Allen Johnson, editorial page editor (373-7010,, is a Greensboro native and Dudley High School alumnus who relishes the chance to discuss issues that affect his hometown's future. He joined the News & Record in 1987 as features editor. In 1992 he became sports editor and in 1999 editorial page editor.

Allen leads editorial board meetings, edits most editorials and writes some editorials.He also screens letters to the editor and writes a weekly column.

Allen is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where he received an undergraduate degree in English and a master's degree in journalism.

He has taught part time at a variety of area colleges, including UNC-Chapel Hill, UNCG, N.C. Central and, currently, N.C. A&T. In 1996, he taught a short course in newspaper management for newsroom executives in Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia).

In addition, he volunteers at Jackson Middle School and serves on the boards of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Youth Focus Inc. Never having entirely grown up, he is a model train buff and a member of Carolina Model Railroaders.

He also likes to read, especially biographies and science fiction, goes to the movies obsessively and is addicted to jogging, despite bad knees and rapidly advancing age.

\ Doug Clark, editorial writer (373-7039, Doug joined the editorial department in April 2004 after 20 years with the High Point Enterprise. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism and went to work for The Waynesville Mountaineer. His next stop was the Enterprise, where he was Davidson County reporter before taking over the political beat. He left High Point in 1982 to work as press secretary for then-U.S. Rep. Gene Johnston of Greensboro. Doug later held a public affairs position in the U.S. Dept. of Labor. He returned to the Enterprise in 1984 as associate editor. In 1989, he was named editorial page editor. Doug's wife, Margaret, teaches in Davidson County, and their two sons are college students. He likes to read books about history, politics and exploration, jogs religiously and roots for the Tar Heels. He tutored for many years in High Point schools and is an elder and Sunday school teacher at First Presbyterian Church in High Point.

\ Rosemary Roberts, columnist (373-7095,, has been a journalist for 41 years. A native of Alabama, she has a B.A. degree in journalism from UNC-CH and an M.A. degree in American history from UNCG. She has been a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and has studied at the University of London. Before moving to Greensboro, she worked at The Charlotte Observer and The New York Times. Prior to becoming a columnist, she was a reporter, feature writer and editorial writer. Her columns focus primarily on politics, national and international affairs. She also teaches a journalism class at UNCG. She is married and the mother of two grown sons and has six "adorable grandchildren.'

\ Ken Irons, editorial writer (373-7019, has been a reporter and editor in the Triad for 41 years. A native of Evanston, Ill., he graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and was a reporter and city editor at the old Greensboro Record before becoming managing editor of the High Point Enterprise for 25 years. For the last two years, he has been writing editorials for the News & Record. Ken's interests include antique automobiles (Kaiser-Frazer Owners Club, Studebaker Drivers Club, Antique Automobile Club of America) and auto-related toys. He's lived in the same northeast Greensboro neighborhood for the last 40 years.

\ Elma Sabo, Ideas/Books editor (373-7038, Elma has been a member of the News & Record editorial department since November 1990. She grew up in Philadelphia, but has Southern roots that even extend into Guilford County. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she has English and American studies degrees from Penn State and a master's in journalism from Indiana University. Previously an editorial writer and page designer/copy editor, she now edits the Sunday Ideas and Books pages, coordinates the Public Pulse feature and handles some local guest columns. Elma, whose husband also is a journalist, works part time so she can spend more time at home with their three children. Have an idea that would make a good Ideas front? Know of a book that should be reviewed? E-mail Elma with your suggestions.

\ Dennis Shelton, copy editor (373-7036, Dennis is the copy editor and page designer for the editorial pages and Sunday Ideas section. Dennis, 45, has been a copy editor at the News & Record since 1988. He grew up near Nashville, Tenn., and is a graduate of Marquette University. Dennis is a member of FaithWalk United Methodist Church in Gibsonville. He and his family live in Alamance County.

\ Becky Layton, office manager, (373-7037,, is a wife and the mother of three grown sons. She verifies and processes all letters to the editor. She is the person to call first if you have a question about our letters or our letters policy.

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