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The Sager Group was founded in 1984 by the journalist and author Mike Sager. In 2012 it was chartered as a multi-media content brand, with the intention of empowering people who create—an umbrella beneath which makers can pursue, and profit from, their craft directly, without gatekeepers. TSG publishes books and eBooks; ministers to artists and provides modest grants; designs products; and produces and distributes documentary, narrative and commercial films and music videos. By harnessing the means of production, The Sager Group helps artists help themselves. TSG is a member in good standing of the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Andrew Mayer is a veteran of newspaper, magazine, and book publishing. For nearly four decades he was chief night librarian at the Washington Post, contributing research and support for major breaking and ongoing news stories, from Watergate through the first Gulf War. Following that, he has worked as the editor/head librarian of the New York Law Publishing Company, and as an editorial researcher for US Weekly and Conde Nast Traveler. In addition, he is a teacher and tutor, and a reader for the College Board. He has edited and researched books on former vice president Spiro Agnew, the 1967 Middle East War, and the French perfume industry. He lives in Staten Island, N.Y., with his wife, a clinical social worker, and his son, who is an actor and a musician.

Jean McDonald teaches copy editing, reporting, multimedia and sports journalism at the University of Illinois’ College of Media. Previously, she was sports editor, sports writer, and director of electronic publishing and information systems at The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill.

Mary Beth Tweardy spent twenty years in the insurance business before chucking it all to return to academia. She has a bachelor’s degree with honors in English/Creative Writing from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. Though she sometimes wonders if she’s really a Millennial trapped in a Gen-X body, one could also argue she is more like a Boomer, given her curious spirit and interest in self-evolution. She and her husband reside in the Cleveland area, where she is a yoga instructor, serious reader, part-time writer and occasional blogger. Known around TSG for her laser-like focus and avid hatred of typos, a timeless quality.

Anna Fiorino is a certified copyeditor and a recent graduate of San Diego State University’s journalism program. Her work has appeared in The Daily Aztec and San Diego CityBeat. As a writer with more than two but less than twenty years of experience, she is currently manifesting a career in magazine journalism (and a keyboard where the space bar doesn’t stick).

Arthur Jay Harris is an author of investigative true crime and comedy. (Both employ the elements of surprise.) He and his work have been featured on ABC Primetime, Anderson Cooper 360, A&E’s City Confidential.

Tanya Huang is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of San Diego State University. She has been published in San Diego Magazine, Riviera, East County Magazine,, Brick Road Magazine and The Daily Aztec. She lives in San Diego where she’s pursuing a career in journalism and marketing.

Bruce Kluger is a writer, editor, columnist, author, commentator and television correspondent (as well as a former TV and movie actor and Broadway playwright). Also a graphic artist, he created the logo for The Sager Group. Kluger first met Sager at Wellwood Elementary School in Baltimore, MD; they were also bunkmates at Camp Comet, in rural Pennsylvania. Kluger lives in Manhattan with his wife and two daughters.

Jamie Ballard is an award-winning journalist and editor, currently based in San Diego. She works as a staff writer for San Diego CityBeat, where she covers the city’s ongoing homeless crisis and other local issues. Her work has also appeared in Esquire, Voice of San Diego, The Daily Aztec, Transitions Abroad, Modern Luxury San Diego, the Sonoma Index-Tribune and others. Her reporting on Syrian refugees in Istanbul received a first-place recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Claire Caraska is a writer, editor and proud word nerd. She serves as copy editor for WHERE San Diego, San Diego Lawyer and Exquisite Weddings, among other publications. Claire also has covered arts and culture for KPBS-FM, San Diego CityBeat, The San Diego Union-Tribune and When she’s not chasing down typos and erroneous punctuation, she can be found digging for ’60s/’70s soul, funk and rock records, which she spins for thirsty audiences at San Diego watering holes.

Leorah Gavidor wrote her first essay at age seven and knew she had found her medium. She currently writes news and features for local publications, and her work has appeared in the Seattle WeeklySan Diego Home and Garden, the UCSD Guardian, the San Diego Reader, and the San Diego Jewish Journal. Her gift for catching grammar gremlins and pesky typos accompanies formal training as an MFA in Writing at Goddard College in Vermont, where she served as editor of Pitkin in Progress. She lives with her husband in San Diego.

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