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Behind Bay Weekly

Bay Weekly is theFREE newspaper covering Anne Arundel and Calvert counties in the greater Annapolis region of Chesapeake Bay, with 50,000-plus weekly readers stretching from Severna Park to Solomons, Crofton to the Bay Bridge.

Bay Weekly focuses on quality of life, the environment, the area’s culture and lore and and entertainment on and around Chesapeake Bay.

Bay Weekly is a family-owned and operated newspaper, founded in 1993 and incorporated in the state of Maryland as New Bay Enterprises, Inc. It is run by a dedicated staff of professionals and survives on advertising revenue.


Editor Sandra Olivetti Martin, who determines what goes into each week’s paper, is a veteran writer, editor and teacher. She has taught writing and editing for more than 35 years, most recently at University of Maryland University College as an adjunct professor, and also at St. Louis University, the University of Illinois at Springfield and other top-notch colleges and universities.

She also has written for national, regional state and local magazines and newspapers, including TheWashington Postand Baltimore Sun. In her specialty, weekly newspapers, she developed her style at Illinois Times (Downstate Illinois’ alternative newsweekly) and perfected it as editor of theHill Ragin Washington, D.C.


Veteran journalist Bill Lambrecht, founding partner and editorial advisor, guides Bay Weekly’s editorial policy. By day, he is Washington Bureau Chief of the St. LouisPost-Dispatch. As an environmental and resources reporter and as a national political writer, he has won some of journalism’s most prestigious awards — among them three Raymond Clapper Awards and the Society of Professional Journalist’s Award — for his national and international reporting.

His first book Dinner at the New Gene Café: How Genetic Engineering Is Changing What We Eat, How We Live and The Global Politics of Food (St. Martin’s Press), was ranked as one of the 10 best nonfiction books of 2001 by

His second book, Big Muddy Blues: True Tales and Twisted Politics Along Lewis and Clark’s Missouri River, chronicles the deterioration and abuse of the Missouri River.


Co-founder J. Alex Knoll oversees day-to-day operations and long-range planning and budgeting of the paper operations using standard business principles as well as state-of-the-art computer software. He is responsible for all financial aspects of an independent, advertising-driven, weekly newspaper with annual sales in excess of $500,000 and with 12 full-time employees. Achievements include: succesful “product branding” of start-up weekly newspaper; 12 years of double-digit growth; regular reinvestment in the business with up-to-date computer equipment and regular staff training and betterment. He holds two degrees from the University of Illinois, a bachelor’s in creative writing and a master’s in journalism.