About Us

Staff List

Robert Blankenship : Publisher

Robert Blankenship

Publisher

Robert Blankenship is a 23-year veteran in community journalism having worked at newspapers in Alabama, Mississippi, and Indiana. He grew up in Russellville, Alabama and is a graduate of the University of North Alabama. He is married to Melissa Blankenship and they have two children, Samuel and Emma. He joined the Andalusia Star-News in 2020.

robert.blankenship@andalusiastarnews.com
Ruck Ashworth : Advertising Manager

Ruck Ashworth

Advertising Manager

Ruck Ashworth has worked at the Andalusia Star-News for 27 years. He serves as advertising manager. He's an avid Alabama Crimson Tide fan, and is married to Patty. They have one son, David.

ruck.ashworth@andalusiastarnews.com
Anna Carver : Marketing Consultant

Anna Carver

Marketing Consultant

Anna Carver is a marketing consultant with the Andalusia Star-News. Anna is a resident of Brantley, Alabama and a graduate of Crenshaw Christian Academy. She earned an Associate’s Degree at LBW Community College where she was a member of the music ensemble. In her spare time, Anna enjoys music and is a member of two bands: One Step Closer and Rooted Freedom. Anna has a son, Dane. She joined the Andalusia Star-News in 2021.

anna.carver@andalusiastarnews.com
Zack Maio : Staff Writer

Zack Maio

Staff Writer

Zack Maio joined the Andalusia Star-News in June 2021 as a Staff Writer. He is an Andalusia native who graduated from Straughn High School in 2005 and The University of West Alabama in 2008 where he holds degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. He previously wrote in the Straughn community for 10 years and served as the high school’s sports reporter. Zack was also the statistician for varsity football and baseball as well as the clock operator for volleyball and basketball.

zack.maio@andalusiastarnews.com
Lisa Eisenberger : Office Manager

Lisa Eisenberger

Office Manager

Lisa Eisenberger joined the Star-News in August 2019. Originally from Mississippi, she holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Lisa serves as office manager for the Star-News as well as photographer for our Absolutely Andalusia magazine. When she's not at the Star-News, Lisa is a professional photographer. She and her husband, Clifford, have two daughters.

lisa.eisenberger@andalusiastarnews.com
Chris Halford : Circulation Manager

Chris Halford

Circulation Manager

Chris Halford joined the Andalusia Star-News in fall of 2010. He worked his way from mailroom inserter to mailroom manager. He also has served as a carrier for the Star-News. In August 2019, he joined the Star-News as circulation manager. He is a Covington County native and attended Straughn High School. He is an avid Auburn Tigers fan and enjoys spending time with his son.

chris.halford@andalusiastarnews.com