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Learn more about the staff reporting from Elkhart, Indiana.

JoNel Aleccia
JoNel Aleccia is a health writer and editor who frequently writes about consumer issues and patient safety. Before joining in January 2008, she was a reporter, editor and columnist for more than 25 years at newspapers in Oregon and Washington.

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John Brecher
Multimedia Producer John Brecher has worked all over the world. His most extreme journey took him all the way to Antarctica while working at  Before coming to John worked as a photojournalist at newspapers in Alaska and Wyoming. His freelance work has been published in many publications.'s Mike BrunkerRobert Hood

Mike Brunker
Projects Team editor Mike Brunker has worked for since August 1996.  Before assuming his current duties leading the Web site's team devoted to original and investigative journalism in March 2006, Brunker served as West Coast news editor, overseeing production of the site’s cover and news sections.'s Robert HoodJim Seida

Robert Hood
Multimedia Supervising Producer Robert Hood has worked in Russia, South Africa and various places around the U.S. while on assignment for msnbc.  He worked as a photojournalist for daily newspapers in Utah and Wyoming. His freelance work has appeared in The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. He has also taught classes in the University of Missouri photojournalism sequence before coming to in 1996.'s Kari HuusRobert Hood

Kari Huus
Reporter Kari Huus joined at launch in 1996. She moved from Hong Kong, where she spent three years as a staff writer for the Far Eastern Economic Review. Prior to that, Huus spent four years in Beijing where she worked for Newsweek.

Allison Linn, senior writer --- Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011.

Allison Linn
A senior writer for’s business section, Allison Linn writes about consumer issues, personal finance and advertising. Linn joined from The Associated Press, where she mainly covered Microsoft. Previously, she worked at newspapers in Colorado, Washington and Oregon. 

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Carissa Ray
Multimedia Producer Carissa Ray came to from the photojournalism program at Western Kentucky University. She has traveled all over the country on assignment. 

Jim Seida

Jim Seida
Senior Multimedia Producer Jim Seida, is one of the original multimedia journalists at Thirteen years ago, he helped create multimedia storytelling for an online audience as one of the core group of multimedia producers hired by Brian Storm during his tenure at

John Makely, Sr. Multimedia Producer,

John Makely
Before joining as a senior multimedia editor in 2008, John Makely worked as a photojournalist and editor for major newspapers in Texas, California and Maryland. He has covered a wide range of stories, including Hurricane Katrina, the Sydney Olympics, the Super Bowl, and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. His freelance work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Washington Post, L.A. Times.

Mike Stuckey
Reporter Mike Stuckey worked on the launch team in 1996 and has been employed at the Web site full-time since 1997. Previously, he worked at California newspapers for 25 years and was a member of the San Jose Mercury News staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

Elkhart Truth

TOM LANGE Truth Reporter

Tom Lange
Tom Lange has covered education for the Elkhart Truth since 2007, a position he took after interning at the paper. He holds a masters in journalism from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a bachelor’s degree in film studies from Webster University in St. Louis.

Tim Vandenack News reporter for the Elkhart Truth 7/22/2008

Josh Weinhold
Josh Weinhold joined The Elkhart Truth reporting staff in June 2008. He covers politics and Elkhart city government. He graduated from Valparaiso University in 2008 with a degree in new media journalism and humanities. There, he was editor in chief of the student newspaper, The Torch, for two years. He interned at The Truth and the Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald.