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.)
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 Southern Humboldt picking up stories for us.
He and his lady, Nena, are artists. Check out their work here.
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.
She joined us to cover the Fortuna “neighborhood.” She knows the folks who live in the Friendly City and has a sense of what is important to them.
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.
Stormy Taylor is our newest member. She’s 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.
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.