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Meet the KS Gazette journalists

Meet the Kingston Springs Gazette journalists – from veteran news reporters to local high schoolers, these are the writers who are bringing you the news that matters most.

If you would like to join our team of talented writers, photographers, and videographers, please email And don't forget to subscribe so our team can not only expand, but also bring you bigger and better stories from the heart of the Harpeth.

Kent Hoover

Kent Hoover is the Gazette's local government freelance reporter. Hoover is a Tennessee native who moved to Kingston Springs in 2016 after a long journalism career covering Congress and the federal government for a chain of business journals. He is also a volunteer DJ with Nashville’s WXNA FM and can be found at yard sales, estate sales and record stores looking for vinyl.

Chris Tenpenny

Chris is the Gazette's resident freelance photographer. He said, "My wife Robin and I have enjoyed living in the Kingston Springs community since ‘99. A career educator, I am currently employed by Williamson County Schools and serve on the board of directors for Shine Photography providing senior photos for deserving, marginalized graduates at no cost. I truly love working with Cate and the Gazette, and appreciate the opportunity to contribute. I also love to spend time in the creeks and rivers of Middle TN, fly fishing for smallmouth."

Kristyn Wilson

Kristyn serves at the Gazette's freelance sports photographer and writer. She said, "Hello, I'm Kristyn Wilson, a healthcare professional with a full-time role as the Regional Director of Operations at Ascension Saint Thomas. In addition to my healthcare career, I've embraced my passion for photography, transforming it from a hobby into a meaningful endeavor. My journey began capturing moments at my own kids' sporting events, eventually evolving into Game Day Photography by Kristyn, a venture focused on documenting the vibrant sports scene in our South Cheatham area. Raised in Pegram and an alumna of Harpeth High School, I hold a deep connection to our community. Recently, I've taken on a new role as a freelance photographer and reporter for the Kingston Springs Gazette, allowing me to blend my love for photography with my storytelling skills. I am inspired by the stories that unfold within our community and am committed to capturing the essence of our local events through my lens. Whether it's the excitement of a game or the heartfelt moments of everyday life, I strive to convey the beauty of our community through my photographs."

Morgan Pack

Morgan Pack is a Senior at Harpeth High School and has been helping the Gazette cover local stories from culture to small business spotlights. Morgan plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in the fall, studying History. After undergrad, she wants to attend law school. She said, "My name is Morgan Pack! I've lived in the Kingston Springs area all my life and I'm very connected to this town and community. I'm 17 and I'm a senior at Harpeth High School. I play the trumpet in the wonderful Band of Blue! I love making music, writing stories, and drawing and painting. I'm very happy and privileged to work with the Gazette and the community of Kingston Springs!"

Emma Cart

Emma Cart is a Senior at Harpeth High School and has been helping the Gazette cover local stories from culture to small business spotlights. She is a resident of Kingston Springs and an integral member on the high school's volleyball team. While she's still undecided, she hopes to go to college and play volleyball and study journalism.

Kathryn McCormick

Kathryn McCormick is a Senior at Father Ryan High School and has been helping the Gazette cover local stories from culture to small business spotlights. Kathryn is a resident of Kingston Springs. She is hoping to attend Emerson College and to study Creative Writing and Publishing. She said, "Hello, my name is Kathryn, I’m currently a Senior in high school but I’ll be attending college in Massachusetts next fall. I’ve had a love for writing since I was eleven and I plan to carry it with me as I move on in life. I like classic literature and nature as well as spending time with the people I care most about. I’m a fan of Stevie Nicks and Taylor Swift and I take a lot of inspiration from them in my own poems and writings. Traveling the world is one of my biggest dreams in life and I hope to fulfill it one day alongside all my other hopes and wishes."

Cate Burgan

Cate Burgan is the Gazette's founder and the editor-in-chief. She continues to create stories for each edition, from local news to the beloved "Faces of Kingston Springs" segment. She said, "I have been astounded by the amount of outpouring support the Gazette has recieved these first five months. It has always been a dream of mine to run my own newspaper, and I feel blessed that I get to do it in the town that I have called home all 23 years of my life. With all three of my siblings, their families, and my parents still in the area, I feel grateful that I get to wake up every day and report on the news that impacts them, me, and all of you. Of course, I couldn't do it without the support of the community. We have big things coming in the new year, but for now, please take the time to subscribe, advertise with us, or dip your toes into writing for a local journalism outlet. I'm all ears, always, at"



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