Growing up in Spencer, Ind. taught Michelle Crowe to love John Mellencamp, the joys of driving country roads, and the value of looking past any exterior to see what character lies underneath. Married to her high school sweetheart and living in Ellettsville with her three children, Michelle is a independent marketing consultant who enjoys writing for H&L because it gives her a reason to look inside interesting houses and the people who make them a home. When she is not writing you might find her over-photographing her children's activities, teaching Sunday School at Arlington United Methodist Church or watching a movie at the restored Tivoli Theater in her hometown.

Pete DiPrimio is a Bloomington resident and H&L writer who was born near Pittsburgh, Pa., back when real men never ate quiche. He's a huge Steelers fan, but tries to hide his Pirates affection given their long-time ineptitude. His favorite part about writing for H&L is meeting the various homeowners and personalities. They all have interesting stories to tell. He's an award-winning sports writer/columnist who has written six books two on IU basketball and one on IU baseball, plus children's books on Tom Brady, Eli Manning and Ancient Rome.

Jackie Sheckler Finch became a Hoosier more than 20 years ago when she moved to Indiana for a newspaper job. Editor of Homes & Lifestyles since its inception in 2004, Jackie is also author of five award-winning travel books. She enjoys finding the fascinating people and places that wait over the hill and around the next bend.

A California kid for his childhood years, Jeremy Hogan came to The Herald-Times and Indiana in 1997 after a series of newspaper internships that spanned the country: Modesto Bee, Indianapolis News, Kansas City Star, Palm Beach Post and Ann Arbor News. He first picked up a camera as boy to snap pictures of his friends, which lead to a journalism career and, in 1998, a Pulitzer Prize nomination. In 2004, he turned his still-photographer's eye to moving pictures and began shooting, not only news footage for the, but also his own documentary films. His current film project focuses on the Vietnam War veterans who served in his father's Air Cavalry squadron.

Chris Howell has been a photographer at The Herald-Times for the past 12 years and a senior photographer and Pathways photo-columnist for the past four years. Along with his weekly column, he is the beat photographer for Indiana University men's basketball and football, as well as a general assignment photojournalist for the paper. Born and raised in Bloomfield, Chris's passion is documenting the everyday lives of the people in our communities and wherever his travels take him. Away from work, Chris enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing softball, and cooking out in the summertime.

When not designing the pages of H&L magazine, Dennis Laffoon is the creative services manager for the Hoosier-Times Newspaper Group. He is also an ordained minister and pastors Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in New Albany, Ind. Dennis is married, with three children who bring him and his wife Rochelle much joy. He enjoys great music, good food, and movies that make you think. His creativity is matched only by his ability to exude calm in the midst of a storm.

Alexandra "Sandy" M. Lynch enjoys life in Bloomington, and is excited to be writing for a "homegrown" magazine that highlights our homes, our lives and our adventures. Her "day job" is working part time for Indiana University at Physical Plant, where she produces a quarterly news magazine about the 600 people who work there. Sandy spent over 20 years at the Ford-Visteon plant in Bedford, managing training and guess what doing a weekly newsletter. It was RCA before that. For fun, she loves to travel and take photos. Holland at tulip time and Maine are two recent destinations. Sandy's husband, Jack Shelton, works at Cook Pharmica and is a graphic artist.

Brooke McCluskey developed a love for publishing when she was a high school newspaper reporter in Fishers, Indiana. She's been a part of the Hoosier Times marketing/advertising team for 15 years and is H&L's content and layout coordinator. Brooke and her husband are renovating a fixer-upper property in rural Bloomington, carving out space for their two kids, dog, cat, snake and assorted woodland creatures.

A lifelong Hoosier, Shaylan Owen grew up near rural Delphi. He was a Lilly Endowment Scholar in 2001 and graduated from Wabash College in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in fine arts, focused on photography. After developing his graphic design skills at a newspaper in Crawfordsville, he made the move to The Herald-Times and hasn't looked back. In seven years as a designer, he won numerous awards, including two for best designer, and also worked on many special publication and photography projects. He is now the marketing manager for Hoosier Times. Shaylan is a self-described food nerd; he creates, prepares and photographs recipes for H&L magazine's The Untamed Palate. When not working, he enjoys cooking, reading, running and all manner of nerdly things.

Joel Pierson has been a resident of Bloomington for 10 years, and is still finding things to love about the area. In addition to writing for H&L, he is a regular contributor to The Herald-Times and Business Network. His interests include theatre, writing, editing, and audio production. He is the artistic director of Mind's Ear Audio Productions, one of the country's most respected small studios. He is the author of two books, French Quarter and Mourning Lori, both published locally. In his seven minutes of free time a week, he enjoys relaxing with wife and fellow H&L journalist Dana, and their three lovely hounds.

Born and raised in Bloomington, David Snodgress graduated from University High School and completed his schooling with journalism and political science degrees from Indiana University and a masters degree in journalism from Ohio University. He began working in news in 1968 as a sports editor in Greencastle, and then as a photographer in Crawfordsville, a position he still holds as the photography manager at The Herald-Times. He enjoys hiking, camping and canoeing, and though he wouldn't call working out at the gym a favorite activity,he does feel it's important. He has three children and shares a log home with his wife, a dog, two cats, four hens and a rooster.