Meet the Staff


Sue Detar, Publisher/Managing Editor. Sue started the newspaper in the fall of 2003 to merge two of passions - writing and her community. The Daniel Island News is Sue's first publishing and editing adventure.

 "I saw some really great papers in other small communities and wanted to bring a community paper to my own neighborhood," Sue said.

Sue has recently published a new book, Don't Lose the Ball in the Lights and Other Life Lessons from Sports. Learn more about the book and order it here

Sue and her family moved to Daniel Island in 1997 with her then two children, before the I-526 interchange to the island was built. At the time, there were only about 50 people living on Daniel Island and it was hard to find someone for her children to play with. Her third child, born in 1998, was one of the first child to be born on Daniel Island. Today, there are so many children, businesses, churches and friends on the island that a community newspaper serves as an excellent avenue for communication.

A 1988 graduate of Lafayette College with a degree in Government & Law and Russian Studies, Sue is also a 1991 graduate of Temple University School of Law. Prior to starting the paper, she taught political science at Charleston Southern University. Sue's legal experience is in construction and engineering law and in general business.

The paper has two mottos: (1) The Daniel Island News - Promoting the Power of Community; and (2) The Daniel Island News - That's My Paper! Both mottos fit Sue's vision for the paper: "I encourage our readers to contribute stories and photos to the paper because The Daniel Island News is the community's paper."

You can reach Sue at 843.345.1563 or at  And visit her author website here.

Meet the staff


Ronda Schilling, Sales Executive, is an active resident in the Daniel Island community. Ronda is athletic minded, having served on the City of Charleston Recreation Commission, organized the first kids triathlon, and served as the treasurer of the Daniel Island Flying Fish swim team. Ronda has a bachelors of science degree, having worked as a respiratory therapist for 10 years and is a commissioned oil artist. Ronda, her husband Bob, and two children enjoy boating, running and the healthy Daniel Island lifestyle. Ronda can be reached at or at 843-330-1981.



Trudy Hicks, Sales Executive, is an experienced retailer and business owner. She lives on Daniel Island with her husband, H.R., and their two children, where she is a member of the Daniel Island Club and is an avid tennis player. Trudy graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Management and Marketing. She uses her experience as a business owner, her backround in retail and marketing, and her knowledge of Daniel Island to help businesses successfuly attract and reach the Daniel Island marketplace. Trudy can be reached at or at 843-327-7014.



Jan Marvin, Creative Art Director, owned a graphic design business in Chicago and Georgia before moving to Mt. Pleasant. Before her career as a graphic designer, she was an  A.S.I.D. Commercial Interior Designer. She holds degrees in Interior Design and Architectural Technology. She has worked as a graphic designer at advertising agencies and printing companies and has worked with Disney and Arista Records. She was copy editor/graphic designer at The Eatonton Messenger/Lake Oconee News and The Oconee Leader in Georgia. She created and edited commercials and ran the cameras during newscasts at WCBD-TV2 (NBC) in Mt. Pleasant. She paints in her free time and runs her art business in her studio and online at Jan Marvin Art Studio. She lives in Mt. Pleasant with her husband, two children and granddaughter. Jan can be reached at or at 843-856-1999.



Katherine Smith, Katherine is a jack-of-all trades at the paper. A graduate of Clemson University, Katherine is our bookkeeper and billing clerk. Additionally, Katherine copy edits the paper, updates the website, manages distribution, and contributes articles.




Meet the writers

Elizabeth Bush, Editor/News and Features Writer. Elizabeth (Beth) graduated from Appalachian State University in 1989 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Communication Arts (and a concentration in Broadcast Journalism). After graduating, she worked at WCTI-TV 12 News in New Bern, North Carolina, as a Weekend News Anchor/Reporter and Producer. While at WCTI-TV, Beth also served as Bureau Chief for the station's Jacksonville office, covering a variety of stories about the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune, military deployments to the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Storm, and more. In addition, she traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to report on the marine's involvement in the Haitian Relief Effort.

In 1994, Beth transitioned into the field of public relations and took a position as Communications Specialist for Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, PA. After several years as a stay-at-home mom, she rekindled her journalism career in 2005 as a freelance writer for The Daniel Island News. In 2016, she became the editor of the paper. Beth loves being part of the Daniel Island community and considers it a privilege to be able to spotlight the people, events and activities that shape island life. You can contact Beth at (843) 670-8830 or via e-mail at:


Heath Ellison, General Assignment Reporter. Heath graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2015. He attained a degree in history and later took a position in education and visitor services at Drayton Hall, an 18th century estate here in the Lowcountry. But Heath’s love of writing soon took center stage and he began freelancing in the Charleston area. Before joining The Daniel Island News as a general assignment reporter in May of 2018, he worked primarily in music journalism, often covering the punk and rap music scenes in the Lowcountry for Charleston City Paper. He spent the better part of the summer 2017 compiling an oral history of Charleston hip-hop. His assignments for The Daniel Island News cover a wide range of topics, including city and county government, crime, development, business, education and more! Any and all story ideas are welcome. You can contact him at or (803) 351-0724.


Deborah Bailey is a turner of phrases and cartwheels. She has been a writer, editor and teacher for two decades. After spending most of her life in San Francisco and Chicago, she is enjoying living on Daniel Island with her husband, Ken, and their two young daughters. Deborah graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Journalism and received her MS.Ed degree from Dominican University of California. She can be reached at or at (843) 743-3341.


Kate Maas, a native of New York City, has been a regular contributor to The Daniel Island News since she moved to Daniel Island with her daughter, Jenna, nine years ago. A freelance writer with more than ten years of experience, Kate has written for magazines such as New York, Hamptons and Redbook and has created website content for clients like JPMorgan Chase, Unilever and Mt. Pleasant’s own Pit Stop Auto Repair. Kate holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.S. Ed from Bank Street College of Education.



Steve Ferber has over 35-years of experience as a journalist. He writes a regular column, Unconventional Wisdom, and contributes other news and features. He is author of “21 Rules to Live By,” available in both paperback (Amazon/Barnes & Noble) and electronic form ($7.77 at An experienced entrepreneur, Steve has started six companies and more than a dozen publications.




Phil Bowman has over 30-years of experience in journalism, including over 20 years with the Post and Courier as a sports writer. Phil, who is a is full-time realtor with Caldwell Banker, covers high school sports and general sporting news and features.





Doug Dickerson is a Certified Leadership Trainer and coach. He is a communicator in all things leadership and the author of three leadership books. Doug also pens the “Management Moment” column week after week in The Daniel Island News. His passion is equipping and empowering leaders through his column and training employees to reach their full potential. Visit his website at




Daniel Island Publishing

225 Seven Farms Drive
Unit 108
Daniel Island, SC 29492 

Office Number: 843-856-1999
Fax Number: 843-856-8555


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