|Charles Duncan Pardo – Editor
Charles founded Raleigh Public Record in September, 2008 after a stint as a reporter and producer at North Carolina Public Radio. Charles got his real start in journalism in a New York City jail when he was arrested while covering the protests at the 2004 Republican National Convention for Technician, the N.C. State University student newspaper. He also met his wife while working at Technician. Since then his work has appeared on or in NPR, the BBC, Agence France Press, the Independent Weekly and others. Charles graduated from Wake Tech in 2003, N.C. State in 2005, and received a certificate in documentary studies from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke. He is now a part-time masters student at Duke where he’s making up his own journalism program. Charles lives with his wife and 100-pound lapdog in East Raleigh.
|Susan Bray – Development Director
After two decades of crafting communications for large high-tech companies, and then trying her hand at being an entrepreneur (in the middle of the Great Recession), Susan is excited to help the Record grow and become an even bigger resource to those of us who love Raleigh. She moved here from Southern California with her husband in 2008 and says she loves downtown living. “While I might be a Yankee, I am quickly embracing all that North Carolina has to offer.” When not at the Record you might find Susan volunteering at the SPCA or tutoring or wrangling time with her two grown sons, one of whom is in Vet School at NC State.
|Jennifer Wig – Managing Editor
Jennifer Wig first inhaled the addicting scent of newsprint while working at her college newspaper, the Daily Egyptian. She later interned and worked at several papers in Illinois, including a stint at the State Capitol, where she caught glimpses of a freshman Obama. Jennifer moved to Raleigh in 2007 to work for NBC17 news as a web and broadcast producer. In 2010, she left news to start her own business, The Final Drafts, providing small business owners with website and marketing copy. She has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Jennifer and her husband love travel, downtown Raleigh and riding bikes on the greenways.
|Ariella Monti – City Hall Reporter
Ariella Monti is the Record’s first staff reporter. She earned the title of City Hall Bureau Chief after spending countless hours at City Hall attending Council and Committee meetings. She can also be found on Fayetteville Street attending Wake County Commission meetings. She has been writing for the Record since November 2010. When she isn’t covering city hall, she is a tutor at Huntington Learning Center, working with students ages 6 to 18. Prior to making a mad dash from Long Island to Raleigh in June 2010, she spent two years at Herald Community Newspapers as a reporter for the Rockville Centre and Long Beach Heralds. She received her B.A. in Media Studies from Manhattanville College in 2005 and her M.S. in Publishing from Pace University in 2006.
|Lauren Ramsdell – Contributor
Lauren Ramsdell has lived in Raleigh her entire life, save for about a year in Durham (that she doesn’t remember) and three years at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. When she’s not covering everything from pedestrian safety to the Wake County Board of Education, she likes reading, writing – yes, for fun – and painting. She also really, really, really likes cats.
|Dan Riechers – Contributor
Dan Riechers reports on the intersection of science and environmental issues with public policy and culture. In his day job, he manages a team of technical writers for a corporation in Raleigh. He also teaches writing at Wake Technical Community College. When not writing, he enjoys hiking and trout fishing.
|Other Contributors: Laura Baverman, Kari Smith|
|Photographers: Karen Tam, Hide Terada
Karen Tam is an Ohioian by birth and a proud Ohio University graduate. But she has now spent most of her life in North Carolina, first moving to the Tar Heel State to work for 14 years as a staff photographer for the News & Observer and The Raleigh Times. Now, Tam works as a freelance photographer, which includes assignments for the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post and USAToday. Her hobbies include buying and sell antiques/junk — beauty is in the eye of the beholder, she says. To make life interesting, her beloved dog, Maddie, accompanies her on most jobs.
|Ben McNeely – Columnist
Ben McNeely is the columnist behind The Historical Record. A native of the Land of the Pine, he has practiced journalism in various forms — in print, on the web and over the airwaves — in all major markets of North Carolina. He started in newspapers at age 14 and slowly discovered he couldn’t really do anything else. He works for News 14 Carolina on the web desk, wears bow ties, and can be found hiking around downtown Raleigh. If you spot him, go ahead and buy him a bourbon. But never mind what you’ve heard, it’s all dirty rumors started by people who know him.
|Leo Suarez – Columnist
Leo Suarez is passionate about Raleigh and has been following the various urban challenges the city faces. Part programmer and part writer, Leo is an engineer for a large company in the Triangle and works on development and testing of cloud-based software and server hardware. Outside of his job, this “municipal geek” also takes photos to chronicle the city’s changing face. If not building a website, Leo spends time with his two friends: beer and downtown Raleigh. Read more at his blog titled, The Raleigh Connoisseur.
|Past Contributors: Laura White, Joe Boisvert, Chrystal Bartlett, Rose Hoban, David Eichenberger, Leslie Rudd, Sonny Ferares, Christie Starnes, Andrew Johnson, Katie Knight, Art Latham, Andrew Mayo, Julia Merchant, Kate Pattison – The Historical Record, John Dancy-Jones, Darcy Dearth, Bryan LeClaire, Drew St. Claire, Chris Cioffi, Tyler Dukes, Will Huntsberry, Fraser Sherman|