Ben Olivo is editor and co-founder of the San Antonio Heron. In 1996, he began working in the San Antonio Express-News' sports department, compiling high school football scores on Friday nights. Over the next 19 years, he moved about the newsroom — from business news to metro, from features to mySA.com. From 2008 to 2015, he wrote The Downtown Blog, an online page from which the Heron is largely based. He left the Express-News in 2016 to give politics a try, but politics chewed him up and spit him out after six months. At the beginning of 2017, he joined Folo Media, a journalism nonprofit backed by the H.E. Butt Family Foundation. Soon after joining Folo Media, he served as managing editor, overseeing a small newsroom of reporters. He left Folo Media in February 2018.
Olivo also serves as president of the board of directors.
Irene Abrego is a journalism instructor, and advisor of the student newspaper The Ranger, at San Antonio College. Abrego worked at the San Antonio Light and The New York Times from the late 1980s to 1995. Since then, she has taught at San Antonio where she has shaped the early careers of hundreds of regional and national journalists.
Cary Clack, a San Antonio native, was a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News from 1995 to 2011, and his best pieces were spun into a book called “Clowns and Rats Scare Me” (Trinity University Press, 2009). After leaving the Express-News, he served as Communications Director for Joaquin Castro’s Congressional campaign, as District Director for Congressman Castro, and as Communications Director for Mayor Ivy Taylor. In 2017, Clack was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. He currently works at Merced Housing Texas as a writer and community engagement liaison.