Ron Smith is the editor of the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.
He comes to us after serving as the managing editor for news at USA TODAY. Before moving to the Washington, D.C., area in 2016, Ron was the deputy managing editor for daily news and production at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he oversaw the breaking news hub, production desks and was the key point person for print story selections and workflow.
He also has worked as an editor at The Oregonian, the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He is known for championing great journalism and the great journalists who produce great works. He “proceeds until apprehended’ and is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and help others — all while having fun along the way.
Dwayne Burtin is deputy editor for digital at the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.
A native Milwaukeean, he began his career in online communication in 2001 as web designer/ creative director at Homeboyz Interactive,and has a wealth of experience in online journalism and social media, as well as other interactive and digital media.
Burtin has participated several times in the Fight for Air Climb at the U.S. Bank Center, climbing 47 floors, or 1,034 steps, to benefit the American Lung Association.
Adam Carr is deputy editor for community engagement at the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.
A proud product of Milwaukee Public Schools and lifelong Milwaukeean, Carr continually finds new directions for his passion for and love of his hometown. He regularly gives tours of Milwaukee communities covering a wide variety of topics. Carr was co-chair for the Coordinating Committee of March On Milwaukee 50th, which commemorated Milwaukee’s Open Housing Marches with 200 Nights of Freedom in 2017-2018.
In 2016, he authored the children’s book Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood, Our City, working with five 3rd grade classrooms throughout Milwaukee and SHARP Literacy. He has collaborated on neighborhood-based public art projects in Milwaukee, including Listening to Mitchell in 2014 with artist Sonja Thomsen and TypeFace in 2013 with artist Reginald Baylor. Carr has collaborated with filmmaker Wes Tank to produce two short films featured in the Milwaukee Film Festival and was the producer at 88Nine RadioMilwaukee from 2008-2011.
Ana Martinez-Ortiz is a staff reporter for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. As a multimedia journalist, she has experience with online news, print journalism, video, photography and audio. Some of her work is featured on the Milwaukee Courier, the UWM Post and Media Milwaukee. She also has a food blog, Just A Pinch, dedicated to her adventures in the kitchen (some more successful than others.) As a Milwaukee native, Ana attended UW-Milwaukee where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish. She’s eager to shine a light on Milwaukee’s potential and report on its setbacks.
When she’s not working, Ana enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and yoga.
Edgar Mendez is a senior staff reporter for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. Prior to joining the team at NNS he was a feature writer for El Conquistador Newspaper in Milwaukee, and a web writer/blogger in Racine.
Mendez, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, earned his undergraduate degree from UW-Milwaukee, with a double major in Journalism and Media Communications and Sociology, and his master’s degree in Communication from Marquette University. He won a 2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award and a 2017 Milwaukee Press Club Gold Award for his reporting on South Side taverns. He also won a 2014 award from the Milwaukee Press Club for his article on unequal enforcement of marijuana laws. In 2008, he won a Society of Professional Journalists’ regional award for columns dealing with issues such as poverty, homelessness and racism.
His writing has been published by the Associated Press, Reuters, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other media. He has also co-authored three articles published in scholarly journals.
His interests include scholastic research, the Green Bay Packers and being a father.
Mark Doremus is the video strategist for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service and holds a Ph.D. in journalism and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He worked as an administrator for the University of Wisconsin System for 20 years before he retired in 2015.
Mark grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and spent most of his high school years hanging out in the campus photo lab. He learned the television trade as a Navy broadcaster in Japan and worked as a television news reporter in Escanaba, Michigan, as well as Green Bay and Madison, Wisconsin.
Mark considers himself, first and foremost, to be a traditional journalist. He believes there is an objective truth in the world that can be captured and conveyed to an audience. His goal is to tell true stories that are compelling, and expand our understanding of who we are as human beings and the reality of the world in which we live.
Paul Salsini is a veteran Milwaukee journalist and the writing coach for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. He worked for 37 years at The Milwaukee Journal as a reporter, editor and staff development director/writing coach. He also was an adjunct professor in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University for 48 years, teaching journalism and the history of musical theater.
He is the author of award-winning novels set in Tuscany, included the six-volume “A Tuscan Series,” and, reflecting another interest, presents programs about musical theater to groups around town.
Sue Vliet is a volunteer photographer for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. She attended Beloit College and UW-Madison, where she earned a B.A. in art history.
Vliet works as a freelance photographer specializing in portraits, especially of children and families, locations and art. She owns a small art card business featuring her photos of Milwaukee scenes, which are sold in area stores.
Vliet volunteers for a number of local organizations including Arts@Large; Riveredge Nature Center; MPS; Penfield Children’s Center; Schlitz Audubon Nature Center; and Extreme Moms Milwaukee.
Vliet and her husband have two adult children, Sally and Connor. Vliet is an avid gardener, reader, runner, cook and baker and also enjoys travel and her pets. She loves and is fascinated by the city of Milwaukee and is committed to working to support it.
Bridget Fogarty is a reporting intern at Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. She is in her junior year at Marquette University, where she studies Journalism, Spanish and Social Welfare and Justice. Interacting with communities outside campus confirmed Fogarty’s passion for reporting stories that matter. She spent the fall 2018 semester in Santiago, Chile, and is excited to continue improving her Spanish. When she is not writing, Fogarty is listening to music, enjoying the outdoors and working as a campus tour guide.
Xiao Liu is a reporting intern at the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service and a graduate student at Marquette University, where she’s majoring in communication. As a Chinese woman studying abroad, she wants to cover stories of diverse cultures or religions with her multicultural perspective.