Peter Heck and Jane Jewell Named Chestertown Spy Co-Managing Editors


The Community Newspaper Project, the parent nonprofit organization of the Chestertown Spy and Talbot Spy, has announced the appointment of Peter Heck and Jane Jewell as co-managing editors of the Chestertown Spy, effective immediately. 

“I am so very delighted that Peter and Jane have agreed to lead the Chestertown Spy,” said Dave Wheelan, publisher and executive editor of the Spy newspapers. “Both bring some extraordinary skills to the Spy in both journalism and photojournalism and more importantly, they share with me a special affection for Chestertown and Kent County that will be a remarkable asset to our community.” 

While Peter has been best known locally for his many years as a reporter for the Kent County News, he has also written over 100 book reviews for such publications as the Kirkus Review and Newsday, as well as spending two years as editor at Berkley Publications. A native of Chestertown, with degrees from Harvard and Johns Hopkins, Heck also has written ten novels, two of which were genre best sellers.  He is also an accomplished musician, playing guitar and banjo.

Jane, Peter’s wife, also comes to the Spy with a distinguished background in writing, editing, and photography. Since moving to Chestertown, Jane worked at Washington College in the computer department, then as the executive director of the Science Fiction Writers of America. She also has contributed photos to the Kent County News. Jane currently serves on the board of the National Music Festival and has been active as a coach with the Character Counts! program in the Kent County Public Schools. 

Peter and Jane can be contacted at


Letters to Editor

  1. Marty Stetson says

    Congratulation to Peter and Jane for getting the job and to The Spy for being smart enough to hire them. It is a good for both Peter, Jane and The Spy but most of all for the community.

    • Louise OBrien says

      I was devastated when I heard that Peter was no longer with the KCNews. He was the most valuable reporter there was for that paper and I can’t imagine looking forward to reading it without his contributions. However, perhaps it will work well having him and Jane contributing to The Spy. Certainly there will be added interest. Who knows where this may take them and you!

  2. Diane B Jones says

    Congratulations, Peter and Jane, and best wishes for your appointment. Good news for all.

  3. MARY WOOD says

    Two good writers, who understand our community. congratulations to them & to our Spy

  4. Carol Brown says

    Best of luck to two talented people!

  5. Barbara Barrett Foster says

    Wonderful News! Congratulations, Peter, Jane and The Spy!

    Barbara and David Foster

  6. Lani Seikaly says

    I am thrilled that Peter and Jane are taking on this role with the SPY. Not only are they amazingly talented and dedicated journalists, but they are so committed to and knowledgeable about this community. Congratulations to all.

  7. Janice K. Colvin says

    Congratulations to you Peter and Jane. What wonderful news! The community will benefit from your expertise and knowledge.

  8. Gren Whitman says

    An unexpected, positive, and exciting development for C’town and Kent County!
    Congrats to Spy. Congrats to Peter and Jane!

  9. Elizabeth Hill says

    Congratulations to you both! I already enjoy the Spy and now will enjoy it even more. Best wishes!!!

  10. Kevin Hemstock says

    A loss to the Kent County News is a gain to the Chestertown Spy. It’s wonderful that these two great communicators will be able to continue keeping the community informed through their quality and unbiased writing and artistic graphic skills. Best of luck!

  11. Anne Charles says

    CONGRATULATIONS… Peter, Jane and the SPY….this is wonderful news….
    and well deserved….

  12. (Mildred) Joyce Kim says

    Chestertown is so fortunate to have Peter and Jane as co-editors of the Spy. The loss to the Kent County News is the gain of Chestertown’s terrific e-newspaper. Best wishes to both of them. I now intend to be a constqnt reader of this terrific e-newspaper


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