Gina Clugston is a local entrepreneur, journalist, owner and founder of SierraNewsOnline.com. With an insatiable curiosity about life, and the desire to tell the stories of people who are “up to something” in their communities, Gina took her love for writing and built a platform to connect the mountain towns of the Central Sierra. Gina attended Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, and Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT. Her life experience is long and varied, including such gigs as radio personality, copy and news writer, wildland firefighter, dispatcher, book store manager, maintenance crew boss, singer-songwriter, piano teacher, long-haul truck driver, ranch hand and secretary. SNO gives her the chance to interact with people from all walks of life, and answer the question that’s always on her mind – “What’s going on over there?”
Kellie Flanagan is an experienced writer, producer and editor for print, broadcast and web, with credits in all media. From Mata Hari and John Wilkes Booth on the critically acclaimed A&E series Biography, to shows about food, technology, police, Supercross and sex, Kellie has written and directed nonfiction segments and series episodes for all major television and cable networks. Kellie once apprenticed with Allen Funt on Candid Camera specials for CBS, and interviewed country legends in Nashville for TNN. A strong interest in American history led to work on the 10-hour syndicated documentary The Wild West, followed by The Civil War Journal for The History Channel. For 20 years the freelance writer has reconciled programs and issues per FCC for public radio station KCRW and four affiliates. Kellie started in the business as a kid, having first appeared in Star Trek TOS (1966), along with Andy Griffith, The Red Skelton Show, Family Affair, and for two seasons played Candy on the Ghost & Mrs. Muir. Among her favorite volunteer positions since moving to the foothills in 2006: Oak Creek Intermediate PTC co-chair. Kellie was also active with Children’s Museum of the Sierra, Fresno Flats Junior Docent program, and the Bass Lake Education Foundation.
Veteran journalist George Lurie is a Pennsylvania native who grew up in Denver, graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder and went to work for the Denver Post as a photographer and reporter in 1981. He covered breaking news across the Rocky Mountain region and Pacific Northwest as a national correspondent for USA Today from 1984 to 1988 and was a bureau chief for the Japan Times in Tokyo in the late 1980s — he has a Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies and speaks Japanese. Earlier in his career, Lurie also covered the Colorado legislature for the Durango (Colorado) Herald and worked the cops and crime beat at the Garden Island in Kauai, Hawaii. A Valley resident since 2006, he was the news editor at the Porterville Recorder, editor and publisher at the Valley Voice in Visalia and most recently, a reporter for the Fresno Business Journal. He likes to brag about how he wrote his first stories at the Denver Post on an IBM Selectric typewriter. “I thought I was pretty cool because it had a self-erasing key,” he says.
Jennifer Moss, Moss Web Works
Website Development Manager
Jennifer Moss is a graduate of Northwestern University and has over 30 years’ experience in computer programming and database design. Her flagship website, BabyNames.com, receives over a million visitors a month and has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, and MSNBC. She also helped develop Withoutabox.com, a film festival submission service, that was eventually acquired by IMDB/Amazon. At Moss Web Works, Jennifer specializes in creating WordPress-based responsive websites for all company types and sizes. Born and raised in the Chicago area, Jennifer lived in Los Angeles for 22 years and permanently relocated to Oakhurst in 2011. In addition to all things internet, she is a published photographer, author, mother, and rescuer of beasts.