Newsroom

Brian Reese / Editor in Chief


Responsibilities at the Star:
As editor of the Star, Brian formulates editorial policy and manages the Editorial Department, which includes news, sports, and photography. He is also responsible for the layout and design of the newspaper.
Contact: breese@starhq.com
Phone: 423-297-9085

Bryan Stevens / Assistant Editor, Lifestyles Editor, Director of Photography


Responsibilities at the Star:
Bryan assists the newspaper's editor with any and all tasks relevant to maintaining a local emphasis on news gathering and reporting. Bryan also coordinates the newspaper's Sunday Lifestyles section, gathering feature stories and photographs to inform and entertain readers. He also compiles the society news, such as weddings, engagements, anniversaries, birthdays and club news. In addition, he helps edit the newspaper's "Community Calendar" listings and writes two weekly columns - "Feathered Friends" explores the region's birds and the people who enjoy ornithology; "Eating Out" spotlights the area's dining opportunities each Friday. Contact Bryan with any feature ideas, story ideas, or questions about society news submission guidelines.
Bryan directs the photography department, photographs newsworthy events, people, locations or other illustrative or educational material.
Contact: bstevens@starhq.com
Phone: 423-297-9077

Janie McKinney / Typesetter-proofreader


Responsibilities at the Star:
Janie secures obituary information, listings for the daily calendar, school news, editorial content and special sections. She also proofreads documents and corrects typographical errors for composition. She assists the Lifestyles Editor by typesetting and proofreading articles for the Lifestyles Section.
Contact: jmckinney@starhq.com
Phone: 423-297-9062

Ashley Rader / City Reporter
Responsibilities at the Star:


Ashley covers city government meetings, such as city council, school board, and planning commission meetings. She also covers stories of interest that occur in the city of Elizabethton.
Contact: acarden@starhq.com
Phone: 423-297-9059

Max Hrenda / Crime and Courts Reporter
Responsibilities at the Star:


Max covers local crimes, accidents, fires, important court cases, and matters involving the state Legislature. He also covers matters related to the sheriffs' and police departments.
Contact: mhrenda@starhq.com
Phone: 423-297-9057

Kayla Carter / County Reporter
Responsibilities at the Star:


Kayla covers county government meetings, including County Commission and its various subcommittees. She also covers matters related to the county school system.
Contact: kcarter@starhq.com
Phone: 423-297-9058
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