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Blue Ribbon News, LLC 
PO Box 967
Rockwall, TX 75087


The Blue Ribbon News team comprises professional journalists, contributing writers, guest columnists, social media managers and marketing experts. 

Want to more about why we do what we do? Read this letter from our publisher and editor-in-chief, Dawn Redig.

Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Dawn Redig has 30 years experience in print and broadcast journalism. She is a former Dallas Morning News editor, reporter and columnist. Her work experience also includes The Beaumont Enterprise, The Orange Leader, Lamar University/University Press, KBMT-TV Channel 12, Hall Publications/Nintendo/NFL Playoff, and CBS Radio.

Dawn serves on the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels Senior Services of Rockwall County. She is active in the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce, where her husband serves on the Board. She is a charter member of the Rockwall Executive Women’s Alliance. 

Dawn and her husband have a daughter in college, a son in high school, and a house full of pets. Connect with her at  or call 214-342-8000, ext 1122.

Blue Ribbon News Editor and Senior Staff Writer/Reporter Austin Wells is a graduate of the University of North Texas where he studied radio, television, and film. He’s a pretty awesome photographer, too!

Austin is a native of Rockwall and graduated from Rockwall High School in 2007. He has worked for the Rockwall Herald Banner and CBS Radio. He is the author of Images of America: Heath, which captures the history of Heath, TX through vintage photos. He is a member of Young Professionals of Rockwall, and has performed on stage with the Rockwall Community Playhouse.

Connect with Austin at , 214-342-8000 or on his cell at 214-534-1851.

Blue Ribbon News staff writer and reporter Julie Anne White of Rockwall is a senior studying journalism at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. She served as Editor-in-Chief of her high school newspaper for two years and hopes to continue pursuing journalism for the rest of her life.

As our most remarkable summer intern, Julie Anne covers countless community events, writes good news stories, shoots photos, and assists with marketing for BRN Media Services.

Email Julie at .

Blue Ribbon News contributing writer/guest columnist Patti Richter works as journalist, writing news and feature stories for many Christian publications. She lives in Heath with her husband Jim. Her faith columns and book reviews are very popular among Blue Ribbon News readers.

Email Patti at .


 Contributing writer Judy Evans is an award-winning journalist that spent her career in Rockwall as a reporter, editor and columnist working with The Rockwall Success/Rowlett Record and The Dallas Morning News. She is currently a writer/editor and public relations consultant.

Email Judy at .



Amy Sidebottom is our head media coordinator whom we rely on for just about everything. You name it, she does it – from design work and ad creation to copy writing and social media management. She came to us from the Dallas Morning News and you can call on her for anything!

Email Amy at .



Samantha Redig works as a summer intern, assisting with social media and marketing services. She is a sophomore studying Psychology at Oklahoma Christian University.

And yes, she is the amazingly talented daughter of our Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Dawn Redig and our BRN Media Services Marketing Director Richard Redig.




 Our Design Editors are Billy Quinton of QBall Design and Julie Fowler of Fowler Designs. These awesome artists are responsible for the creative design and layout of our Blue Ribbon News print publication.


Sheri Franza is President and CEO of the Rockwall Economic Development Corporation. She pens a column called Economic Development Insight, which recognizes and congratulates new companies that are coming to town, as well as existing enterprises that are expanding. Reader questions are welcome and encouraged as her column aims to give community members a better understanding of the EDC and its role in the community. Email questions to , and Sheri will do her best to respond either online and/or in print.

Blue Ribbon News guest columnist Dana Macalik is President of the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce. She writes about Chamber activities and issues affecting our local economy and business community. Her columns appear both online and in print. Connect with her at .

Blue Ribbon News guest columnist Scott Gill of Rockwall is a teacher, coach and author of the young adult adventure novel, Goliath Catfish. His writings have appeared in Dallas Child, Teachers of Vision and Chicken Soup for the Soul. His Front Porch Ramblings column at Blue Ribbon News is a favorite among readers. Follow his blog at http://puptentpapa.blogspot.com/. Email him at .

Our Universe Today is written by Blue Ribbon News guest columnist, Max Corneau, aka AstroDad, of Rockwall. Max retired from the U.S. Army in 2009 as a Lieutenant Colonel, Senior Space Operations Officer and Master Aviator.  He amassed over 3,200 hours as a pilot of Special Electronic Mission Airplanes.  Since 2004 he has been a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, is a Master of Astronomical Outreach through the Astronomcial League and built his own astronomical observatory. His amazing images can be seen at AstroDad.com.

Blue Ribbon News guest columnists Bob and Becky Barnes with Mathnasium Learning Center in Rockwall write some of the most sought after articles at Blue Ribbon News. Their “Making Math Make Sense” column at Blue Ribbon News engages, parents, students and teachers alike – with many requests for reprints and even translation into Spanish. (They are also loyal advertisers, and we thank them for that!) Email them at rockwall-heath@mathnasium.com or visit mathnasium.com/rockwall-heath.

Blue Ribbon News guest columnist and special contributor Michael Kitkoski is an award-winning animal shelter reform advocate who speaks at conferences nationwide and is co-founder of Rockwall Pets and No Kill Solutions.

John Adams has called Rockwall home since 1985 where he owned a local business from 1988 to 2010. He is currently bi-vocational in telecom sales and Associate Pastor/Worship at Poetry Baptist Church. He also writes a blog that posts regularly at written4u.com and consists of funny and inspirational stories from life experiences. His ‘Inspirations by John Adams’ column is featured online at BlueRibbonNews.com and has been featured in our print edition.

Enid Reyes of Rockwall writes about family and community development. She is a Certified Relationship Skills Facilitator. Her guest column, ‘Reflections by Enid’, has been featured online and in our print edition. Contact Enid at enidmariereyes@gmail.com. 

Karen Straughan is a Rockwall resident and Senior Real Estate Specialist with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. She contributes a helpful, informative and often humorous Senior Moments column addressing issues that are important to senior citizens in our community. Email Karen at .

Karen Coughlin is a Rockwall resident who has written about Hospitality in Healthcare, covering issues affecting the aging, life transitions, and healthcare matters relevants to seniors and their families.

Blue Ribbon News guest columnist Caleb Davis is a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 83 in Rockwall. His columns focus on Scouting in Rockwall and have appeared both online and in our print editions.

Blue Ribbon News guest columnist Stacy Lynn Massar is a Rockwall mom and Realtor with JP & Associates Realtors who writes about her experiences with couponing, traveling, parenting and life in the Rockwall community. Her ‘Not So Southern Stacy’ column has been shared online and in print at Blue Ribbon News.

Blue Ribbon News guest columnist Kristie Smith is  a teacher for the blind and visually impaired in the Mesquite ISD.  Kristie is the author of a series of novels about a blind girl detective, and has written more than 15 activity books for children with special needs.  She has contributed stories about children with special needs both online and in our print edition.

Rhonda Wright is a self-employed Rockwall resident. She has written about local employees and business owners who go the extra mile, shining the spotlight on those who brighten our day by going above and beyond for their employer and/or the customer.

Kids Talk deals with childhood development issues and is written by Blue Ribbon News guest columnist Maren Stark Schmidt.  Schmidt founded a Montessori school and holds a Masters of Education from Loyola College in Maryland. She has over 25 years experience working with children and holds teaching credentials from the Association Montessori Internationale.  She co-authored with her daughter, Dana, a Dartmouth grad, Understanding Montessori: A Guide for ParentsBuilding Cathedrals Not Walls is a compilation of 90 of of Maren’s Kids Talk columns. Contact her at .  Learn more at MarenSchmidt.com.