Traverse City News and Events
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Ticker Editorial Staff

Nick Beadleston

A former paratrooper and future foreign correspondent, Nick Beadleston is a freelance pen and photographer for local publications and nonprofits.

Lydia Belanger

Lydia is a freelance writer who has written for several national magazines, including WIRED. She is a Traverse City native and a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. 

Erin Bernhard

Erin has written for the Leelanau Enterprise, The Awesome Mitten, several literary journals, and also for the Traverse City Film Festival and the United Way of Northwest Michigan.

Ross Boissoneau

Ross Boissoneau is a freelance writer, music journalist and critic. He regularly writes about restaurants for Northern Express.

Elizabeth Booth O'Toole

Elizabeth Booth O'Toole lives and works in Traverse City. Her work has appeared in several local and national publications including Corp Magazine, Town & Country Living, Metro Times, Traverse Magazine, Northern Home & Cottage, Old Home Journal and also on National Public Radio.

Tom Carr

Tom Carr is a multi-media journalist with more than 25 years covering northern Michigan. He writes news and features for the Ticker and the Traverse City Business News. He is a frequent contributor to Interlochen Public Radio. For nearly two decades, he was a reporter and columnist for the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Kandace Chapple

Kandace Chapple is a freelance writer who has written for regional publications for 15 years. She is the editor and co-publisher of Grand Traverse Woman Magazine. She also blogs at 

Lynn Geiger

Lynn Geiger is the head writer for the Traverse City Business News and The Ticker. She first started writing for the paper as a freelancer in the mid-1990s and has been with The Ticker since its launch in 2007. Lynn lives in downtown Traverse City.

Katy Gwizdala

Luke Haase

Luke Haase is the publisher of The Ticker. He has penned articles for the Traverse City Business News, Corp!, Business Update, and the Michigan Journal, as well as columns for several national web sites and magazines. Luke resides in Traverse City.

Jack Hagen

Jack is an intern at The Ticker and The Traverse City Business News. He grew up in Traverse City and graduated from Traverse City Central High School and Northwestern Michigan College.

Carrie Henderson

Carrie Henderson has been writing for more than 10 years in both TV and print. For five years she worked at 7&4 News as a producer and assignment editor. An avid sports fan, Carrie landed her dream job at ESPN in 2008. 

Heather Johnson Durocher

Heather Johnson Durocher is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in numerous regional publications as well as national consumer and custom magazines. She’s written for USA Weekend, Redbook, Family Circle and Green Retailer, among others, and also blogs at

Jeff Johnston

Michigan journalist Jeff Johnston writes, edits and designs from the Grand Rapids area.

Kristi Kates

Kristi Kates has been a contributing editor to Northern Express for ten years, specializing in music/entertainment features, and has also written for such publications as Electronic Musician, Metropolitan Avenue, and The Southampton/East Hampton Press. She divides her time between her hometown of Harbor Springs and New York City, where she is pursuing her own music and film work.

Amy Lane

Amy Lane is a former reporter for Crain’s Detroit Business, where she covered energy and utilities, state government and business for nearly 25 years, and is a current contributor to the Traverse City Business News.

Craig Manning

Clark Miller

Clark Miller has written for daily newspapers, radio stations, Associated Press and numerous magazines on a wide range of topics including higher education, the environment, high tech entrepreneurs, agriculture and music.

Beth Milligan

Beth Milligan is the head writer for The Ticker and a frequent contributor to the Northern Express and Traverse City Business News. She started and wrote the Traverse City Record-Eagle's "Twentysomething" column from 2005 to 2007 and has written for Traverse Magazine, NM3 and, among others. She appears every Friday at 10am on The Christal Frost Show on WTCM Radio to discuss the week in news.

Gayle Neu

Gayle Neu is the former editor of the Traverse City Business News. She's been a TV anchor/reporter and print journalist in the Traverse City area since '93 and has a Journalism degree from MSU. She also does corporate voiceover/video work.

Mike Norton

Mike Norton is the Media Relations Director at the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau. His article appears in The Ticker with his permission and the permission of the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Al Parker

Al Parker is an award-winning freelance journalist who has been covering northwest Michigan news stories for most of three decades. He excels at breaking news, business profiles and insightful feature stories.

Tricia Phelps

Richard Sanok

Carol South

Carol South is a freelance writer, editor and photographer who has worked in the regional market for nearly 20 years. She graduated her homeschooled daughter from high school this year.

Anne Stanton

Anne Stanton is an award-winning freelance journalist and book editor based in Traverse City.

Karen Stein

Karen Stein, a Chicago native, is a freelance writer and editor. She is a frequent contributor to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has written for Dermatology Insights and Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, and periodically blogs for Pit Bull Rescue Central.

Patrick Sullivan

Patrick is the staff reporter for Northern Express newspaper and has been a journalist for more than 15 years.

Jodee Taylor

Jodee Taylor has 25 years’ experience in journalism and marketing, working as a writer and editor as well as with social media and digital content.

Michael Terrell

Michael Terrell is a longtime freelance journalist in northern Michigan and a regular contributor to Northern Express.

Felicia E. Topp

Born and raised in Traverse City, Felicia is still curious and loves the outdoors, reading, and rediscovering life with 6-year-old son, Wilder. She has a B.A. in journalism from Michigan State University and writes book reviews for Traverse City-based Foreword Reviews.

Lynda Twardowski Wheatley

Lynda is the executive editor of Northern Express and the Traverse City Business News.

Jacob Wheeler

Jacob Wheeler is publisher of the Glen Arbor Sun and the Benzie Current and a freelance writer.

Christina White

Christina White has a Master of Arts degree in English Language and Literature. She is a professional writing and marketing specialist; ultimately, based on her rewarding experience teaching English 101 at Central Michigan University, she plans to pursue a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition.

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