Who & What We Are


“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 full-color, hyperlocal print edition is published 8x/year and direct mailed free to 17,500+ 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, Joe Willy’s, The Bagel Lady, and various other local businesses. Meals on Wheels often delivers copies to area homebound seniors along with their meals. Additional copies of the print edition are available on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 214-342-8000. Due to high demand, there is a $5 charge to cover postage and handling when mailing out additional copies.

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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.


BlueRibbonNews.com is updated daily with hometown news and events, many of which are highlighted in our print edition – plus countless additional features, guest columns, photo galleries and videos. We reach tens of thousands of readers throughout the Dallas metroplex and beyond.

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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 managing editor, Dawn Redig.

Blue Ribbon News Publisher/Managing Editor 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. 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 his CPA after earning his Masters in Accounting at SMU, and a house full of pets. Connect with her at or call 214-342-8000, ext 1122.

He’s not your average Joe; he’s our Lead Designer and Layout Editor! Joe does a little web work, a little social media, and a whole lot of creative! When he’s not building ads, designing digital signs, posters, flyers, or social media art, he’s laying out pages for press. He loves spending time with this wife and two kids, and his Lab named Savannah.


For ten years, Amy Sidebottom served as Designer and Layout Editor Extraordinaire. You name it, she’s done it – from ad creation and copy writing to layout of our publication. She came to us from the Dallas Morning News and still assists us with layout, even though she has begun supporting her husband with his business full-time.


Casey Washington helps 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 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 .

Sally Kilgore is one of our newest guest columnists. Sally is a former resident of Rowlett, and a recent transplant, across the lake, to Fate, TX. She is married to her long time flame, Chris Kilgore. When not writing, gardening, filling in at the local flower shop or hanging out with grandkids, Sally devotes her time to serving Bob Kilgore, a generously sized, Tuxedo cat with panache. Follow Sally and Bob’s adventures in her column, Kukka (Finnish for bloom or flower) on our website!

Former Rockwall County Judge Jerry Hogan contributes a weekly Letter to the Editor in his guest column he calls ‘A Broad View of Things of Interest‘. His opinion pieces spark conversation and thoughtful consideration. He can be reached at jerryhogan@sbcglobal.net or 214-394-4033.

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. Look for her Cooking with Ease columns on Blue Ribbon News!

In her column called The Rose Table, Blue Ribbon News guest columnist Katie-Rose Watson writes about party planning and shares themed recipes. She often covers Rockwall on therosetable.com, from the Farmers Market to Founder’s Day Festival. The Rose Table has over 200,000 fans on Facebook (fb.com/therosetable), millions of video views, and can be found on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and Pinterest @therosetable.com ~ and here on Blue Ribbon News!

Erin Kincaid pens our Life Lessons column.  She is the Founder and Clinical Director of Rockwall Heath Counseling. She holds a host of degrees in Psychology, Christian Counseling, Anthropology and is working toward her PhD in Clinical Counseling. Erin lives in Rockwall with her husband and son.

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.

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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