Stacey Moncrieff is vice president of business-to-business communications for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. She has been with the association for more than 20 years, starting as an associate editor with Real Estate Today magazine, where she covered sales and finance topics. In addition to serving as editor in chief of REALTOR® Magazine and REALTOR® Association Executive magazine, Stacey now oversees NAR’s Web site, REALTOR.org, and its social media and manages a variety of e-communications for REALTORS® and REALTOR® association executive. In 2006, she edited the association’s centennial book, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®: 100 Years in Celebration of the American Dream (Wiley Publishing, 2007). Through two real estate purchases and one sale, she has experienced the great value of working with a REALTOR®. It’s her mission to return that value with useful, informative communications. Stacey holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University.
Managing Director & Editor Wendy Cole joined REALTOR® magazine in June 2007 after more than 20 years as a reporter and writer for TIME magazine in New York and Chicago. Having specialized in finding and telling Midwestern stories with national resonance, she is now excited about developing articles to help real estate practitioners implement smart selling and marketing strategies. She loves writing about people, and sharing the wisdom gained from their successes and missteps. The challenges of today’s housing market, she believes, make the need for astute and inspiring insights all the more critical. Expect her to tackle your professional concerns using solid reporting, shrewd analysis, and a generous helping of humor. Wendy has a history degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Robert Freedman is the National Association of REALTORS® manager of multimedia communications and has been with the magazine for more than a decade, covering both government news and brokerage management topics. He developed the magazine’s first book, Broker to Broker: Management Lessons from America’s Most Successful Real Estate Companies. His most recent book is How to Make Real Money in Second Life (McGraw-Hill, 2007), a look at how organizations are leveraging virtual reality technology for marketing and business development. Rob is a past president of the American Society of Business Publication Editors and previously worked at Affordable Housing Finance magazine and the Housing & Development Reporter. He has a master’s degree in humanities from Marymount University.
Meg White is the managing editor for REALTOR® Magazine. After years as a freelance writer and media specialist for NAR and other entities around the Chicago area, Meg officially joined the magazine staff in May 2012. Meg has an anthropology degree from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia College. You can find her REALTOR® Magazine work here and her Speaking of Real Estate posts here. You can contact Meg at mwhite[at]realtors.org.
Senior editor Graham Wood joined REALTOR® Magazine in July 2013 after 7 years in newspaper and online journalism in New York City. Originally from Louisville, Ky., Graham has covered some of the most important news events in the nation, including President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration in Washington, D.C. For the last several years, he has focused on real estate reporting and editing, working for amNewYork newspaper and AOL Real Estate before joining REALTOR® Magazine. Graham is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia’s School of Journalism.
Erica Christoffer is a senior editor and has been with the magazine since June 2008. A Minneapolis native, Erica has a background as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer. She has a master’s degree in journalism with an emphasis on public policy reporting from Columbia College in Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in art history from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn. In 2010, Erica traveled to the Gulf Coast in the midst of the BP oil spill to observe what REALTORS® in Louisiana, Mississippi, and other Gulf Coast states were experiencing in their communities. Today, she oversees the Sales & Marketing and Home & Design sections of the magazine and Web site, produces videos, helps manage the magazine’s technology needs, edits the Young Professionals Network blog, YPN Lounge, and deploys the YPN e-newsletter and the REALTOR® Magazine Daily Industry News e-newsletter.
As a writer-producer for the National Association of REALTORS® based in Washington, Sam Silverstein develops articles and videos for NAR’s members and others interested in its activities, statistics and research. Before joining NAR, he held several positions at the Graduate Management Admission Council and played a key role in launching and managing the organization’s multimedia communications operation. Earlier in his career, he covered the satellite telecommunications industry as a staff writer for publications including Space News and Satellite News. Sam earned a master’s degree in interactive journalism from the American University School of Communication and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The George Washington University.
Nobu Hata is the National Association of REALTORS® director of digital engagement. An industry veteran since 1996, Nobu is a student of marketing, communications trends, social media, and technology in the real estate industry, having implemented and adapted various new-school techniques to his successful brick and mortar business in Minneapolis, Minn., for Edina Realty until July 2012. A speaker, instructor, and volunteer member leader since 2009 (NAR YPN, Communications, Equal Opportunity/Diversity, Strategic Planning Committees), Nobu’s skill-set brings insight and context to NAR of agent, brokerage, and association issues. He delivers value-added information to REALTORS®, both in-person and through the digital domain. Connect with Nobu online at about.me/nobuhata or @nobuhata.
Katherine Tarbox was formerly a senior editor with REALTOR® magazine. She is a freelance writer and the author of the international best-selling book A Girl’s Life (Dutton, 2000) and has made hundreds of media appearances including The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and CNN. She was named by Ms. Magazine as a “Women to Watch” and holds a degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and communications from the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania.
Brian Summerfield is a former online editor for REALTOR® Magazine. Brian has also served as the managing editor for Chief Learning Officer magazine. Additionally, he worked with U.S. Navy Captain William R. Anderson on The Ice Diaries, a book detailing his expeditions under the Arctic icecap as skipper of the U.S.S. Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, and also contributed to The Cubs Fan’s Guide to Happiness, a self-help manual for baseball’s last “cursed” team. Brian graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a degree in history.
Contributing Editor Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a former editor and Web producer with the magazine. Today, from her home near Palm Springs, Calif., she continues to be a valuable member of the REALTOR® Magazine team, covering home and design topics in print and online. In addition, Melissa produces the magazine’s Daily News, scanning newspaper stories from around the country to select and summarize the 5-7 stories that are more significant. Before joining REALTOR® magazine in 2006, Melissa taught a journalism class at Northwestern University and wrote for several publications, including The Chicago Tribune, Monitor on Psychology, People magazine, and Inside Business magazine. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree, also in journalism, from Grand Valley State University.