Meet the Staff

Loudoun Now is a community-owned news organization covering Loudoun County, Virginia.

Phone: 703-770-9723

Here’s our story, as presented in Vol. 1, No. 1.

Norman K. StyerNorman K. Styer, Editor & Publisher
An Army brat, Norman K. Styer lived in six states and two foreign countries before moving to Loudoun County in 1980. After graduating Loudoun Valley High School, he earned a journalism degree at Penn State. He returned to serve as assistant editor of the Loudoun Gazette. In 1989, he joined the staff of the upstart community-owned Leesburg Today newspaper, working as its first full-time reporter and specializing in land use and development issues. He was named the paper’s managing editor for multimedia operations, in charge of developing the newspaper’s website and overseeing its cable television news programming. In 1997, he was named editor of Leesburg Today and was elected to the newspaper’s board of directors. After the community investor group sold the newspaper in 2006, he continued to serve as publisher and editor-in-chief for the Loudoun-based publications through a number of corporate ownership changes until 2015, when the papers were sold and closed. Following that transaction, he joined with a group of community members and journalists to launch a new community news organization, Loudoun Now. He lives in Round Hill, with his wife Susan.

Margaret MortonMargaret Morton, Senior Writer

A graduate of Edinburgh University in Scotland, Margaret Morton left her native Britain in 1966 to come to America after marrying Virginian W. Brown Morton. She entered the world of journalism at age 55, when she joined the staff of Leesburg Today in September 1992. In 24 years of covering the Loudoun community, its history, its people and its places, she has never regretted that life choice.  She wholeheartedly joined the effort to launch Loudoun Now and continues to cover the people and communities of Loudoun. She and her retired architectural conservationist husband live in downtown Leesburg.

Renss Greene, Deputy Editor

Renss Greene met then-Loudoun Now Managing Editor Danielle Nadler and her husband at a Virginia Press Association awards banquet in April of 2015 and immediately knew he wanted to be on this team. Loudoun Now is the perfect opportunity to do just that. A native of Virginia’s Middle Peninsula, he earned a mass communications degree from Emory & Henry College in southwest Virginia and has since worked in radio, newswriting and photography.He covers county government for Loudoun Now after working two years at the Rappahannock Record in scenic Kilmarnock, Virginia. He lives in the mountains of Clarke County, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Loudoun Literacy Council.

Kara ClarkKara Clark Rodriguez, Reporter

Kara Clark Rodriguez is a Northern Virginia native who studied print journalism at New York University. In August 2007, she moved back to the area to join the Leesburg Today staff as its Leesburg beat reporter and, later, Loudoun Business assistant editor. Following several years as the office manager at a local dental practice, she was honored to be a part of the launch of Loudoun Now where she is helping to cover Leesburg and business once again. Kara and her husband live in Berryville with their two little girls, a rescue dog they adopted and a stray cat who adopted them.

Patrick Szabo, Reporter

Patrick Szabo is a Loudoun native, born in Leesburg and currently living in Ashburn. In 2014, he graduated from George Mason University with a degree in English and journalism. His passion for journalism began immediately after watching The Rum Diary in spring 2012. Patrick interned with Leesburg Today from 2012 to 2013 before deciding to concentrate his efforts on law school. In fall 2014, he attended the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. He left after one semester to focus on creative writing and pursue a career in journalism. In addition to reporting, Patrick has also raced cars competitively since 2011.

Douglas GrahamDouglas Graham, Photographer

Douglas Graham’s award-winning career spans over 35 years as a staff and freelance editorial photographer. He has covered national and international news, national politics, professional, Olympic and college-level sporting events. He retired from the Economist Group in Washington in 2014 but continues to freelance at the local level. He holds first place news photo awards in many categories from Florida Press Association, World Press Photo Contest, Virginia Press Association, Virginia News Photographers Association, North Carolina Press Association, The White House News Photographers Association and the National Press Photographers Association.

Susan StyerSusan Styer, Advertising Director
A Loudoun County native, Susan Styer grew up in Sterling and Leesburg, and graduated from Loudoun County High School. She has 20 years of experience in newspaper advertising sales. She joined the staff of Leesburg Today in the classified advertising department in 1995. Two years later, she was recruited to join the display advertising staff. In 2003, she was named advertising manager for Leesburg Today. She continued as the newspaper’s sales manger and top seller through 2015. She lives in Round Hill with her husband Norman.