Ask the editor: What happened to the other guy?

Ask the Editor sections focus on engaging readers in community updates and news.

Ask the Editor sections focus on engaging readers in community updates and news.

Avid readers of this edition of Community Impact Newspaper may notice a change on this page. I’m the new editor of the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition, and this issue marks my first full edition overseeing the content. Former Editor Zac Ezzone is happily pursuing a job opportunity on the West Coast, and the team wishes him all the best.

I was hired as the reporter for the Conroe-Montgomery edition in June 2017. After serving almost two years in that role, I accepted the position of editor of the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition in mid-March.

As editor of this paper, I aim to report on hyperlocal news that residents and business owners in the community care about, such as flood mitigation projects, transportation, education, government, local events and development.

Please feel free to reach out to me anytime at [email protected] with questions, concerns or suggestions on how our team can continue to improve and make this edition truly a paper for the local community.
By Kelly Schafler

Managing editor, South Houston

Kelly joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2017 after majoring in print journalism and creative writing at the University of Houston. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor for the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition and began covering the Spring and Klein area as well in August 2020. In June 2021, Kelly was promoted to South Houston managing editor.



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Main Chick Hot Chicken opened its first brick-and-mortar location July 23 in Sugar Land. (Courtesy Main Chick Hot Chicken)
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Exterior of Alan B. Sadler Commissioners Court building
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Pride Houston Parade
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The CDC reversed its masking guidance for fully vaccinated individuals in response to the transmissibility of the delta variant of COVID-19 in a press conference July 27. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
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As variants are isolated and identified, Houston Methodist's Dr. Ian Glass believes the vaccines available can handle identified variants (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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