We are proud of our team of staff and freelance contributors who are dedicated to providing independent, high-quality journalism for Door County. Read more about our team below, and click on a team member’s name to learn more about their work.

Also, learn more about our Board of Directors.

Who we are

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Andrew Phillips

Executive Director / Editor-in-Chief

Andrew Phillips is a longtime journalist and Door County native whose work has appeared in multiple Door County publications, as well as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Milwaukee Business Journal and The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, IA. He is an alumnus of Gibraltar High School and graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in philosophy and journalism from Marquette University.

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Heidi Hodges

Editor / Photographer

Heidi Hodges grew up in Kenosha and vacationed in Door County throughout her youth. She received a BA in technical communication from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, focusing on photography, journalism, and history. To complete her major, she interned at the Door County Advocate in 1987. She remained at the Advocate for 13 years after the internship, covering the community she loves. She served as editor of the Door County Magazine from 2013-2019 and editor of the Washington Island Observer from 2019-2022. Since 2001, she has run her photography business, Heidi Hodges Photography.

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Emily Small

Report for America Corps Member / Reporter

Emily Small served as assistant editor of the Washington Island Observer from 2019-2023, and has lived on the island with her family for 13 years. She grew up in and around Milwaukee, and has a B.A. in English from Carthage College.

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Lily Sweeney

Reporter / Publishing Assistant

Lily Sweeney is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She studies English with a focus on rhetoric and professional writing and is in the university’s Honors College. She attended Gibraltar High School until 2020 before transferring to Wisconsin Virtual Academy. Throughout high school, Lily wrote for the Gibraltar school newspaper, The Viking Voice. As a junior, she was elected editor-in-chief. She has also briefly worked on projects with Write On, Door County and the Peninsula Pulse. At UWM, Lily is a member of Artifacts of Us, an annual publication that promotes empathy and understanding through storytelling in Wisconsin.


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Winifred Bird

Contributing Editor

Winifred Bird is a writer, editor, and translator. Her reporting on science and the environment has appeared in the Washington Island Observer, Yale Environment 360, NPR.org, Science, the Japan Times, Environmental Health Perspectives, and elsewhere.

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Peter Devlin

Reporter Emeritus

Peter Devlin has been involved in disseminating local news – radio, TV and print – since 1965 in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and (since 1972) in Wisconsin. He is a Vietnam combat veteran and a widower. He has three children and three adult grandchildren.

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Makenize Koehler


Makenize Koehler is a Door County-born senior attending Gibraltar High School. Throughout her time at Gibraltar, she has written for the Viking Voice as both the news editor and editor-in-chief. Makenize plans to pursue biology and Spanish in the future.

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Betsy Lecy


Betsy Lecy is a senior attending Gibraltar High School and a longtime resident of Door County. Throughout her high school career, Betsy wrote for the Gibraltar school newspaper as both the news editor and the editor-in-chief. Her work has also been featured in the Peninsula Pulse. After graduation, Betsy hopes to pursue journalism and pre-law.

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Samuel Kersebet

Data Journalist

Samuel Kersebet is an alumnus of Gibraltar High School and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications and a Master’s degree in computer science. Sam is a software engineer by trade and moonlights as a digital artist and videographer.