About EYT Media

EYT Media Group stands as Western Pennsylvania’s premier publisher of hyperlocal news, targeting underserved communities in Clarion, Venango, and Jefferson counties.

Founded in 2010 by Jake and Joanne Bauer, we embarked on a mission to bring news to areas often overlooked by traditional media. Today, our network—exploreClarion, exploreVenango, exploreJefferson, explore814, exploreSports (previously D9 Sports), and CookForest.com—garners over 3,000,000 visits each month, a testament to our commitment to community-focused journalism.

Beyond our core areas, we’re reaching hearts in Pittsburgh, Erie, Philadelphia, New York City, and beyond—many of whom grew up in the area—bridging gaps in local news access and fostering informed communities.

Our engagement with our audience is not just through our articles; it’s a dialogue. With over 100,000 followers across our Facebook pages, social media is our lifeline to the community and our principal conduit for sharing stories, breaking news, and connecting with our readers. Our presence on Facebook demonstrates our pivotal role in the daily lives of our audience, making us the primary news outlet in our region.

We’re dedicated to being there when news happens. From structure fires to local sports, our team is often the first on the scene, delivering coverage in almost real-time through photos, videos, and live broadcasts. This commitment ensures that our communities are not just informed but engaged, experiencing events as they unfold, a rarity in communities underserved by traditional news outlets.

Our impact stretches beyond just reporting news; we’re a lifeline in a region where traditional news sources are dwindling. As newspapers retract and local coverage fades, we’re stepping in to fill the void, ensuring our communities have access to news that matters without reliance on national news fillers. Our all-local approach means our stories are not just news but the pulse of the community we serve.

Looking ahead, EYT Media Group is on the cusp of a new era. Our goal is simple: to be the primary news source in our region and to set a new standard for excellence in local journalism. We’re positioned to lead the way into the future, ensuring that our communities have access to news that is not just available, but indispensable.

Reporting Team

Jake Bauer

Jake Bauer

President, Co-founder & Editor in Chief

As the President and Co-Founder of Explore Your Town, Inc. (aka EYT Media), Jake entered the digital world with a surprisingly non-artistic streak—a rare feat from an Art Institute of Pittsburgh graduate who majored in Interactive Media Design without the ability to draw a convincing circle.

Jake started his career working as a copy editor for various firms in Columbus, Ohio. His expertise expanded in the realm of web development with a position at Elsevier Mosby in St. Louis, Missouri, and later Washington, D.C., setting the stage for his entrepreneurial leap. He has over two decades of content management experience and more than fifteen years as an editor. 

A true Pittsburgh sports enthusiast, Jake carries the hope of celebrating the Pirates' first World Series victory this century on his 100th birthday in 2079.

Jacob Deemer

Jacob Deemer

News

Jacob started his career as a sports writer for The Derrick and News-Herald before contributing to TheHockeyWriters.com as a beat writer for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has covered sports, crime, and local news in Venango, Clarion, and Jefferson Counties since 2017.
Jacob's Articles.

Gavin Fish

Gavin Fish

News, Features

Gavin has been writing features for EYT Media Group since 2021, bringing readers stories that are often overlooked. He is a true crime YouTuber who has contributed to investigations and reports for ABC News, Investigation Discovery, and Fox Nation, and has collaborated on projects developed for Netflix, Oxygen, Discovery Channel, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.
Gavin's Articles

Mike Kilroy

Mike Kilroy

Sports Editor

Mike has been a journalist for nearly 30 years. Working predominantly in sports, he has won numerous awards for his work. Before coming to EYT in 2021, he spent more than 20 years at the Butler Eagle. He is also a novelist, authoring eight science fiction works.

Mike's Articles

Owen Krepps

Owen Krepps

Sports

Owen has been working in sports media and communications since 2015. A 2022 Robert Morris University graduate, he has worked with publications such as ESPN, The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Vegas Hockey Now, RMU Athletics, The Titusville Herald, The Meadville Tribune, RMU Sentry Media, Colonial Sports Network, Pittsburgh Sports Now, Pittsburgh Sports Castle, and Pittsburgh Hockey Now.
Owen's Articles

Nate Steis

Nate Steis

Sports

Nate graduated from Ridgway Area High School in 2015. He went on to graduate from Penn State Behrend, where he earned a BS in Marketing. He earned a MA in Communication Studies from Edinboro University. His credits include The Ridgway Record, The Daily Press, The Kane Republican, The Bradford Era, The Clarion News, The Meadville Tribune, and GantNews. He is the proud creator of Western PA Sports Blog that shares stories about college athletes commitments to colleges and college athletes stories with ties to central and western Pennsylvania. He joined EYT Media in 2020.
Nate's Articles

Ron Wilshire

Ron Wilshire

News, Features

Ron has 40 years of experience in journalism, and that’s not counting his years as a paperboy. After graduating from Clarion Area High School in 1966, he enlisted in the US Army and attended Defense Information School at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. Thanks to the GI Bill, Ron later attended Clarion State College and earned a BS in Business Administration and an MS in Communication. He was active in student government and an award-winning cartoonist.

Ron was then sports editor for two years with the Clarion News, followed by two years as editor with the Leader-Vindicator. He then served 32 years at Clarion University, directing news, marketing, alumni programs, and electronic communication under many titles. He finished as Assistant Vice President for University Relations when he retired in 2010.

A few years later Jake Bauer called. Everything changed.
Ron's Articles

Broadcast Team

Bob Dunkle

Bob Dunkle

Commentator

Bob Dunkle has covered local sports since 1987. A 1991 Graduate of Clarion University with a BS in Communication,  Bob recently retired after almost 30 years selling John Deere Equipment. Over the years he has served as a color commentator for high school football, basketball and baseball. In addition to high school Sports, he also served as color commentator for Clarion University football for three seasons. Prior to his role at EYT Media, Bob covered sports for WCCR / WWCH and WCUC. 

Brett English

Brett English

Producer

Brett is a graduate of Keystone Jr. Sr. High School and is a student at PennWest Clarion University, working toward a degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in General Sciences. He began working for EYT Media in 2023 with videoing, producing, and commentating local sporting events in the area along with producing the weekly Redbank Chevrolet Main Street Sports Show.

Mike Kalinowski

Mike Kalinowski

Commentator

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Dave Katis

Dave Katis

Commentator

Dave Katis is a seasoned sports commentator and former Director of Athletics at Clarion University, where he also serves as a Professor of Sport Management. With a rich background that includes a Bachelor of Science in Communications, a Master's Degree in Education, and a Master's of Science in Sports Management, Dave's career spans roles from student assistant football coach to a full time coach and recruiting coordinator for the Clarion University football team to administrative positions and public relations. From there Dave moved into rolls as the Director of Major Gifts at the Clarion University Foundation, Associate Athletic Director, and ultimately the Director of Athletics.

Dustin Kifer

Dustin Kifer

Commentator

With 20 years in sports broadcasting, Dustin has been the voice behind countless sports events as an announcer, producer, and host. Notably, he's a three-time host of the Battle of the Burgers. Before EYT Media, he contributed his talents to WCCR and WWCH radio stations. Beyond the mic, he teaches math and physics at Keystone High School. He lives in Rimersburg with his wife Kelli and their three kids: Andrew, Emma, and Olivia.
Nico Kozmo

Nico Kozmo

Producer

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Tyler Ochs

Tyler Ochs

Producer

Tyler is a graduate of Pittsburgh Technical Institute with a degree in Multimedia Technologies. Prior to joining EYT Media in 2018, he worked for the Clarion News for over a decade. He wears many hats—in fact your will rarely see him without one. He even wore at hat at the reception after he married his wife, Amy. He runs a successful screen printing and embroidery business, but still makes time for the technical side of broadcasting local high school sports. On any given night of the week, he can be found behind the production computer or camera.
Chase Steinman

Chase Steinman

Producer

Chase Steinman is a 2022 graduate of Venango Catholic High School. Passionate about motorsports and live events, he is the owner of CS Pulling Promotions, which organizes thrilling truck and tractor pulling competitions throughout the East Coast. Additionally, as the proprietor of the CS Motorsports Network, he broadcasts motorsports events to a wide audience. His expertise extends to the realm of sports media, having joined EYT in 2021 as a cameraman and producer. While specializing in basketball coverage, he also lends his talents to football and other EYT Media productions whenever possible.
Lexis Twentier

Lexis Twentier

Commentator

Lexis Twentier is a multi-talented individual who has been a part of EYT Media since 2019. After graduating from Clarion University in 2018 with a degree in Paralegal Studies, she pursued a mortuary science degree at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, graduating in 2022. While her primary focus is on social media, she has recently ventured into the world of sports broadcasting. If we host an event, chances are she planned it! In addition to her work at EYT, Lexis also contributes behind the scenes at The Haskell House. On top of all this, she dedicates her time as an Assistant Varsity Track and Field Coach and a Head Varsity Volleyball Coach at Union High School.

Sales & Marketing Team

Joanne Bauer

Joanne Bauer

Vice President & Co-founder

Joanne Bauer is the Vice President and Co-founder of Explore Your Town, Inc. (aka EYT Media), with a rich background that spans insurance, education, and digital media. A proud alumna of North Clarion Junior/Senior High School, Joanne began her professional journey at Farmer Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Marble, where she rose to the role of Marketing Manager. With a passion for education, she transitioned to Clarion University, earning a Bachelor of Science in English education. Her teaching career took her to Youngsville High School, where she educated young minds in English and Journalism. Eventually, Joanne shifted her focus to digital media, leveraging her expertise to co-found Explore Your Town, Inc. With over two decades of experience as an Editor, she has been instrumental in growing the explore sites into a trusted resource.
Elicia Kifer

Elicia Kifer

Client Success Manager

With more than 13 years of experience in advertising and business marketing, Elicia is our Client Success Manager. Before joining EYT Media, she dedicated 10 years to Top Tier Federal Credit Union, where she focused on business development and marketing.

Brent Saylor

Brent Saylor

Client Success Manager

Brent Saylor is a seasoned sales and marketing professional with an impressive 28 years of experience under his belt. His journey began in 2017 with EYT, where he has since been applying his extensive knowledge and skills. Over the years, Brent has been an asset to a variety of companies, from local startups to large national firms, and has even crossed borders to lend his expertise to a Canadian enterprise. His diverse background is a testament to his adaptability and deep understanding of the sales and marketing landscape.

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