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Southwest Michigan's Second Wave

About Us

Managing Editor -- Kathy Jennings

Kathy Jennings is the local editor of Second Wave. She worked 25 years at the Kalamazoo Gazette where she covered business, courts and entertainment. She also edited lifestyle and entertainment sections as well as regional news sections. She is a freelance writer, editor and marketing consultant. She moved to Battle Creek, Mich., at age 12, convinced even then that life would be better having left Indiana. A Central Michigan University graduate, she began her journalism career in 1978 at a community newspaper in Novi, Mich., and moved to the Gazette in 1985. She was a downtown Kalamazoo resident for 15 years and now lives just three houses outside the city limit. She lives with an Australian Shepherd who demolishes television remote controls with alarming regularity.

Photographer -- Erik Holladay

For 24 years, Erik Holladay has blended documentary and fine art photography as a photojournalist. Holladay started shooting professionally at age 15 for the Advance, a weekly newspaper in Grand Rapids, Mich. After earning a bachelor's degree in photography from Grand Valley State University, he worked at several Michigan newspapers including the Grand Rapids Press, The Flint Journal and The Jackson Citizen Patriot. He has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, the Detroit Free Press, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated. He moved to Kalamazoo in 2009 to start a new chapter in his life by starting his own photography business. He has won numerous national and state awards, including Michigan Clip Photographer of the Year in 2002. He was honored by having his work included in the Associated Press Photographs of the Century in 1998. Holladay is also an instructor at Michigan State University, where he teaches a class in photojournalism. A sports enthusiast, he enjoys any game that requires a ball and recently discovered the challenges of yoga. A self-confessed information nerd, he spends hours doing research on the internet, as well as reading dozens of books annually.
Regular contributors

Zinta Aistars is a freelance writer and editor-in-chief of the online literary magazine, The Smoking Poet. She lives on a farm in Hopkins, Michigan, pursuing an organic and sustainable lifestyle.

Kelle Barr has freelanced for 20 years, working for the Kalamazoo Gazette and other regional publications, as well as many national publications and trade magazines. She lives in Portage and has traveled the U.S., the Caribbean and South America reviewing resorts as a travel journalist.

A freelance writer and Kalamazoo native, Amie Heasley is chagrined she's no longer considered a Scorpio. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Michigan State University in 1995 and a Master of Fine Arts in fiction from Western Michigan University in 2006.

Jane Parikh has more than 20 years of experience in journalism.  She started out as a reporter with the Battle Creek Enquirer and moved on to the Kalamazoo Gazette before beginning her own freelance writing business called "In So Many Words" and immersing herself in the non-profit sector.  She enjoys asking the questions that turn into great stories about individuals, businesses and organizations in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

Contact Us

Please send all press releases and article submissions to feedback@secondwavemedia.com or kathy@secondwavemedia.com.

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Southwest Michigan's Second Wave is published by Detroit-based Issue Media Group. Co-Founders: Brian J. Boyle and Paul Schutt. 

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