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About Us

Streetcar Suburbs Publishing Inc. provides hyper-local news and information to communities along the Route 1 corridor near Washington, DC.

Our award-winning monthly newspapers, the Hyattsville Life & Times and the College Park Here & Now, have recently been joined by TheLaurel Independent to provide saturation coverage of three of Maryland’s most diverse and dynamic suburbs.

This website, StreetcarSuburbs.News, and our free email newsletter, The Streetcar Spotlight, together provide continuous and timely coverage of these same communities.

Streetcar Suburbs Publishing Inc. is a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation. Our newspapers are also members of the National Newspaper Association and the Institute for Nonprofit News.

Our Policies

The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics and the News values and principals of the Associated Press help guide our work.

We seek a range of viewpoints on issues and are committed to upholding the highest standards of journalistic integrity in our coverage, including the following:

  • Clearly labeling opinion and advertising, and keeping them separate from news stories.
  • We do not publish press releases.
  • We identify our sources or provide a valid reason why a source cannot be named.
  • We neither pay for interviews nor accept payment for interviews.
  • We do not provide interview questions in advance.
  • As a nonprofit, non-partisan news organization, we never endorse candidates running for office.
  • We fact-check articles before publication and promptly correct mistakes. 


View our full policies here on editorial independence, equity and inclusion, transparency, privacy, advertising acceptability, and conflict of interest. View our 2023 annual report here.

Our Personnel

We operate our newspapers thanks to our core staff members, our board members, and our volunteers.

Kit Slack

Kit rejoined Streetcar Suburbs in September 2023 as the organization’s first Executive Director. She has been writing for the Hyattsville Life & Times since 2013, mostly on education and environment beats. She worked as managing editor in Hyattsville for two years, starting the summer of 2020. 

In prior careers, Kit has worked as an analyst for a sustainable investments nonprofit, an employee benefits attorney on merger and acquisition deals, and a union organizer for low-wage workers in the building service and industrial laundry industries.

She is a graduate of the Law School at the University of Chicago, and has a degree in English from Barnard College.

Hyattsville Life & Times

Griffin Limerick

Griffin joined the Hyattsville Life & Times as managing editor in February of 2023. He has taught writing for more than ten years and enjoys the collaborative nature of newspaper work. He currently lives in Hyattsville, but has roots in Alabama. 

Heather Wright

Heather Wright has been with the Hyattsville Life & Times since 2016 and loves learning and writing about the city. She previously honed her interviewing and writing skills as a school psychologist, most recently with Anne Arundel County public schools. Heather lives in Takoma Park with her husband, two children, yellow Lab and sun conure.  

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College Park Here & Now

Sharon O'Malley

Sharon O’Malley is an assistant professor of journalism at Anne Arundel Community College.  She is faculty adviser for Anne Arundel Community College’s student newspaper, Campus Current. Sharon is an experienced reporter, editor and photographer, published in dozens of magazines, newspapers and digital news sites.

Nancy Welch

Nancy Welch has been writing about environmental issues and policy for more than 20 years. She joined Streetcar Suburbs Publishing as an editor in 2016 and helped launch both the College Park Here & Now and The Laurel Independent. She lives in Takoma Park, where she raises and trains service dogs.

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Interns

The Laurel Independent

Katie Jones

Katie V. Jones joined the team in 2022 as the managing editor of The Laurel Independent. She has been writing/editing for various publications for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of The College of Wooster.

Nancy Welch

Nancy Welch has been writing about environmental issues and policy for more than 20 years. She joined Streetcar Suburbs Publishing as an editor in 2016 and helped launch both the College Park Here & Now and The Laurel Independent. She lives in Takoma Park, where she raises and trains service dogs.

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Newsletter Editor

Digital Editor

Business Manager

Page Designers