New reporter joins staff at The Union |

New reporter joins staff at The Union

The Union is welcoming reporter Greyson Howard as the newest staff writer to join our news production team.

Howard will be covering Grass Valley, the Nevada Irrigation District and environmental issues. He can be reached at or (530) 477-4237.

He started at The Union’s sister newspaper in Truckee, the Sierra Sun, in 2006. He has covered a wide variety of topics in the Lake Tahoe region, including local governing boards and councils, education, crime and business.

In 2009, Howard won several Nevada Press Association awards, including one for explanatory journalism and two for feature writing.

He is the son of Andrew and Susan Howard, owners of the Emma Nevada House in Nevada City; Andrew Howard also is Nevada City Treasurer.

You have been reading other names in the pages of The Union for some time; here are the faces and backgrounds to go with them:

• Liz Kellar has covered crime and the courts for The Union since October 2008 and is responsible for compiling the daily police blotter, among other duties. She can be reached at or (530) 477-4229.

Kellar was born in Orange County but spent most of her youth overseas after her father joined the Foreign Service. She returned to the United States to attend the University of California, Santa Cruz, graduating with a degree in politics.

Since beginning her newspaper career as a typesetter at the now-defunct Suttertown News, she has worked at newspapers throughout Northern California, with a three-year stint in Kerrville, Texas.

She lives with her husband and 15-year-old son in Cedar Ridge.

• Michelle Rindels’ beats include education, religion and all things Nevada City. She can be reached at or (530) 477-4247.

Rindels grew up in Manteca, Calif., and graduated from Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., in 2009 with degrees in Spanish and journalism.

Before starting at The Union in October 2009, she interned with the Associated Press in Los Angeles, the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D., Religion News Service in Washington, D.C., and the Manteca Bulletin.

Rindels is the daughter of the Rev. Mark and Yvette Rindels, of Alta Sierra; Mark Rindels is pastor of First Baptist Church in Grass Valley.

• Kyle Magin will be covering Nevada County and will continue covering Sierra College and Tahoe National Forest; he also writes for the Outdoors page. He can be reached at or (530) 477-4239.

He grew up in Kalamazoo, Mich., and earned a journalism degree from Oakland University, also in Michigan. He started out writing about the local university and prep sports and contributed to the editorial page at the Oakland Post in Pontiac, Mich.

Magin became a reporter for The Union’s sister paper, the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in 2007, covering education, crime, courts, business and health care. He won several awards from the Nevada Press Association and Sierra Nevada Media Group.

He moved to The Union in late 2009, when he began covering Grass Valley. He lives just outside Nevada City.

To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail or call (530) 477-4230.

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