Category Archives: Meet the Writers

Newsymom Authors

Michaela Madison
Founder, Board President, Author
First of all, I just want to say THANK YOU! I am so happy to see that there are other moms out there interested in keeping up with the world around them. After all, we did bring small people into this crazy place… Well with that, it likely comes as no surprise, I too am a mom. I have been blessed with a beautiful little girl, Remingtoyn Lanay. The journey through parenthood is a wild one, isn’t it? From celebrating poopy diapers to literally crying over spilled milk! I’m sure you’re with me when I say that my eyes have been opened wider than ever before since changing my name to momma. (Of course, that’s a metaphor because we all know it feels more like a ton of bricks sitting on our eyelids most days). But, seriously…what’s up with this world? It seems like every day there is something new to be worried about. And that leads to why I decided to create this resource. In addition to being a mother, I am also a dedicated and passionate journalist with nearly 10 years of experience under my belt. I have a nose for news and the drive to get the bottom of things. My career has taken me through multiple mediums including both print and broadcast. I’ve anchored on several local radio stations, hosted news-talk shows, appeared in T.V. commercials and even produced in-depth documentaries and special series on hard-hitting news topics. I am a firm believer that KNOWLEDGE truly is POWER. If you know about it then you have the ability to plan your life accordingly. Now, (while I strongly believe that mom-powers are a real thing) being informed and aware of what’s happening in society, unfortunately, doesn’t give you a superpower that stops you from ever making the wrong choice. It does; however allow you to head out each and every day with a better idea of what you’re walking into. I hope to create a powerful team of women dedicated to staying informed and aware of what’s happening so we can all better teach and prepare our kids. What’s the latest crazy virus floating around out there? How can you help your kid chill out? And how can you teach your child to ‘politely’ tell that bully to “shove it?” This will be a one-stop-shop for you newsy moms out there. Each and every day I will cover a new topic that’s on the mind of us mothers and I’ll bring the experts right to you. And what’s a mom blog without a little mom humor? Don’t forget to check out my daily Momfession about real-life situations that cause moms to temporarily question their sanity! I hope you stick around! You have my word that if ( and hopefully when) you join my email list you WILL NOT be spammed. That stuff is annoying and wasted words. Instead, you’ll only receive emails when there’s new…news. Just a quick reminder to check it out. Thanks for taking a second to get to know me!
Jess D
Board Member, Author
Who am I? Jess, the newly drafted stay at home mom who could use some “on the job training”, in the cleaning my house department. I am so excited to get started with! I am also a procrastinator who started this biography over a month ago and trashed it, because I didn’t like how the first 15 flowed together. Who am I? Jess, the newly drafted stay at home mom who could use some “on the job training”, in the cleaning my house department. My husband and I have had 10 glorious years together<——This is sarcasm, one of my most endearing qualities, which I have undoubtedly passed onto our kids. I love being a mom. So when Michaela asked me to join the Newsy Mom team, I was thrilled. I thought, I have so much I could share; like the time our six year old convinced our nine year old to pee in the trashcan or when my two year old decided to give herself a yogurt facial. Mostly, I want to be able to write relatable posts that make people laugh at those small little moments when I feel like I’m going to pull my hair out. I suppose those will be the moments that my kids talk about during the holidays in 20 years and everyone still laughs about. Here is the run down: Our oldest is nine – Kaden Dean, and my husband and I have a six year old boy – Payton Alexander and two year old girl – Presley Elizabeth. I am a stepmom to the oldest boy. I make that a point to be said, because I respect the fact that I am given the opportunity to be a parent to a life that I did not create. I think that is very important! Payton – he is one of a kind and the driving force behind most of my posts. The kid is hilarious and yeah, I am one of those moms who thinks most things their kids do is hilarious or interesting but there is also times where I tell them to go run around the house a few times because they’re driving me crazy. Presley is a wild child. She is destructive, sassy, and stubborn, but can also be the sweetest thing. Just last night she learned to climb out of her crib. She greeted me with her baby doll at 4 am to break the ice that she will now be letting herself out of bed. She also is the apple of her daddy’s eye. Lastly, the more serious journey that I have been debating on sharing is, I am BRCA gene positive…You know like Angelina Jolie, only way less glamorous. In between baseball, diapers changes, kids schooling and being a wife, I am at doctors appointment every 3-6 months with these ticking time bombs of mine, known as breasts, getting smooshed, poked, and prodded. My heart beats out of my chest every time the phone rings to tell me the results of my tests. I will get into that more one day but today…I want to say thank you to Michaela to opening the door for me to engage with readers in this crazy life that most of us call motherhood. Happy Reading!
Rebecca M
Board Member, Author
I have a friend and we used to joke that one day we would write a book titled, “You can’t make this shit up!” That’s basically how I feel about the life of a mom! If I had ever dreamed that my days would be filled with saying… “put your penis away,” “why is there chocolate milk on the shower ceiling,” “who pee’d in the bathtub,” them I might have re-thought becoming a mom! Not really, but being a mother is definitely an adventure! I have three children; Delaney, who just turned sweet 16…(and whoever coined that phrase never had a hormonal teenage girl); Leland, who is seven years old; and Trevor, who is six years old. I have a beautiful step-daughter who has made me a grandma three times over at the young old age of 45. Our family is a blend of his and hers, (our daughters)…and ours (‘our’ boys, who we adopted through foster care). I look forward to sharing my experiences with you and to help all of you realize that at the end of the day…you can’t make this shit up!! <3 Rebecca
Kandi M
Do not put me on speaker phone & do not read my blogs out loud...especially if there are children around, I cannot be trusted... I love to cuss, like fucking love it, however with a two year old by my side 24/7, my potty mouth has to be least when she's around.  My name is Kandi, and now you know I swear like a sailor. I'm an extremely passionate individual and I love to write about my wonderful, funny, dysfunctional, crazy life. I am a stay at home mother, as I stated above to an extremely bossy, charismatic, hysterical, sweet, kind, loving two year old princess. I share my mothering duties with my wife Katie and cannot imagine this life without her by my side. I am excited to start this adventure & for someone else besides Katie to have to read my shit, I mean my AMAZING stories. Peace out peeps, hope you enjoy them. -Kandi
Christina Hagan
State Representative Christina Hagan is currently serving her third term in the Ohio House of Representatives. She represents the 50th House District, which includes the eastern portion of Stark County. Representative Hagan has focused her legislative efforts on restoring Ohio's reputation as a national economic leader by working to create a better business climate that can sustain a strong private sector job market. She believes that investing in the foundation of Ohio's economy, business owners, is the key to making Ohio great again. Representative Hagan has also been a leader in the effort to improve government accountability, promoting responsible use of taxpayer dollars to ensure that Ohioans' resources are not being misused. As a local official dedicated to her community, Rep. Hagan has received many accolades for her early legislative work, including being named Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2016. She is also an alumna of the American Council of Young Political Leaders. For the 132nd General Assembly, Rep. Hagan was appointed to vice chair of the Energy & Natural Resources Committee. She also serves on the Public Utilities Committee and the Agriculture & Rural Development Committee. A native of Stark County, being born and raised in Marlboro Township, Representative Hagan is still proud to call Stark County home, and privileged to represent the 50th House District at the Statehouse.
Emily R
Well, hello to anyone reading this small biography about me!  I am Emily if you couldn't tell by the bold print above... I am many other things, but being a mom is probably my favorite of all.  I have three children that keep life interesting and crazy and perfect.  My oldest, Laynee, is six years old.  She is sassy and determined.  That's a nice way of saying she challenges authority.  My middle child, Livi, is a two-year-old.  She is loud and smart, but also a very typical, rule-breaking two-year-old.  I also have a ten-month-old, Bennett, who is probably the happiest baby in the world.  I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Michael, for over 8 years.  He is a lucky man to have me and our adorable children. LOL.  For real though, he is funny and pretty nice so I'll keep him.  Beyond being a mom and wife, I am a vegan.  I feel like I'm confessing something, people have negative feelings associated with those words.  I am trying to raise my children with a whole food plant based diet and a life with compassion.  A passion of mine is a healthy diet and cooking.  I may also be slightly obsessed with food documentaries, (sorry not sorry).  The next thing you're wondering is, but what does your husband eat?  He eats what I make, plant-based foods.  I'm sure I'll get more into that in some of my articles.  I'm excited to share some of my life and experiences with you all! <3 Emily