Contributing Writers

Stephen Baird - Writer, Resident of New Braunfels

coming soon

Glenda Wolen - Vice President, League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area

Biography: Glenda is a retired journalist who spent most of her career at the Miami Herald and the San Antonio Express-News. She has turned her passion to trying to make sure everyone who is eligible to vote has equal access to the polls. She also volunteers time at the Animal Defense League because being owned by three dogs isn't enough.

Laura Romero - Student

Biography: Laura Romero is a 2019 NAHJ Student Project participant. She is a junior at American University with a major in communications, law, economics and government. She is an intern at ABC News with the investigative and justice department. Reach her at and on Twitter at @lauraromero1207.

Sister Susan Mika - Public Advocate

Sister Susan Mika is a Benedictine nun who lives in San Antonio and who has served as a school teacher and a public advocate.

She distributes monthly news reports on immigration that are compiled with her guidance by the San Antonio office of the order of Benadictines.

Her advocacy work has focused on showing corporations the need to be more responsible in their care of workers and the environment.

To do this, she has worked as a director of the Socially Responsible Investment Coalition, seeking to leverage the equities owned by her Order and other religious investors through informal dialogues with management and by more formal shareholder proxy votes.

Through her leadership in the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras, she has been particularly active and concerned with the pollution and worker safety issues raised by corporations’ maquiladoras along the US/Mexico border.

Recognizing that many of the environmental and labor issues… (full bio)

Cynthia Spielman - Neighborhood Activist

I have worked in neighborhood activism for over twenty years serving on the board (including the presidency) and various committees of the Beacon Hill Area Neighborhood Association (BHANA), and I am a founding member of the Tier One Neighborhood Coalition.

My perspectives are informed by the people I work with and the issues that confront us as part of these organizations as well as my own experiences in my neighborhood and as a Mexican American whose family settled on the West Side. Read more on my blog: Neighborhood San Antonio

I am a retired high school English teacher.

Rudy Arispe - Journalist and story teller

I was born in Seguin and raised in Schertz, when Schertz was just a hick town of about 7,000 people.

I started my journalism career at The San Antonio Light in 1986 and later was a staff writer for The San Antonio Express-News.

I like telling people's stories, especially if there's a strong human interest element to it.

I graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in English and enjoy art history, sports, reading biographies and oh so much more.

Adolfo Pesquera - Journalist

Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist.

He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications.

His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-Rio Grande Valley.

He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.

Jolene Almendarez - Journalist

Jolene Almendarez is a contributor for NOWCastSA, and was Associate Editor from October 2018 to June 2019, producing work that represents the perspectives of the community.

Before returning to San Antonio in 2018, 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 community 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.

Maria Gardner - Journalist

coming soon