Sebastian Daily is a local newspaper publication serving Sebastian, Fellsmere, and Vero Beach, Florida.
We are a free publication with thousands of readers each day to our news channel, newsletter, Facebook page, and our local website in Indian River County.
Our company began publishing national news in 2005. In 2015, we decided to go local, which was when we targeted South Brevard and Indian River County by starting Sebastian Daily.
We focus on proximity, keeping readers engaged on everything we publish from breaking news to local community events.
We always felt there was a gap in local news coverage, leaving most of Vero Beach, Sebastian, and Fellsmere out of media coverage unless there was a hurricane.
Our news team is made up of motivated journalists to cover Sebastian News, Vero Beach News, and Fellsmere News. We dedicate our work towards excellence in all news stories and encourage our readers to share their ideas.
The local news we publish might not be pleasing to everyone, and we understand that. 70 percent of our readers are woman, and 30 percent are men. The most popular age group reading our publication is from 35 to 55.
Sebastian Daily also strives to maintain integrity at the highest levels and to build an honest relationship. We endeavor to provide our readership with a reliable source of information and social responsibility.
Tourists don’t call this part of Florida “paradise” for nothing.
Our company also distributes news in Brevard County on Palm Bay Daily.
Andy Hodges – Editor in Chief
Andy Hodges began his career in the field of radio and TV broadcasting where he worked for about a decade. The Jupiter, Florida resident then pursued computers as they were coming to market in the late 1980’s. Andy has been a software programmer and worked as a Senior Systems Analyst/Engineer in the Information Technology sector in Atlanta. He eventually returned to Florida and made Sebastian his home in 2002.
Scott Lee – Columnist and Reporter
Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee covers Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he writes part-time for Sebastian Daily and will be writing a weekly featured column about local businesses in the fall.
Tina Hodges – VP of Marketing
Tina Hodges moved to Sebastian with her family from Miami in 1980 and has lived in the Sebastian area ever since. After graduating from Sebastian River High School in 1997, she studied at Indian River State College College where she studied Business Management & Marketing. Tina worked for Dooney & Bourke for many years before she became a full-time travel writer. Tina began with Sebastian Daily in 2016.
Jennifer Balakrishnan – Reporter
Jennifer Balakrishnan lives in Vero Beach, Florida. She moved to Indian River County when she was 6-years-old. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree at Florida State University. She writes our crime stories and is one of our food/restaurant critics.
Roy Garton – Contributor
Roy Garton is the owner of FDMC Media. He is also an actor who has played in several movies. Roy is also a broadcaster and journalist. As a television news journalist in a very popular resort area, Roy has had the opportunity to cover Statesmen, Presidents, and Russian Diplomats as they passed through the area on political missions. He has also worked with the White House Press Corps.
Roy left Wyoming in 1992 and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma again working in television before settling down in Florida where lives in Palm Bay and is married to former Sebastian resident Mary Myers-Garton. He continues to act in films and television.
Cloe Keeler – Contributor
Cloe Keeler is a writer and contributor for Sebastian Daily. She currently lives in Sebastian, Florida.