Nancy Pardue joined the S&A Communications team in 2008 as editor of CM’s sister publication, Triangle East. She developed her love for community journalism in a former life as a newspaper reporter, writer, business columnist and news editor for The Daily Record in Dunn, N.C., where she was mistaken for an SBI agent while covering her first big crime story.
A South Jersey native, Pardue holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication from Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., and is a recipient of the North Carolina Press Association Award. Off-hours, she’s at work on The Great American Novel … of course.
Amber Keister joined S&A Cherokee in 2013, but her roots in Cary are deep. She spent more than 11 years with The Cary News in various positions including reporter, columnist, copy editor, designer and editor.
Her vagabond career also includes stints at the (Raleigh) News & Observer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Newport-News Daily Press in Virginia, and newspapers in Texas and Missouri.
A native of St. Louis, Amber graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. She has won numerous honors from the North Carolina Press Association and the Virginia Press Association.
Jonathan Fredin was named chief photographer at S&A Cherokee in 2008, following an award-winning career as a newspaper reporter and photojournalist in Virginia and Florida and as a freelance photographer for The New York Times and The Associated Press.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in print media from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla.
When not shooting for Cary Magazine and parent company S&A Cherokee, Jonathan enjoys photographing wildlife, reading fiction and riding bicycle long distance.
L.A. Jackson is regular contributor to Cary Magazine. He is also a regular garden columnist for the News & Observer and Carolina Country magazine, and the former editor of Carolina Gardener magazine.
He lives in Apex.
David McCreary is a freelance food writer for Cary Magazine.When he’s not scouting out the next buzz-worthy local eatery, David enjoys golf, tennis and modern rock music.
He especially loves spending quality time with his wife, Jenny, with whom he recently celebrated 20 years of marriage.
David and his wife have two children, Noah and Joy, and live in Fuquay-Varina.