Meet the Voice

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Eric Bond, publisher and senior editor
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Eric Bond, a writer and multimedia journalist, has owned and operated the Takoma Voice since 1994. Bond is committed to providing a publication that engages the residents of Takoma Park with relevant and accurate news, features, and profiles. Democracy requires independent, factual reporting—and it has never been more necessary than in this age of misinformation and media fragmentation. Along with running the online Voice, Bond hosts Talk of Takoma, a weekly magazine show on Takoma Radio.

Bill Brown

Bill Brown, associate editor
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Bill Brown moved to Takoma Park in 1982. He has been involved in journalism in one way or another since he co-published an underground high-school newspaper in the late 1960s. A longtime contributor to the Voice, he stepped up to an editorial position in fall 2012. He is, as needs arise, editor, reporter, photographer, and intern wrangler. He loves keeping the community informed.

Helen Lyons, digital editor
helenlyons@takomavoice.com

Helen Lyons has been a resident of Takoma Park’s Circle Avenue neighborhood for almost five years. She got her start in journalism in pre-school when she was given the Reporter Award for excessive tattling and just finished her Master’s degree at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College. Her stories have appeared in such publications as the Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and The Baltimore Sun. She will never turn down a Roscoe’s pizza.

Jack Chavez, reporter
@ChavezJM3

Jack Chavez is an intern from the University of Maryland’s Phillip Merrill College of Journalism. His interest in a media career dates back to high school, when he realized he could actually get paid for talking too much. Formerly he has contributed to the Greenbelt News Review, and most recently Merrill’s Capital News Service, where he covered Maryland politics during the 2017 congressional session. His work has been featured in The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and the Chicago Tribune, among other publications. Jack is a father of one, and can occasionally be spotted playing drums in a punk rock band around the Baltimore-Washington area.

Leila Habib, reporter
@shotsbyleila

Leila Habib has always loved learning about people, so when she was introduced to journalism in high school, it seemed like a perfect fit. She is especially interested in using her writing and photography to raise awareness about issues impacting those who are typically underrepresented and providing them with a platform to tell their own stories. When she’s not in classes at Northeastern University, Leila can be found playing volleyball or eating lots of ice cream (french vanilla only, though).

Samantha Luckert, reporter
@sammikukla

Sam Luckert is a University of Maryland journalism student. She is incredibly involved at WMUC 88.1 FM, the University of Maryland’s official radio station. Her show Lizard King Radio looks at music from 1960-1980 and how music from each year changed due to world events. Sam also has a passion for films, and has used her passion to help promote films all over the district. She wants to use her love of music and film to cover entertainment events in Takoma.

Kenyetta Whitfield, reporter
@Ken_Whitty

Kenyetta Whitfield was born right on Carroll Ave, in Takoma Park’s very own Washington Adventist Hospital. Her interest in journalism sparked in the 10th grade while she was taking a journalism class at Montgomery Blair H.S. (Thank you Anne Cullen!) Since then, Kenyetta has studied journalism at Ohio University, where she is a rising senior. Her interests include social justice-focused reporting, reproductive health and lots and lots of romantic comedies.