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The News Staff:

John McFarland, Director, Content and News Department

Melissa Weber, News Editor

Katie Fairbank, Special Projects Editor

Jaime Aron, Senior Writer

Lucy Soto, Senior Writer

Tagni McRae, Media Strategy Manager

Margarita Birnbaum, Staff Writer

Patty Calderon, Editorial Designer

Deborah Hodges, Editorial Web Manager

Dina Rogers, Contributing Writer and Editor

Vanessa Perez, Editorial Research

Sherri Hornbaker, Editorial Assistant

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