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Between the Lines

August 23, 2018 by
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Cameron McClarty—Contributing Videographer

Cameron McClarty is a young, driven, creative artist who rarely sleeps. His mind is always racing with new and different ideas on how his creativity can be shared with the widest audience. A native of Omaha, most of his education was spent in Catholic school, where discipline was taught to be second-nature. Earning a degree from Metropolitan Community College in video-audio communications art gave him the motivation to keep his vision alive and moving in a positive direction. McClarty continues to follow his passion as a videographer, photographer, graphic designer, editor, animator, and creative director. He recently began a full-time career at Kreative Element and is enjoying every minute of it.

Kamrin Baker—Editorial Intern

Kamrin Baker is majoring in journalism and media communications and minoring in women’s and gender studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. This fall semester, she is the digital editor for the Gateway Newspaper, but in the past she has written for publications such as HuffPost, MTV News, and Gloria Steinem’s Women’s Media Center. When she is not buried in sources and stylebooks, Baker enjoys spending time with family and friends, practicing yoga, traveling, rewatching Parks and Recreation on Netflix, petting dogs, and taking naps. She is vocal about issues that affect her, such as gender equality and the destigmatization of mental illness, and works tirelessly to tell stories that matter. After graduation, she hopes to use her passions to amplify the voices of women (including her own) via creative storytelling and unique leadership.

Patrick Mainelli—Contributing Writer

Patrick Mainelli is a writer and photographer living in Omaha. He is a graduate of the UNO English Department and works as communications manager at The Union for Contemporary Art. His nonfiction, which often explores the natural and human landscapes of Omaha and surrounding areas, has appeared in the journals Fourth Genre, The New Territory, and New Ohio Review among others, and has been featured on the public radio program Living on Earth. He is currently at work on a photo and essay series on the home site of James Baldwin—“Hermit Jim”—in Bellevue’s Fontenelle Forest. His writing and photography can be found at patrickmainelli.com.

Sophia Galardi—Sales Assistant

Sophia Galardi was born and raised in Papillion with her two brothers and one sister. This animal lover grew up with a dog, five cats, horses, chickens, bees, canaries, and pigeons. Galardi is a senior at UNO, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies with concentrations in general administration, communications, and gerontology. She also works as a suite attendant at Baxter Arena. Galardi lives in an apartment with her 84-year-old grandma, and together, they enjoy laughing at silly things, getting pedicures, and eating watermelon. When she isn’t studying or spending time with Grandma, she can be found spending time with her boyfriend, thrift store shopping, working out, and watering her 30 plants. Galardi dreams of being a mom and owning a dog.


This article was printed in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Between the Lines

June 20, 2018 by

Elizabeth Kottich – Editorial Intern

Elizabeth Kottich of Neola, Iowa, is pursuing a master’s degree in English with a focus on creative nonfiction writing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. When she is not busy with schoolwork, she enjoys reading about history, writing nonfiction, and cheering on the Hawkeyes. She looks forward to writing her thesis and finishing her degree (next year) before securing a position teaching high school English in the Omaha area. In the future, she hopes to continue teaching high school English while also teaching a few college classes. She also hopes to become a published creative nonfiction author and to write professionally.

Sara Locke – Contributing Writer

Sara Locke was born in Omaha, raised on poorly constructed Polish food, and graduated from a love of pizza rolls to the prestigious title of editor and food columnist at The Reader in 2014. She is young enough that she will tell you her real age if you ask directly but old enough not to volunteer the information. A freelance wordsmith, she one day realized that someone could make a living turning words into dollars (and it might as well be her). “Mamba” to three—one of whom can’t pronounce the word “mama”—when she isn’t writing for local papers, magazines, and media firms, she is writing her blog See Mom Date, teaching yoga, or torturing herself over which photos of her children to delete from her phone.

Michael McCurdy – Editorial Intern

Michael McCurdy resonates with the term “in-betweener,” as he spends most of his days shuffling through a large and pretentious vinyl collection, yet he appreciates the art of sport (and can be found profusely sweating and cursing during every Hawkeye football game). A student of journalism and cinema at the University of Iowa, Michael hopes to write and direct a modern version of Richard Linklater’s Slacker before becoming one of its characters. He has worked as a sports reporter and web editor for the University of Iowa’s student newspaper, the Daily Iowan, while also running an online film column for the university’s radio station, KRUI. In his free time, you can find him reading lists of all-time-best movies and albums, sometimes ranking his own (though the first-place spot is difficult to nail down: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band or Pet Sounds).

William Hess – Contributing Photographer

Editorial and commercial photographer William Hess is back in Omaha. During his previous six years in Kansas City, he cut his teeth in the industry and worked for several studios. William and his wife also brought a beautiful daughter into the world (two years ago). But with baby No. 2 on the way, the thought of raising two children away from friends and family got them rethinking priorities. They decided it was time to return to “The Good Life.” They sold their house, packed up, and headed Home-aha. Besides working, William loves spending time outdoors and exploring local culture. Showing his daughter the wonders of the world—from the smallest bugs to the biggest buildings—it’s exciting for him just to walk outside and see the world through her eyes.


This article was printed in the July/August 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine.