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Josh Allen, Managing Editor
Born in Dallas 1988, the Millennial generation youth started as a photographer and journalist in 2011, taking over as the Managing Editor in January 2012. Hobbies include an array of art, reading, family, friends and fellowship, and most notably music. He is a musician & audio engineer, studying at Mediatech Institute in Dallas, where he graduated in 2010. He’s been on tour all around the world — playing in places such as Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Diego Garcia, and the U.S. — as a contract guitarist from the ages 18-21. A love for writing led him to the Extra! and the fortunate opportunity of meeting and working with Extra! founder Greg Wilson. An active member of the community, serving as an executive board member for the New Hope Center Women’s Shelter of Pars, as well as participating in Leadership Lamar County. He is the Business Development Director at Legacy Corporate Mgmt. Group. As the editor of the Extra!, his focus is pleasing the readers, so if you ever have any suggestions about a story, feel free to contact Josh by email at email@example.com.
Jenny Wilson, Sr. Editor/Marketing Director
Jenny Wilson is a mother of three. She teaches a Mommy & Me class at Central Presbyterian Day School, is a member of the Paris ISD school board and serves on the board of Paris Community Theatre and Children’s Advocacy Center. She also is on the PCT Children/Teen Theatre Advisory Committee, the Aiken Parent Association Board, the PJH Parent Association and is a Sunday school teacher at Holy Cross Episcopal Church. She also is a certified yoga instructor and owner of Everyday Yoga. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Univeristy of Central Florida with a BA in Journalism and holds an MBA from Boston College. Contact Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Higgins, Sports Editor
Greg has lived in the Paris area for most of his life and is a huge sports fan. He loves talking about sports and writing about it. Greg has been a part of eparisextra since the beginning of 2012. He is also very active in his church. When he’s not writing about or watching sports, you can find him working out or hanging out with his wife. Contact Greg Higgins at email@example.com
Charles Richards, Staff Writer
Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.
Jeff Parish, Staff Writer
Jeff Parish joined eParis Extra! in October 2011. He has served as a reporter and copy editor for the Greenville Herald-Banner, Dallas Morning News, The Paris News, and Galveston County Daily News, as well as managing editor of the Rockwall County Herald-Banner and Royse City Herald-Banner. A community journalist, Parish has covered business, city and county government, school districts, crime and just about everything in between. He has also served as a communications specialist for Bell Helicopter and EnergyScout. Since 2009, Parish has worked as a high school English teacher. He is a published author, with debut novel Jennings Grove out since May 2012 from Graveside Tales. His second book, a collection of short stories entitled Where the Sun Don’t Shine, is due out from Belfire Press later in 2013. Parish is also owner of the graphics design business 7th Square Designs, located at the Red River Region Business Incubator. He and wife Melinda have three children: Tiffany, Ian and Robert.
Dr. Chris Prakash is a contributing columnist, and author of eParisExtra’s “The Doctor is In” column. He is a medical oncologist at Texas Oncology Paris — Board certified in Internal Medicine, Oncology and Hematology. He lives in Paris, TX with his wife and two children, and can be reached at 903-785-0031, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ayesha Shafiq, Contributor
Director of Paris Cardiology Center for 11 years, where she runs management with the help of 22 employees.
Wife of Dr. Khalid Shafiq, M.D. and mother of their 2 children.
Masters Degree in International Relations.
Shafiq also contributes articles to the Extra! in the ‘Live Healthy’ column, as well as essays on Leadership and the skills of a Leader.