Name: David V. Lyons
Title/Beats Covered: Editor-in-Chief
Phone Number: (305) 347-6694
Background, awards or recognitions for journalist work: David covered business and law 1983-99 at the Miami Herald. Impact of airline deregulation including demise of Eastern Airlines, aviation safety and consumer issues. Federal and state court system in South Florida including U.S. v. Noriega; Federal Law Enforcement; War on Drugs. He also worked at the Miami News, Fort Lauderdale News: as a business writer. David worked at both the Albany Times-Union, and Schenectady Gazette, both in New York: Copy editing, wire editing, production. He received a Bachelors degree in political science, at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y.
Title/Beats Covered: Managing Editor
Phone number: (305) 347-6611
Background, awards, or recognitions for journalist work: Catherine Wilson oversees The Review’s reporting staff and coverage after 24 years with The Associated Press in Miami and Fresno, Calif. At the AP, she focused on coverage of federal and state courts in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Notable cases included the managed care racketeering case filed by the nation’s doctors, the class action by Florida smokers against cigarette makers and Miami police corruption trials. As a business writer, she covered major players in South Florida, including Burger King, Ryder System, Blockbuster and the bankruptcies of Sunbeam, Pan Am and Piper Aircraft. She is a former president of the South Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and reported for newspapers in California and New England.
Name: John P. Hernandez
Title/Beats Covered: Web Editor
Phone Number: (305) 347-6642
Background, awards or recognitions for journalist work: John is responsible for the day-to-day operations of DailyBusinessReview.com. Prior to joining the Review, he was a senior reporter for Latincom, a technology industry newsletter covering Latin America. John was also the North American correspondent for Global Mobile, an industry publication based in London. For three years he covered Miami area business for LocalBusiness.com after about two years of writing business stories for the Miami Herald.
Name: Vala Lopez
Title/Beats Covered: Research Director
Phone Number: (305) 347-6646
Background, awards or recognitions for journalist work: Vala graduated from Syracuse University in New York with a master’s degree in social work (concentration in public policy, evaluation, & organizational development) and a master’s certificate in women’s studies in 2005. While in school she was a consultant for the Central New York Kidney Foundation and held the position of assistant director of two nonprofit organizations. Vala also worked with the Florida Supreme Court for three years as an evaluator/researcher on a project evaluating Florida’s jury system. As an undergrad Vala was the editor of the USF Law Review and interned at the 13th Judicial Circuit Court. Previous to her position at The Review she worked as a consultant for a private firm that specialized in evaluation for nonprofits and governments in South Florida.
Name: David Kaminski
Title/Beats Covered: Executive News Editor
Phone Number: (305) 347-6628
Background, awards or recognitions for journalist work: David spent four years as deputy news editor at the Bradenton Herald before moving to Miami with his wife, a Miami native. They have two daughters. A native of Tavares, Fla., David has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida. David started as a sportswriter and worked his way up to news editor during 14 years at the Daily Commercial in Leesburg, Fla.
Name: Stuart McMeeking
Title/Beats Covered: Copy Editor
Phone Number: (305) 347-6665
Background, awards or recognitions for journalist work: Stuart came to the Daily Business Review from The Miami Herald, where he worked for six years as a copy editor, page designer and community-news reporter. Before that, he worked for more than seven years at the Tallahassee Democrat. Stuart is a graduate of Florida State University, where he studied studio art, and has master’s degrees in journalism and English literature.
Name: Paola Iuspa-Abbott
Title/Beats Covered: Miami-Dade Real Estate
Phone Number: (305) 347-6657
Background, awards or recognitions for journalist work: Paola returned to the Review in October 2007 after an 18-month stint at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel where she covered western Palm Beach County. Prior to the Sun-Sentinel, Paola had covered real estate in South Florida since 1998. She initially joined the Review in April 2004 as the transactions reporter, covering residential and commercial real estate deals in the tri-county area. Paola previously reported for the South Florida Business Journal, where she covered real estate in Miami-Dade, and for Miami Today, where she covered local government, real estate and development. Paola graduated from Florida International University in 2000 with a degree in print journalism and mass communications.
Name: Eric Kalis
Title/Beats Covered: Commercial Real Estate Transactions
Phone Number: (305) 347-6651
Background, awards or recognitions for journalist work: Eric spent two years at Miami Today covering real estate and local government before joining the Review. Among his duties, Eric compile the Review’s popular daily real estate fixture —On Real Estate. Eric, who also interned with the Miami Herald’s Neighbors section covering the city of South Miami, is a graduate of the journalism school at the University of Miami.
Name: Julie Kay
Title/Beats Covered: Business of Law
Phone Number: (305) 347-6685
Background, awards or recognitions for journalist work: Julie Kay is an award-winning reporter who has covered legal affairs for more than a decade in South Florida. During her two stints at The Daily Business Review Kay has covered Broward courts, the Florida legislature, federal courts and, currently, business of law. Previously, Kay was a staff writer at The Miami Herald for more than five years covering Broward government and started her career at the now defunct Hollywood Sun-Tattler. Kay has been honored in numerous local, regional and national journalism contests, including the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sunshine State Awards, Green Eyeshades Awards, the Florida Press Club, the Florida Bar Media Awards and the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation journalism awards.
Name: John Pacenti
Title/Beats Covered: Federal Courts
Phone Number: (305) 347-6638
Background, awards or recognitions for journalist work: Veteran journalist John Pacenti covers federal courts and justice issues. He spent seven years at the Palm Beach Post and a decade with The Associated Press in Miami and Phoenix. While at the Post, he covered numerous hurricanes and other breaking news stories. He worked on the paper’s investigative team and dug out award-winning stories about substandard medical treatment of inmates and prisoner detainee abuse in Iraq by a local National Guard Unit. At the AP, Pacenti was a political editor who covered two gubernatorial campaigns, the Versace murder in Miami Beach, the ValuJet crash in the Everglades, and all four of South Florida’s professional sports teams. John holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of Arizona. He lives in Boca Raton with his wife, Charlene and their two young daughters.
Name: Adolfo Pesquera
Title/Beats Covered: Broward and Palm Beach Law
Phone Number: 954-468-2616
Background, awards or recognitions for journalist work: Adolfo spent over two decades with the San Antonio Express-News in various capacities, including beats on police & fire, transportation, general assignment, state courts, real estate, small business and emerging technologies. He began his journalism career covering city government for the Brownsville Herald in Brownsville, Texas. As a freelance writer, he is published in numerous Texas regional magazines and such national publications as American City & County, Builder Architect and Energy International Quarterly. Adolfo graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. The National Association of Consumer Advocates honored him as the 2002 recipient for consumer advocacy in print media for his investigative work covering abuse and fraud in the mortgage servicing industry.