The Shinbone Star is written and edited by a staff of more than 20, most of whom have worked or are still working as professional journalists. In the newspaper business, there are many talented behind-the-scenes people whose names never get in the paper, but whose contributions are vital to the operation, and so it is here. Our staff includes, but is not limited to:
- Glenn Redus worked 33 years as a copy editor, news editor and executive news editor at The Santa Fe New Mexican, Austin American-Statesman, The Houston Post and The Star-Ledger of Newark. He now blogs extensively and freelances occasionally, winning honorable mention in the 2016 Folio Magazine Ozzie Awards for the magazine article summarizing his long-form project, A Year in the Death of One Man. He and his wife have three adult children and six grandchildren.
- Robin Dalmas is a former journalist for MSNBC, The Houston Post, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She is now working as a writer/editor in corporate America. Dalmas recently published her first book, Boisterous Bird of Paradise: Nonfiction tales of travel, sailing, swimming, and love.
- Gaynell Terrell has worked for the now-defunct Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, the now-defunct Houston Post, The Associated Press and others. On the theory that people may stop reading newspapers but not stop eating, she earned a culinary degree and works for high-end resorts and private lodges, mainly in the West. And occasionally writes. She now resides in Montana, aka “Big Sky Country.” The tourism industry has spent millions trying to get people to call it “The Last Best Place,” a theme only slightly more popular as a bumper sticker than (I am not making this up) “Montana Sucks, Now Go Home and Tell Your Friends.”
- Anne-Marie Cottone was born on Election Day and according to her father, a family friend went out later that day to vote on her behalf. That was the start of a lifelong interest in politics. Cottone worked for The Star-Ledger of Newark for 35 years as a reporter and editor.
- Deborah Quinn Hensel has worked in communications for nearly 25 years — as a reporter, magazine editor, publicist, and media relations trainer. She began as a police reporter for The Houston Post until it closed in 1995, and now provides content for a variety of freelance clients. She and her husband, Bill — also a former journalist, live in Southwest Houston. They have two daughters, two grandchildren, two dogs, and a getaway cabin on the outskirts of Austin.
- MACinelli was political editor for The Houston Post during the early 1990s. He had the privilege of talking with a number of notable politicians, including one-time Texas Gov. Ann Richards and Rick Perry during his campaign for state agriculture commissioner. He also covered former Houston mayors Kathy Whitmire, Bob Lanier and Lee P. Brown.
- Lin Lofley’s journalism career began as a sportswriter for the Waco Tribune Herald and spanned nearly 30 years until ending on a contract at the Fort Worth Star Telegram. He also worked in that time for the Beaumont Enterprise and Journal, the Austin American-Statesman, both Houston papers, and both Dallas papers. Yeah, those two cities had two dailies during Lofley’s career (he is that old). Since 2005, Lofley has worked for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, first as editor of the campus newspaper, called Center Times, and now as Senior Communications Specialist.
- Fred Bunch began his newspaper career as a “printer’s devil” in his home town of Leonard, Texas. He hand-set type, performed job printing and ran the press. He went on to work as a printer and photographer at the Commerce Journal while attending and graduating from East Texas State University with a major in journalism/photography, minoring in art. After several more stops along the way, he was hired by The Houston Post as a staff photographer, and ultimately became assistant chief photographer. After The Post closed in 1995, Fred moved across town to the Houston Chronicle, where he worked as a photographer for 12 years. He is now retired and living in Albuquerque, N.M., but has reached the pinnacle of his career as the brains behind the Seen & Not Heard page here at The Shinbone Star. In his spare time, Fred enjoys life as an itinerant artist.
- Deconstructing Doctor What happens when a family physician, mom, and wife finds herself at a crossroads with her career? When corporate America creeps into a small town country medical practice? When the bottom line is no longer just about keeping patients healthy, but about turning a hefty profit? You would probably say screw it and start a blog. That’s what I did, and that’s how Deconstructing Doctor was born. I still work in the same medical practice, taking care of patients just like I always have, and use my blog to come to terms with the changing environment of healthcare. I also moonlight at The Shinbone Star, giving my two cents (maybe not even worth that much) about the changing political environment. Sometimes the worlds collide.
- Nathaniel R Helms is a military author, writer and blogger. He is a former reporter at the Associated Press and the defunct St. Louis Globe-Democrat. He lives with his wife and dog in St. Charles, Mo. Upon graduation from the University of Houston he began his writing career on colorful Galveston Island, Texas, at feisty InBetween Magazine and Ultra, a Forbes publication that lived and died in Houston. He has written extensively for a diverse group of publishers, including business journals, local and regional magazines, Soldier of Fortune, Time-Life, NewsMax Magazine, Military.com. During the Yugoslavian War in 1993 Helms freelanced in Bosnia for six months while hitchhiking across the broken land. Subsequently he published two e-books and much more in numerous periodicals, weeklies and daily newspapers. His traditional hardcover book, “My Men Are My Heroes: The Brad Kasal Story,” Meridian Publications, (2007), is now in its second printing at Naval Institute Press (2012). After seven years covering the events in Iraq during the infamous Haditha Incident, Helms and co-author Maj. Haytham Faraj, Maj. USMC (Ret.) wrote “No Time For The Truth: The Haditha Incident And The Search For Justice,” Arcade, NYC (2012). Both books are available wherever fine literature is sold.
- Christine Lavin is a former newspaper copy editor, photographer, editor and reporter for the Oakland Tribune, Houston Post, San Francisco Chronicle and other publications. She lives in a redwood grove in Northern California, in a small community full of chickens and free-ranging horses. She is not to be confused with the folk singer of the same name, who actually has some talent.
- Jerry Fordyce started on the sports section of the once-great newspaper The Houston Post, until it was bought and closed by its competitor in 1995. He then worked in Mississippi at the Sun-Herald, the U.S. Virgin Islands Daily News (just as cool as it sounds), Fort Worth Star-Telegram (not as cool as it sounds) and Florida (CBSSports.com and the Palm Beach Post) before returning to his hometown to teach high school journalism. He’s married to another former newspaper person and is raising two kids and an ever-growing list of pets.
- Eric Linton toiled in the newspaper vineyards of the great state of New Jersey for many years, beginning in the last days of the Carter administration. He got out of the business before it came crashing down on him, and currently practices online editing from a Manhattan highrise with a lovely view across the river.
Debbie Dowling’s journalism career spans more than 20.years as a political and business reporter for The Star-Ledger and The Asbury Park Press in New Jersey. She also was a part-time on-air TV business reporter for NEWS12 NJ. More recently, she worked for the Omaha World-Herald. She lives in Nebraska, where she divides her time between teaching at the Literacy Center for the Midlands, raising her family, and acclimating to life away from the ocean and New York. She won The New Jersey Press Association’s first prize for Business Reporting, Opening The Books on CEO Compensation for The Asbury Park Press in 1993.