We believe that Des Moines is one of the most exciting communities around, and we’re striving to make this blog reflect that.
The main Contributors to this website include:
- Scott Schaefer, Founder/Publisher/Editor: With three National Emmy Awards for Writing on “Bill Nye the Science Guy” and over 21 years’ experience in TV/video, multimedia, marketing/advertising, technology and the internet, Scott started the B-Town Blog as a hobby and has since turned it into a full-time business. His other credits include as a Director on “Penn & Teller:Bullsh*t!” (Showtime), “The Arsenio Hall Show” (Paramount), “Sightings” (Paramount), “Totally Hidden Video” (Fox), “America’s Funniest People” (ABC), Fox On-Air Promotions and KING-TV’s “Almost Live!” where he got his start in 1985. Prior to a successful TV career, Scott was a Reporter/Photographer for a weekly local newspaper in West Seattle.
- Janet Grella, Sales Director/Diva joined the LOL Dudez team last July. Seems like her retirement as Sales Manager from a local newspaper gave her too much time on her hands. So now she’s busy selling Ads and contributing stories, photos and video to our community blog sites. She came to us with not only 30+ years of advertising and marketing experience, but a keen understanding of the communities we serve – their people and businesses. With Janet on board, these local blogs have enjoyed incredible growth in both readers and advertisers. Janet knows the future of advertising is online, not in newspapers.
- Mark Neuman, Writer/Marketing: former real-world Journalist, TV Host, Producer and Marketer, Mark is an old friend of Scott’s going back to when they worked on their high school newspaper together (West Seattle High’s “Chinook”). Mark has interviewed two US Presidents, cops, cooks and cartoonists, authors and artists, senators, singers, scholars and senior citizens, along with the first Mayor of Burien and a local man running for State Superior Court for sister site The B-Town Blog.
- Josh Hart, Intern Extraordinaire: A Des Moines resident and student at Highline School District’s innovative Big Picture High School, 15-year old Josh provides our youth-oriented voice on everything from local sports to opinion pieces on politics and much more.
- Gina Bourdage, Reporter/Directory Editor: graduate of Washington State University with a B.A. in Communications, Gina is a long-time area resident.
- Michael Brunk, Photographer. With a love of photography that spans more than 20 years, Michael has fond memories of film but wouldn’t give up his digital SLR for anything. His checkered past includes stints as a monthly columnist for a nationally published magazine on telecommunications and technology and several years reviewing movies. He’s also been known to dabble in community theater. His main qualifications are a large camera and free time.
- Jack Mayne, Reporter. Jack Mayne has done about all there is to do in print journalism. He has been city editor of the Seattle P.I. back in its glory days, edited the Journal American in Bellevue and Valley Daily News in Kent in the 1990s. Before that he was a freelance international journalist and reported from South Africa, China, visited over 80 countries and even covered a colonial war in the 20th century between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the desolate Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. He got his start at the Vancouver Province, thence to The Associated Press, becoming chief of the New England bureau, but a desire of AP to send him to Buffalo, N.Y., drove him back to Seattle. With writing for print becoming quaint and dated, he is now setting his sights on Web journalism and has written several stories for the B-Town Blog and plans many more.
- Carmen Scott, Des Moines City Councilmember/Photographer/Historian. Carmen has been incredibly generous to us during our launch, loaning photos (some of which can be seen in the header graphic at the top of the page), teaching us about the area and much more. We couldn’t have made it look so nice without you Carmen!
We are also actively looking for local residents to serve as:
- Contributors of story ideas
If you’d like to contribute, please don’t hesitate to send us an email – we’d love to get you involved!