Meet the Bethesda Beat team

Sumindi Peiris, President of Z-Pop Media and publisher of Bethesda Magazine and Bethesda Beat

Sumindi Peiris is the president of Z-Pop Media, the publisher of Bethesda Magazine and Bethesda Beat.

Peiris has spent the past 25 years helping build iconic brands at international companies spanning the media, hospitality and consumer goods sectors. Most recently, she was the Global Chief Marketing Officer at Time Out Group, a global media organization that reinvented itself when the COVID-19 pandemic hit two years ago and went on to win multiple international awards for its innovative response. Prior to Time Out, Peiris was the Vice President of Global Marketing for Luxury and Lifestyle Brands at Hilton Worldwide and held leadership roles at Diageo, LVMH, Bacardi and Unilever.

Born in Sri Lanka, she grew up in Kensington, traveled the world and now lives in North Bethesda with her husband, Sam, their son, Daveeth, who also attends Walter Johnson High School, and their 4-year-old Bichon Frise, BooBoo.

Anne Tallent, Executive Editor of Bethesda Magazine and Bethesda Beat

Anne Tallent is the Executive Editor of Bethesda Magazine and Bethesda Beat.

She joined the publications in August 2021 after 16 years as an editor at The Baltimore Sun. There, she had been a copy editor, arts editor, the founding editor of its young-reader daily news publication and the features editor, responsible for entertainment and lifestyle coverage as well as a portfolio of magazines. As the director of content/news, she oversaw teams ranging from justice to sports and directed coverage of major breaking news events. Her leadership contributed to Sun coverage recognized by Maryland Delaware DC Press Association awards, the National Press Club, the National Headliner Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.

Previously, Tallent had been an editor at the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y., and the Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City.

She attended the University of Maryland and graduated from Oklahoma State University.

Tallent has been a resident of Silver Spring since 2015. She and her husband have a young son who is probably also fated to be a word person.

Caitlynn Peetz, Education and Development Reporter

A western Nebraska native, Caitlynn Peetz started at Bethesda Beat in 2018, covering education and development. Caitlynn previously covered local news in and around Mitchell, South Dakota. While studying at Dakota Wesleyan University and later at South Dakota State University, she participated in a journalism program through USA TODAY, writing about student life.

Twitter: @CaitlynnPeetz14

Read Caitlynn’s stories here.

Dan Schere, Crime and Dine Reporter

Dan Schere joined the Bethesda Beat staff in 2018. He first covered county government and now reports on police, courts, emergency services, restaurants and retail. Previously, Dan was a reporter with Washington Jewish Week and Baltimore Jewish Times. A North Carolina native, Dan graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2014.

Twitter: @Daniel_Schere

Read Dan’s stories here.

Steve Bohnel, County Government Reporter

Steve Bohnel joined Bethesda Beat in 2021. He is from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb about 30 miles north of the city. After he graduated from Temple University in 2017, he moved out to the Midwest to work for a small newspaper called the Globe Gazette in Mason City, Iowa. His most recent gig prior to Bethesda Beat was at The Frederick News-Post in Frederick, where he predominantly covered county government.

Twitter: @Steve_Bohnel

Read Steve’s stories here.