THE TEAM

ABOUT THE TEAM

Karen Knowles - Editor 

Karen’s career in journalism spans almost 30 years, starting as a reporter on the Walsall Advertiser where she became deputy editor. She joined Midland News Association in 1986 as a trainee sub editor and since then has held a number of positions at both at the Express & Star and its sister paper The Shropshire Star, including assistant sub editor and deputy chief sub editor. Karen had a career break when her second daughter was born and freelanced for several years for public relations companies, during which time she was on the successful bidding team to produce Birmingham City Council’s new City Voice newspaper. In her current role as editor of the Express & Star’s magazine department she has driven the successful launch of Wolverhampton Magazine. Karen’s hobbies include membership of the local book club and sailing with her husband Paul.

Heather Loat - Deputy Editor 

Heather has 15 years experience working in journalism – starting her career on the Stourbridge News, where she became chief reporter. On joining the Express & Star, Heather worked as a district reporter before being promoted to run the Dudley office, managing a team of journalists. Now working for the Midland News Association’s magazine division, Heather’s editorial portfolio has expanded to include subbing and design work. During her journalism training at Darlington College of Technology, Heather won an award for best trainee journalist. She also has a 2:1 degree in Law and Sociology from the University of Warwick.

Tom Graham - General Manager 

Tom was appointed General Manager of MNA Magazines (Shropshire Magazine and Wolverhampton Magazine) in 2011. After training as a reporter with the MNA in 2006, Tom embarked on a four-year work programme to gain experience with other media companies before returning to the MNA full-time in 2010. In his time away, Tom worked for organisations including the Press Association and IPC Media (both in London), the Kent Messenger Group, and more recently the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia. Tom’s interests include travel, food and wine, fishing and flying.

Heather Broome - Sub Editor

After leaving university with a BA (Hons) degree in English Language and Literature, Heather began her career as a trainee reporter with the Lichfield Mercury. In 2000, while taking her NCE exams at Wolverhampton College, Heather was offered a position with the MNA. She joined the company as a reporter at the Express & Star in Lichfield, becoming chief reporter in 2003. Two years later, Heather moved to the head office in Wolverhampton to join the Express & Star's busy team of sub-editors. This enabled her to gain nine years of valuable production experience before her move to MNA Magazines in 2014. Outside work, Heather has a passion for books, films and music. She is a Grade 8 pianist and plays a number of other instruments, including guitar and bass.

Deana Jones -  Advertising Supervisor

Deana has over 19 years experience in advertising sales.
Her career started in 1996 at Trinity Mirror working within the Magazines division launching a wide range of National Magazines for organisations such as The PFA (Professional Football Association) and AGA Rayburn.
She joined Midland News Association in 2006 as a Field Sales Representative and was promoted 12 months later to Magazine Supervisor. She is the organiser of the Wedding Fayre for the Magazine each year, this event has seen growth year on year.
A mother of two teenagers a daughter 17 and son 14, her hobbies are the gym and children’s taxi!

Leah Edmunds -  Media Sales Executive

Leah started her career 19 years ago for Trinity Mirror Birmingham. She has worked on over 50 magazine titles both regional and national which include Essential magazine, Style Birmingham and Aga magazine. She has also carried out work for the Professional Football Association.
On her travels, Leah has met many famous faces - even sitting on the lap of Sir Cameron Mackintosh one evening singing “I dreamed a dream” (eat your heart out Susan Boyle)
She has also gained experience in Event Management and has even had a stint on QVC. Leah has a keen interest in Viking history and enjoy visiting historic places of interest. Wolverhampton Magazine is a new challenge for her as she is actually from Halesowen but as her family have a true love and connection for the Molineux, she's halfway there.

YOUR FEEDBACK

As editor, I am always keen to hear your views and learn of social events. I can be contacted on 01902 319404 or by email at karen.knowles@expressandstar.co.uk
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