Although he has been the publisher and editor of the New Tampa Neighborhood News and Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News for almost 20 years, Gary Nager first had a wide variety of experience as a professional writer and editor after graduating from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (Gainesville) with a B.S. degree in Broadcasting with a news emphasis 30 years ago.
Right after college, Gary was a freelance or staff writer/editor for a wide variety of publications and companies based in New York City, including several years as assistant/associate editor of The Ring & Boxing Illustrated boxing magazines, eight months as a technical editor for an engineering trade journal publisher, six months as a research editor for Wall Street investment firm Smith Barney Harris Upham & Co., six months as sports & cable TV columnist for The View, a TV industry magazine, and seven years as the owner and creative director of Gary Nager Communications, Inc., a media buying and creative advertising agency and TV and radio production company.
During the years he had his own agency, Gary also had a two-year run as host of “The Leisure Man Radio Show” on two stations in Westchester County, NY, which is where he first started doing dining and entertainment reviews. He also produced a health, nutrition and fitness radio program for Registered Dietitian Robert Crayhon that was syndicated on more than 100 stations nationwide.
Gary also has done standup comedy at The Improv in Ybor City and has written and submitted (but not yet had produced) numerous TV, film and stage treatments. He currently is producing business and other videos at Milorian Studios in Wesley Chapel. He enjoys dining out, live music, singing karaoke, working out, fishing, snow skiing and watching anything but reality TV in his free time. He is divorced and has two sons, Jared (24) and Jake (20).
Mary Dorey has been working in outside sales since 2008 and loves meeting new people each day. She holds a B.S degree in Counseling/Psychology and has been married for 23 years to her husband Kevin. They have two beautiful girls, Sidney, 15 & Anna, 17. Mary spent three years with the Tampa Tribune as an advertising executive, selling print & television commercials, as well as online ads. Prior to that, she worked for two years as an inside and outside sales rep for U.S. Wholesale Pipe & Tube-Galvanized Steel in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahama, Mississippi and Arkansas. Mary joined the Neighborhood News in March of 2014. She loves to watch Sidney perform in musicals, hear her older daughter Anna play French horn and enjoys hanging out with family and friends, as well as her awesome chihuahua, Will.
Celeste McLaughlin is a writer and public relations professional who has lived in New Tampa since 1999. She moved to the area after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Central Florida in Orlando with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations. Celeste was in the public relations field for several years, before leaving her corporate job to work as an independent public relations professional, while focusing on raising five children with her husband, Scott.
When she’s not helping businesses share their stories with the local community, she’s involved in it – volunteering at her kids’ schools, cheering them on in sports, serving at her church and in other ministries and organizations in the New Tampa area.
Anu Varma Panchal: Contributor Writer
Anu Varma Panchal was born in India, grew up in Zambia, and moved to West Texas to study journalism at Angelo State University. She got her Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from Drake University in Des Moines, IA, where she worked for The Iowan andMidwest Livingmagazines, before moving to Chicago to report and write for the Sun Newspapers, a group of suburban weeklies.
Four years in the Midwest was enough winter for a lifetime, and Anu was relieved when her husband got a job offer in Sarasota—especially because the offer came in January. She worked as an associate editor for Sarasota Magazine until her first daughter was born in 2005, when she transitioned to freelancing.
When Anu isn’t writing or editing for area publications and occasionally dabbling in fiction, she spends her days driving her two daughters (10 and 7) around New Tampa in her minivan to all of their various music and dance activities. She volunteers regularly in her daughters’ schools and Parent Teacher Associations, and spent a wonderful two years immersed in local history as a volunteer in the Tampa Bay History Museum’s Collections department. Although her idea of the ultimate good time is usually found between the pages of a book, Anu also enjoys yoga, her book club, travel, theater and area food and music festivals. She fantasizes about one day completing a 5K race.