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Meet the APG News Staff

Editor – Amanda Rominiecki

Rominiecki joined the APG News staff as editor in August 2014. Prior to joining the APG Garrison Public Affairs Office, she began her federal career as a part-time public affairs student intern and then full time public affairs specialist for the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center at APG in 2012. Rominiecki holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of Delaware.

A Midwest native, Rominiecki was born in Ohio and grew up in a Chicago suburb. She is now a proud Maryland transplant, currently working her way through the state’s more than 50 wineries. In her spare time she likes to crochet and cook.

Contact Amanda Rominiecki at apgnews.staff@gmail.com | Read stories written by Amanda here.

Assistant Editor – Yvonne Johnson

Johnson was promoted to APG News Assistant Editor by the Baltimore Sun Media Group Oct. 14, 2013. Johnson joined the APG News staff as a contract photojournalist in 1999. She retired from the U.S. Army in 1994 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tn. (1998). Johnson is the first APG News contractor to receive awards in journalism and photography.

She holds three Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association awards in writing and photography, a Department of the Army ‘Significant Achievement in Journalism’ award (2004); a DA Office of the Chief of Public Affairs Journalist Award (2003); Keith L. Ware Journalism awards for commentary and photography (2001, 2002, 2003);); and the National Guard Association of Maryland Media Award (2000). Johnson has two grown sons and six grandchildren.

Contact Yvonne Johnson at: 410-278-1148 or yjohnson@baltsun.com | Read stories written by Yvonne here.

Staff Writer – Rachel Ponder

Ponder joined the APG News staff as a contract staff writer in January 2008. This is her first job as a photojournalist since graduating college in 2007. She received a Bachelors of Arts in public communication and a Bachelors of Science in business administration at Columbia Union College, Washington, D.C., earning cum laude in both degrees.

While attending college, Ponder worked in the Marketing and Communications Office for the school, where she wrote news articles for the school’s Web site, photographed campus events and produced a weekly newsletter. In 2007 she was the Media Relations Director for Tastes of Takoma, a student-planned community event sponsored by the school. That same year, she was awarded Best Public Relations Research Project and Best Photo Showing Action by her college’s communication department.

Contact Rachel Ponder at: 410-278-1149 or rponder@baltsun.com | Read stories written by Rachel Ponder here.



Staff Writer – Jonathan Bleiweis

Contact Jon at: 410-278-118759 | jbleiweis@baltsun.com

Design Coordinator – Timothy Davis

Contact Tim at: 410-278-1146 (Tuesdays only) | trdavis@baltsun.com