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Meet the Editorial Staff

Kelly GilfillanKelly Gilfillan

Owner, CEO. Executive Editor

Gilfillan is a Brentwood native whose diverse resume includes leadership positions in the fields of sales and marketing, including media and healthcare.

After a reorganization and expansion, Gilfillan assumed the titles of CEO and executive editor of Home Page Media Group – formerly BrentWord Communications. The company just reached the six year mark and has four news sites and a style-centric site under the company umbrella. The sites serve the communities of Brentwood, Franklin, Nolensville and Spring Hill.

Gilfillan is an alumni of the Leadership Franklin Class of 2014, Brentwood Police Citizens Academy and the Transit Citizens Leadership Academy. She was recently recognized by the Nashville Business Journal as a 2015 Small Business Most Admired CEO and HPMG was honored with a Small Business Award this summer. She enjoys serving her community in board position with Williamson Inc, Davis House Child Advocacy Center, LION Publishers and Franklin’s Charge.

Mark CookMark Cook

Managing editor

Journalist Mark Cook joined the Home Page Media Group in August 2015 as managing editor.

Cook most recently was editor and general manager of The Tennessean’s Williamson County publications, and spent more than 30 years working for Gannett newspapers in Guam, Oregon and Washington. He also worked in TV news in Guam.

He replaces longtime local journalist Jim East, who held the role for the past year before retiring.

Cook, of Franklin, is married and has four grown children and four grandchildren. He also is the owner of a small business in Spring Hill, Wild Hare Beer Co.

Sam McGaw

Sam McGaw

Sports editor

McGaw joined Home Page Media Group as a freelance sports writer in July 2013, and took over as sports editor on Oct. 7 of the same year.

McGaw was born and raised in Brentwood and is a Western Kentucky University graduate, with a focus on broadcast news. His first exposure to journalism was in a TV Pro class his junior year at Brentwood High School, taught by Mark Madison.

Even though Madison passed away before the end of that school year, everything he taught helped McGaw get to where he is at today. Without that class, and Ronnie Adcock taking over a year later, McGaw would have never considered studying broadcasting in college.

McGaw grew up playing football for the Blaze, baseball at Civitan and basketball for Jr. Pro. Then, he played football and rugby for Brentwood High School. In college, he was the captain of the WKU men’s rugby club.

Josh VardamanJosh Vardaman

Associate editor

Vardaman moved to Nashville at the beginning of June 2014 from Ottumwa, Iowa, where he was a general assignment reporter with the Ottumwa Courier.

He graduated from Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana, in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in English with a writing concentration, and is pursuing a master’s degree in Sport Management at Cumberland University.

To go along with associate editor duties, Vardaman also covers sports and some news for the Home Pages on a freelance basis.

Katy BilbryKaty Bilbry

Digital media manager

 

Emily WestEmily West

Associate Editor, Franklin

Just out of college, Emily West came to the Franklin Home Page to become the beat writer for the city.

West moved to Franklin from Greeneville, Tenn., where she previously worked for The Greeneville Sun while still finishing her senior of school. She took this job here because of her love for the Middle Tennessee area.

In starting her journalism career, West interned for WPLN-Nashville Public Radio, worked for WMOT-Middle Tennessee Public Radio and freelanced for The Tennessean. She also served as the editor of the student-run newspaper at Middle Tennessee State University, where she received her bachelor’s in journalism.

Most recently, she has won awards for her work in college for both her radio and newspaper skills from the Tennessee Associated Press Media Editors and the Southeastern Journalism Conference. West also won her first professional award for her work with online video from TAPME.

Her hometown is Manchester, Tenn., where she has attended eight different Bonnaroos from the age of 12, four of those times attending as member of the press. Her favorite show of all time was Paul McCartney performing in 2013.

When she is not working, West spends time out and about with her family and friends. Reading is her past time; running and yoga are the only way she will exercise; and 30 Rock is her current Netflix obsession.

Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram at emwest22.

Sam HearnSamantha Hearn

Associate editor, Brentwood

Samantha Hearn took over as the Associate Editor for Brentwood Home Page in August 2015. She is a Middle Tennessee State University alum where she studied journalism, double minoring in global studies and theatre.

She was the photography editor for MTSU Sidelines, an online and print news publication, during her senior year and served as a Seigenthaler Scholar covering federal courts via The Tennessean in 2013, where she wrote about drugs and gang-related crime in the city. She worked as an intern reporter for The Tennessean daily newspaper in 2013 for four weeks as a news intern, and her background as editor-in-chief of the award-winning Pioneer magazine at Volunteer State Community College led her to be recognized with a resolution from the Tennessee State legislature in 2011.

Her photojournalism work includes covering protests, political events, fashion shows, and musical artists such as the Kongos and Santana.

Samantha has a deep love of travel, beginning her adventures after high school when she went to Italy for ten days. In college, Samantha traveled to Brazil for five weeks in 2010 and Greece for four weeks in 2011 through the TnCIS consortium program. She went back to Brazil in 2013 to study Portuguese language and Brazilian culture for two months, living with the same host family she met through TnCIS.

She studied film in Paris in May 2014, where she was the producer and sound engineer for a documentary called Fighter, which has since received the 2014 Finishing Fund from the Nashville Women in Film and Television. Fighter also won Best Documentary and Best Innovative Sound at the 2014 Artlightenment Festival and showed at the Festival South Film Expo in Hattiesburg, Miss. in June, as well as placed Third in the Audience Awards at the NewFilmmakers Los Angeles competition in August.

In her free time Samantha is a portrait and travel photographer who has a passion for capturing beautiful, unexpected images. She enjoys a good cup of coffee and curling up with a book, usually one of the Harry Potter installments. She loves the outdoors, writing fiction, painting and film. You can follow her on Twitter (for news) @samanthahearn or on Instagram (for photography) @sammyhearn.

Quint Qualls

Associate editor, Spring Hill

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