About Us

The Florida Star Staff



Owner/Publisher: Clara McLaughlin-Leath
Management: Lonzie Leath, Rinetta M. Fefie



Sales & Marketing
Kirkwood Hannah
Greg Daniels
Levi Williams



Layout Editor: May E. Ford
Crime & Justice
: Kevin Kim
Georgia/Caribbean News
: Arthia Nixon
Talk of the Town: Frances Bradley, Volume Burks
Special Sections: Tia Ayele
Sports: Mike Bonts, Laurence Greene
Investigative Reporter: Lonzie Leath

Marsha Phelts
Laurence Greene
Michael Phelts
Richard McLaughlin
Andrea F. K. Ortiz
Angela Favors Morrell
Farris Long
Frank Powell

Ester Davis

Bruce McGee
Shontrell Cook
Erin Harris
Rutha Ferebee
Earnest Banks
Rodney Johns

Our History

In April 2014, The Florida Star celebrated its 63rd anniversary. The paper was founded on April 15, 1951 by Eric O. Simpson, the first African American inducted into The Florida Press Association Hall of Fame.

We, the staff at The Florida Star, are committed to providing you with the lastest and most accurate news possible that affects the African American Community. That is how we became Northeast Florida’s oldest African American – owned newspaper with the most news and the largest circulation. We now have a subsidiary, The Georgia Star.

We are fully aware that our accomplishments are not only due to our hard-working staff, but we grew and prospered also because of you who gave us loyal support along the way. Again, thank you for your patronage. We look forward to serving you for many, many more years to come.

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