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Val Trichkov (Viral Hide)

Val is the owner and creator of SWNN (est. October 30, 2012). He was first introduced to Star Wars back in 1986 watching Return of the Jedi in a theatеr so fully packed that he had to bring his own chair from home, since they sold more tickets than the available seats. This is an experience he will never forget. Ever since then Star Wars became an important part of his life. Val is married with one kid and works as digital compositor in the VFX studio Cinemotion.

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria



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Jordan Pate (Hard Case)

Jordan has been a crazed Star Wars fanatic since he first saw The Empire Strikes Back as a child in a Star Wars trilogy TV marathon in the early 90’s. He is a comic book junkie and is obsessed with keeping up with everything going on in the overall Star Wars canon. Jordan is managing editor of our blog and a member of our comic/book review team. He is married with two children and works as a civil/structural designer.

Location: Johnson City, TN, USA



John Hoey (Johnny Crash)

John Hoey is a professional writer and editor. He has loved Star Wars since the first time he watched The Empire Strikes Back with his Dad and asked “Who is that?” while pointing to Luke Skywalker. In addition to writing, John works in publishing project management. John writes articles and reports weekly for the site, helps with editing and proofreading, and is a regular cast member of our official podcast “The Resistance Broadcast”. You can find him on Twitter @JohnnyHoey and on the podcast’s account @RBatSWNN.

Location: CT, USA



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R. Grant Davis (Pomojema)

Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and is a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

Location: Texas, USA



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Patrick Russell (DEKKA129)

A professional writer/editor, Patrick has been a die-hard Star Wars fan since his father first took him to see “Star Wars” in 1977. In the summer of 2014, Patrick was asked to be a member of the SWNN staff, and is absolutely thrilled by the vibrant and growing community that has developed here. In addition to his passion for Star Wars, Patrick is also a Zeppelin airship historian, and has co-authored a photographic history of the Hindenburg to be published next spring.

Location: Chicago, IL, USA



Trevor Mill (Trevor)

Trevor is an Engineer, life-long Star Wars fan, and Star Wars memorabilia collector since seeing the first movie in 1977. He is an occasional writer for the Star Wars News Net blog, staff guest on The Resistance Broadcast, and forum moderator in the SWNN Cantina. Trevor is married with grown children, and his other vices besides Star Wars are Mad Max, Firefly, and building hot rods.

Location: Montana, USA



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Tim Levers (Rebo)

A Star Wars fan since the day Chewbacca scared him to tears when seeing Empire Strikes Back during its initial release at the ripe age of two, Tim has spent a lifetime obsessed with all things Star Wars. He has been a contributor at SWNN since June of 2015. Outside of the Star Wars community, Tim is a film buff, music nerd, and father to two sons he hopes don’t go all “Ben Solo” on him.

Location: New Jersey, USA



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Kyle Larson (Kyle)

Kyle enjoys everything Star Wars, especially when it comes to comics. He is a writer, coffee roaster, and avid runner living in Portland, Oregon. His science fiction and fantasy novels can be found here.

Location: Portland, Oregon, USA



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Chad Stevens (Sen Cosmicflight)

Chad Stevens, a life-long Star Wars fan, joined the crew of SWNN as a writer in April, 2016. He is a speaker and author and has previously served as a Film Review writer for ‘Greenlight Reviews’. His favorite Star Wars memory was seeing the original Star Wars film at the 100 Twin Drive-In in Minnesota back in 1978. Chad loves to collect rare Star Wars memorabilia that includes films, toys and movie posters.

Location: California, USA



Patric Covey (Ganon136)

Patric is a lifelong Star Wars fan who grew up with the Special Editions on VHS and in the era where VHS became DVD. He joined SWNN in 2015 as a site regular posting in “The Cantina Forums”. He got involved with The Resistance Broadcast that same summer and was a regular guest on the show. In 2016, Patric became host of The Resistance Broadcast until late 2017. He is now a regular member of the group and edits bi-weekly episodes. In his spare time he is studying Star Wars canon, browsing Twitter, playing video games, and expanding his slowly growing Star Wars collection. He is a fan of Drum Corps International, Red Bull GRC, going to airshows, the Olympics, and watching Twitch streams. Patric resides in the swamplands of eastern North Carolina, where if you don’t like the weather, wait 5-10 minutes. You can find him on Twitter @Ganon136.

Location: Jacksonville, NC, USA



James Baney

James is one of the Leaders of the Resistance on SWNN’s podcast. After his run in the music industry playing for metalcore group “The Devil Wears Prada”, he started making YouTube videos and running social media for a local speaker company. While he has always been a Star Wars fan, once Disney purchased the franchise James took the full dive into the lore watching all the shows and movies, reading the comics, novels, short stories, news and speculation. You can hear his passion for all things Star Wars weekly on “The Resistance Broadcast”. James can be found on Twitter and on the podcast’s account .

Location: Dayton OH, USA



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Jelena Bidin (LadyMusashi)

Jelena is a philologist and freelance translator from Belgrade, Serbia, who was only 18 months old when the original Star Wars was released. There never was a time when the galaxy far, far away wasn’t part of her life. On SWNN, she shares comic book reviewing duties and jumps in where she is needed. She wants her own working lightsaber and will take you down if you malign any of the Star Wars ladies.

Location: Belgrade, Serbia



Bill Sheehy (Billba Fett)

Bill Sheehy is a writer, podcaster, and wannabe comedian born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Star Wars has been a part of his life since before he can remember and his first memories involve wearing an oversized brown hoodie pretending to be Obi-Wan Kenobi and waiting at the top of his parent’s stairs and saying “Hello there, don’t be afraid”. When he’s not podcasting ,writing or going to school he likes to watch Kentucky Basketball, drink the sweet elixir of the Bluegrass, bourbon, and singing Africa by Toto into the wee hours of the night. He joined the SWNN team in March of 2017. You can find him on Twitter @StarWarsBill and he loves writing and podcasting about something he loves with all of his heart.

Location: Lexington, KY, USA




Sam Thomas

Born in South West England, 1989, Sam is a primary school teacher with a degree in digital art. After first being subjected to the original trilogy in the mid 90s, Sam has since become hooked to everything and anything Star Wars and is an avid reader of anything canon. Sam is taking care of SWNN’s Instagram account.

Location: London, UK



Chris Miller (Alamact)

Colloquially referred to as the Rear Admiral, Chris has been a longtime lurker of the Cantina forums and a lifelong Star Wars fan. In addition to being the author of the Old Republic Paint Adventures, an interactive Star Wars comic hosted on our Cantina forums, he is also a moderator of SWNN’s 1030th team. A computer engineer by trade, and a writer by circumstance – his other interests include A Song of Ice and Fire, CRPGs and pet birdsHis kryptonite is scotch.

Location: Belgrade, Serbia



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Justin Skeen (Darth Lexor Kai)

Host of the Resistance Broadcast, and full-time nursing student. He was born and raised in Oklahoma but currently resides in Northern Virginia. A Star wars fan since 1997, and he’s been addicted to the franchise ever since. Justin is a proud veteran of the United States Navy.

Location: Northern Virginia, USA



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Robert Wright (Bluestreaking)

Robert is a history teacher and devoted wrestling coach. Robert has loved Star Wars as far back as he can remember, counting it among his three greatest loves (the other two of course being history and wrestling). Robert is also a devoted fan of Captain Phasma, striving to collect as much merchandise of the Chrome Trooper as he can. A long time fan of the site, Robert joined the team as an editorial contributor in early 2015 and also occasionally serves as a guest for the Resistance Broadcast. Alongside his career as an educator Robert also works on several independent creative projects spanning from fiction writing to video game design.

Location: Kentucky, USA




Chris Riordan (Darth Zloi)

Chris Riordan is a teacher of English as a foreign language. He’s been a massive Star Wars fan since the days that he used to tow around his favorite Ithorian figure in his back pocket, whatever the situation. Chris primarily works with the broadcasting department as both a contributor to the Resistance Broadcast and host of the Can(on)tina Chatter podcast. In addition to these duties, he reviews Rebels episodes and pitches in with the occasional editorial.

Location: Moscow, Russia



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Freeman Cooper (Jedi Master Kalu)

Freeman is a professional Advertising Designer, Writer/Director, and an occasional contributor to the site. A 90’s baby, Freeman was first introduced to the original Star Wars trilogy via the 1990s VHS special editions and fell in love with the franchise. He joined the Cantina forum in the fall of 2014 and later took a more active roll in the community as a forum moderator in the Cantina’s 1030th. Now a staff member, Freeman primarily gathers news and manages the site’s tumblr account.

Location: Greensboro, NC, USA



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