704) 227-6313
    Risa McGrew VP, Human Resources (704) 358-5715
    Paul Baccallieri VP, Finance (704) 358-5844


    Advertising Management

    Managers Title/Area Phone
    Kelly Mirt VP, Advertising (704) 358-5333
    Phyllis Weber Local Advertising Director (704) 358-5345
    Donna Gordon Director, National Advertising (704) 358-5280
    Ron Howard Director, Client Services (704) 227-6317


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    For questions about magazines, contact Editorial Director Sarah Crosland scrosland@charlotteobserver.com, (704) 358-6498


    Newsroom Staff

    Administration

    Staff Member Title/Area Phone
    Rick Thames Editor/VP, News (704) 358-5001
    Cheryl Carpenter Managing Editor (704) 358-5004
    Elaine Jacobs Newsroom budget manager (704) 358-5101
    June Lancaster Asst to the Editor & Managing Editor (704) 358-5043
    Peggy Bellows Publishing Center Director (704) 358-5162
    Jen Rothacker Editor for Innovative and New Products (704) 358-5081
    Dee-Dee Strickland Senior Editor/Online (704) 358-5149
    Jim Walser Senior Editor/Investigations (704) 358-5104


    Business

    Staff Member Title/Area Phone
    John Arwood Business Editor (704) 358-5176
    Eric Frazier Reporter & Columnist/Economic Development (704) 358-5145
    Jonathan McFadden Reporter/ShopTalk (704) 358-6045
    Ely Portillo Reporter/Retail (704) 358-5041
    Deon Roberts Reporter/Banking (704) 358-5248
    Rick Rothacker Reporter/Investigations (704) 358-5170
    Celeste Smith Reporter/General Assignment (704) 358-5087


    Editorial Pages

    Staff Member Title/Area Phone
    Taylor Batten Editor of Editorial Pages (704) 358-5934
    Fannie Flono Associate Editor (704) 358-5079
    Peter St. Onge Associate Editor (704) 358-5029
    Kevin Siers Editorial Cartoonist (704) 358-5018
    Nancy Webb Editorial Assistant (704) 358-5106


    Features

    Staff Member Title/Area Phone
    Mike Weinstein Senior Features Editor (704) 358-5053
    Cristina Bolling Reporter/Style
    John Bordsen Travel Editor (704) 358-5251
    Nancy Brachey Columnist/Gardening
    Ann Doss Helms Reporter/Health Care (704) 358-5033
    Olivia Fortson Social Editor (704) 358-5222
    Tim Funk Reporter/Faith & Values (704) 358-5703
    Karen Garloch Reporter/Health (704) 358-5078
    Theoden Janes Pop Culture Reporter (704) 358-5897
    Pam Kelley Reporter/Special Features (704) 358-5271
    Dannye Powell Reporter/Reading (704) 358-5230
    Kathleen Purvis Food Editor (704) 358-5236
    Helen Schwab Restaurant Writer (704) 358-5250
    Karen Sullivan Editor/Smarter Living (704) 358-5532
    Lawrence Toppman Theatre/Dance/Movie Critic (704) 358-5232
    Mark Washburn TV/Radio/Museums Writer (704) 358-5007
    Roland Wilkerson Assistant Features Editor (704) 358-5903


    Metro

    Staff Member Title/Area Phone
    Hope Paasch Metro Editor (704) 358-5143
    Ames Alexander Reporter/Investigations (704) 358-5060
    Andrew Dunn Reporter/Education (704) 358-5235
    Michael Gordon Reporter/Courts (704) 358-5095
    Steve Harrison Reporter/City Govt (704) 358-5160
    Bruce Henderson Reporter/Environment (704) 358-5051
    Fred Kelly Reporter/Investigations (704) 358-5027
    Elizabeth Leland Reporter/General Assignments (704) 358-5074
    Steve Lyttle Online Reporter (704) 358-6107
    Doug Miller Assistant Metro Editor (704) 358-5107
    Jim Morrill Reporter/Politics (704) 358-5059
    Gavin Off Reporter/Investigations (704) 358-6038
    Franco Ordonez Reporter/Washington bureau (202) 383-0010
    David Perlmutt Reporter/General Assignment (704) 358-5061
    Mark Price Reporter/Philanthropy (704) 358-5245
    Jim Walser Senior Editor/Investigations (704) 358-5104
    Cleve Wootson Reporter/Public Safety (704) 358-5046
    Gary Wright Night Editor (704) 358-5052


    National

    Staff Member Title/Area Phone
    Ronnie Glassberg Front Page Editor (704) 358-5819
    Jane Pope National Editor (704) 358-5017


    Online

    Staff Member Title/Area Phone
    Dee-Dee Strickland Senior Editor (704) 358-5149
    Kathy Sheldon Site Manager (704) 358-5024
    April Bethea Producer, News/Entertainment (704) 358-6013
    Tony Lone Fight Multimedia Producer (704) 358-5781
    Michael Reader Producer, Sports/News (704) 358-5780
    David Enna Producer, News (704) 358-5778
    Mandy Raven Site Administrator, MomsCharlotte.com 704-358-5081
    David Puckett Graphics Editor (704) 358-5926
    Sergio Tovar Producer, Sports/News (704) 358-5941


    Photography

    Staff Member Title/Area Phone
    Bert Fox Director of Photography (704) 358-5233
    David T. Foster III Photographer (704) 358-5231
    Ortega Gaines Photographer/Photo Editor (704) 358-5188
    Mark Hames Photo Editor (704) 358-5821
    Davie Hinshaw Photographer (704) 358-5198
    Robert Lahser Photographer (704) 358-6205
    Diedra Laird Photographer (704) 358-5859
    John Simmons Photographer (704) 358-5182
    Jeff Siner Photographer (704) 358-5877
    Todd Sumlin Photographer (704) 358-5154
    Jeff Willhelm Photographer/Photo Editor (704) 358-6207


    Regionals

    Staff Member Title/Area Phone
    Cliff Harrington Regional Publications Editor (704) 358-6048
    Elisabeth Arriero Reporter/Lake Norman News (704) 358-5945
    Adam Bell Reporter/Union County News (704) 358-5696
    Joe Depriest Reporter & Columnist/Metro/Neighbors (704) 868-7745
    Dan Duffey Neighbors Editor/Gaston, Catawba, Lake Norman (704) 358-5932
    Corey Inscoe Prep/Internet Reporter/South Charlotte News (704) 358-5923
    Lukas Johnson Reporter/Cabarrus News (704) 786-2180
    Joe Marusak Reporter & Columnist/Metro/Neighbors (704) 987-3670
    Hilary Trenda Reporter/Lake Norman News (704) 358-5089
    Scott Verner Neighbors Editor / North & Cabarrus (704) 358-5933


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    Sports

    Staff Member Title/Area Phone
    Gary Schwab Senior Sports Editor (704) 358-5120
    Mike Persinger Executive Sports Editor (704) 358-5132
    Rick Bonnell Reporter/Hornets (704) 358-5129
    Scott Fowler Columnist (704) 358-5140
    Jonathan Jones Reporter/Panthers/General Assignment (704) 358-5323
    Joe Person Reporter/Panthers (704) 358-5123
    Harry Pickett Deputy Sports Editor (704) 358-5127
    David Scott Reporter/UNC Charlotte/General Assignment (704) 358-5889
    Tom Sorensen Columnist (704) 358-5119
    Jim Utter Reporter/NASCAR (704) 358-5113
    Langston Wertz Reporter/Preps (704) 358-5133


    Carolinas Publishing Center

    Staff Member Title/Area Phone
    Peggy Bellows Publishing Center Director (704) 358-5162
    Robin Johnston Senior Presentation Editor (704) 358-5247
    Ann Allen Copy Editor (704) 358-5150
    Rogelio Aranda Copy Editor (704) 358-5013
    Ricky Barger Copy Editor (704) 358-5126
    Jason Benavides Designer (704) 358-5175
    Kathleen Curry Copy Editor (704) 358-5211
    Eric Edwards Design Team Leader (704) 358-5072
    Alix Felsing Copy Desk Team Leader (704) 358-5003
    Kelvin Hart Sports Team Leader (704) 358-5109
    Mike Homan Designer (704) 358-5084
    Rebekah Lewis Designer (704) 358-5209
    Marjo Rankin Copy Editor (704) 358-5124
    Ellyn Ritterskamp Copy Editor (704) 358-5025
    Trent Roberts Day Copy Team Leader (704) 358-5155
    Jack Russell Designer (704) 358-5242
    Sharon White Copy Editor (704) 358-5096
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