Southwest Michigan's Second Wave

About Us

Managing Editor -- Kathy Jennings

Kathy Jennings is the local editor of Second Wave. She worked 25 years at the Kalamazoo Gazette where she covered business, courts and entertainment. She also edited lifestyle and entertainment sections as well as regional news sections. She is a freelance writer, editor and marketing consultant. She moved to Battle Creek, Mich., at age 12, convinced even then that life would be better having left Indiana. A Central Michigan University graduate, she began her journalism career in 1978 at a community newspaper in Novi, Mich., and moved to the Gazette in 1985. She was a downtown Kalamazoo resident for 15 years and now lives just three houses outside the city limit. She lives with an Australian Shepherd who demolishes television remote controls with alarming regularity.

Photographer -- Susan Andress

Susan grew up in Niles  and moved to Kalamazoo to attend WMU where she studied art at WMU. Susan earned a B.A. degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo where she continues to live. She started her career as part of the photography department at The Upjohn Company where she soon branched out from photography to video and sound editing.
When the new field of computer design came along it captured her interest and she went on to work creating presentation graphics and speaker support materials for company meetings, annual meetings and sales conferences. As other new technologies were developed, they captured her interest as well, which led to animation, interactive media and website design projects.Susan also likes to paint and has worked in watercolor, pastels and oil but has always maintained a strong interest in photography.Since 2002, her artwork has combined multiple photographic and scanned images with added painterly effects. Susan has exhibited her original digital collages in local juried shows at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, The Art Center of Battle Creek and The Carnegie in Three Rivers.Susan currently teaches Photoshop Elements at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
  Regular contributors

Zinta Aistars is a freelance writer and editor-in-chief of the online literary magazine, The Smoking Poet. She lives on a farm in Hopkins, Michigan, pursuing an organic and sustainable lifestyle.

Jeremy Martin,  a graduate of Western Michigan University, has worked as a professional writer since 2008. After getting his start as a music reviewer and high school sports reporter for the Kalamazoo Gazette, he shifted his focus to the beverage industry where he now covers craft beer and spirits for Second Wave Media. His work has also appeared in Midwest Living Magazine, Barista Magazine, Fresh Cup Magazine, The Burlington Free Press, The Battle Creek Enquirer and more. A former Music Director for Kalamazoo's WIDR 89.1, he and his wife currently reside in Seattle, Washington but will always consider Southwest Michigan to be home. He encourages you to support local coffee roasters and craft brewers.  

Cathie Schau
is a freelance writer and owner of GoodPoint!, a communications consulting firm. A graduate of Kalamazoo College, she lives with her family in Portage and steals away to Saugatuck whenever possible. 

Kathi Valei is a freelance writer, living in Kalamazoo. She writes mostly about education, politics, and justice issues. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Pacific Standard, AlterNet, and others. In 2018, her reporting for Pacific Standard was featured on NPR's Marketplace. She loves being in the woods, gardening, and thrifting.

Jane Parikh has more than 20 years of experience in journalism.  She started out as a reporter with the Battle Creek Enquirer and moved on to the Kalamazoo Gazette before beginning her own freelance writing business called "In So Many Words" and immersing herself in the non-profit sector.  She enjoys asking the questions that turn into great stories about individuals, businesses and organizations in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

Mark Wedel has been a freelance writer in Kalamazoo since 1992. He’s covered mainly arts and entertainment, mainly for the Kalamazoo Gazette, the Cleveland Scene and other publications, which now includes Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave. His obsessions include long-distance bike riding, travel to New Orleans, old records, and coffee.

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Southwest Michigan's Second Wave is published by Detroit-based Issue Media Group. Co-Founders: Brian J. Boyle and Paul Schutt. 

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