NOWCastSA Staff

NOWCastSA Executive Director

Charlotte-Anne Lucas was selected to lead NOWCastSA in 2009 because of her strong background in journalism, online news technology, community building and innovation. 

Under her leadership, NOWCastSA has published more than 10,000 articles, 1,500 videos and webcast live more than 375 civic, cultural and eductional events. NOWCastSA’s most popular piece of content is the early voting map that has helped more than 185,000 individuals find a polling place and vote.

Lucas is on the Advisory Board of the Journalism Studies Department of Texas A&M University San Antonio and is a founding member and officer of the Local Independent Online News publishers, online news leaders who are innovating in business, technology, communication and storytelling, while honoring the rich heritage of local journalism. 

Lucas wrote her first news story on a manual typewriter, and she has taught online journalism, Web design, digital storytelling, interviewing, content management systems, media literacy and public relations at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, St. Mary's University in San Antonio and Texas A&M University San Antonio.

Lucas 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 for Public Service journalism.

In 1997, she became the first woman business editor of the San Antonio Express-News. Under her leadership, the paper's business section was named the Best in the Business by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. She graduated from Leadership San Antonio, a program jointly sponsored by the 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, She later became Content Director of, the converged website of the San Antonio Express-News and KENS-5 TV. The website was named The Best in Texas by The Texas APME under her leadership. Both and 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 universities across the United States collaborated to create new models of participatory community news production.

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Her full vitae is on her blog here.

Associate Editor

Jolene Almendarez is the Associate Editor at NOWCastSA, working closely with founder Charlotte-Anne Lucas to produce work that represents the perspectives of the community.

Jolene started at NOWCastSA in late October of 2018 after co-founding a local nonprofit. Before returning to San Antonio, she spent nearly four years in New York working as a reporter in Syracuse and reporter-turned-manging-editor at The Ithaca Voice

Almendarez previously worked to complete collaborative projects with other news organizations and communtity leaders. She values stories about issues that would otherwise fly under the radar within the local news scene. 

She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage and San Antonio College, with degrees in journalism. 

Newsletter Editor

Beth Graham is NOWCastSA's MVV (Most Valuable Volunteer) because she manages the newsletter, our primary contact with the NOWCastSA community.

In her spare time, she is a board member for the Friends of San Antonio Public Library, and a freelance journalist who prefers the Oxford Comma.


Intern, 2018-2019

Calasia Haynes is currently a senior at the University of Texas at San Antonio gaining her bachelors degree in communications.

Outside of her studies, Calasia is an active member of NAACP, NPHC, videographer, photographer, and editor in her spare time. Now, a new intern at NOWCastSA

RowdyCorps Intern

A Brownsville native and current UTSA senior majoring in Public Health and minoring in Anthropology. I'm  focused on being involved and bettering my community.

After graduating, I plan to volunteer abroad with the Peace Corps. After that I plan to continue my education abroad as well.

Hopefully, I will come back and make a difference in the community by creating new Public Health interventions that will focus on helping the Hispanic population. My dream is travel the world and become as cultured as one can be, and helping those in need in the process!

System Administrator

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Internet Developer

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