BenitoLink Staff & Contributors


bjbonner22's pictureBecky Bonner is a local teacher at San Benito High School who is passionate about sharing things to do in San Benito County.



John Chadwell

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John Chadwell is a freelance reporter covering local government and general news. He has many years experience as a freelance journalist as a reporter, photographer, copywriter, ghostwriter, scriptwriter and novelist. He is a former U.S. Navy Combat Photojournalist and is an award-winning writer who has worked for magazine, newspapers, radio and television. He has a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from Chapman University and underwent graduate studies at USC Cinema School. John has written a motion picture script released in 2016. He has also written eight novels, ranging from science fiction to true crime.  johnchadwell@benitolink.com.

Malia Chang

Malia Chang is a junior writer at San Benito High School.

Leslie David

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Leslie David is a Bay Area reporter/producer and is a BenitoLink founding board member. She has been a reporter, producer and photographer for radio, television, newspaper and magazines in both California and Wyoming.  While at KRON-TV News in San Francisco, she won the Commonwealth Club’s Thomas Storke Award with Linda Yee for their Aids Epidemic series.  Leslie lives on a ranch with her family in San Benito County. lesliedavid@benitolink.com

JulieFinigan Morris

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Julie Finigan Morris is a journalist and business owner. She has worked as staff writer for several news organizations, including Thomson Newspapers in Washington D.C., McClatchy Newspapers and Scripps News Service. She is also the Co-Founder and Owner of Morris Grassfed and has lived in San Benito County for more than 25 years. Morris has also worked in corporate communications, marketing, and the non-profit sector. She is a founding board member of BenitoLink and currently serves on its Editorial Committee. She recently published her first novel, Exit Strategy. Visit her online at juliefmorris.com


Matt is a freelance contributor to BenitoLink. Over the past few years, he has contributed to a number of publications from Alaska to Hawai’i, and everywhere in between. In his free time, you can find him photographing his own stories, pitching articles on environmental justice, and spending time in the great outdoors.

Noe Magaña

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Noe Magaña is a BenitoLink staff reporter. He also experiments with videography and photography. A San Benito High School graduate with a bachelor’s in journalism from San Jose State and a Liberal Arts Associate’s Degree from Gavilan College. Noe also attended San Jose City College and was the managing editor for the City College Times, the school’s newspaper. He also was a reporter and later a copy editor for San Jose State’s Spartan Daily.

Nicholas Preciado

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Nicholas Preciado is BenitoLink Content Manager, as well as a writer, editor, and journalist. He previously worked at the Hollister Free Lance, Gilroy Dispatch, and Morgan Hill Times newspapers. Nick graduated from Humboldt State University in 2013 with a B.A. in English Writing Practices and a minor in journalism.

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