Pioneer Staff

Tamara Steiner
Editor, Publisher and Display Advertising



Jay Bedecarré
Sports and Schools editor, Features and News



Pete Cruz
Graphic Designer, Social Media



Bev BrittonBev Britton
Copy Editor, Calendar Editor, Features and News
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Karen JenkinsKaren Jenkins
Karen Jenkins is pleased to be a correspondent with the Concord Clayton Pioneer News. She has worked as a community journalist on and off for three decades at publications including the Contra Costa Sun in Lamorinda; the Antioch Daily Ledger; the Avon-Beaver Creek Times in Colorado; Roll Call in Washington, D.C. and the Daily Nexus at UC-Santa Barbara. She is also the student advisor for The Sentinel, the student newspaper at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. Read stories by Karen Jenkins.

Vince MartellacciVince Martellacci
Vince Martellacci is a somewhat new resident of Clayton who loves to spend time in the town center and in Concord. He represents musicians across the Bay Area in the media when he’s not writing. Contact him at  Read stories by Vince Martellacci.



Pamela MichaelPamela Michael
Pamela Michael is a writer and communications specialist who has lived in Curry Canyon for twenty years. In 1995, with then-United States Poet Laureate Robert Hass, she co-founded the non-profit educational organization, River of Words. In 2011, River of Words became part of the newly founded Center for Environmental Literacy (CEL) in the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary’s College of California. She is the former travel editor and morning news anchor of KPFA-FM in the San Francisco Bay Area. Michael also has written numerous articles on education, community, media and travel for a variety of magazines and newspapers, including the San Francisco Examiner, Odyssey,, Resurgence, Shape, Orion, BookLinks, Pt. Reyes Light, Maiden Voyages and others. Read stories by Pamela Michael.

Kara Navolio
Kara Navolio is a freelance writer, telling stories of real life heroes and interesting people for several local newspapers since 2015, including The Pioneer and Lamorinda Weekly.  She is also the editor of a local magazine Northgate Living and has her debut children’s picture book being released by Brandylane Publishers, Inc. in May 2019, titled Everybody Can Dance!  She has lived in Walnut Creek with her husband for 27 years and is the mom of two now grown children. Read stories by Kara Navolio.

David ScholzDavid Scholz
David Scholz divides his time between education, primarily teaching at the junior high level, and working as a freelance writer and photographer. Prior to moving into teaching in 2000, he worked as a full-time journalist since 1988 for rural community and small daily newspapers in Central Ohio and Northern Nevada, and later in California with The Business Journal in Fresno and dailies in the Bay Area, including The Oakland Tribune and The San Francisco Chronicle. The Pleasant Hill resident is an avid sports fan who enjoys golf and art, specifically venturing out for Plein Air painting experiences throughout Northern California. Read stories by David Scholz.


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