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JESSICA BLISS is a storyteller who rarely tells her own story. An nationally award-winning journalist at The Tennessean, she aspires to inspire positive change in our community by sharing the experiences of the people who live here. When not furiously typing to meet deadline, she can be found running along a Nashville greenway, sparking connections for a community project, keeping her triathlete husband company in the kitchen while he cooks (and she sips wine) or scrambling to find time to teach her two blond-haired boys how to rock climb. You can find her on Twitter @jlbliss, Instagram @jlbliss08, and, of course, Tennessean.com.
BRAD SCHMITT writes The Tennessean’s “Inside Nashville” column, which tells personal, powerful stories about Music City’s movers and shakers. Schmitt has been a reporter and columnist in Nashville since 1990. He wrote the popular celebrity news column “Brad About You” for The Tennessean from 1995 to 2006, and before that, Schmitt was the newspaper’s police reporter. Schmitt also served as entertainment reporter for WKRN-News 2 and a peer recovery coordinator for Nashville Prevention Partnership before returning to The Tennessean in October 2014.
KAREN KRAFT specializes in digital storytelling with a focus on documentary and educational video production. Her career began as a photojournalist, but when video came into the frame, she quickly emerged as a leader in video production and editing. She remains a hybrid in the newsroom with an emphasis on multimedia design for desktop, mobile and tablet platforms, video strategies and social engagement. In her 15-year-career, she has worked on numerous award-winning investigative projects for The Tennessean, USA Today Network and The Daily News Journal, utilizing her unique storytelling abilities, her love for visuals, people and sharing stories of the Nashville community.
HEATHER CASS has worked for The Tennessean and TN Media since 2000. She has held many positions, from Marketing Assistant to Sponsorship & Events Specialist to her latest role as Brand Manager for TN Media. She is married to former Tennessean journalist Michael Cass and has two daughters, Olivia (11) and Sophie (8). She loves politics and dreams of attending the Iowa caucuses one day. She calls the State of the Union her Super Bowl.