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We take a new, positive approach to online publishing that creates new opportunities to spread good news about communities.

We don't create websites. We create online communities large enough to support major advertising, but small enough to remain hyper-local.

We've stayed true to our mission since day one

Forming positive communities

We strive to form positive, online communities centered around the idea that, given the option, users prefer to read about the good things going on in their community instead of the often-negative slant given to traditional media.

Bringing great news to all

Starting in Northwest Indiana, we're looking to bring these hyper-local, community-based websites to every city, township, county, or region that wants to break the traditional cycle of media, bringing something new and refreshing to their area.

Competitive technology

Utilizing web publishing, social media networks, and full editorial control, we are able to direct the best articles, editorials, photos, videos, and stories going on into the community directly in front of thousands of active, positive-minded people in each community.

Our Values


GreatNews.Life takes a refreshing, all-positive approach to news. It highlights the good in Northwest Indiana by photographing high school events, celebrating partners' milestones, and empowering the community through digital storytelling.


GreatNews.Life strives to ensure the community gets plugged into all the good happening in the Region. Commitment to quality and consistency enables GreatNews.Life to achieve maximum impact.


Developing long-lasting relationships with the Region, shedding light on the community's positive happenings, capturing stories that matter to Northwest Indiana is what GreatNews.Life is all about.


Delivering accurate, high-quality content that serves the interest of the community is crucial to GreatNews.Life's integrity. The company has a daily commitment to interacting with others in a professional and sincere manner, in-person and online.


Teamwork is in GreatNews.Life's DNA. The GreatNews.Life staff develops expertise in multiple disciplines, invites collaboration between staff and the community, and communicates internally and externally through team-oriented principles.

Meet the Lifers

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Chris Mahlmann


Chris founded the company in 2009 and is focused on spreading good news and making a positive impact.

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Natalie Mahlmann

Financial Director

Natalie is our Financial Director. She works most closely with payroll and accounts receivable and payable.

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Jenny Craig-Brown

Executive Director

Jenny Craig-Brown is our Executive Director. She forges partnerships & creates client satisfaction.

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Kami Tupiak

Partnership & Office Coordinator

Kami plays a vital role in ensuring smooth operations and fostering productive partnerships within the organization.

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Aubrey Thomson

Senior Editor

Aubrey writes, edits, and trains new staff using her mind for language, eye for detail, and heart for growing others.

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Lauren Grasham

Editor & Features Manager

Lauren is both an editor and GNL's spotlight connoisseur, headlining many of the features on the sites.

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Ashley Spargo

Director of Operations

Ashley manages all staff members, assigns content and coverage.

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Damon Modglin

Deputy Editor

Damon is the Deputy Editor keeping content error-free.

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Jess Mangual

Administrative Assistant

Jess assists the administrative team with various daily tasks

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Monika Krcoski

Junior Full-Stack Web Developer

Monika is in charge of the day-to-day tech operations of the office.

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Shelby Prouty

Sales & Partnership Coordinator

Shelby keeps a positive influence in the GNL team while assisting with office duties and maintaining partner relationships.

Field Team

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Gena DeMuth

Sr. New Media Journalist

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Curtis Hankins

Sr. New Media Journalist

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Dan Petreikis

Sr. New Media Journalist

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Zach Blair

New Media Journalist

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Jennifer Arzola

Sr. New Media Journalist

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Brenna Sealy

Publishing & Social Media Editor

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Charles Beard

New Media Journalist

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Kyle Boyd

New Media Journalist

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Garrett Spoor

New Media Journalist

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Clarissa Espinoza

Social Team & Publishing Editor Jr. Manager

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Abby Babcock

Video Production Editor

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Julio Herrera

New Media Journalist

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Carson Scott

Video Production Editor

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Philip Bolton

New Media Journalist

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Alyssa Chartrand

New Media Journalist

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Anthony Hudson

New Media Journalist

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Courtney Gomez

New Media Journalist

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Jason Reihl

New Media Journalist

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Elena Giorgi

New Media Journalist

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Jillian Spano

New Media Journalist

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Isabella Evers

Publishing & Social Media Editor

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Roberto Herrera

New Media Journalist

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Dylan Scott

Video Production Editor

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Caitlyn Kingery

New Media Journalist

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Lana Cantu

Videographer/Multimedia Content Producer

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Kimani Krienke

New Media Journalist

Student Voices Team

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Aadil Khan

Crown Point High School

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Trinity Austin

Hammond Central High School

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Abigail Buksa

Bishop Noll High School

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Avery Tegt

La Lumiere High School

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Amelia Sutherlin

Morgan Township High School

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Noemi Herrera

Hammond Academy of Science & Technology (HAST)

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Lily Ullrich

Hobart High School

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Claire Blaney

Wheeler High School

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Will Tallackson

La Porte High School

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Natalee Holland

Whiting High School

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Skylar Scearce

Andrean High School

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Anna Herr

Lake Central High School

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Gabriella Van Horne

Munster High School

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Caitlyn Vantine

Penn High School

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Layla Surane

Chesterton High School

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Broderick Kosiara

Valparaiso High School

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Bailey Chavis

Michigan City High School

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Doraluz Garcia Camacho

River Forest High School

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