About Us

Dennis Spellman 
Founder/Editor-in-Chief
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Dennis Spellman has been a professional broadcast journalist for more than 25 years, and spent the last decade on Houston radio and television stations like 740 KTRH, KIAH-TV CW39, and KROI News 92 FM.

Before coming to Houston, Dennis was the news director at WGAN radio and a news anchor at WMTW television in Portland, Maine.

News may be in his blood, as there’s a family legend about a Spellman being the town crier back in Ireland.

In addition to journalism, Dennis has worked as an executive in the public, and non-profit sectors. He was a business analyst for Dun & Bradstreet in Boston before coming to Houston. Here, he was the Vice President of External Affairs and Information Technology at the Houston Housing Authority, and Vice President of the Board at Houston Housing Resource, which helps people in public housing achieve self-sufficiency.

Dennis is originally from Dover, New Hampshire and also lived in Portland, Maine for a dozen years.

He earned a BA from the University of New Hampshire where he studied Communication and Economics.  He has earned numerous first place radio news awards from the Associated Press and an Emmy nomination for his Television investigative reporting and the Francis C. Moore, MD Medical Journalism Award from the Harris County Medical Society.

Dennis and his family live in Cinco Ranch.

 

Jamie Mock

Reporter/Editor

Jamie Mock

Jamie Mock has been a mainstay in Houston journalism for more than a decade. She is a former paginator, photographer, journalist and editor for numerous community newspapers and magazines throughout Houston and Fort Bend County.

Prior to  joining CoveringKaty.com and CoveringFortBend.com Jamie was the co-owner and publisher of West U Connections magazine, a monthly community magazine delivered to West University Place residents.

Jamie has years of experience in Fort Bend County as news editor for the Fort Bend and Sugar Land Sun newspapers as well as the primary journalist for FortBendNow.com and InstantNewsFortBend.com.

 

Steve Ottesen
Reporter/Videographer

Steve Ottesen is perhaps the most versatile man in Houston media.  He’s been a TV and radio news anchor, and a videographer for several stations in Houston. Steve served as radio news anchor for News 92 FM in Houston.  Prior to that he was a videographer for Houston’s CW 39 TV where he was nominated for an Emmy award.

Steve was also a news anchor for more than eleven years at KNWS Channel 51, Houston’s first 24-hour news channel.

While living in Rochester, New York he worked as a news anchor for WROC TV and also served as a writer for a nationally broadcast children’s news show that aired on PBS.

Steve lives in Katy and has two grown children who graduated from the Katy Independent School District.

 

George Slaughter
Writer/Reporter

George SlaughterGeorge Slaughter is the principal at Onion Creek Productions, a business writing services and publishing company. He is the author of the e-book Quick Tips for Improving Your Technical Writing (Onion Creek Productions, March, 2016), a collection of tips gleaned from his technical writing experiences.

George is also a historian. He is the author of Spring Branch (Arcadia Publishing, 2011), a pictorial history of the west Houston neighborhood area. He is a contributor to the Handbook of Texas Online, published by the Texas State Historical Association. His Texana Thursday blog appears at his georgeslaughter.com web site.

George began his career as a journalist, where he worked as a reporter for two newspapers. He later worked for the City of San Antonio and was a freelance writer.

George and his family live in Cinco Ranch.

 

Tim Bristow
Videographer/Reporter

Tim Bristow is the man who patrols the streets of Katy in the middle of the night, gathering news while the rest of us are sleeping.  His work is not only featured on Covering Katy, it is regularly seen on Houston television stations KPRC Channel 2, KHOU Channel 11 and on the Houston Chronicle’s website.

Tim has been working as a field videographer for more than 20 years, taking pictures and gathering facts.  Thanks to Tim,  Covering Katy is able to report the news 24  hours a day, seven days a week.

 

Steven Collins
Videographer/Reporter

Steven Collins is a vital part of our weekend and overnight news coverage.  He patrols the streets with his scanner and video camera gathering facts and relaying them to the Covering Katy news desk.

Steven is a veteran newsman and his work is not only featured on Covering Katy but also on Houston TV stations and the Houston Chronicle’s website.

Steven’s work allows us to provide coverage of news events that happen while most of us are sleeping.

 

Aaron Layman
Real Estate Analyst

Aaron Layman - Covering Katy photo

Aaron Layman is a native Texan, Friday Night Lights alumnus and Houston area resident for the last 19 years. Aaron is married and has two children. In his spare time Aaron enjoys research, writing and recreation, with the recreation most likely involving a tennis racket. Aaron is a former public educator, having spent 10 years teaching in Texas public high schools. Aaron is TEA certified in 3 fields, and he holds both a BBA in finance as well as an MBA. With an extensive background in both education and business, Aaron enjoys using is unique skill set to assist local buyers and sellers in navigating the local real estate market.

Aaron is the broker/owner of Aaron Layman Properties LLC, an independent real estate brokerage specializing in residential relocation in Katy and West Houston. In addition to helping home buyers and sellers, Aaron Layman Properties provides research and analysis of the local market, with an added focus on larger macro trends driving the local economy and home prices. As an independent broker, Aaron Layman Properties is able to provide timely, relevant information without the typical sell-side spin that often accompanies the sales process in many larger franchise offices.

Aaron grew up in the oil patch, so he knows a thing or two about oil booms and busts. Aaron also understands finance, an important subject for any real estate practitioner, but something which is an absolute necessity in todays warped, flipped, manipulated real estate markets. Aaron is always searching for the truth, and the truth is in the data. While many Realtors may choose to ignore the truth for the sake of sales, Aaron prefers to provide honest, objective information that home buyers and home sellers can use to make better real estate decisions.”

 

Paul J. Franzetti 
General Counsel

Paul FranzettiPaul J Franzetti has been an attorney more than 39 years and now focuses his law practice on assisting business owners – from getting in, to getting better, to getting out – achieve peace of mind that what they are building and have built are protected and legal risks minimized or eliminated.

Paul tried business cases for the first 30 years of his practice and then was the administrative chief of a global consulting firm based in London for seven years.

Paul grew up in Austin.  He graduated with high honors in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and later with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law.

Paul’s hobby – such as it is – focuses on economic issues and analyzing how legislation and case law affects business formation, growth, and development.