Hi, you landed on Redheaded Blackbelt. I own it. That’s me to the left, Kym Kemp. I do everything from photography to selling ads to writing stories.
I’m totally in love with the Emerald Counties, that incredible place south of the Oregon border and east of the Pacific Ocean that is home to redwoods, rolling hills, Victorian mansions, hippie homesteads, wildflowers, and wildlife.
Yes, I really did get my black belt (in Tang Soo Do) and I used to have red hair before I became a news reporter. (Putting this colorful world in black and white made my hair gray.) I live about 45 minutes from the nearest town and spend way too much time on my computer getting the latest information to my readers. (For something I’m really proud of click here.)
Here’s someone else you should know. This is Oliver Cory. He began working for Redheaded Blackbelt when we first started out.
He is one of the finest, young photographers in northwestern California. He also has a knack for technology. If we’ve got a fancy graphic, Oliver is likely the person who created it. If there’s a quick way to get a photo from the scene to the person writing the story, he’ll come up with it.
He also writes quite a few stories but his real love is the camera. He’s mostly in Eureka but he can also be found throughout the Humboldt Bay region.
Now, let me introduce you to Bobby Kroeker. Bobby is a wayward Canadian who has been living in the area for many years. He’s out and about in northern Humboldt picking up stories for us.
He is also an artist and works for North Coast News.
Stormy Taylor is often out and about collecting information and taking photos of breaking news in the Humboldt Bay area. She’s got an eye for composing images quickly–a must when the story is erupting around her.
She grew up in Trinidad and spent her entire life in Humboldt County. A mother of two, she’s also a member of the confederated tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon.
Mark McKenna’s first real photojournalism experience came when he photographed a child pedestrian hit in front of his school and he sold the image. He honed his skills as a photojournalist by attending San Francisco State University as a journalism major graduating in 2000.
In addition to teaching photojournalism at Humboldt State University, Mark is represented by a photo agency you have probably never heard of, Zuma Press, and operates a photo and graphic design studio in Old Town Eureka. He’s always looking for the unusual while photographing the routine.
While I’m introducing people, here’s Sandi Petersen. That’s her to your left. She runs a highly successful Facebook-based community website, Eel Valley Crime Stoppers.
Though she no longer writes stories she helps us understand the Eel Valley “neighborhood.” She particularly knows the folks who live in the Friendly City and has a sense of what is important to them.
And here’s our behind the scene person Bobbi Wisby. She’s our website developer and computer wrangler–she makes us look pretty. We tell her what we want and she makes it happen. (Go here for more of her stuff.)
Drop me an email and let us know what you’re thinking about at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can send a message to anyone here by putting their name in the subject heading and sending it to RedheadedBlackbelt@gmail.com.