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Ocean City Today
8200 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland 21842
P.O. Box 3500, Ocean City, Maryland 21843



Editor: Phil Jacobs,

Managing Editor: Lisa Capitelli,,

Staff Writer: Nancy Powell,

Staff Writer: Zack Hoopes,

Staff Writer/Copy Editor: Clara Vaugn,


General Sales queries:

Account Representative: Mary Cooper,

Account Representative: Shelby Shea,

Advertising Assistant: Megan Elkins,

Classified/Legals: Terry Burrier,

Digital Media Sales: Jacob Cohen,


Senior Designer: Susan Parks,

Graphic Designer: Kelly Brown,

Graphic Designer: Kaitlin Sowa,

Graphic Designer: Debbie Haas,


Publisher: Stewart Dobson,

Associate Pubisher: Elaine Brady,

Comptroller: Christine Brown,

Office Manager: Gini Tufts,


Stewart Dobson literally grew up in the newspaper business, having begun working for his father and long-time Eastern Shore of Maryland newsman, the late Emory Dobson, at an early age. By the time he entered the business in 1970, he had worked in circulation, the press room, typesetting and the photography department. He went on to become an accomplished writer, photographer and graphic arts designer in a career that took him from the Eastern Shore to Arizona and Colorado and back again. He joined Ocean City Today in 1994.

Managing Editor

Managing Editor Lisa Capitelli, a New York native, entered Salisbury University (then Salisbury State) in the fall of 1998 and graduated in the spring of 2002 with a Bachelors of Arts degree. She majored in communication arts, and minored in art, with concentration on photography.
Lisa began her career at Ocean City Today as a staff writer in February 2003. She was promoted to Assistant Editor in August 2011 and Managing Editor in May, 2013. Editorial responsibilities include covering sports — from local high school games, to fishing tournaments and recreation and park programs, the business community and weekly happenings, events and activities.

Nancy Powell

Staff writer Nancy Powell, the sole remaining staffer from the first year of Ocean City Today, has covered almost every beat, but now covers county government, police and courts. She has won numerous awards for her writing and also for her photography.

A native of the area, she grew up in Friendship and Taylorville and now lives in Ocean Pines. Her first job was manager of the toy counters at Edwards 5 & 10 on the Boardwalk at North Division Street at age 14. She then worked for seven summers at various Candy Kitchen locations because of the two $5 raises each summer, one in early July and another in late August. She graduated from Florida Presbyterian College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in cultural anthropology. She learned journalism on the job. She serves as a trustee of Buckingham Presbyterian Church in Berlin and is also a member of the church’s Mission Committee.

Zach Hoopes

Zack grew up and graduated from high school in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. He attended Columbia University, where he received a B.S. in history while writing for various campus publications and New York City-based nonprofit groups. He worked from 2010-2012 as a reviewer and editor for an international translation firm, also based in Manhattan. The promise of intrigue, adventure, and lower rent brought him to Ocean City Today in April 2012. He owns a cat and several pieces of attractive Swedish furniture.

Clara Vaughn

Clara discovered journalism as a freelance reporter for her hometown newspaper, the Eastern Shore News, in 2008. She spent her summers reporting from the courtroom to the marsh as a general assignment reporter for the News while finishing her undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. In 2011, she earned a Virginia Press Association Award for her health, science and environment writing package. After a stint in press relations, Clara returned to school, earning a Master of Journalism degree from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 2012. She traveled overseas and landed as a reporter and copy editor at Ocean City Today in May of 2013.



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