TheProfile is published on the first Friday
of each month; deadline for advertising and editorial copy is the fourth
Wednesday of the preceding month. When the first Friday does not roll around
until the 7th, publication takes place on the last Friday of the
previous month, also occasionally provoking an earlier deadline date.
Deborah Wiig founded the Washington
Park Profile in October 1978 as an open community exchange published
monthly, by and for residents of the Washington Park area. By the early 1980s,
the mission had grown to one of "promoting the unity and revitalization of
this neighborhood," and by the mid-‘90s the paper's reach had grown
significantly, to include the neighborhoods of central, south-central and near southeast
Denver, including Cherry Creek, the community surrounding the University of Denver
and some 20 other neighborhoods. While striving for objective news coverage, The Profile has steadfastly supported
the efforts of the residents of Denver's neighborhoods to protect and
enhance the quality of life in their community.
TheProfile's 16,500 papers are distributed
each month through a system of some 375 distribution points in grocery stores,
restaurants, retail shops, recreation centers, libraries and the like, as well
as outdoor boxes in the area bounded roughly by the Platte River, Quebec St.,
6th Ave. and the south city limits. Mail subscriptions are available for $35
Features included in the Washington
Park Profile include: Front Page News, The Publisher's View, Business As
Usual, People Of South Denver, Spills & Thrills (Raising a Family), A Representative View,
Letters To The Editor, From A Reader’s Pen, Classified & Service Directory
Advertising, Home Sweet Home (real estate advertising), Arts & Events, Calendar of Events, and many more timely features and stories.
Paul Kashmann began his career with The Profile as an advertising executive shortly after its creation. Finding
the world of journalism an unexpectedly fine fit, Kashmann began writing for
the fledgling publication shortly thereafter, moving quickly into the role of
Editor, and then replacing Ms. Wiig as Publisher in early 1983.
Sharing advertising sales duties is Roy Schuster, who joined The Profile team in 2009, bringing extensive experience in graphic design, face-to-face sales and brand marketing to the table.
Eileen Abbattista joined The
Profile in January 1995. Hired initially as office assistant, Abbattista's
journalistic talents, relentless attention to detail, and commitment to the
community quickly led to an expanded role as both Office Manager and Editor
(and more recently, Art Director). Abbattista is a determined advocate for the
grassroots concerns of human residents and other creatures dwelling in
central, south-central and near southeast Denver neighborhoods, a consistent promoter of
resiliency for ongoing environmental and social challenges, and a loyal
supporter of Denver Public Schools.
Familiar names to all Profile
readers, columnists Joan Hinkemeyer and Diana Helper have each graced our pages
for nearly 30 years. Hinkemeyer's Gardening column continues to be among the
most well-read Profile pages each
month, while Helper's University Park News & Views has been an
indispensable source of information for the University of Denver neighborhood –
and indeed, the entire city – for the past quarter century-plus. Susan Dugan
began her Profile career in 1996
covering the many public and private schools serving south Denver families.
Dugan, who writes professionally for a variety of noted national publications,
is presently heading into her 13th year chronicling the diverse individuals who
make up our corner of the globe through her popular People Of South Denver
Our newest editions, Leilani Olson and Margo Newman ably fill the roles of Associate Editors of our Calendar of Events and Arts & Events sections, synthesizing an astounding array of information into these coherent and highly informative sections.
Tim Berland has been the indispensable graphic heart and
soul of Washington Park Profile since
1989. Under the moniker of Tim Berland Graphic Design, Berland is responsible for
advertising design and the physical layout of each edition, including website
design. He is a creative force, doing his best to keep The Profile fresh and up-to-date, as well as our technological
savior. Tim fills similar shoes at a number of Denver's most respected
monthly publications. Bronwen Abbattista, who literally grew up in the
day-to-day hubbub of The Profile,
masterfully handles the monthly maintenance of our website:
The Profile is
most fortunate to have Fred Poindexter overseeing distribution of the paper. In addition to his newspaper-related duties, Fred is a skilled musician and fine artist.
He is assisted at The Profile by distribution diva, Cathy Howell.
Rounding out our current production crew are a dedicated
group of stringers including: Jamie Siebrase, Eric Peterson, Don Preziosi, Art Guerin, Amy Allen, Ed Schott, Randy Crawford, Newly West and other occasional writers.
We would be remiss if we didn't mention the stalwarts who
have filled the role of Security Director over the years. In memoriam we
remember Scamper The Dog, Frank The One-Eyed Dog, and Kosho, all of whom have
passed on to that great office in the sky. Holding down the fort at the present time is The Profile's current Best Beast, Theo.