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Administration and Staff

Malcolm Ballinger

Malcolm Ballinger

Owner & Publisher
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Hailing from the best of the British Isles, Malcolm was born and raised in Derby, England but has been living in the U.S. for longer than he lived in England. If you’re a golfer, you’ll probably meet him on the green one day.

Kelly Oden

Kelly Oden

Executive Editor
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Although she grew up in New Orleans, Kelly was born in Minnesota and she even spent a few pre-Big Easy childhood years right next door in Gulf Breeze. She has also lived in San Francisco and New York City. An avid traveler, Kelly has backpacked through Europe, driven across Ireland and fallen in love with Italy. She’s been happy to call Pensacola home since 2001. When the workday is done, Kelly enjoys the usual suspects: books, music, food, wine and the company of her daughter Lola. Kelly lives with Lola and their dog Pixie in downtown Pensacola.

Dakota Parks

Assistant Editor
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Born and raised in rural Illinois, Dakota moved to Pensacola in 2016 to pursue her bachelor’s degree in English creative writing at the University of West Florida. She is currently a graduate student at UWF working on her master’s degree and serving as an editor for multiple publications on campus. Dakota enjoys capturing the heart and culture of Pensacola through her writing. When she is not at work, she enjoys traveling, camping and binge reading books.

Bridget Roberts

Legal Administrator
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Bridget works alongside The Escambia/Santa Rosa bar Association to provide an outlet for affordable legal notices and ads to our local attorneys through The Summation Weekly.  Native to Pensacola, Bridget is an experienced paralegal who began her career in Washington D.C. in 2003 after deciding to move away from home and assert some independence. After living in such places as Washington D.C., Ocean Springs, MS and the outskirts of San Francisco, she decided to move home with her two children and settle down in Gulf Breeze for the long haul. As often as possible, you can find her enjoying hikes down to the sound with her three dogs, trying out a new recipe using local fresh goodies or leaving technology behind and exploring with her two children, Aiden and Isabelle.

Guy Stevens II

Art Director
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Guy Stevens graduated from the University of North Florida where he earned a BFA in Photography. He has worked in the photography and graphic design field for over 10 years, handling everything from fine art and commercial photography to print design and corporate branding. Guy is an avid photographer who enjoys working with toy and antique cameras and dabbling in alternative photographic processes.  When not in the office, Guy is usually enjoying the outdoors with his wife and pets.

Garrett Hallbauer

Garrett Hallbauer

Graphic Designer
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Garrett Hallbauer moved to Pensacola in 2003. He recently earned a BAS in Business and Graphic Design from PSC. Fostering a passion for photography over the past decade, Garrett’s favorite subjects to capture are often found in nature. Believing everyone should experience cultures outside of their own, he has traveled to Togo, West Africa, and trekked through Northern India with his wife. Garrett hopes to one day pursue a career in photojournalism.

Becky Hildebrand

Account Executive
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A native of Pensacola since she was four, Becky has 16 years of sales experience at the Pensacola News Journal. Becky loves meeting people, forging relationships and finding mutually-beneficial ways to impact her clients’ lives. In her off time, Becky enjoys spending time with her six-year-old daughter, reading, spending time at the beach, and doing yard work.