As Digital Engagement Editor, Cory searches for new and innovative ways to connect the local news team and journalism with the community. Cory joined The News-Press in 2012, and helps lead the news-press.com digital consumer experience team, specializing in web, mobile, apps, data analysis, and social media. It's job no. 1 that the Southwest Florida Storytellers nights happen.
Mark started as a sportswriter in Poughkeepsie after graduating from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Mark has both his Masters in public relations and an undergraduate degree in television, radio and film management from the Newhouse School. Since joining The News-Press in 2004, Mark has held a variety of titles including sports editor, digital editor and currently Consumer Experience Director.
As one of our Storyteller Coaches, Charles Runnells covers arts and entertainment for The News-Press and news-press.com. You’ll often find him sitting in a theater scribbling notes for a play review. Charles was born in Birmingham, Ala., but he grew up all over the place thanks to his Army father. He has a journalism degree from Auburn University and started working at The News-Press in 1998. He’s obsessive about music (practically anything, but especially heavy metal), and he also loves reading, video games, yoga and movies. He lives in Cape Coral with his girlfriend and their five cats (don’t judge).
As one our our Storytellers Coaches, Amy Bennett Williams came to The News-Press in 1988 as an ashtray-emptying, obituary-writing clerk/reporter, and has gone on to cover everything from cake contests to tuberculosis outbreaks. In addition to writing features and news articles, Williams helped conceive the paper’s weekly Tropicalia magazine, where her column, Field Notes appears. Her sense-of-place essays air weekly on local NPR affiliate WGCU. She lives in rural Alva with her writer husband, Roger, two sons and an ever-changing menagerie.
Steve McQuilkin is the Storytelling Coach at The News-Press and news-press.com. Before coming to Fort Myers in 1999, he worked for newspapers in Tampa and Winston-Salem, N.C., where he co-wrote a history of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. He is a Christian, deacon pastor, history buff and animal lover who enjoys running, reading, watching British mysteries and spending time with his wife and daughter. Firm believer that the Beatles are the best musical group ever and that dogs are people too.