Meet the Staff
Sue Detar, Publisher/Managing Editor. Sue started the newspaper in the fall of 2003 to merge two of passions - writing and her community. The Daniel Island News is Sue's first publishing and editing adventure.
"I saw some really great papers in other small communities and wanted to bring a community paper to my own neighborhood," Sue said.
Sue has recently published a new book, Don't Lose the Ball in the Lights and Other Life Lessons from Sports. Learn more about the book and order it here.
Sue and her family moved to Daniel Island in 1997 with her then two children, before the I-526 interchange to the island was built. At the time, there were only about 50 people living on Daniel Island and it was hard to find someone for her children to play with. Her third child, born in 1998, was one of the first child to be born on Daniel Island. Today, there are so many children, businesses, churches and friends on the island that a community newspaper serves as an excellent avenue for communication.
A 1988 graduate of Lafayette College with a degree in Government & Law and Russian Studies, Sue is also a 1991 graduate of Temple University School of Law. Prior to starting the paper, she taught political science at Charleston Southern University. Sue's legal experience is in construction and engineering law and in general business.
The paper has two mottos: (1) The Daniel Island News - Promoting the Power of Community; and (2) The Daniel Island News - That's My Paper! Both mottos fit Sue's vision for the paper: "I encourage our readers to contribute stories and photos to the paper because The Daniel Island News is the community's paper."
Meet the staff
Ronda Schilling, Advertising Director, is an active resident in the Daniel Island community. Ronda is athletic minded, having served on the City of Charleston Recreation Commission, organized the first kids triathlon, and served as the treasurer of the Daniel Island Flying Fish swim team. Ronda has a bachelors of science degree, having worked as a respiratory therapist for 10 years and is a commissioned oil artist. Ronda, her husband Bob, and two children enjoy boating, running and the healthy Daniel Island lifestyle. Ronda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 843-330-1981.
Boots Gifford, Editor is a Daniel Island resident with a strong news background. Boots cut her teeth in journalism as a sports writer in Montana, covering college and high school sports, before progressing to editorial positions at several different publications in Montana and Colorado. She moved to Daniel Island in 2017 and took a position as editor in chief of the National Golf Course Owners Association magazine, Golf Business. She also served as the director of education for the association. The move put Boots closer to her son Dane, who works at Made 2 Move on Daniel Island, and his wife, Stephanie. Prior to working at the golf association, Boots garnered 20+ years of experience as editor of the Denver Business Journal, Estes Park Trail-Gazette, and Havre Daily News. She is a graduate of Montana State University-Northern. Please reach out to Boots at email@example.com.
Pamela Brownstein, Graphic Artist earned her journalism degree from Penn State University. Pamela has more than 15 years of experience working as a copy editor and graphic designer for several newspapers in South Carolina, including The Beaufort Gazette, The Island Packet, and The Electric City News. She was editor of The Island News in Beaufort, South Carolina, for five years, and has earned numerous South Carolina Press Association awards. Pamela and her husband, Daniel, have two elementary aged children and live in Mt. Pleasant. You can reach Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org/
Jan Marvin, Graphic Artist, owned a graphic design business in Chicago and Georgia before moving to Mt. Pleasant. She was previously an A.S.I.D. Commercial Interior Designer designing interiors for a bank, hospital, dormitory, publishing company and offices. She holds degrees in Interior Design and Architectural Technology. She was copy editor/graphic designer at The Eatonton Messenger/Lake Oconee News and The Oconee Leader in Georgia. She created and edited commercials and ran the cameras during newscasts at WCBD-TV2 (NBC) in Mt. Pleasant. She paints in her free time and runs her art business in her studio and online at Jan Marvin Art Studio. She lives in Mt. Pleasant with her husband, two children and grandchildren. Jan can be reached at email@example.com or at 843-856-1999.
Katherine Smith, Katherine is a jack-of-all trades at the paper. A graduate of Clemson University, Katherine is our bookkeeper and billing clerk. Additionally, Katherine copy edits the paper, updates the website, manages distribution, and contributes articles.
Meet the writers
Zach Giroux, general assignment report and copy editor, covers a diverse selection of topics, including city and county government, crime, development, business, education, health and more. Zach has worked for other local publications covering city and town council news in Mount Pleasant and Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah and Seabrook islands. He also served as copy editor at The Moultrie News, contributed features and photography, and won several journalism awards. Prior to moving to the Charleston area in 2016, Zach was an assistant sports editor and staff writer for the Vermont Cynic, a student newspaper at the University of Vermont. Reach out to Zach at Zach@thedanielislandnews.com.
Elizabeth Bush, Features Writer. Elizabeth (Beth) graduated from Appalachian State University in 1989 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Communication Arts (and a concentration in Broadcast Journalism). After graduating, she worked at WCTI-TV 12 News in New Bern, North Carolina, as a Weekend News Anchor/Reporter and Producer. While at WCTI-TV, Beth also served as Bureau Chief for the station's Jacksonville office, covering a variety of stories about the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune, military deployments to the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Storm, and more. In addition, she traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to report on the marine's involvement in the Haitian Relief Effort.
In 1994, Beth transitioned into the field of public relations and took a position as Communications Specialist for Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, PA. After several years as a stay-at-home mom, she rekindled her journalism career in 2005 as a freelance writer for The Daniel Island News. In 2016, she became the editor of the paper. Beth loves being part of the Daniel Island community and considers it a privilege to be able to spotlight the people, events and activities that shape island life. You can contact Beth at (843) 670-8830 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marie Rocha-Tygh is a California girl. She grew up in Silicon Valley before moving south to Laguna Beach, California. Marie graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in broadcast journalism. After college, Marie worked as on-air reporter for KSBW-TV in Salinas, California. She then shifted careers and started working on public relations campaigns at Atari and Warner Communications. Before moving to Daniel Island, Marie and her husband, Stephen, ran a successful silicon wafer business. Marie is always looking for upbeat story ideas. You can reach her at
Elizabeth Horton, news and feature writer. Elizabeth’s beat includes covering the local schools and also updating the community on crime. She also contributes other news and features. You can contact Elizabeth at email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phil Bowman has over 30-years of experience in journalism, including over 20 years with the Post and Courier as a sports writer. Phil, who is a is full-time realtor with Caldwell Banker, covers high school sports and general sporting news and features. Pitch your sports stories to email@example.com.
Doug Dickerson is a Certified Leadership Trainer and coach. He is a communicator in all things leadership and the author of three leadership books. Doug also pens the “Management Moment” column week after week in The Daniel Island News. His passion is equipping and empowering leaders through his column and training employees to reach their full potential. Visit his website at https://www.dougdickerson.net.