MANDY STAPLEFORD (GNGP voice and co-creator):
Writer, Ridiculous Optimist, Artist
While a clay artist for most of her life, Mandy typically juggles multiple projects at a time. She’s written a book on entrepreneurship (pen name Mandy Lee) and dabbled in producing numerous theater and art shows. In 2015, after becoming dispirited with the depressing daily news, she took another leap iZnto writing when she created Good News Good Planet. She craved more joyful thoughts and realized happiness really does begin with good news and listening to it was easy, so recording it was the way to go.
In 2021 and 2022, Good News Good Planet won the New Mexico Broadcasters Association award for Excellence in Broadcasting in a Specialty Program. Read an article on the NMBA award and birth of GNGP here.
In 2022, through a generous grant from the LOR Foundation, Good News Good Planet Schools was created.It’s a revolutionary program that seeks to encourage students to see themselves as part of the solution. The course uses 2-minute audio stories of actual good news from around the world to inspire kids to be solution-focused. The accompanying curriculum helps them to strategize responses to issues that matter to them and actively participate in making their own world a better place.
Mandy hails from the northeast coast but in 1998 found herself in Taos, New Mexico for a short visit that never ended. She resides there still, with her husband and numerous dogs, in a house she built from straw bales. She loves to spend inordinate amounts of time in her clay studio.
GINA CAROLINE GARGONE (GNGP writer and Co-creator):
Teacher, Pensively Outgoing, Actor
Gina enjoys all things good. A few of her favorites are good company, good food and a good long laugh. Really though, the entirety of that list stretches for miles across the hills of her mountain home towards the horizon.
Gina is a writer and an educator. Writing for Good News Good Planet is her contribution to sharing all of the good she enjoys in this life.
Gina loves to spend her days hiking, reading, philosophizing and smiling — most of the time. She lives in Taos, New Mexico with her family and a great big black dog named Beatrice and likes her music LOUD!
She would like to remind you to always sing to your houseplants; they appreciate it, you’ll start your morning off right and it’s good for you!
Kimberly Gordon (Head Writer):
Kim is an author, veteran, and mother of five boys who loves great stories, big gardens, and old farmhouses.