Editor-in-Chief, Wendy Card, founded New Bern Now in April 2009. There were a number of reasons she developed the website. While stationed in Washington DC, she had 30 days to transfer to Naval Hospital Cherry Point and didn’t know much about the area. She was frustrated because there wasn’t a central location on the Internet for information about New Bern. Wendy retired from the Navy in Oct 2007. When our economy dived, she was trying to find her way in life and decided to give back to the community by creating a website that provided a “One Stop, Information Shop” to help people find out what’s happening in our community along with creating a free business listing to help business owners who couldn’t afford to advertise. Send us an email or call 252-638-6858.
Assistant Editor-in-Chief and Graphic Designer, Lisa Bisbee, joined New Bern Now in March 2012 as our “web design guru”! She creates fine art on commission, develops websites and brands marketing materials for businesses, artists and entrepreneurs. Lisa is a true web developer and graphic designer with credentials from Carnegie-Mellon University and she graduated with a Bachelor of Art – graphic design, major – art history, minor from Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). We are very fortunate to have Lisa join our team to help promote New Bern, North Carolina!
New Bern Now’s “Map Man” and Chief of Operations, Rich Sheridan, owner of the Crystal Coast and New Bern Discovery Map, has been advising New Bern Now since 2010. He has been involved with the strategic developments and feature enhancements to both the New Bern Now newsletter and blog. Rich is a media professional with 24 years experience working for the publisher of Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, and People magazine. Rich and his wife Sallianne live in New Bern, NC and have three sons.
Volunteer for New Bern Now, Laura Johnson, has been helping New Bern Now since 2009. She’s been a sounding board for ideas, stepped in to take photos and videos of local events with Wendy, and dedicated a lot of time and effort distributing New Bern Now’s Ledger. When Mike Afflerbach of Radio Free ENC – WNOS 105.9FM and 1450AM “teamed up” with NBN in March 2012, Laura stepped up to the plate as the “Voice” of New Bern Now’s “Community Segments”.
Simply Living Contributing Author Peggy Walker Barnes joined our Team in March 2015. Peggy is the owner of Keep It Simple Girl™. She is a Certified Professional Organizer, Certified Life Coach, and Speaker. Her goal is to help women de-clutter their lives physically and emotionally in order to live more simply.
Savvy Traveling Contributing Author, Penny Zibula is a freelance travel writer and blogger. Her background is in public relations and community outreach, with nine years experience as a television talk-show host and producer in Knoxville, TN. As her career progressed, she found herself writing a variety of copy: articles, newsletters, annual reports, press releases, etc. When Penny and her husband moved from Atlanta to New Bern in 2006, she began casting about for opportunities to continue writing. In 2011, Penny is expanding the types of articles she writes to move beyond her Fairfield Harbour beat, and writes an occasional column entitled The View from in Here, which focuses on her experiences while living with blindness. Penny and her husband, Simon, work together on their business at TwoWriteHands.com. Penny writes for her travel blog, SixLegsWillTravel.com and is expanding her freelance work to encompass travel writing for print and online magazines as well as newspapers. Penny is looking forward to sharing her passion for travel with New Bern Now readers. Her husband and photographer, Simon, and her guide dog, Otto are her constant companions, who greatly enrich her travel experiences.
Real Estate Corner with Contributing Author, Laraine Mark. Laraine is an experienced local Realtor partnered with Neuse Realty. Graduating from The City College of New York with a BA in Psychology, Laraine draws upon a variety of professional experiences – ranging from non-profit to marketing, to pre-school teaching. She moved to New Bern in 2000 with her husband Craven County Commissioner, Tom Mark. Laraine enjoys occasional rounds of golf, singing in chorus, and daily fitness walks/jogs. Laraine joined New Bern Now to educate readers about the real estate market – local, regional, and national and to meet new people and exercise her writing abilities. If you have any “how to” questions about real estate, please email Laraine so she can address those questions in her future articles. You may connect with Laraine on Twitter @markrealtygroup.com.
Sound Manager and Acoustic Performer for New Bern Now, Bobbi Waters of the Sweet Water Band, was instrumental in creating the music for our community radio segments. She’s also been a sounding board for numerous ideas. Bobbi is also the Community Outreach and Solid Waste Management Coordinator for the Coastal Environmental Partnership. As a member of the New Bern Civitan Club, she’s a woman in the know!
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