Staff/Contributors

Charles Duncan Pardo - Editor
Charles founded Raleigh Public Record in September, 2008 after a stint as a reporter and producer at North Carolina Public Radio. Charles got his real start in journalism in a New York City jail when he was arrested while covering the protests at the 2004 Republican National Convention for Technician, the N.C. State University student newspaper. Since then his work has appeared on or in NPR, the BBC, Agence France Press, the Independent Weekly and others. Charles graduated from Wake Tech in 2003, N.C. State in 2005, and received a certificate in documentary studies from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke. He is now a part-time masters student at Duke where he's making up his own journalism program.
Jennifer Wig Suarez - Managing Editor
Jennifer Wig first inhaled the addicting scent of newsprint while working at her college newspaper, the Daily Egyptian. She later interned and worked at several papers in Illinois, including a stint at the State Capitol, where she caught glimpses of a freshman Obama. Jennifer moved to Raleigh in 2007 to work for NBC17 news as a web and broadcast producer. In 2010, she left news to start her own business, The Final Drafts, providing small business owners with website and marketing copy. She has a bachelor's degree in print journalism from Southern Illinois University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Jennifer and her husband love travel, downtown Raleigh and riding bikes on the greenways.
Ariella Monti - City Hall Reporter
Ariella Monti is the Record's first staff reporter. She earned the title of City Hall Bureau Chief after spending countless hours at City Hall attending Council and Committee meetings. She can also be found on Fayetteville Street attending Wake County Commission meetings. She has been writing for the Record since November 2010. When she isn't covering city hall, she is a tutor at Huntington Learning Center, working with students ages 6 to 18. Prior to making a mad dash from Long Island to Raleigh in June 2010, she spent two years at Herald Community Newspapers as a reporter for the Rockville Centre and Long Beach Heralds. She received her B.A. in Media Studies from Manhattanville College in 2005 and her M.S. in Publishing from Pace University in 2006.
Contributors: Dan Richers, Laura Baverman, James Borden, Jeanna LaMotte-Kerr, Drew St. Claire, Amy Howard
Karen Tam - Photographer
Karen Tam is an Ohioian by birth and a proud Ohio University graduate. But she has now spent most of her life in North Carolina, first moving to the Tar Heel State to work for 14 years as a staff photographer for the News & Observer and The Raleigh Times. Now, Tam works as a freelance photographer, which includes assignments for the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post and USAToday. Her hobbies include buying and sell antiques/junk — beauty is in the eye of the beholder, she says. To make life interesting, her beloved dog, Maddie, accompanies her on most jobs.
Past Contributors: Laura White, Joe Boisvert, Chrystal Bartlett, Rose Hoban, David Eichenberger, Leslie Rudd, Sonny Ferares, Christie Starnes, Andrew Johnson, Katie Knight, Art Latham, Andrew Mayo, Julia Merchant, Kate Pattison – The Historical Record, John Dancy-Jones, Darcy Dearth, Bryan LeClaire, Chris Cioffi, Tyler Dukes, Will Huntsberry, Fraser Sherman, Kari Smith, Lauren Ramsdell, Ben McNeely, Hide Terada, Monica Chen, Jacqueline Kantor