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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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    Peggy Williams

    EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

    Peggy Williams is a certified petroleum geologist. Prior to joining Hart Energy in 1992, she worked in the operations side of the industry. During a 16-year career in petroleum geology, Williams was an exploration and development geologist, and 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

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    Jo Ann Davy

    GROUP MANAGING EDITOR, E&P

    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 multiple BMA Lantern awards for her work on show daily newspapers and in custom publishing.

    Email: jdavy@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, and 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. Vermillion earned a BA in communications and journalism from the University of Pittsburgh.

    Email: lvermillion@hartenergy.com

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    Jennifer Presley

    EXECUTIVE EDITOR, E&P

    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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    Richard Mason

    CHIEF TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, HART ENERGY

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

    Email: rmason@hartenergy.com

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    Rhonda Duey

    SENIOR EDITOR, EXPLORATION, E&P

    Rhonda Duey joined Hart Energy in 1995, initially concentrating on coverage of exploration technology. She assumed the role of executive editor for E&P in 2012, holding that position for five years before retiring in 2017. She is now contributing coverage as senior editor, exploration. Duey plans and manages exploration content for the monthly issues of E&P in addition to writing bylined articles and managing contributing authors. She has garnered many writing awards and has spearheaded numerous special publications, including the award-winning SEG show dailies. Duey received a BA with honors from Loretto Heights College in Denver in 1981.

    Email: rduey@hartenergy.com

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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. Addison is responsible for managing the E&P website, including writing and editing articles, managing freelancers and contributors, and managing social media accounts across Hart Energy's upstream websites. Addison also serves as the lead editor for Hart Energy’s Subsea Engineering News newsletter.

    Email: vaddison@hartenergy.com

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    Judy Murray

    SENIOR CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, OFFSHORE

    Judy Murray has nearly 20 years of experience writing about oil and gas and has worked in both the drilling fluids and seismic sectors of industry. She served as executive editor and editor of E&P magazine and was the international editor at Offshore magazine for six years. Most recently, Judy held the role of corporate director of media relations at the American Bureau of Shipping. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English and history from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in English from The Pennsylvania State University.

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    Brian Walzel

    ASSOCIATE EDITOR, PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY, E&P

    Brian Walzel is associate editor, production technology for Hart Energy’s E&P magazine. He has more than 20 years of experience in the news industry, working for publications in Lubbock, College Station, The Woodlands and Houston. Brian joined Hart Energy in March 2017 after serving as editor of a business-to-business magazine in The Woodlands, and as an editor at Community Impact Newspaper. He received his BA in journalism from Texas Tech University.

    Email: bwalzel@hartenergy.com

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    Larry Prado

    ACTIVITY EDITOR, DIGITAL NEWS GROUP

    Larry Prado writes activity highlights for Oil and Gas Investor, E&P magazine and the accompanying websites. Since he joined Hart Energy in 2008, Prado has been covering exploration and production news. He previously traveled the globe with geophysical exploration crews. Prado 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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    Ariana Benavidez

    ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR, E&P

    Ariana Benavidez joined Hart Energy in August 2013. As associate managing editor she sees each E&P issue through to fruition, editing copy and ensuring all content is in by deadline as well as working with the production and sales teams. She also assists in the production of E&P special projects, which include supplements, playbooks, show dailies, maps, posters and white papers. Before joining Hart Energy, Benavidez worked as a contract news editor for the Houston Chronicle following two internships with the paper. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston in December 2012 with a bachelor's degree in print journalism.

    Email: abenavidez@hartenergy.com

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    Alexa West

    ASSISTANT EDITOR

    Alexa West joined Hart Energy’s E&P  magazine as assistant editor in January 2018. Her primary responsibilities include copyediting each edition of the magazine and special projects as she works closely with the team on day-to-day production tasks. West has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She previously worked as a freelance copy editor for Community Impact Newspaper. She also was a copy editor for a Lincoln-based marketing company.

    Email: awest@hartenergy.com