Our Staff

Who We Are

We began as the Rivard Report, a husband and wife blog that has successfully grown into a thriving online news enterprise with a year-round calendar of civic engagement events, and a full time staff of 20 talented, passionate journalists and nonprofit workers.

None of them are named Rivard, but all of them are all about San Antonio. The new name reflects the evolution of a vision into reality and the subsequent years of growth as hundreds of thousands of readers in the metro area have come to trust and depend on the Report for credible, fast-based, public service journalism.

Robert Rivard

PUBLISHER AND EDITOR

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Publisher and Editor Robert Rivard is a longtime, award-winning journalist and former newspaper editor. He writes a weekly column, published Sunday on the San Antonio Report. In 2012 Robert and his wife, Monika Maeckle, founded the San Antonio Report, formerly Rivard Report. He and Monika have called San Antonio home for nearly 30 years.

Jenna Price Mallette

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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Jenna Price Mallette is the Chief Operating Officer for the San Antonio Report. Before joining the team, Jenna worked with the Trinity University College Advising Corps and Robot Creative. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Psychology from Trinity University.

Graham Watson-Ringo

MANAGING EDITOR

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Managing Editor Graham Watson-Ringo moved to San Antonio from Denver, but originally hails from Redlands, Calif., and is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Graham has spent most of her journalistic life covering sports, including national championships, Final Fours, and the World Cup, but she’s also an avid consumer of news. She’s worked for major publications, including ESPN and Yahoo.

Wendy Cook

Wendy Lane Cook

DEPUTY MANAGING EDITOR

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Wendy Lane Cook spent more than a decade at the Associated Press with bureaus in Texas and California, covering everything from state elections to natural disasters to the Olympic Games. From there she moved to The Washington Post. After stepping away from full-time journalism for some time, she became editor and writing coach at the San Antonio Report in January 2017 and deputy managing editor in June 2018.

Iris Dimmick

SENIOR REPORTER

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Iris Dimmick moved to San Antonio in February 2012. Iris was born and raised in Grand Junction, Colo. and received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Central Washington University. She served as the San Antonio Report’s first managing editor for more than six years and is now happily focused on covering City Hall and other topics as senior reporter.

Brendan Gibbons

SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTER

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Brendan Gibbons, a prize-winning environmental reporter, joined the San Antonio Report in January 2018. He covers the environment, energy, and water issues. Previously, he worked for the San Antonio Express News and The Scranton Times-Tribune in Pennsylvania. In 2013, he graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in science and agricultural journalism.

Scott Ball

PHOTO EDITOR

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Scott Ball is the San Antonio Report’s photo editor. He has been working with the San Antonio Report since 2014. When he isn’t working he is spending time with his family and sketching cartoons. Learn more about Scott and his work at www.scottstephenball.com

JJ Velasquez

AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT EDITOR

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JJ Velasquez is the San Antonio Report’s audience development editor. Prior to his arrival to San Antonio, Velasquez spent eight years working for newspapers covering everything from school boards to drug violence. In his most recent stint as as an editor at a community newspaper he wrote extensively about Austin’s tech ecosystem. The 2009 UT Journalism School grad is a proud native of South Texas and the borderlands, having grown up in Laredo. 

Blanca Méndez

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EDITOR

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Blanca Méndez is the San Antonio Report’s community engagement editor. She hails from Eagle Pass and holds a degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Before joining the San Antonio Report, she worked in nonprofit communications, taught English in Seoul, and wrote about music and pop culture for GlamourRolling Stone, and Spin.

Bonnie Arbittier

PHOTOGRAPHER

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Bonnie Arbittier joined the San Antonio Report in February 2017 after moving to Texas to intern at the Victoria Advocate. Following an internship with Annie Leibovitz, she completed a Fine Arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania. You can view her portfolio at www.bonniearbittier.com.

Shari Biediger

BUSINESS REPORTER

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Shari Biediger, business reporter, has earned recognition for her writing from the International Association of Business Communicators, the Educational Press Association, Public Relations Society of America, and AdFed. She has worked for the Recorder-Times, San Antonio Bar Association, and USAA.

Emily Donaldson

EDUCATION REPORTER

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Emily Donaldson, a former Community Impact correspondent in Houston and Austin, is the San Antonio Report‘s education reporter. Donaldson is a Houston native and a 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri with bachelor degrees in political science and in journalism. 

Nicholas Frank

ARTS & CULTURE REPORTER

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Nicholas Frank, a former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel arts writer, is both arts journalist and practicing artist as well as curator, exhibition organizer, and author of his whimsical arts blog, Nicholas Frank Public Library. Follow Nicholas on Twitter @frankartswriter.

Jackie Wang

GENERAL ASSIGNMENT REPORTER

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General Assignment Reporter Jackie Wang moved to San Antonio from the state capital, where she attended UT Austin and graduated with degrees in journalism and government. She spent her formative years in El Paso, and misses the mountains every day. Jackie worked for The Dallas Morning News as a state government reporting fellow in its Austin bureau.

Lindsey Carnett

TECHNOLOGY & BUSINESS REPORTER

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Technology and business reporter Lindsey Carnett is a San Antonio native and the former growth reporter for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunication media studies, and previously worked as a videographer for the San Antonio Express-News.

Demonte Alexander

COLUMNIST

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Demonte Alexander provides leadership for internal/external communication for Bexar Facts Public Opinion Research. Before joining the Bexar Facts team, Demonte served as Communications Director and Deputy Chief of Staff at San Antonio City Hall, and Campaign Manager for County Judge and Texas State House races. He honorably served 10 years in the U.S. Army and received awards for his valor and efforts in combat in Baghdad, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom II.

Rick Casey

COLUMNIST

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Longtime area newsman and columnist Rick Casey writes a weekly column every Tuesday. Casey signed off as host of This Week at KLRN-TV in 2017; before that he worked as a metro columnist for the former San Antonio Light and, later, the San Antonio Express-News. Follow Rick on Twitter @rick_case

Katy Silva

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

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Katy Silva is the Director of Development for the San Antonio Report. She previously served as the director of marketing and communications at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, as well as the marketing coordinator at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in studio art and a minor in art history from Trinity University.

Kassie Kelly

MEMBERSHIP & AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

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Membership & Audience Engagement Manager Kassie Kelly is a graduate of Trinity University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Political Science with a minor in Arts, Letters, and Enterprise. Previously, she worked part-time as an intern for the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation and as a summer intern at the Office of State Representative Diego Bernal.

Laura Lopez

EVENTS & AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

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Laura Lopez is the Events and Audience Engagement Manager for the San Antonio Report. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to joining the team, she interned with the development department at The DoSeum. Laura has a passion for promoting literacy opportunities for youth in San Antonio.

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