Sherry Matthews - General Manager/Advertising Director

About Sherry Matthews:

Sherry is a 1982 graduate of UNC-Wilmington with BA in English/Communications. She has 35 years of experience as a journalist, 25 of them with The Sampson Independent. A Sampson County native, Sherry is a winner of 3 N.C. Press Association Awards for editorials and general news reporting, and the recipient of 5 NC School Bell Awards for excellence in education reporting. Sherry was the 2001 NC Distinguished Women of NC nominee.

Chris Berendt - Editor

About Chris Berendt:

Chris earned a BA in journalistic communication from Purdue University. He began as a crime reporter with The Sampson Independent and has since covered every aspect of news. He took over as managing editor in 2016 before being promoted to editor at the beginning of 2019. His work has garnered 3 N.C. Press Association awards for excellence in business writing, education reporting and news features.

Brenda McCullen - Classified Director

About Brenda McCullen:

Brenda attended Hardbarger Business College in Raleigh and has been with The Sampson Independent for 23 years. She has won three N.C. Press Awards, including in 1997, First Place, Best Classified Section/Page; in 2002, Second Place, Best Community Service Signature Page; and in 2003, First Place, Best Spot Color Restaurant/Entertainment Ad. She was married to the late Ronnie E. McCullen for 35 years and has 3 children, Nicole, Jonathan and Charlie, and 7 grandchildren, Carsyn, Braeden, Cullen, Easley, Maggie, Autumn and Annabel. Brenda is a Notary Public.

Chase Jordan - Senior Staff Writer

About Chase Jordan:

Chase Jordan, a native of Kansas City, Mo., has eight years of reporting experience. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Prior to becoming a reporter for The Sampson Independent, Chase worked at publications in Missouri and Kansas. His daily contributions have resulted in staff awards from the Kansas Press Association and both individual and staff awards from the North Carolina Press Association.

Daron Barefoot - Sports Editor

About Daron Barefoot:

Daron is a 2005 graduate of Midway High School. He has worked at Professional Eye Care in Benson, Clinton and Roseboro since June 2009 and has been with the Sampson Independent since 2016. A lifelong Sampson resident, Daron currently resides in Godwin.