John Conley has been a journalist for 31 years. He joined the staff of the Independent Herald in 2000 and has covered news and sports ever since. He was named associate editor in 2006. Conley is a graduate of West Virginia University and is a lifelong resident of Wyoming County.
Kristie Houchins has been the office manager at the Independent Herald since 2009. She takes care of legal notices, community calendar announcements, walk in customers and circulation. She is a graduate of Wyoming East High School and attended Southern WV Community and Technical College and Bluefield State.