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Editorial Bios

Diablo Editorial Team


Deborah Kirk

Editorial Director, Diablo Publications

Deborah moved to the Bay Area from her native New York in 2003 and is now a proud East Bay resident. She spent many years editing and writing for New York–based publications—such as Harper’s Bazaar, Details, Elle, and Travel and Leisure—followed by several years living and reporting overseas. After a time in the Czech Republic and Mexico, she moved to Panama, where she created and launched a number of Spanish-language magazines. She joined Diablo Publications in 2007 and now enjoys the endlessly creative responsibility of overseeing all the editorial content for Diablo, Napa Sonoma, and the company’s many custom publications. She’s an avid swimmer and scuba diver, and an active volunteer with a number of local organizations such as Refugee Transitions and the UCSF Medical Center.

Contact: dkirk@dcpmail.com


Virginia Shannon

Executive Editor, Diablo

A lifelong “word nerd,” Virginia knew she wanted to work for a magazine as a tween growing up in the South Bay Area. So, she spent her early 20s traveling the world in search of adventure, before moving to New York City to pursue her editorial passions. Soon, she was writing and revising articles for such esteemed publications as Harper’s Bazaar, Us Weekly, W, VanityFair.com, Style.com, Assouline books, and the dearly departed music bible Blender. Fourteen years in the Big Apple proved enough for this California girl, however, so in 2016 she moved to the East Bay to be closer to friends and family, and to enjoy a more easy-going lifestyle. These days, she can be found exploring the natural and cultural wonders of our area with her husband and two young children.

Contact: vshannon@diablopubs.com


Morgan Mitchell

Managing Editor, Diablo

At 15 years old, Morgan made history as the first-ever person to get in trouble for writing in class. An avid reader and writer from a young age, she was known among friends in school as the person to turn to for a book recommendation, help brainstorming a story, or a thorough read of an essay. After receiving her BA in English from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, she returned to her childhood stomping grounds in the East Bay and joined the team at Diablo Custom Publications, where she now serves as managing editor of Diablo, Napa Sonoma, and Diablo Arts. She can usually be found investigating local bookstores and breweries—as well as the rest of the Bay.

Contact: mmitchell@diablopubs.com


Peter Crooks

Senior Editor/Senior Writer

Covers: Arts and entertainment, personality profiles, news, and service

Peter returned to his hometown of Lafayette and began working at Diablo magazine in 1998, after spending most of the '90s as a scuba-diving, movie-watching, library-frequenting vagabond, living in Micronesia, Australia, and the Grand Canyon National Park. In addition to his love of all things East Bay, Pete is a major film buff—his movie blog, Pete's Popcorn Picks, can be found at diablomag.com, and he has contributed weekly reviews for radio programs on KFRC, KNBR, and 107.7 The Bone. He has written stories for the Arizona Daily Sun, Via magazine, Athletics magazine, and Theowlmag.com, and appeared as an expert tipster on the television programs Bay Area Backroads and Eye on the Bay.

Contact: pcrooks@maildiablo.com
Twitter: @popcornpicks

Nicholas Boer

Senior Food Writer

Covers: Food and drink

Nicholas discovered Hamburger Helper as a kid, putting him on track to sous chef positions at The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards and Postino (formerly Tourelle) in Lafayette. In Kauai he was executive chef at Plantation Gardens and a cook at The Masters under three star Michelin chef Louis Outhier. Nicholas has also been an executive chef in Sausalito, San Francisco, and Corte Madera. When he got weary of burns and stitches he became a journalist and has been a food writer in the East Bay ever since. He now spends his time bicycle riding in an ever-losing battle to expend more calories than he takes in.

Contact: nboer@diablopubs.com


Clay Kallam

Diablo Dish Columnist

Clay has lived in Contra Costa County since Orinda had more ranches than Range Rovers, and what  excitement there was in Walnut Creek was cruisin’ the Main. Fine dining? Pizza at Pinky’s and Freddie’s, and breakfast at Millie’s – plus the occasional dinner at the Casa O and good old-fashioned American Mexican food at El Charro.

Now, however, Clay gets to experience the best in modern California cuisine as the Diablo Dish columnist, and as he’s been to too many restaurants over the years, it’s a perfect fit. Susan Safipour is quick to point out writing Diablo Dish is the best job in the East Bay, and he’s ready to dig in, figuratively and literally, to the task at hand.

Contact: dish@maildiablo.com
Twitter: @DiabloDish 


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