Editorial Staff

Executive Editor - @cp_brandonscott
Brandon started working at the Phoenix in 2016. He is originally from Stilwell, OK, but now lives in Broken Arrow, OK. He previously worked for Cherokee Nation Communications and Pennwell Publishing. With a varied skill set including social media management, videography, and photography along with his managerial expertise, he hopes to move the Phoenix in a direction that serves readers from every generation.
Multimedia Editor – @cp_mdreadfulwat
Mark Dreadfulwater has worked for the Cherokee Phoenix since 2006. He began as a graphic designer, a position that exposed him to all factions of the organization. Upon completing his journalism degree from Northeastern State University in 2009, he was promoted to media specialist, switching his main focus to videography and visual journalism while maintaining his design duties. In 2012, he was promoted to multimedia editor. He is a member of Native American Journalists Association, Society of Professional Journalists and Society for News Design.
Assistant Editor – @cp_tsnell
Travis Snell has worked for the Cherokee Phoenix since 2000. He began as a staff writer, a position that allowed him to win numerous writing awards from the Native American Journalists Association, including the Richard LaCourse Award for best investigative story in 2003. He was promoted to assistant editor in 2007, switching his focus from writing to story development, editing, design and other duties. He is a member of NAJA, as well as the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and Society for News Design. Travis earned his journalism degree with a print emphasis in 1999 from Oklahoma City University. While at OCU, he served as editor, assistant editor and sports reporter for the school’s newspaper. He is married to Native Oklahoma publisher Lisa Snell. The couple has two children, Sadie and Swimmer. He is the grandson of original enrollee Swimmer Wesley Snell and Patricia Ann (Roberts) Snell.
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
Will lives in Tahlequah, Okla., but calls Marble City, Okla., his hometown. He is Cherokee and San Felipe Pueblo and grew up learning the Cherokee language, traditions and culture from his Cherokee mother and family. He also appreciates his father’s Pueblo culture and when possible attends annual traditional dances held on the San Felipe Reservation near Albuquerque, N.M. He enjoys studying and writing about Cherokee history and culture and writing stories about Cherokee veterans. For Will, the most enjoyable part of writing for the Cherokee Phoenix is having the opportunity to meet Cherokee people from all walks of life. He earned a mass communications degree in 1993 from Northeastern State University with minors in marketing and psychology. He is a member of the Native American Journalists Association. Will has worked in the newspaper and public relations field for 20 years. He has performed public relations work for the Cherokee Nation and has been a reporter and a photographer for the Cherokee Phoenix for more than 18 years. He was named interim executive editor on Dec. 8, 2015, by the Cherokee Phoenix Editorial Board.


Senior Reporter
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Lindsey Bark grew up and resides in the Tagg Flats community in Delaware County. She graduated from Northeastern State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, emphasizing in journalism. She started working for the Cherokee Phoenix in 2016. Working for the Cherokee Phoenix, Lindsey hopes to gain as much knowledge as she can about Cherokee culture and people. She is a full-blood Cherokee and a citizen of the United Keetoowah Band. Her favorite activities are playing stickball and pitching horseshoes. She is a member of the Nighthawks Stickball team in Tahlequah and enjoys performing stickball demonstrations in various communities. She is also a member of the Oklahoma Horseshoe Pitchers Association and competes in sanctioned tournaments throughout the state. Previously a member of the Native American Journalists Association, she has won three NAJA awards and hopes to continue as a member with the Cherokee Phoenix.

Administrative Staff

Administrative Officer
Dena has worked for the Cherokee Phoenix since 2004. She is currently the Administrative Officer for the Cherokee Phoenix and supervises the Advertising, Circulation and office staff.
Administrative Assistant
Joy started working for the Cherokee Nation in 2001. She is currently the Secretary of the Cherokee Phoenix.
Advertising Specialist
Samantha Cochran joined the Cherokee Phoenix as an advertising representative in 2014 and has worked in advertising and marketing since graduating from Gore High School in 2005. Being a Cherokee Nation citizen, she competed in Cherokee quiz bowls throughout high school and has taken Cherokee classes regarding culture, people and language. While working for the Cherokee Phoenix she has broadened her knowledge about the Cherokee people and culture. Samantha is married to Chris Cochran and they have four children: Tucker, Alex, Ashlyn and Summer.
Advertising Representative
Terris Howard is from Welling, Okla. She graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in visual communication and a minor in business. While in college, she worked for Cherokee Nation Businesses. She started working for the Cherokee Phoenix as an advertising representative in 2018. She is married to Jeremy Howard. They have one daughter, Lyllyann. ​
Distribution Specialist
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