Meet our team

Megan Stokes

Megan oversees editorial content, policy and staff. She attends meetings, writes copy, sends out the e-newsletter, and curates conversations on social media. She also works to create partnerships that can strengthen the bond between community and newsroom.

Megan has served as a community journalist for more than 15 years, including as associate editor for the East Orlando Sun and a reporter for the Seminole Voice, the Winter Park-Maitland Observer and Orlando Magazine. She served as treasurer for the Florida Press Club for seven years and has won awards from the Florida Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Megan holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University.

Megan also loves yoga, running and playing board games with her family.

Isaac Benjamin Babcock
Managing Editor

Isaac creates editorial plans, working closely with the community to identify issues that affect people’s everyday lives. He is OCN’s resident photojournalist.

Isaac is a longtime local journalist and former managing editor of the Seminole Voice. His work has been featured in Golfweek magazine, the New York Times and Jalopnik. He has won more than a dozen Florida Press Association and Society of Professional Journalists awards and contributed to award-winning, in-depth work for the NPR member station 90.7 WMFE. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Central Florida, and may be best known for his roles in the annual Oviedo Cemetery Tour.

Jenny A. Babcock
Development and Marketing Director

Jenny heads up Oviedo Community News’ fundraising and promotional efforts, guiding the OCN team in establishing our brand, developing partnerships, and creating relationships with readers, businesses and organizations.

Jenny is a communications and marketing professional and multimedia journalist who has worked in community newspapers, magazines and public radio. She previously managed communications and marketing strategy for Orlando’s NPR station, 90.7 WMFE, and served as managing editor and reporter for the Seminole Voice and Winter Park-Maitland Observer. She currently serves as marketing and communications manager for Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Central Florida. Learn more at

Alex Babcock
Senior Editor

Alex knows the Greater Oviedo and Winter Springs community like the back of his hand. Using his expertise and great affection for the area, he’ll thoughtfully guide our coverage.

Alex’s career in journalism took off in Oviedo, where he created the Seminole Chronicle newspaper before taking the helm of the Oviedo Voice. He fell in love with the Greater Oviedo area through living there; attending community meetings, church sermons and festivals; and through many friendly chats. His tour in the Army brought that journalistic skill to Afghanistan and back, before he returned to Seminole County to raise a family. He’s a product of UCF’s journalism school and remains a loyal fan of the Knights.

Eric Orvieto

Eric covers Oviedo and the surrounding areas. He attends City Council meetings, local events and profiles members of the community.

Eric is a veteran journalist, having worked as a writer, reporter and editor at both national and local publications, including Yahoo!,, FOXSports, SmartNews, the Gainesville Sun and the Leesburg Daily Commercial. He has also worked in digital marketing, as a web producer for the Emmy-winning TV show “The Doctors” and taught digital media at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Eric earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida.

Kathryn Brudzinski 
Editorial Intern

Kathryn is a senior journalism major in print/digital track at the University of Central Florida. She currently serves as the assistant news editor for the UCF student newspaper NSM Today.

She also serves as a member of UCF’s Society of Professional Journalists and a volunteer for the UCF Arboretum. When she’s not working, she likes to curl up with her cats and a good book.

Marian Summerall 
Editorial Intern

Marian is an Oviedo resident and senior at the University of Central Florida majoring in English literature and minoring in journalism. Her articles have been published by UCF’s student-run publications NSM Today and the Imprint magazine. She also covered the 2022 midterm election for the Orlando Sentinel and is an alumni of NPR’s Next Generation Radio program. Currently, she is a producer for her Electronic Journalism 1 class, helping students produce multimedia stories for 90.7 WMFE in Orlando. She’s pursuing a career in journalism and wants to be a voice for her community.
In her free time, she loves playing with her dog, and spending time with her sorority, Chi Omega.






Gabriella Valencia
Editorial Intern

Gabriella is a junior at the University of Central Florida, majoring in print/digital journalism and minoring in digital media. She has been a student journalist for UCF’s student-run newspaper, NSM Today, since 2021. She is a member of UCF’s Society of Professional Journalists and Zeta Phi Eta, the national professional fraternity in communication arts and sciences. In her free time, she loves to be creative, whether it’s painting, digital drawing, crocheting, or, more recently, using her Cricut.