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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.

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

Contributing Editor

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

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Ashley Spargo

Editorial Director

Ashley manages all staff members, assigns content and coverage.

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Damon Modglin


Damon is a contributing editor keeping content error-free.

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Kale Nelson

Social Media & Marketing Director

Kale manages the Social Media team and creates social media campaigns across all platforms.

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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

Administrative Assistant

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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Alayna Wilkening

New Media Journalist

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Nick Poulos

Media Publishing & Event Coverage

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Zach Blair

New Media Journalist

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Emily Kozina

Publishing & Social Media Editor

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Jennifer Arzola

New Media Journalist

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Autum Meyers

New Media Journalist

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Brenna Sealy

Media Publishing & Event Coverage

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Elise Sims

New Media Journalist

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Kyler Wagner

New Media Journalist

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Rylin Sherron

New Media Journalist

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Charles Beard

New Media Journalist

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Kyle Boyd

New Media Journalist

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Haynen Johnson

Video Production Editor

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Ethan Levy

New Media Journalist

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Garrett Spoor

New Media Journalist

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Clarissa Espinoza

Publishing & Social Media Editor

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Abby Babcock

Video Production Editor

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Jona Robinson

New Media Journalist

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Julio Herrera

New Media Journalist

#1 Student Team

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Aadil Khan

Crown Point High School

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Megan Lambert

La Porte High School

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Ireland Hanna

Morgan Township High School

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Audrey White

Chesterton High School

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Meaghan Painter

Michigan City High School

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Diana Santos

Lowell High School

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Dorothy Lakshmanamurthy

Munster High School

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Joseph LaPatra

Griffith High School

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Madison Gresham

Michigan City High School

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Olivia Pierce

Portage High School

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Trinity Austin

Hammond Central High School

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Alyssa Frazier

Morton High School

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Guinevere Clark

John Adams High School

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Madison Gaskins

River Forest High School

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Ally Henrich

Marquette Catholic High School

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Mallory Stanage

Boone Grove High School

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Alexis Largent

Clay High School

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Hannah Kole

New Prairie High School

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Rafael Ferreira

Penn High School

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Katie Richardson

Washington Township High School

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Cameryn Rodriguez

Lake Central High School

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Bella Born

Lake Central High School

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Vivian Mundell

Hebron High School

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Kaylee Allen

South Central High School

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Ava Jimienez

Andrean High School

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Naudia O’Brien

Valparaiso High School

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Regan Bandy

West Side Leadership Academy

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Read their stories

A La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership Case Study

As an organization that is constantly working to drive economic activity in the La Porte community and aiding in its development, LEAP brings together the business community of The City of La Porte

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A City of Hammond Case Study

Early on in GreatNews.Life’s history, McDermott connected with GreatNews.Life and has maintained that relationship for many years. After meeting with GreatNews.Life Founder Chris Mahlmann, McDermott quickly saw the value of positivity.

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A REGIONAL Federal Credit Union Case Study

Even the smallest instance of positivity can make a huge difference, and Kevin Kosek is ecstatic about helping others see that there is  good news happening in the Region.

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A Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service Case Study

Flanagin saw that GreatNews.Life was not just an outlet to educate Northwest Indiana on bulk mailing, but also as a way to share with the area the things most media outlets don’t cover.

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