The Last Page with Greg Stemm

By : Rick Claggett
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What kind of writing do you do for Watermark?

I write a regular perspective column and news stories, especially investigative pieces with multiple contacts.

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The Last Page with Sabrina Ambra

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What kind of writing do you do for Watermark?

Viewpoint and/or comedic narratives.

What is the name of your Viewpoint column?

Lady Fingers.

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The Last Page with Miguel Fuller

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What kind of writing do you do for Watermark?

Opinion/editorial. I have a rich history of standing on a soap box and telling people my story or my opinions about life. Thankfully Watermark allows that tradition to continue.

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The Last Page with Scottie Campbell

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What is your favorite LGBTQ Event?

Come Out With Pride. It’s been wonderful to see our parade grow over the years to a celebration with community-wide participation.

What made you want to write for Watermark?

I picked up the first issue of Watermark on Rollins’ campus. It was an important moment for me and I knew Watermark would be revolutionary for Orlando.

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The Last Page with Samuel Vinson Johnson

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When did you develop a passion for writing?

About 10 years ago.

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The Last Page with Holly V. Kapherr

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What was your first story with Watermark?

My first column was for the 2016 Pride Guide, profiling the Taste of Pride event that, sadly, got rained out because of Hurricane Matthew.

What kind of writing do you do for Watermark?

My recurring column is Wedding Bells. I love telling the love stories of couples who’ve taken the plunge and have found it rewarding and fun to be married. I also am a food, lifestyle and travel features writer for Watermark.

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The Last Page with owner/publisher/editor Rick Claggett

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Other than founder Tom Dyer, there is no other person more synonymous with the Watermark name than current owner/publisher/editor Rick Claggett.

Rick recently entered his 16th year with Watermark turning his love for Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ communities into his life’s passion of telling their stories, but that wasn’t the direction he originally saw his life moving.

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The Last Page with Founder and Guiding Light Tom Dyer

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Founder Tom Dyer sold Watermark two years ago, but remains and will forever be the newspaper’s guiding light. His law office is next door, so we see him several times a day when he crosses the parking lot to raid our refrigerator and steal office supplies. Always the diplomat, he offers opinions when asked and reassurance when needed.

Tom first envisioned Watermark back in the spring of 1994. “I was in Atlanta having lunch at a restaurant in Virginia Highlands, where everyone seemed to be reading Southern Voice,” Tom recalls. “I started fantasizing about people sitting in cafes in Thornton Park reading Central Florida’s LGBT newspaper. The idea was so invigorating that I drove to Southern Voice’s offices and asked to meet its publishers. They loaded me down with all kinds of information, and for the next several months it was all I could think about.”

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The Last Page with Central Florida Bureau Chief Jeremy Williams

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Jeremy is Watermark’s consummate journalist, but it didn’t start out that way. Jeremy was a journalism major at Valencia College in 2013 when he saw Watermark was hiring a sales rep.

As an avid reader of the paper, Jeremy applied to get his foot in the door. He pitched the idea of being a part-time employee/part-time student. Unfortunately the demands of the sales position didn’t allow for that structure so we let Jeremy know he could reapply when he finished school. Within a week Jeremy had put his classes on hold to follow his heart.

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The Last Page with Tampa Bay Bureau Chief Ryan Williams-Jent

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Since former editor-in-chief Steve Blanchard departed Watermark to work for the Moffitt Cancer Center and Jeremy Williams returned to Orlando, we have been looking for someone to take the reins in Tampa Bay.

At a Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce meeting, one of their board members approached Jeremy about a potential freelancer who was interested in covering news. It’s rare to find someone who isn’t looking to cover just entertainment or who is looking to become the next Carrie Bradshaw, so we were excited about the prospect.

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The Last Page with Art Director Jake Stevens

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Jake Stevens is approaching his 11-year anniversary with Watermark, making him the most senior staff member outside of the owner.

“I needed a job where I not only could push myself as an artist and contribute to my community in a meaningful way, but feel valued as an employee,” says Jake. Watermark provided him the space he needed to do just that.

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The Last Page with Creative Assistant Jason R. Donnelly

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Jason Donnelly has deep roots in Orlando. He graduated from Dr. Phillips High School during the creation of ‘NSYNC and, as most of us have done, worked for the Mouse.

Jason met his husband, Chad Lewis, at the Parliament House during a run of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The couple moved to California to be closer to Chad’s family some years later. When it was time for their wedding ceremony, they returned to Orlando for a ceremony at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater Festival officiated by good friends Beth Marshall and Michael Wanzie.

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