The Fort Campbell Courier staff is comprised of three Department of the Army civilian employees and three Main Street Media Tennessee employees.
Brendalyn Carpenter-Player was promoted the Public Affairs Director in 2021 after serving eight years as Deputy Public Affairs/Command Information Officer. She entered the field through the Department of the Army internship in 1999. Following the advice of one of her first mentors, Brendalyn accepted every new assignment and additional duty as an opportunity to learn all areas of Public Affairs operations. As a result, she has 22 years’ experience as a seasoned public affairs practitioner in the areas of strategic communication, command information, media relations, community engagement and congressional affairs. Today, in her role directing 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.
Ethan Steinquest, news reporter, joined the Courier staff January 2021. A Clarksville native, he previously worked for the Lebanon Democrat, Macon County Times, Portland Leader and Franklin Favorite. He graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Science in print and web journalism and worked as the managing editor for the university’s student publication, “The All State.” He has received multiple awards from the Kentucky Press Association.
Sirena Clark, staff writer, joined the Fort Campbell Courier in May 2021. Clark previously worked as a freelancer for the Leaf Chronicle where she produced “That’s so Clarksville.” Highlights of her writing career also include being published in USA Today. Clark, a native of Missouri, graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor degree in Spanish Language, Culture and Literature. Clark’s love for travel has taken her to Ecuador, Colombia and China. Clark and her husband, Sgt. Clayton Clark, an Army intelligence analyst assigned to 101st Division Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are the proud parents of a 50-pound pitbull named Raya.