Geordi started with the NewsMail in February 2019. Hailing from Rockhampton – she has a background in agriculture and rural reporting. She has a passion for writing rural stories, community stories and anything quirky that pops up. Geordi is enjoying her new home in Bundaberg and is looking forward to getting to know the community better.
Chris Burns finished high school at Victory College, in Gympie. Eventually, he made it to Mount Isa, where he worked as the senior reporter for almost four years. During that time he fought (badly) in Fred Brophy’s boxing tent, accidentally competed in a national modelling competition, and interviewed his federal MP, Bob Katter, on many occasions. Burns lived in South America for 18 months and became a history and geography teacher at a Peruvian high school. Bureaucracy in education frustrated him, but he misses his students. Burns returned to Australia recently and was lucky to have been given a job in the beautiful Bundaberg region almost straight away. His Spanish is terrible. Burns’s hobbies are writing, yarning over a beer or two, and Tinder. He remembers talking to Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan as his most awkward interview - ever - due to a slight misunderstanding about something Mr Hogan said.
Rhylea relocated from Brisbane to join the NewsMail team in 2019. While this is her first journo job, Rhylea has previous experience with public relations, marketing and freelance writing and will graduate from CQU with her bachelor’s degree at the end of the year. Rhylea is passionate about community news and opinion pieces and enjoys writing stories with an emotional angle. In addition, Rhylea also enjoys photography, social media and reflective blogging.
Jay Fielding studied journalism and political science at the University of Queensland before landing a cadetship at the Fraser Coast Chronicle in 2005, where he worked for several years a reporter and later sub-editor. Jay then transferred to the company’s centralised sub-editing hub in Maroochydoore where he eventually began designing and sub-editing the NewsMail. In the middle of the decade, a company restructure saw Jay pack his bags and head to Bundaberg. He writes a weekly column and occasional yarn, curates sections including the letters to the editor, sub-edits content, trains staff and is passionate about cats.
Mike has been working for the NewsMail since 2010, putting to use the skills he learnt as a Fine Art student and a passionate photographer of beaches and beach life. His first photographic position was as a horse racing photographer in Cape Town, South Africa, and he later worked for the Daily Dispatch in East London, South Africa, in the advertising and editorial departments. Mike spent several years working for community newspapers in Auckland before joining the NewsMail team.
Crystal Jones started her career as a journalist at the Bundaberg NewsMail in 2007 when she was just a year shy of completing a Bachelor of Multimedia Studies at CQUniversity, Bundaberg. Having gained a Certificate in Journalism while still at high school, Crystal has long had a passion for writing and the media. In her time with the NewsMail she has filled such roles as reporter, news editor, production manager, sub-editor, designer, sports sub-editor, acting editor and now online editor and weekend editor. She also worked as a sub-editor and designer for papers stretching from Rockhampton to Biloela and beyond.
Shane joined the NewsMail at the end of 2015 as the new sports reporter after completing a double degree in sports studies and journalism in 2011 at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. Passionate about sport, Shane has covered large events including the Australian Open, the Clipsal 500, and the Bathurst 1000 for multiple sporting organisations across the country. He also is heavily involved in social media with his twitter profile closing in on 1000 followers. In his spare time he likes to travel and plans on heading overseas to Europe at some stage in the future.
Mikayla Haupt is a Bundaberg local who started her career as a journalist at the Bundaberg NewsMail in 2016, just after graduating from Bundaberg North State High School. Mikayla is currently studying at the University of New England and working as a reporter full-time at the NewsMail. Throughout her time at the local paper she has covered a plethora of stories, from court to breaking news, agriculture, politics, business, health, entertainment and community news.