ABOUT THE ISLAND FREE PRESS

The Island Free Press is the first and only online newspaper serving both Hatteras and Ocracoke islands’ locals and visitors.

The newspaper made its debut on Sept. 5, 2007 and has grown since then in coverage, content, and popularity with readers on and off the islands. The mission of The Island Free Press is to cover the people, the issues, and the happenings that are constantly shaping our Hatteras and Ocracoke communities.

The Island Free Press covers and posts the news as it happens, and its writers explain the past, examine the present, and explore the future for residents and visitors alike. Writers familiar to island readers cover everything from recreation to education, from policies to politics, and Shooting the Breeze Blog puts all this in perspective.

The goal of The Island Free Press is not to just provide more information about the islands, but to encourage a better conversation about the issues that face islanders and visitors every day. We believe that the extensive, interesting, and varied content in our newspaper will serve our communities and at the same time attract the wide cross-section of readers that our advertisers want to reach.



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WHO WE ARE

~Owners/Publishers~


Irene Nolan
is the co-owner and editor of The Island Free Press. She has been visiting Hatteras for more than 35 years and has lived here since 1991. She is a veteran journalist who edited The Island Breeze on Hatteras for 16 years after 22 years as a reporter and editor at The Courier-Journal, a statewide newspaper based in Louisville, Ky. Nolan was managing editor of the newspaper for the last five years of her tenure there, and during that time the newspaper staff won a Pulitzer Prize for general news reporting on a church bus crash, caused by a drunk driver, that killed 27 people, most of them children. She can be reached at [email protected].






Donna Barnett
is the co-owner, graphic designer, and Web master. A Richmond, Va., native, she has been visiting Hatteras Island all of her life and spent her childhood summers in Salvo. She spent 10 years as a paralegal in Richmond and moved to Hatteras in 1997, shortly before her marriage to Hatteras native Charlie Barnett. They live in Hatteras village with their daughter Hannah. She worked as a graphic designer for The Island Breeze for 10 years before joining The Island Free Press. Donna is also active in her church, community organizations and is Vice President of the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.
She can be reached at donna@islandfreepress.org.




~Advertising Sales~


Nicole Fairbanks is an advertising sales representative.  She was born and raised in Virginia Beach and graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College. After four years in  banking and finance, she moved to Hatteras Island in 1996 after many years of "chasing the surf" here. She has owned a dive shop and boat and worked in sales for The Outer Banks Explorer Southern edition. She is active in the community, including the schools and Girl Scouts. She and her husband, John, a retired Coast Guardsman, live in Frisco with their four children. She can be reached at [email protected].





~Writers / Photographers~

Joy Crist
is a staff writer and columnist.   She grew up in western Massachusetts and graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in English and a concentration in language, writing, editing. She has been a Hatteras Island resident since 1998 and has worked in marketing and information technology. She joined the Island Free Press team when the newspaper was started in September 2007. Her work has also appeared in a number of regional Outer Banks websites and publications.
Joy currently lives in Avon with her dog, multiple cats, and long-suffering but extremely gracious husband. When she’s not writing, Joy can be found obsessively scouring the beach for seashells or traveling to the mountains to see what life is like above sea level.
Joy can be reached at [email protected].






Rob Alderman
has lived on the Outer Banks for more than 15 years and has worked in the recreational fishing industry the entire time. A former variety fishing TV show host, beach fishing guide, tackle shop and pier employee, Rob currently owns and operates Outer Banks Kayak Fishing. He is on the Pro-Staff of Bending Branches LLC, Wilderness Systems Kayaks, Release Reels, Yakattack and is an ambassador for Ugly Stik. You can follow his adventures at www.FishMilitia.com or OuterBanksKayakFishing.com.






Don Bowers
has been a professional photographer since 1999. He first picked up a camera in his high school years in the 1970s here on Hatteras Island, taking and developing pictures for the school's folklore magazine “Sea Chest." Don's photos have appeared in several local, regional, and national publications, and he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for his feature photography in The Island Free Press. He has been the IFP staff photographer since its beginning in 2007, and his photos and artwork hang in many businesses here on the island. Don can be reached via e-mail at [email protected]






Tom Hranicka
is a licensed North Carolina real estate broker who has been specializing in the Hatteras Island real estate market for 24 years. He has earned several prestigious professional designations, including Certified Residential Specialist, Accredited Buyer Representative, and Graduate, Realtor Institute.  Tom is the co-author of the first and only book written exclusively about the Hatteras Island real estate market. In addition, he has written over 200 articles concerning various aspects of the island's real estate market. He is a member of several national real estate organizations, and he has been featured on two national real-estate reality TV shows. Tom may be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 252-995-7395.






Catherine Kozak
has been a reporter and writer on the Outer Banks since 1995. She worked for 15 years for "The Virginian Pilot." Born and raised in the suburbs outside New York City, Catherine earned her journalism degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz. During her career, she has written about dozens of environmental issues, including oil and gas exploration, wildlife habitat protection, sea level rise, wind energy production, shoreline erosion and beach nourishment. She currently writes freelance articles for The Island Free Press and several other Outer Banks and state publications. She lives in Nags Head. Catherine can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].







Gerry Lebing
is a retired computer scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington, D.C.  He has visited Hatteras Island since the mid-1970s. He and his wife, Karen, have owned property here for several years and moved to their home in Waves full-time in 2013. Astronomy is a subject that Gerry says he has always been interested in and one that he pursues seriously -- he's built a small observatory next to his house. You can send him questions about the night sky through e-mail, [email protected].








Sandy Semans is a freelance writer who is a retired newspaper editor. During her 30-year career, she has worked as an investigative reporter, bureau chief, and research director. She is an avid defender of the public's right to know what their government is up to. In 2010, she was honored by the North Carolina Open Government Coalition based at the Sunshine Center at Elon University as that year's Open Government Hero. She has won 11 awards for investigative and news enterprise reporting. Freelance journalism, political speech writing and community service now keep her occupied. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].







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Hatteras and Ocracoke Island

Contact Us:

Irene Nolan - Editor/Co-Owner -   [email protected]  •  (252) 995-5323
Donna Barnett  -  Graphic Design/Web Master/Co-Owner - [email protected]   •  (252) 986-2542
Nicole Fairbanks - Advertising Sales - [email protected]  •  (252) 995-3006


Island Free Press, 50244 Captain's Court, Frisco, NC  27943
Mailing Address:  P. O. Box 414  •  Buxton, North Carolina  27920