Editor & Publisher
Mark has spent most of his life in the newspaper business, starting as a 15-year-old sports stringer for the then-Cape Cod Standard-Times. Mr. Chapman settled into the business full time 10 years later and never left, with stops along the way at several non-daily papers, a half dozen small to mid-sized dailies and a 12-year stint at the Boston Herald. His range of newsroom experience includes news, sports, features, lifestyles and entertainment, both as a writer and editor. It was after spending 12 years commuting 140 miles a day from Cape Cod to Boston that Mr. Chapman discovered Southwest Florida and fell in love with the area. He began watching for newspaper job openings and, two years later, became the Englewood bureau chief for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
In addition, Mr. Chapman was chosen by the company to be the start-up editor of Charlotte Life magazine, a glossy city magazine featuring the best of Charlotte County, Englewood and Boca Grande, and a hyperlocal Web site, PortCharlotteVoice.com, with material supplied by users – stories, blogs, press releases, calendar items and photos. The Web site was accompanied by a weekly print edition using material from the Web, which Mr. Chapman also designed and edited.
Mr. Chapman left the company in January 2008 ahead of layoffs that would close the Englewood and Charlotte bureaus, take down the Web site and greatly reduce coverage of Englewood, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. He took a position as executive editor of the Atlantic County Weeklies, a Gannett-owned group in New Jersey, but began planning his return to his adopted home town of Englewood. Englewood Edge is the result of that plan.
Nancy Guenther Chapman
Reporter & Photographer
Nancy’s newspaper writing and photography have led her to cover stories around the world: A Zimbabwe safari, baby harp seals in the Madeline Islands, the rain forest in British Columbia, the Mediterranean coast, and cruising the Caribbean and the coasts of South America and Alaska. She has written for the Boston Herald, Cape Cod Times, Vineland (NJ) Daily Journal, The Daily Voice in Norwalk, Conn., and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and was editor of the Bridgeton (NJ) Journal. At the Herald-Tribune, she covered community news in Englewood, North Port and Sarasota for five years.
Designer & Internet Wrangler
Eric is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer who graduated in 2006 from Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota. After obtaining his degree in illustration, Mr. Chapman took his talents to The Pantagraph in Bloomington, Ill., where he won two state press association awards in the year-plus he was there. One of his illustrations, depicting the argument between those supporting Darwin and those supporting creationism, was picked up for inclusion in a Danish textbook covering the debate in the U.S. Mr. Chapman returned to Florida and worked for the Bradenton Herald, where he won two more state press association awards for his design work. He taught several course at Ringling College of Art & Design, including web design, and is currently a contract employee with WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) in Stamford, Conn.