Before launching her freelance writing career, Lesly Bailey spent 11 years in the newsroom as a copy editor and page designer. She focused on state, national and world news, as well as obituaries, during her time at the Seymour Tribune, Columbus (Ind.) Republic and Times of Northwest Indiana. It wasn’t until leaving behind the world of hard news that she embarked on her writing career. She has been a correspondent for The Times and its magazines and publications as well as a community coordinator for its Facebook sites. Today, she also serves as a marketing consultant for the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center and Porter County Aging and Community Services. She has had the opportunity to share many Region entrepreneurs’ stories, and she continues to be inspired by their hard work, dedication and passion. View some of Lesly’s recent work for Northwest Indiana Business Magazine.
Lauren Caggiano is a Fort Wayne-based writer. A 2007 graduate of the University of Dayton, she returned to Northeast Indiana to pursue her career. For more than 10 years, she has worked in journalism, public relations, marketing and digital media. She writes for several local (News-Sentinel, Business People, Glo), regional (The Municipal) and national publications (Midwest Living). She also writes for the Visit Fort Wayne blog, which was named Best Multi-Author Blog: Small Business by the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly and Keyflow Creative. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, travel and working out. View some of Lauren’s recent work for Northwest Indiana Business Magazine.
Jane Donahue is a journalist and photographer covering people, places and things for newspapers throughout the Chicagoland area. A graduate of Purdue University, she lives in the Chicago suburbs. View some of Jane’s recent work with Northwest Indiana Business Magazine.
Annemarie Mannion is an experienced journalist who has written about business, technology and a variety of other topics for a major daily newspaper as well as business-to-business publications. She grew up in Michigan City, Ind., and is a graduate of St. Mary’s College-Notre Dame. Read some of Annemarie’s recent work for Northwest Indiana Business Magazine.
Bob Moulesong’s writing career spans 20 years as a freelance journalist, author, blogger and editor. His work has been published in the Northwest Indiana Times newspaper as well as several subsidiary magazines. His short story “White Picket Fence” won a Reader’s Choice Award from the magazine Short Fiction Break in 2014. He published numerous short stories in genre anthologies, and recently published “Lunacy,” a collection of his original work through Pen It! Publications. Read some of Bob’s recent work for Northwest Indiana Business Magazine.
Carrie Napoleon is an experienced freelance journalist and media consultant. Carrie has more than two decades of experience working with both daily and weekly newspapers in Chicago’s south suburbs and in Northwest Indiana, including the Post Tribune/Chicago Tribune. Her previous roles include serving as assistant business editor for Star Newspapers/Midwest Suburban Publishing Co. in Tinley Park, Ill., and as managing editor for Great Lakes Publishing Inc. in Portage, which published six weekly newspapers, including the Hobart Gazette, Merrillville Herald, Portage Journal, Crown Point News, Winfield News and Valparaiso News. Read some of Carrie Napoleon’s recent work for Northwest Indiana Business Magazine.
Philip Potempa is a 1992 graduate of Valparaiso University. He began covering theater, arts and features stories in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois for The South Bend Tribune in 1992, before joining The Times of Northwest Indiana and Illinois in 1995 where he worked as a features writer and daily entertainment newspaper columnist for more than two decades. In 2016, he joined The Post-Tribune and Chicago Tribune Media Group where his columns and feature stories run in print and online. He is the author of three published books chronicling stories, interviews, recipes and memories from his personal and professional experiences. Released in May 2010, his third book, “Further From the Farm,” (Pediment Press) features favorite celebrated stories from his interviews, including Mary Tyler Moore, Lily Tomlin, Julia Child, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Dolly Parton, Betty White, Karl Malden, Phil Donahue and Bea Arthur. He also is an adjunct instructor in communication at both Valparaiso University and Purdue University Northwest. When not lecturing in a classroom or in a theater seat, Philip divides his time between his family’s farm in Northwest Indiana and his home in Chicago. Read some of Philip’s recent work for Northwest Indiana Business Magazine.
Michael Puente, a professional journalist with 18 years experience, works full time for WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago Public Radio. He covers politics, environment and features in Northwest Indiana, southwest Michigan and Chicago’s South Side. For 11 years, Michael wrote for the Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana. Michael also spent two years writing for the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill., covering Chicago’s northwest suburbs. Michael is a contributing writer for Cafe Latino Lifestyles Magazine in Chicago and an adjunct faculty instructor at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Hammond. Since joining the staff of Chicago Public Radio, Michael has received numerous awards, including 2008’s “Best Reporter” by the Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association. Michael earned a bachelor of arts in Journalism from Calumet College of St. Joseph in Hammond. Michael resides in Merrillville, Ind., with his wife, Grace, and daughters Stephanie and Jessica. He is also a big White Sox, Bears and Bulls fan. View some of Michael’s recent work for Northwest Indiana Business Magazine.
Doug Ross is an award-winning journalist with 40 years of experience in Northwest Indiana. Ross is a native Hoosier and a graduate of Valparaiso University. View some of Doug’s recent work for Northwest Indiana Business Magazine.