William M. Macfadyen, founder, publisher and partner

Bill Macfadyen is the founder and publisher of Noozhawk.com, Santa Barbara’s freshest news and information source — and its only 24/7 professional news site. Commanding a staff of seven full-time professional journalists, four full-time sales representatives and an army of community contributors, he’s on a quest to figure out how to make online local news viable and sustainable.

He was the co-founder and editor and publisher of the South Coast Beacon, a weekly community newspaper that made its debut in 2002, won the California Newspaper Publishers Association General Excellence Award the following year and went bust in 2005. Not having the sense to get a real job, he turned his attention to the Internet, where the overhead is lower and the optimism knows no boundaries.

Bill moonlights as a board member of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, the Westmont College Foundation, the Santa Barbara Club, the Montecito Association and Santa Barbara Partners in Education, and is a former board chairman of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce and twice served as board chairman of the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce. He’s also a member of the Santa Barbara Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse’s Fighting Back Steering Committee.

He has served as senior warden at All Saints By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, where he completed two separate terms as a Vestry member, and is a past board member of All Saints Parish School. He’s also a past member of the statewide organizing committee of Common Sense California, which is now part of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement & Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy.

In 2008, Bill was named Entrepreneur of the Year by both the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Barbara Technology & Industry Association. In 2012, he received the national Journalism Education Association’s Friend of Scholastic Journalism Award in recognition of Noozhawk’s work with The Charger Account, the student news website at Dos Pueblos High School. He and Noozhawk are founding members of the Local Independent Online News Publishers Association (LION).

He was a California Endowment Health Journalism Fellow (Class of 2011) at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, and was the architect of Prescription for Abuse, a six-month Noozhawk team project exploring the misuse and abuse of prescription medications in Santa Barbara County.

Bill and his wife, Missy, live in Montecito with their latest Alaskan malamute, Sadie. They have three grown children, all of whom have worked for Noozhawk.

Reach Bill at wmacfadyen@noozhawk.com and follow him on Instagram: @bill.macfadyen

Tom Bolton, executive editor and partner

Tom Bolton

Award-winning journalist Tom Bolton joined Noozhawk as executive editor in 2012 after more than 20 years of guiding newsroom operations for newspapers at each end of Santa Barbara County.

From 2003 to early 2012, he served as vice president of news for Lee Central Coast Newspapers, leading the Santa Maria Times and supervising the Lompoc Record, the Santa Ynez Valley News and other local Lee publications.

He previously served as publisher and editor of the weekly South Coast Beacon, which he helped establish, and as executive editor and managing editor of the Santa Barbara News-Press, where he spent much of his career prior to its sale by The New York Times. He also has worked for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo County and as a private consultant.

Tom has a reputation throughout the region as a tough but fair editor, whose staffs consistently generate top-notch news coverage — in print and online. He has guided scores of investigative and in-depth projects on topics as varied as homelessness, wildfires, affordable housing, youth violence, earthquake risks, and the future of agriculture. Many of these projects have won awards at the state and national level.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Santa Barbara, where he was editor in chief of The Daily Nexus student newspaper. He is a past board member of the California Society of Newspaper Editors, and also has been affiliated with the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the California Chicano News Media Association and other national media organizations.

Tom and his wife, Joan, live in Goleta, and have two grown children.

Reach Tom at tbolton@noozhawk.com, follow him on Twitter: @tombol or call him at 805.456.7267

Kim Clark, vice president of business development and partner

Kim Clark

Kim Clark is a proven sales and marketing leader with the ability to cultivate and build strong business relationships. She possesses more than 35 years of sales and marketing experience in the Santa Barbara community, and received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from UC Santa Barbara.

Before joining Noozhawk in 2012, she was division director for Office Team, a subsidiary of Robert Half International, and led her staff to be the top-producing team in the region. She previously was sales and marketing director at the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce, and spent 14 years at the Santa Barbara News-Press, developing the company’s New Media Department in the 1990s and serving as online sales manager before leaving in the mid-2000s.

Kim previously served as Santa Barbara Chapter board president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Multimedia Arts & Design Academy at Santa Barbara High School, and is a past board member of Downtown Santa Barbara, and the Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers.

She and her husband, Woodie, a retired United States Navy captain and a pilot for FedEx, live in Santa Barbara. Their twin daughters, Brooke and Sierra, attend Jacksonville University NROTC in Florida.  

Reach Kim at kim.clark@noozhawk.com or call her at 805.456.7198

Giana Magnoli, managing editor

Giana Magnoli

Giana Magnoli has been covering Santa Barbara County news since 2009, when she joined Noozhawk as a reporter. She was named news editor in 2014 and became managing editor in 2015.

In 2011 and 2013 she was selected as a California Endowment Health Journalism Fellow at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, and helped produce in-depth health reporting projects for Noozhawk. She is a member of the Solutions Journalism Network and was chosen for the 2020-21 cohort of the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship.

She graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a journalism degree and spent three years working at the Mustang Daily student newspaper and website. She also worked as a freelancer writer at the Pacific Coast Business Times.

Reach Giana at gmagnoli@noozhawk.com and follow her on Twitter: @magnoli

Janene Scully, North County editor

Janene Scully

Janene Scully joined the Noozhawk team in 2014 after working for the Santa Maria Times and its affiliated newspapers in northern Santa Barbara County for 23 years. Most recently she served as associate editor of the Times and managing editor of the Lompoc Record and Santa Ynez Valley News. An award-winning journalist, she grew up in San Luis Obispo County and earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Fresno State University.

Reach Janene at jscully@noozhawk.com and follow her on Twitter: @JaneneScully

Barry Punzal, sports editor

Barry Punzal

Barry Punzal brings more than 30 years of experience in local sports journalism to Noozhawk.

Before joining Noozhawk in 2016, he worked for five years at Presidio Sports, an online-only sports site that ceased publication at the end of 2015. While there, he covered the athletic teams at the area’s eight high schools and three colleges, as well as the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table and the Semana Nautica summer sports festival.

Barry previously worked at the Santa Barbara News-Press, where he had several duties. He started as a copy editor and page designer in 1984, and later became the college soccer writer, covering the rise of UCSB men’s soccer. Barry held the position of assistant sports editor and became the sports editor in 2006.

Barry and his wife, Sheila Finn, live in Goleta, and he has two adult children, Kami and Geoffrey.

Reach Barry at bpunzal@noozhawk.com

Joshua Molina, staff writer

Joshua Molina

Joshua Molina is an award-winning journalist who covered City Hall for the San Jose Mercury News. Since 2009, he has also taught journalism at Santa Barbara City College. Molina grew up in Goleta, where he lives with his wife, Dina Richardson, and two children, Jacob and Megan. In his spare time he serves on the board of Dos Pueblos Little League.

Reach Joshua at jmolina@noozhawk.com and follow him on Twitter: @JECMolina

Serena Guentz, staff writer

Serena Guentz

Serena Guentz joined the Noozhawk team in 2021 after graduating from Santa Barbara City College the previous year. While at SBCC, she wrote for the student newspaper, The Channels, where she served as news editor and features editor. Serena also won multiple news-writing awards while in college. She grew up in Santa Maria and freelanced for Noozhawk before joining the staff full-time.

Reach Serena at sguentz@noozhawk.com

Grace Kitayama, staff writer

Grace Kitayama

Grace Kitayama joined the Noozhawk team in 2022 after graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. While at Cal Poly, she wrote for Mustang News, Cal Poly’s student newspaper, as well as interned with ESPN radio, and freelanced for Pacific Coast Business Times and the Salinas Californian.

Reach Grace at gkitayama@noozhawk.com

Michelle Nelson, associate editor

Reach Michelle at mnelson@noozhawk.com

Marcia Heller, associate editor

Reach Marcia at mheller@noozhawk.com

Melinda Johnson, special projects editor

Reach Melinda at mjohnson@noozhawk.com

Ray Ford, outdoors writer

Ray Ford

Ray Ford joined Noozhawk as an outdoors writer in late 2016. He has been hiking, backpacking and bike riding the Santa Barbara area since the 1970s when Dick Smith’s photography and reporting lured him to taking his first trip into the backcountry. Ray is well-known for his guidebooks and maps of our area, including Trails of the San Rafael Wilderness, Santa Barbara Day Hikes and Santa Barbara Mountain Biking. In 1990 Ray’s classic, Santa Barbara Wildfires, profiled nine of Santa Barbara’s major fires from the Refugio Fire in 1955 to the Painted Cave Fire in 1990, led him to focus on the underlying issues relating wildfires in our area and coverage of them. Since the Zaca Fire in 2007, Ray has provided in depth reporting from the field on every local wildfire, including most recently the Sherpa and Rey Fires.

Reach Ray at rford@noozhawk.com

Dan McCaslin, outdoors writer

Dan McCaslin

Dan McCaslin became part of the Noozhawk flock in 2015. He has been hiking and backpacking into Santa Barbara’s rugged backcountry over five decades, often taking his young son or leading seventh-grade student groups from the local school where he taught history from 1980 to 2016. A UCSB graduate with multiple degrees in history and a published scholarly book, “Stone Anchors in Antiquity,” Dan began going “outside” into our federal wilderness zones after a first trip to Little Pine Mountain in 1971. He also serves as a USFS Archaeological Site Monitor in the PIP program for the Santa Barbara, Ojai, and Santa Lucia Ranger Districts.

Dan McCaslin

Dan McCaslin became part of the Noozhawk flock in 2015. He has been hiking and backpacking into Santa Barbara’s rugged backcountry over five decades, often taking his young son or leading seventh-grade student groups from the local school where he taught history from 1980 to 2016. A UCSB graduate with multiple degrees in history and a published scholarly book, “Stone Anchors in Antiquity,” Dan began going “outside” into our federal wilderness zones after a first trip to Little Pine Mountain in 1971. He also serves as a USFS Archaeological Site Monitor in the PIP program for the Santa Barbara, Ojai, and Santa Lucia Ranger Districts.

Reach Dan at cazmania3@gmail.com

Dr. Dan Brennan, health columnist

Dr. Dan Brennan

Dr. Dan Brennan is a board-certified pediatrician at Sansum Clinic, after having received degrees at UCLA and Albany Medical College and residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is a longtime health columnist, contributes as a medical expert for several national publications, edits several parenting and nutritional texts, and has served as a medical editor for WebMD. He is a proud husband and father of three boys, and volunteers his time as a youth coach and as board president of Dos Pueblos Little League.

Reach Dan at drb@sbpediatrics.com or 805.563.6211

Jeff Moehlis, contributing writer

Jeff Moehlis

Jeff Moehlis is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at UC Santa Barbara, and a self-proclaimed music fanatic who started writing concert reviews and previews for Noozhawk in the summer of 2008. He enjoys most genres of music, but his favorites are psychedelic rock, progressive rock, Krautrock and Old School punk rock. His Web site, music-illuminati.com, covers music in the Santa Barbara area and beyond, and includes extensive interviews with musicians and recommendations for upcoming local concerts.

Reach Jeff at news@noozhawk.com

Sheridan Taphorn, sales manager

Sheridan Taphorn

Sheridan Taphorn joined the Noozhawk team in 2018 after graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in communications. She started out at Noozhawk as a News Reporting Intern, and transitioned into our Online Advertising Consultant to pursue her passion in Marketing and Sales. In 2020 she became an Ambassador for the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce and volunteers her time at PATH Santa Barbara. In 2021, she was promoted to sales manager. Sheridan grew up in the Midwest, and in her free time she enjoys exploring all of the beautiful scenary that Santa Barbara has to offer.

Reach Sheridan at staphorn@noozhawk.com or call her at 805.456.7197.

Haley Michaelsen, sales & marketing assistant

Haley Michaelsen

Haley Michaelsen joined the Noozhawk team in 2021 after graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in communications. While in school, she shifted her focus from human resources to social media marketing, which spurred her passion for building a career in marketing and sales. Haley grew up in Redondo Beach and enjoys playing volleyball, and going to yoga with her twin sister in her free time.

Haley Michaelsen joined the Noozhawk team in 2021 after graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in communications. While in school, she shifted her focus from human resources to social media marketing, which spurred her passion for building a career in marketing and sales. Haley grew up in Redondo Beach and enjoys playing volleyball, and going to yoga with her twin sister in her free time.

Reach Haley at hmichaelsen@noozhawk.com or call her at 805.456.7196‬.

Lauren Hodgins, sales & marketing assistant

Lauren Hodgins

Lauren Hodgins joined Noozhawk in 2021 after graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. During her time at the university, she studied journalism with a focus in public relations. Lauren was born and raised in Santa Barbara, and during her free time loves to read and go hiking on the local trails.

Reach Lauren at lhodgins@noozhawk.com or call her at 805.456.7268‬.

Aimee Avery, graphic designer

Reach Aimee at aavery@noozhawk.com

Will Macfadyen, development and special projects manager

Reach Will at will@noozhawk.com