| March 27, 2014
Ocracoke Observer is under new ownershipIslanders
Connie Leinbach and Peter Vankevich in March purchased the Ocracoke
Observer from Linda Rippe and will run this free publication made
available throughout Ocracoke Island and connecting points and
areas in Hyde and Dare counties.
The new owners, while looking
to enhance the Web presence of the paper, believe in the worth of print
newspapers and the special niche this monthly has for Ocracoke Island.
very excited about this new venture and working to revitalize this
publication for both tourists and residents,” Vankevich said.
Ruth Fordon will continue as editor.
Vankevich and Leinbach live fulltime on the island and have written for
the publication for several years and will continue to do so.
in 1999, the paper covers news and culture primarily relating to
Ocracoke Island. Future plans for the paper include creating an online
presence and making past articles available online.
Leinbach has an extensive industry background in Reading, Pa., as a
daily news reporter, freelance writer, public relations consultant, and
newspaper publisher. She also has worked in arts management as an
amateur opera company manager and arts agency executive director. She
is the Ocracoke correspondent for an online newspaper that covers
Ocracoke and Hatteras, The Island Free Press (www.islandfreepress.org), and will continue in that capacity.
Vankevich worked in the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library of
Congress including being head of the Copyright Information Section for
16 years, and has been a freelance writer for the Hill Rag, Washington,
D.C. He has a radio show called “Theme Tunes” on the Ocracoke community
radio station, WOVV 90.1 FM and online, and he serves as a volunteer
The new co-owners can be reached at [email protected].