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Posted on Mon, Aug 3, 2009 : 8:12 p.m. has 2 new photographer-videographers and another digital journalist

By Amalie Nash

We've had a few new faces join our editorial staff at recently.

Two of those staffers are photographer-videographers, who you'll soon see around town shooting events, Wolverines football games, the popular Faces in the Crowd feature in the print product and more.

We've heard readers say they want to see high-quality, large photos on our site - and Melanie Maxwell and Lon Horwedel are here to do just that.

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Melanie comes to us from The Star Press in Muncie, Ind., where she was a staff photographer for four years. Prior to that, Melanie was an intern at several newspapers, including The Kalamazoo Gazette, The Grand Rapids Press, The Saginaw News and The Toledo Blade.

Melanie recently returned from a Rotary sponsored exchange to southeastern Africa, where she spent five weeks exploring and photographing Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.

Already, Melanie has been out and about shooting photos and video around the community. Her email address is

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Lon is a familiar face around Ann Arbor, having spent the last 15 years as a staff photographer at The Ann Arbor News. He's been honored numerous times for his work, including as the Michigan Press Photographer Association runner-up photographer of the year in 1995.

Lon also served as a golf writer for The News and wrote a weekly Reflection column that ran in the Milestones section of the Sunday paper. Lon lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and three children. He's at

Another reporter will be joining our ranks Tuesday to cover much of what makes Ann Arbor interesting and unique.

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James Dickson comes to after spending the last year writing and producing multimedia editorials for The Detroit News' editorial page. James graduated from the University of Michigan, where he served as an editor for the Michigan Review and a columnist for The Michigan Daily.   From Ann Arbor, James left for Arlington, Va., to write and report for The American Spectator on a Collegiate Network journalism fellowship. He has studied digital video production and editing with The Detroit Film Center and will use those skills as a digital journalist.   James will cover the slice of life beat for, telling the stories and chronicling the people, places and events that make Ann Arbor a quirky and special place to live. His email is not yet active, but we'll post his contact information as soon as it's available.



Thu, May 27, 2010 : 2:46 p.m.

Ahhh...the future was so bright back then :(


Tue, Aug 4, 2009 : 1:08 p.m.

I'm glad to see you guys picked up Lon. Talented photographer, great guy.