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The News Staff:

John McFarland, Director, Content and News Department

Katie Fairbank, News Editor

Melissa Weber, Assistant News Editor

Jaime Aron, Senior Writer

Lucy Soto, News Service Strategy

Tagni McRae, Reporter

Margarita Birnbaum, Reporter

Patty Calderon, Editorial Designer

Deborah Hodges, Editorial Web Manager

Dina Rogers, Editor and Reporter

Roger Campbell, Editor

Vanessa Perez, Editorial Research

Sherri Hornbaker, Editorial Assistant

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