Meet our newsroom
SoCoNews.org is a new news organization born out of four legacy newspapers: The Healdsburg Tribune (founded 1865), Cloverdale Reveille (founded 1879), Sonoma West Times & News (founded in 1889 as The Sebastopol Times) and Windsor Times (founded in 1987). Only one of those papers, The Healdsburg Tribune, is still in print, but our news has more readers than ever before, thanks to our strong online presence. The newspapers' former owners, Rollie Atkinson, a lifelong journalist, and Sarah Bradbury, gifted ownership of the papers to a local nonprofit, Sonoma County Local News Initiative, which was created to preserve local news and journalism in Sonoma Country.
Meet our team and then join us by becoming a supporting member of the Local News Initiative.
ROLLIE ATKINSON, PUBLISHER
Rollie Atkinson is the publisher of Sonoma West Publishers' four community newspapers. He started his journalism career in 1974 at his hometown newspaper in Frederick, MD. He continued his career at The Healdsburg Tribune after moving to Healdsburg in 1981. His newsroom assignments have included big and small stories that took him to state houses and U.S. Congress, steelworkers strikes, CIA investigations, presidential political campaigns, cub scout pancake breakfasts, numerous centenarian birthdays, river floods, high school sports action, wine industry milestones and many other places.
Atkinson has marked his journalism career with two guiding principles: to protect and defend the First Amendment and the public's right to know, and by his understanding of the high honor bestowed to him by his readers and local community members that continue to allow him to tell their story.
Atkinson also considers it a privilege to work alongside his much younger but equally devoted SoCoNews journalists.
ZOË STRICKLAND, MANAGING EDITOR
Zoë Strickland is the managing editor of SoCoNews. Hired in July 2018 as editor of the Cloverdale Reveille, Zoë has a passion for small towns and writing articles about the people who live in them. Zoë was born and raised in southern Sonoma County, but moved to Oregon in 2014 to pursue a bachelor of arts in English literature. Four years and one degree later, she moved back to Sonoma County. Before working at the Reveille, Zoë spent two years as the editor-in-chief of a literary magazine, three years in various positions at her weekly college newspaper, four years as the editorial director of an editing company and had a brief stint as a radio DJ. When she’s not reporting, Zoë has a passion for baking, taking care of plants, finding the best coffee shops and hanging out with her dogs.
GREG CLEMENTI, SPORTS EDITOR
Greg Clementi has patrolled the sidelines as sports editor for Sonoma West Publishers for nearly 17 years, covering five high schools in north and west Sonoma County with a genuine love and admiration for coaches, student athletes and youth sports. Greg began his career as a writer and co-publisher of Sporting Edge Magazine in 1982, covering the Marin County boxing scene. He was a regular contributor for Petaluma Magazine and a prolific freelance writer focusing on running and fishing before joining the Sonoma West team in 2002. Under Greg’s watch, Sonoma West Publishers was recognized by the California Prep Sports Writer’s Association for providing the best high school sports coverage in the entire state, regardless of newspaper circulation size.
A native of Wisconsin, Greg is an avid fisherman, car enthusiast and a two-time finisher of the Boston Marathon. He’s been married to his wife Ann for 35 years and they have five daughters and five grandchildren.
KATHERINE MINKIEWICZ-MARTINE, REPORTER
Katherine Minkiewicz-Martine has been a staff writer with The Healdsburg Tribune - SoCoNews for over three years. She reports on several beats, including city hall, education, community development, wildfire preparedness and more. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in journalism and has since worked at small publications such as the San Francisco State newspaper, The Golden Gate Express, and The Community Voice.
CAMILLE ESCOVEDO, REPORTER.
Camille graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College and Sacramento State, studying sociology and journalism.
While jargon sometimes moves her to tears, she strives to “make it make sense” so people can get informed and get engaged, and also to prove what may sound boring can turn out to be ridiculously relevant to life as we know it.
BRANDON MCCAPES, REPORTER.
Brandon McCapes got his start in journalism at SRJC, when he covered the North Bay Fires in 2017. Since then, he has covered Sonoma County for a variety of publications, specializing in local politics and business reporting. Cities he's covered include Sebastopol, Cotati and Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, and Davis and Winters in Yolo County.