Steve grew up in Hendersonville and attended East Henderson High School before attending the Gardner-Webb University where he graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion. Prior to coming to work at The Greer Citizen as a Publisher, he was Publisher at Hometown News in Spartanburg, Classified Advertising Manager at The Logan Banner in Logan, West Virginia, and General Manager at The Union Daily Times in Union, South Carolina. Steve’s newspaper career began in 1984 while a student at Gardner-Webb. Steve and his wife Shayna live in Woodruff with their daughter Sagen.
Phil Buchheit graduated Presbyterian College in 2000 with a degree in Political Science. He has over 13 years experience in the newspaper industry as a pressman, advertising sales representative, circulation manager, writer, and photographer. Phil has won several photography awards from the South Carolina Press Association.
William Buchheit graduated from the Spartanburg Day School in 1994 and received a Bachelors Degree in English from Rhodes College in 1998. After earning a Masters degree in American Literature at USC-Columbia, he began reporting for Spartanburg’s Hometown News weekly newspaper chain in 2001. He received the South Carolina Medical Association’s Print Journalism Award in 2005 and was named the 2011 Reporter of the Year by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He lives in Greer.
Mandy Ferguson studied Photography at Greenville Technical College. She joined the staff in 2007 and has received numerous South Carolina Press Association awards in photography and design. Mandy is currently working on her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Converse College.
A native of Greer, Julie Holcombe is a 1993 graduate of Greer High School and 1997 graduate of the University of South Carolina, Spartanburg with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She has worked at The Greer Citizen for over 20 years as typesetter, graphic artist, and reporter. She has won multiple awards from the South Carolina Press Association for feature writing as well as editorial and advertising design. She is married to Scott Holcombe, a graduate of Blue Ridge High School and Greenville Technical College.
Amanda Irwin grew up in Woodruff and attended Woodruff High School before moving to New York and attending the State University of New York at Plattsburgh where she graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree focused in journalism and English. Prior to coming to work at The Greer Citizen as a reporter, she was a page designer at The Journal in Seneca. Each week, Amanda covers government, news, business and writes an opinion column called Curiously Amanda.
Shaun grew up in Union, SC and attended Union High School and upon graduation attended the University of South Carolina and Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication. Prior to joining the Greer Citizen, he has held various roles in the print and broadcast industry - including Senior Print Buyer at Super Duper Publications, General Operations Manager at WHLC Radio, Assistant General Manager & News Director at WRGC Radio and Assistant News Director at WBCU Radio.
Suzanne Traenkle is a representative of the Marketing & Advertising staff for The Greer Citizen. A graduate of Greer High School, Anderson University, Clemson University and additional studies at Greenville Technical College, Suzanne has approximately 20 years experience in diverse advertising sales and marketing at two newspapers and in the specialty products fields. Prior to entering the advertising sales arena, she worked for a Washington, D.C. electronics trade association, and was a program manager for an electronics manufacturer in San Jose, CA. She is member of Greer First Baptist Church, secretary of the Greer Lions Club International, member of the City of Greer Planning Commission and is an avid Clemson fan.