About Us

Dennis Spellman 
Founder/Editor-in-Chief/Publisher

Dennis Spellman has been a professional broadcast journalist for more than 30 years and spent the past decade on Houston radio and television stations like 740 KTRH, KIAH-TV CW39, and KROI News 92 FM.

Before coming to Houston, Dennis was the news director at WGAN radio and a news anchor at WMTW television in Portland, Maine.

News may be in his blood, as there’s a family legend about a Spellman being the town crier back in Ireland.

In addition to journalism, Dennis has worked as an executive in the public and nonprofit sectors. He was a business analyst for Dun & Bradstreet in Boston before coming to Houston. Here, he was the vice president of External Affairs and Information Technology at the Houston Housing Authority, and vice president of the board at Houston Housing Resource, which helps people in public housing achieve self-sufficiency.

Dennis has earned numerous first place radio news awards from the Associated Press and an Emmy nomination for his television investigative reporting, in addition to the Francis C. Moore, MD, Medical Journalism Award from the Harris County Medical Society.

Dennis and his family live in Cinco Ranch.

 

Jamie Mock
Managing Editor, Covering Fort Bend News

Jamie Mock has been a mainstay in Houston journalism for more than a decade. She is a former paginator, photographer, journalist and editor for numerous community newspapers and magazines throughout Houston and Fort Bend County.

Prior to joining CoveringKaty.com and CoveringFortBend.com Jamie was the co-owner and publisher of West U Connections magazine, a monthly community magazine delivered to West University Place residents.

Jamie has years of experience in Fort Bend County as news editor for the Fort Bend and Sugar Land Sun newspapers as well as for the former FortBendNow.com and InstantNewsFortBend.com.

She’s been with Covering Katy since 2016 serving as a reporter and editor, but now her primary role is keeping the news flowing on CoveringFortBend.com.

 

Tim Bristow
Videographer

Tim Bristow is the man who patrols the streets of Katy in the middle of the night, gathering news while the rest of us are sleeping. His work is not only featured on Covering Katy, it is regularly seen on Houston television stations KPRC Channel 2, KHOU Channel 11 and others. Tim has been working as a field videographer for more than 20 years, taking pictures and gathering facts. Thanks to Tim, Covering Katy is able to report the news 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

Steven Brown
Graphic Artist

You could say Steve operates our United Kingdom bureau. No, he’s not a reporter. Steve is our graphic artist and he lives across the pond. While we sleep, he’s hard at work fulfilling the artistic needs of Covering Katy News. He builds our advertisements, logos, sales presentations and provides guidance on all things artistic. Steve has been with Covering Katy since 2015 and he’s always worked from London.

 

Julia Cameron
Copy Editor

Julia is a career copy editor who has been with Covering Katy News since 2015. She has edited syndicated columns for distribution to national and international newspapers and continues to do so along with her role at Covering Katy. So many of us come from a broadcasting background that Julia keeps our stories in AP style and factually correct.

 

Paul J. Franzetti
General Counsel

Paul has practiced law for more than 35 years, both in firms and in-house, and has firsthand knowledge and experience to give practical legal advice based on the types of business decisions that the business owner must make. He guides Covering Katy on all things legal, whether it pertains to expansion or content. Attorney Franzetti has been representing Covering Katy since 2015.

 

Cindy Mann
Webmaster

Operating a website that has millions of page views every year requires attending to lots of background details that most of us would find too complicated to understand. That’s why we have Cindy. When the website needs repairs, an addition or a facelift, Cindy gets the job done. We know what we want, but she knows how to make it happen. Cindy has been working for Covering Katy since 2014.

 

Jill Mendoza
Administrative Assistant to the Publisher

Jill has been with Covering Katy News since 2015. She handles numerous tasks including the distribution of the Covering Katy News daily news update, which is sent to 4,000 inboxes each day. She also handles customer relations, which include providing our advertisers with detailed reports on the performance of their advertisements. Jill is also great at keeping our organization organized.

 

Steve Ottesen
Reporter/Videographer

Steve Ottesen is perhaps the most versatile man in Houston media. He’s been a TV and radio news anchor, and a videographer for several stations in Houston. Steve served as radio news anchor for News 92 FM in Houston. Prior to that, he was a videographer for Houston’s CW 39 TV where he was nominated for an Emmy award. Steve was also a news anchor for more than 11 years at KNWS Channel 51, Houston’s first 24-hour news channel. While living in Rochester, New York, he worked as a news anchor for WROC TV and also served as a writer for a nationally broadcast children’s news show that aired on PBS. Steve lives in Katy and has two grown children who graduated from the Katy Independent School District.

 

George Slaughter
Writer/Reporter

George Slaughter is our reporter for the City of Katy, known to many as Old Katy, or Historic Katy. When the city council meets or the Katy Tigers football team plays it’s likely going to be George who covers the event for us. He’s been working for Covering Katy since 2015 but he’s also the principal at Onion Creek Productions, a business writing services and publishing company. He is the author of the e-book “Quick Tips for Improving Your Technical Writing” (Onion Creek Productions, March 2016), a collection of tips gleaned from his technical writing experiences. George is also a historian. He is the author of “Spring Branch” (Arcadia Publishing, 2011), a pictorial history of the West Houston neighborhood area. He is a contributor to the “Handbook of Texas Online,” published by the Texas State Historical Association. His Texana Thursday blog appears on his website, georgeslaughter.com. George began his career as a journalist, where he worked as a reporter for two newspapers. He later worked for the City of San Antonio and was a freelance writer. George and his family live in Cinco Ranch.

 

 

 

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