A native Hoosier born in Anderson, Ind., Scarlett Brooks was raised in a tight-knit family consisting of three older sisters, a younger brother, and mom and dad. She received her Bachelor's degree in English and history from Butler University in 1999 and went on to earn her Master's degree in English from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English in the Green Mountains of Vermont. She moved to Bloomington in 2003 in order to work on her doctorate in English from Indiana University and successfully defended her dissertation in August 2012.
What she enjoys most about freelance writing is being able to meet and talk to interesting people and crafting stories that are faithful to the interviewee's experiences. When not freelance writing and working on turning her dissertation into a book, she enjoys jogging, gardening, cooking with family and friends, and working with adult learners who have returned to school to earn their high school diplomas.
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 from Massachusetts for a newspaper job. She covered city government and other areas for The Herald-Times until she left in 2001 for my own personal odyssey. Editor of H&L since its inception four years ago, Jackie is also author of five award-winning travel books and is currently working on The Insiders Guide to Nashville for Globe Pequot, along with being the H-T travel writer. A Bloomington resident, she enjoys taking to the road to find the fascinating people and places that wait over the hill and around the next bend. She always looks forward to returning home to her resident watchdog and entertainer, Pepper, and to discovering the wonderful stories in her own hometown.
An Indiana girl to the core, Kathryn Gardiner was born in Muncie where she was raised with her three older brothers and several pets. She received her bachelor's degree in Telecommunications from Ball State University, and earned her master's degree in Screenwriting from Hollins University in Roanoke, Va. She began calling Bloomington home in 2006 and has been with H&L magazine since July 2007. Her favorite part of working as content/layout coordinator is choosing photographs to complement the great stories H&L features each issue. Away from the office, she spends most of her free time training in boxing, jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and mixed martial arts.
Laura Gleason is an east-coast transplant who has happily called Indiana home since 2004. She loves getting to know the fascinating, creative characters of south-central Indiana, learning their stories and getting to write about them and their homes for H&L. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her cooperative housing community, experimenting with new ice cream recipes, and gardening.
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 HeraldTimesOnline.com, 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.
As president and publisher of the Hoosier Times newspapers in Bloomington, Bedford, Martinsville and Mooresville, Mayer Maloney spends a lot
of time driving north and south on Ind. 37. He re-joined The Herald-Times in 2002 which is where he started his newspaper career as a 10-year-old paperboy for the former Bloomington Herald-Telephone and he worked as a reporter at the H-T while at IU. Mayer is married to Carol, his sweetheart from their days at University High School, and he serves on boards and committees in Monroe, Lawrence and Morgan counties.
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.
It was love at first sight when Sue Shelden arrived in Bloomington for her honeymoon nearly 40 years ago. Sue’s hobbies include cooking,
painting, gardening and travel. She is the event coordinator at Deer Park Manor and a board member of the Monroe County History Center. Sue and her writer/professor husband have two grown daughters.
Lauren Slavin found her way to Bloomington in the summer of 2012, and has spent her time since learning what it means to be a Hoosier from the stories of local artists and homeowners. She grew up in Annapolis, Md., and is still getting used to not having an ocean nearby! Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Towson University in Maryland, where she served as editor-in-chief of the student-run newspaper, The Towerlight.
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.
Holly Thrasher is a native of Indiana, but is still fairly new to the south-central region of the state. She has written for Phi Delta Kappan,
Educational Horizons, The Teacher Educator, eHow.com, The Herald-Times, South-Central Indiana Bride's Guide,
and BizNet. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education from Ball State University and maintains a teaching license in speech
communication, theater and English.
Holly has a self-described "unnatural love for fonts," and enjoys cooking,
walking, and spending time with her spectacular friends and family (including two cats).
She likes her coffee black.