About Blue Ribbon News


“Blue Ribbon News shines the spotlight on people, places and events that impact our community in a positive way. We believe that if we tell your story – big or small – it can truly make a difference, and more ‘good’ will follow.” ~ Dawn Redig, Editor-in-Chief


Our print edition is published 8x/year and direct mailed free to 15,500+ homes and businesses throughout Rockwall and Heath (75087 & 75032 zip codes).

Extra copies are usually available for pick up at the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce, the JER Chilton YMCA, the Rockwall County Library, Samee’s Pizza Getti, Lakeside Florist, Joe Willy’s, The Hawk’s Nest, The Bagel Lady, Z’s Catfish, Tom Thumb-Heath, and various other local businesses. Meals on Wheels delivers copies to area homebound seniors along with their meals. Additional copies of the print edition may be available by calling 214-342-8000. Due to high demand, there is a $5 charge to cover postage when requesting copies by mail.

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Blue Ribbon News has been in print since 2012. View past print editions here.

Annual Subscription 

Those who live outside our delivery area may request an annual subscription for $48. Simply email or call 214-342-8000 to request a subscription, and/or mail your check to: Blue Ribbon News, PO Box 967, Rockwall, TX 75087.


Our online publication reaches tens of thousands of readers throughout the Dallas metroplex and beyond. BlueRibbonNews.com is updated daily with hometown news, entertainment, and events – going way beyond what you see highlighted in our print edition. Be sure to check out our Events Calendar.

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We want your news! Blue Ribbon News encourages reader submissions.  Simply email your news, events and story ideas to editor@BlueRibbonNews.com and we’ll spread the word!


Our Blue Ribbon News and BRN Media 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 editor-in-chief, Dawn Redig.

Blue Ribbon News Editor-in-Chief Dawn Redig has 35 years experience in print and broadcast journalism. She is a former Dallas Morning News editor, reporter and columnist. She has also worked for The Beaumont Enterprise, The Orange Leader, KBMT-TV Channel 12, Hall Publications/Nintendo/NFL Playoff, CBS Radio, and Lamar University/University Press.

Dawn serves on the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels Senior Services of Rockwall County and the Children’s Advocacy Center for Rockwall County. She is active in the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce, where her husband served as 2018 Chairman of the Board. She is a charter member of the Rockwall Professional Women’s Alliance.

Dawn and her husband have a daughter in grad school at University of Texas at Dallas, a son pursuing a Masters in Accounting at SMU, 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 serves on the board of the Rockwall County Historical Foundation and is a member of Young Professionals of Rockwall. He has performed on stage with the Rockwall Community Playhouse.

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

Amy Sidebottom is our Lead Designer and Layout Editor whom we rely on for just about everything. You name it, she does it – from ad creation and copy writing to layout of our publication.

Amy truly has a can-do attitude. She is fast, she is brilliant – and she always brings treats and homemade cookies to the office on birthdays and holidays. She came to us from the Dallas Morning News and you can call on her for anything!

Casey Washington is our former Media Assistant who continues to help us out with photos and community events – because she’s involved in everything! She’s a mom of three boys and former teacher so she knows how to juggle and stay on-the-go and in-the-know.



Samantha Redig works part-time as an intern, assisting with social media and marketing services. She is in grad school at University of Texas at Dallas.

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.

 Design Editors Billy Quinton of QBall Design and Julie Fowler of Fowler Designs are awesome artists who have, in the past, contributed to the creative design and layout of our Blue Ribbon News print publication. We thank them for helping us get the pub started!


Blue Ribbon News contributing writer/guest columnist Patti Richter works as journalist, writing news and feature stories for many Christian publications. She and her husband Jim recently moved from Heath to be closer to her grandchildren. Her faith columns and local ministry articles are very popular among Blue Ribbon News readers. Email Patti 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 .

Blue Ribbon News guest cooking/recipe columnist Melissa Tate of Rockwall is a freelance food writer and owner of Photo-Wagon mobile photo booth. She also helps her husband run their family farm, Tate Farms, and event center, Summerfield at Tate Farms. They are currently managing the Smirl Chapel Relocation & Preservation Project. Find Melissa on Facebook or Instagram at @melissatatetx to follow the adventures. Headshot by Kelly Alexander Photography.

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 have written 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.

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.

Throughout the years, we’ve also welcomed a host of other guest columnists writing on various topics, and their writing can also be found under our Guest Columns tab at BlueRibbonNews.com.

BRN Media, publisher of Blue Ribbon News, is a multi-platform, full-service creative agency offering advertising and marketing services, social media management, and website development to both small and large businesses.

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