Meet the Staff Writers

Our Writers

Cover Writer: Frank X. Mullen has been a newspaperman for 34 years, 25 of them at the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he was the investigative reporter. Frank has taught journalism classes at the University of Nevada, Reno, since 1998 and is an author of history books, including the “Donner Party Chronicles.” He also performs in the Nevada Humanities Chautauqua and events nationwide, playing historical characters including: Henry VIII, Babe Ruth, Huey Long and Albert Einstein.


Beltway Columnist: Michael Green is a professor of history at the College of Southern Nevada. Raised in Las Vegas, he worked at The Valley Times and writes for several local publications, as well as writing the scripts for “Nevada Yesterdays,” read on KNPR by former Senator Richard Bryan. A Ph.D. in history at Columbia, Green is the author of several books, including a forthcoming textbook on the history of Nevada.


Jennifer R Baumer is the owner of INK Communications, a full service writing, editing and ghostwriting agency located in Reno. For the past 15 years Jennifer has written for Nevada Business Magazine, Comstock’s Business Northern Nevada, Nevada Woman, RLife and Family Pulse magazines, and held associate editor positions for RLife (a regional lifestyle magazine) and Nevada Woman. She lives with her family in Reno’s North Valleys and has been writing something pretty much every day since she started dictating fairytales at age three.


Mary Manning is an award-winning journalist who has written for The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Nature, the Las Vegas Sun Newspaper, the Las Vegas Review Journal, and other national and international publications. She spent more than 35 years writing and researching the environment, nuclear weapons and nuclear waste issues, as well as other wide-ranging topics. She spends time in Southern Nevada and Southwestern Utah. Her archives are housed at the Nevada State Museum located near the Las Vegas Springs Preserve.


Maggie O’Neill is a journalist from Northern Nevada who revels in the open space and pristine beauty of the Silver State. She’s covered hard news for Record-Courier, Nevada Appeal and Reno Gazette Journal and currently runs her own writing, editing and marketing business.



Jessica Santina has worked for more than 10 years as an award-winning Northern Nevada-based freelance writer and editor. With a bachelor of arts from Emory University in Atlanta and a master of arts from the University of Nevada, Reno, Jessica’s professional experience includes 7 years in broadcasting, as well as over a decade teaching writing at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of Phoenix. Her work has appeared in numerous local and regional publications, blogs and websites, and she has edited three Reno-area magazines. When she’s not writing, she’s cooking, doing yoga or playing with her young daughter.

After careers in education and gaming, Jeanne Lauf Walpole obtained a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and then began writing for a variety of publications. When not facing deadline, she can be found back-country skiing or hiking in the Sierras with James and their Chesapeake-Labrador retriever, Koko. She has also served on the board and answered calls at the Crisis Call Center for many years.


Linda Fine Conaboy has recently returned to the great state of Nevada after a hiatus of four years when she lived in California and Arizona. While in Arizona she and husband Frank spent weeks ranging the state visiting the Navajo reservation and the Grand Canyon extensively. She’s happy to be home and looks forward to getting back into the crazy world of freelance journalism. Linda is a graduate of the University of Nevada’s Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and has spent many years chasing the written word.


Dr. Sondra Cosgrove is a thirty-year Nevada resident and a History Professor at the College of Southern Nevada.  Sondra is President of the League of Women Voters of Las Vegas Valley and active in the community.  Home truly means Nevada for Sondra and she takes every opportunity to hike, camp, and post awesome pictures of our state all over social media.



Bridget Meade is a glutton for journalism punishment with two degrees in the field. She managed content for two Fortune 500 company websites, has written for several publications, and enjoys the analytical side of website content. A fan of the ocean but not a fan of the expense it takes to live there, she lives in Reno with her German Shepherd, Keo



Who better to educate our readers on all matters health than Larry Matheis, the Executive Director of the Nevada Medical Center and former executive director of the Nevada State Medical Association? It’s like having a doctor on call here at NWW. Larry is well known and very well respected statewide as one of Nevada’s top authorities on the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, the Nevada doctor shortage and just about any other health matter that matters to Nevadans. His previous medical experience also includes serving as the Nevada State Health administrator responsible for the operations of the Nevada State Health Division (now the Nevada State Public and Behavioral Health Division) and as Executive Director of the Clark County Coalition Health Systems Agency.

EOW Producer: Glen Tubbesing has been the post-producer of “Eye On Washington with Marilee Joyce” since 2011. In addition to his great work for our show, Glen also works as a camerman and editor for Las Vegas-based Caples Productions, which has among its specialties local sports coverage. Glen has shot videos for many entertainers and celebrities, including Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bill Cosby, Blood Sweat & Tears, Little Anthony, Paul Rodgers, Mario Andretti and Ted Nugent.


EOW Announcer: Ross Mitchell began his broadcasting career at age 13 in his home town of Fresno, California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. After working in Central and Northern California for several years as a disc-jockey, reporter and news director, Ross moved to Reno, Nevada and station KKOH in 1983 to become part of the station’s morning news magazine show where he has served as host and news anchor ever since. He has also held the positions of Program and News Director. In addition to his role as announcer for Eye on Washington, Ross can also be heard as the voice of Cumulus Media Network’s The Savage Nation and RedEye Radio. He was also the image voice for the network’s Mike Huckabee Show. Prior to joining Cumulus, Ross was the voice of Premiere Networks Coast to Coast AM for over 21 years. Along the way he has worked with ZZ Top, appearing on the band’s XXX CD released in 1999 and was the voice of Sirus XM Channel 168. He has been a member of Rotary International since 1985 and is very involved in his community.