Selected to lead NOWCastSA in 2009, Lucas wrote her first news story on a manual typewriter, and has taught online journalism, Web design, digital storytelling, interviewing and content management systems at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, St. Mary's University in San Antonio and Texas A&M University San Antonio.
She worked for newspapers in Philadelphia, Dallas, Phoenix, San Francisco and San Antonio, and her freelance writing has appeared everywhere from the New York Times to the Auckland, New Zealand Herald. Her journalism has earned dozens of awards, including being named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
In 1997, she became the first woman business editor of the San Antonio Express-News. She graduated from Leadership San Antonio, a program jointly sponsored by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to develop emerging and existing community leaders.
Lucas went to the Web in 1999, becoming managing editor of the online-only financial news Web site, TheStreet.com. She later became Content Director of MySanAntonio.com, the converged site of the San Antonio Express-News and KENS-5 TV. Both TheStreet.com and MySanAntonio.com became profitable during her tenure.
In 2007 she was a manager for the Knight News Challenge-funded Innovation Incubator project, in which 35 college students at seven universites collaborated to create new models of participatory community news production.
Lucas was named to the Advisory Board for the Journalism Studies Department of Texas A&M San Antonio and is a founding member of the Local Online News Publishers Association Board of Directors.
Clayton has lived in and around San Antonio his entire life while working in a wide variety of fields, including pedi-cabbing downtown, commercial electric, hotel AV, theater lighting, field and studio recording, photography, screen printing, professional roadie, and documentary videographer.
Now he is excited to be a member of the NOWCastSA team. You can check out a piece of Clayton's current documentary project Train in Vain at http://youtu.be/nQ4zibaYWCY.
Learn more about Patrick at http://www.linkedin.com/in/patrickdeuley.
Tawseef Ali is a student Intern at NOWCastSA. Ali is attending Texas A&M University's Communications and Journalism Program. He has formerly served as a Reporter, Photographer and Opinion Editor at the Mesquite-news.
Ali wishes to persue a career in interactive media broadcasting.
Since the beginning of man...Nope, too far.
I was born and raised in sunny San Antonio. Since high school I've been steeped in video production. From Say Si, 3 Day Film Festivals, short films, to video production at the Aztec Theatre, I had to put on many different hats to get these jobs done. Now, I'm using my experiences and my skills to tell effective stories that connect with audiences.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Amanda Evrard received her BA in public relations from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication in 2006. While Evrard got her start in journalism at the Coquille Valley Sentinel and the Oregon Daily Emerald, she fell in love with nonprofits and received her MS in nonprofit management from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.
Evrard has worked with charities that provide early intervention services to families, job placement for the disabled, extracurricular activities for teens, companion animal adoptions, and ethics education. Most recently, she was the marketing coordinator of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at The UT Health Science Center San Antonio.
Now living in Fort Collins, Colo., she volunteers with animal welfare organizations locally and coordinates transports of South Texas dogs to Northern Colorado rescues and families. She blogs about her exploits at http://elvis-thebull.com/. She is the proud owner of three rescue dogs, a former-stray cat and two tree frogs - plus a foster pet or two.