The Fort Campbell Courier staff is comprised of three Department of the Army civilian employees and three Main Street Media Tennessee employees.
Robert N. Jenkins, Director of Public Affairs, joined the public affairs team in May 2009. In that time, he's run the gamut of duties and responsibilities - from team leadership to command information, media and community relations planning and execution to contingency operations and advising senior commanders to supervising international media coverage of presidential and congressional visits. His more than 40 years' experience includes a 20-year Navy career as a public affairs officer having served on two major staffs; as officer-in-charge of two Navy Broadcasting Service facilities; a radio and television broadcasting instructor; and as associate editor of a major Navy newspaper and PAO for two ships. Related endeavors include being the Indianapolis Colts' assistant public relations director; public relations director for a full-service ad agency; producer and anchor for an ABC-TV affiliate; and regional marketing director and general manager with one of the country's largest mall developers. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management and communications.
Brendalyn Carpenter, Deputy Public Affairs/Command Information Officer, has been in this role since 2013. She entered the field through the Department of the Army Civilian Training, Education and Development Systems (ACTEDS) Intern Program in 1999. Over the next 14 years she became a seasoned public affairs specialist in the areas of command information, media relations, community engagement and congressional affairs while serving at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Today, in her role managing public affairs operations, Brendalyn has the privilege of supporting the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell in telling the Army story and showcasing what makes Fort Campbell the best Soldier and Family experience.
Maria Rice McClure, Editor-in-Chief, joined the Fort Campbell Courier staff in April 2015. She was the features editor, an award-winning columnist and copy editor at The Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville from October 1996 to August 2011 when she left there to work at Fort Campbell's Warrior Transition Battalion. Maria has traveled the world as an Army brat, spouse and Soldier. She is a graduate of Fort Campbell High School and Austin Peay State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in print and web journalism and is one thesis away from a master’s degree in corporate communication.
Mari-Alice Jasper, Managing Editor, rejoined the Courier staff August 2019. She was editor of The Eagle Post in Oak Grove May - Aug. 2019. Throughout her career, Jasper has served as a journalist at the Kentucky New Era and Fort Campbell Courier; and copyeditor at the Paris Post-Intelligencer. While completing her Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communication from Murray State University 2013 - 15, Jasper filled the role of News Editor at the university's student publication, "The Murray State News." Jasper is an award-winning journalist recognized by Kentucky Press Association.
Stephanie Ingersoll, multimedia journalist, joined the Courier staff August 2019. She was breaking news reporter for The Leaf-Chronicle for more than six years and previously worked for the Savannah Morning News, Bluffton Today and Bowling Green Daily News. She graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in journalism and a minor in government. She has won numerous awards from the Kentucky Press Association, South Carolina Press Association, Tennessee Press Association and Tennessee Associated Press Media Editors, received the Malcolm Law Award for Investigative Journalism and was NAMI’s South Carolina Journalist of the Year. She loves college football, fast cars and her silly Chihuahuas, Fang and Cricket.
Emily LaForme, multimedia journalist, joined the Courier staff August 2019. She was raised in the military community, born on Fort Knox, and is the daughter of a U.S. Army service member. While attending Michigan State University, Emily spent two summers interning for the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s Public Affairs Office for Cadet Summer Training on Fort Knox, where she realized her passion for telling the Army story. After reporting for a small-town Kentucky newspaper, Emily was eager to return to her military roots, and is thrilled to be joining the Fort Campbell Courier team. Emily is ready to take in all that Fort Campbell and the surrounding communities have to offer, and is looking forward to getting to know as many community members as possible.