Meet Our Team
Editor-in-Chief, Wendy Card, founder of New Bern Now in April 2009. Wendy retired as a Chief Hospital Corpsman from the Navy in Oct 2007. When our economy dived, she saw the need and created a one-stop, information shop to help people find out what’s happening in our community, along with creating a free business listing to help owners who couldn’t afford to advertise.
New Bern Now has grown into a trusted local online news and information site, magazine, and vid/podcast - weekly radio show; all covering the Greater New Bern area and surrounding towns. Send your announcements and news tips via email or call 252-259-6853.
Executive Advisor, Laura Johnson, has been helping New Bern Now since 2009. She’s dedicated countless hours and effort distributing the New Bern Now Magazine.
Media Coordinator, Cyndi Papia, became an integral member of our team in September 2021. Cyndi moved from Massachusetts to New Bern in May 2018 and loves the people and living in New Bern. She is a freelance website developer and virtual assistant, with a background in legal, military, B2B, and nonprofit sectors. She is on the New Bern Mardi Gras committee, Ghent Neighborhood Association, and volunteers for many New Bern events. Learn more about Cyndi here.
Let’s Talk About It by Jane Maulucci – Jane is all about clear communication. Through her writing business, The Reactive Voice, Jane delivers words that make cents (and dollars) by creating website and marketing content, developing scripts and speeches, and ghostwriting everything but love letters for her clients to ensure their messages sing for their target audience. With her other endeavor, Trained By Jane, she works with entrepreneurs to strengthen their business voice by building presentation skills and mastering content development so they are able to fearlessly face an audience any time and any place. Her goal is to encourage people to “use their words” to build a better business and community. Jane is also a Member of “Our Podsquad”. The Reactive Voice and Trained by Jane
Water Wise by Todd Burrier. Todd and his wife Melanie (and their two dogs Duffy and Scout), moved from Central Maryland to New Bern in late 2018 and absolutely love it here. They have two adult children, Brett and Alexandra, who are both married. Todd is an entrepreneur, speaker, coach, consultant, trainer, and author. He has an Economics Degree from Univ. Of MD at College Park and an MBA from Mt. St. Marys. He is an avid fisherman, a voracious reader, a dedicated gym rat, and generally up for fun.
He has worked with organizations of all sizes across the United States and Europe in his career. He is the author of “3 Circles Living” and other books, audios, and personal and professional development programs. His training expertise includes interpersonal skills, productivity skills, management, sales, and leadership. He has an international nutritional supplement business, and a Training and Coaching Business. His purpose is to equip people to live their best life such that they can make their greatest contribution for the betterment of all. He produces content regularly on YouTube, Facebook and through his blog. You can find him at ToddBurrier.com.
Simplify Your Life by Peggy W. Barnes. Peggy’s years as a certified professional organizer, life coach, and volunteer have given her an inside look into people’s lives. She understands we all need help organizing our physical and emotional “stuff” and learning how to navigate through our head to live a more peace filled life.
As a speaker, Peggy loves to share hope filled messages to help audiences live a more purposeful life deal with the clutter in their home and their head, and bring awareness to their thoughts, values, and beliefs
Peggy loves animated movies, Andy Griffith, checking things off her to do list and reading. She is a tad bit on the competitive side, which might be the result of having six siblings. Peggy is grateful for growth in the valleys, and God’s great grace. Her journey with Jesus has been raw, authentic, and woven into a beautiful relationship.
Peggy is married to Ron (or RB as she likes to call him), her husband of 36 years and is mother to three grown children: daughter, Koren, sons, Banks and Whitman and G-mama to one precious boy, Barnes. Call her at 252-670-2951.
Nonprofit News by Susan Moffat-Thomas. Bio coming soon.
The Next Paragraph by Michelle Garren Flye. Michelle is an award-winning author of romance and women’s fiction. Reviewers have described her work as “an engaging novel with charming and likable characters,” a story that “will make you believe in love and second chances,” and a “well-written and thought-provoking novel.”
Michelle also writes the middle-grade “Jessica Series” under the pen name Shelley Gee. Michelle placed third in the Hyperink Romance Writing Contest for her short story “Life After.” Her short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs, Opium.com, SmokelongQuarterly.com and Flashquake.com. She has served on the editorial staffs of Horror Library, Butcher Shop Quartet and Tattered Souls. Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a mother of three and lives in North Carolina with her husband and their rapidly growing collection of pets. (Photo credit: Sam Love)
Magfirah Dahlan Book Reviews. Growing up in Indonesia, Magfirah lived in England and the Netherlands in the early 2000s to purse graduate degrees. After completing her PhD from Virginia Tech, she joined the faculty at the Craven Community College in New Bern as an instructor in Philosophy and Religion. Her monograph, Sacred Rituals and Humane Death: Religion in the Ethics and Politics of Modern Meat, was published by Lexington Books in 2019.
Become a Contributing Writer
Are you interested in writing a monthly column about a special topic or what's happening in your neighborhood? Are you a spokesperson for a non-profit?
Are you a business owner or individual with a passion for a certain topic (cooking, children's activities, local history, DIY tips, etc.), consider joining our team!
New Bern Now has been an active local news business since 2009 and our audience continues to grow. We couldn't do it without contributing writers. It's a win-win. If you join our team, you have a large audience and we provide valuable information to readers.
Our goal is to deliver information based on facts. We also publish editorials and opinion articles, as long as they are civil.
For details, call 252-259-6853 or send us an email.