22 September/October 2014 | BethesdaMagazine.com
A New Jersey native, Amy Reinink considers
herself to be socially aware. She wrote about
Montgomery County’s chronically homeless in the
March/April 2013 issue of Bethesda Magazine.
Still, she was stunned by what she learned while
reporting a story on hunger for this issue. “I knew
there was a good deal of poverty in the county,
but it was still shocking to see firsthand how
widespread food insecurity is, and how it’s present
even in the wealthiest neighborhoods,” she says. A
graduate of the University of Colorado’s School of
Journalism and Mass Communication, Reinink has
written for Runner’s World, Skiing Magazine and
The Washington Post, among other publications.
She splits her time between Silver Spring and Upstate New York, where she lives with her husband.
A Bethesda native, photographer Michael Ventura took the photo on the cover of this issue.
About eight years ago, Ventura volunteered to
coach his daughter’s 6th-grade soccer team at a
local private school. He says he didn’t expect the
other coaches he encountered to be as cutthroat
as they were. “It was all about winning,” he says,
“and fun seemed to be forgotten or just an afterthought.” The experience was gratifying, though.
“I loved getting extra time with my daughter,” he
says. “I had a great group of girls who worked
hard even when opponents were tough.” A regular contributor to Bethesda Magazine, Ventura
lives in Silver Spring and has two children.
Bethesda resident Rita Rubin got her start in journalism early—she was the editor of her elementary school newspaper in Wheeling, W.Va. The
daughter of a physician, Rubin naturally gravitated
toward health and medical stories after earning a
bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern
University. She contributes regularly to Bethesda
Magazine as well as WebMD, NextAvenue.org and
POZ Magazine. In this issue, Rubin writes about
Potomac teenager Harrison McCabe’s battle with
ulcerative colitis. Rubin was twice Harrison’s age
when she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease,
another type of inflammatory bowel disease. “I
was so impressed by the maturity with which he
handled his illness,” she says.
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