About Us

The World's Leading Exploration and Production Publication

E&P is the world's leading publication dedicated to informing exploration, drilling and production operations managers, onshore and offshore and in all parts of the world, about the trends and technology they need to do their jobs more efficiently. Experienced editors and industry experts offer the most accurate, most up-to-date information available to guide operations managers through exploration technology that helps them find more resources; drilling technology that gives them better, less-expensive wells, and production technology that keeps fields producing more oil and gas for longer periods of time. The quality and breadth of coverage has earned awards for editorial excellence and quality content.

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Editorial Staff

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    Velda Addison

    Senior editor, Digital News Group

    Velda Addison joined Hart Energy in June 2012. She brings more than a decade of journalism experience along with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She has won several reporting awards for news coverage in Texas and Louisiana. As part of Hart Energy's Digital News Group, Addison is responsible for maintaining the E&P website, including writing and editing articles and blog posts as well as managing social media accounts and driving engagement with social media for Hart Energy's upstream websites. 

    Email: vaddison@hartenergy.com

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    Ariana Benavidez

    Associate managing editor

    Ariana Benavidez joined Hart Energy after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Houston in December 2012 with a bachelor's degree in print journalism. Before joining Hart Energy, she worked as a contract news editor for the Houston Chronicle following two internships with the paper. She assists in the production of E&P special projects, which include supplements, playbooks, show dailies, maps, posters and white papers. 

    Email: abenavidez@hartenergy.com

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    Jo Ann Davy

    Group managing editor

    Jo Ann Davy joined Hart Energy in 2006 as editor for the downstream group of international consultants. In 2007, she was promoted to editor of special projects, managing the company's custom publishing initiatives. Davy oversees the production and quality of E&P's digital and print content. Davy holds a BA in journalism from the University of Kentucky. She has won three BMA Lantern awards for her work on show daily newspapers and in custom publishing.

    Email: jdavy@hartenergy.com

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    Rhonda Duey

    Executive editor

    Rhonda Duey has been a journalist most of her career, most recently with Hart Energy, where she has spent more than 18 years writing about the oil and gas industry, primarily relating to exploration technology. She received a BA with honors from Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colo., in 1981. Duey has garnered many writing awards and has spearheaded several special publications, including the award-winning SEG show dailies.

    Email: rduey@hartenergy.com

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    Richard Mason

    Chief technical director, upstream

    Richard Mason has 20 years of experience in oil and gas writing and publishing. He served previously as director of research for PLS Inc. and as owner and publisher of The Land Rig Newsletter for 17 years, where he created a variety of industry metrics, including the first counts of rig activity in U.S. unconventional basins. Mason holds a BA in history with honors from Ohio University.

    Email: rmason@hartenergy.com

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    Erin Pedigo

    Associate editor, Digital News Group

    Erin Pedigo is an associate editor for Hart Energy's Digital News Group. She joined the company in December 2013 and has industry and journalistic experience from Drilling Contractor Magazine at the IADC and Houston Community Newspapers. She holds a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and master's degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

    Email: epedigo@hartenergy.com

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    Larry Prado

    Activity editor, Digital News Group

    Larry Prado writes activity highlights for Hart Energy's upstream franchises and covers E&P news. He joined Hart Energy in 2008. He holds an AA in electronics engineering technology and a BA in technical communications. He is the recipient of the STC International Distinguished Chapter Service Award and has received numerous other awards for his technical writing. 

    Email: lprado@hartenergy.com

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    Jennifer Presley

    Senior editor, production

    Prior to joining Hart Energy in 2012, Jennifer Presley spent four years as editor of Fire in the Ice, the newsletter for the National Methane Hydrate R&D Program supported by the US Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory, where she worked as a site support contractor. She holds a BA in English from Texas A&M University, with an emphasis in technical writing. 

    Email: jpresley@hartenergy.com

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    Mark Thomas

    Editor In Chief

    London-based Mark Thomas is editor and publisher of Hart Energy's Deepwater International, the leading publication focused on the global deepwater sector. Thomas has been a journalist for 25 years, working as a newspaper reporter for regional and evening papers in the U.K., including the U.K. publishing house Northcliffe Newspapers, where he wrote for the London Evening Standard and national Daily Mail newspapers.

    Email: mthomas@hartenergy.com

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    Len Vermillion

    Group Managing Editor, Digital News Group

    Len Vermillion is group managing editor for Hart Energy's Digital News Group. Based in Houston, Texas, he manages editorial content development for Hart Energy's upstream and midstream websites. He has worked in publishing for more than 20 years, having led several magazines and digital products serving various industries including engineering, retail and travel. He has a bachelor's degree in communications and journalism from the University of Pittsburgh.

    Email: lvermillion@hartenergy.com

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    Peggy Williams

    Editorial director

    Peggy Williams is a certified petroleum geologist, and prior to joining Hart Energy in 1992 she worked as a petroleum geologist in the industry. During a 16-year career in petroleum geology, Williams was an equity partner in an independent devoted to natural gas prospect generation. Williams holds a BA in geology from the University of Rhode Island, a Master's in energy resources from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MS in technical communications from the University of Colorado. 

    Email: pwilliams@hartenergy.com