About Us

Dennis Spellman 
Founder/Editor-in-Chief
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Dennis Spellman has been a professional broadcast journalist for more than 25 years, and spent the last 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 non-profit 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 is originally from Dover, New Hampshire and also lived in Portland, Maine for a dozen years.

He earned a BA from the University of New Hampshire where he studied Communication and Economics.  He has earned numerous first place radio news awards from the Associated Press and an Emmy nomination for his Television investigative reporting and the Francis C. Moore, MD Medical Journalism Award from the Harris County Medical Society.

Dennis and his family live in Cinco Ranch.

 

Jamie Mock
Reporter/Editor

Jamie Mock

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 the primary journalist for FortBendNow.com and InstantNewsFortBend.com.

 

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 eleven 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 SlaughterGeorge Slaughter is 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 at his georgeslaughter.com web site.

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.

 

Tim Bristow
Videographer/Reporter

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 on the Houston Chronicle’s website.

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.

 

 

Dave Whitfield
Featured Contributor

David is one of only 1000 Founding Circle Members of The John Maxwell Team, a Certified Speaker, Trainer and Coach, he has presented internationally in The UK, Japan, China and the US.

He is an award-winning Marketer, Networker, Speaker and 2-time Author.

With 23 year of business and consulting experience,  he has been heard on syndicated Radio, seen on cable and broadcast television and published in The Houston Business Journal, the Houston Chronicle, Your Houston Business Magazine, The Blaze and several other newspapers and newsletters.  His current clients includes the #1 Chick-fil-A in the world.

He has been twice awarded at the International Education and Global Entrepreneurship Week at Lone Star College Cy-Fair.

His training and certifications include: Strategic Business Leadership Coaching, Meeting Facilitation, Leadership School, Total Quality Management Level 1,2, and 3, The Karrass Effective Negotiating Class, Train the Trainer, Equal Opportunity Employer 2000, and The Franklin Covey Time Management Course.

As a decorated member of the United States Air Force; he served ten years in England, Japan, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and the US, as a Security Police Officer.   He was responsible for the highest priority weapons systems and in charge of Ground Security for Air Force One repeatedly.