Jondi Gumz


I am editor of the Times Publishing Group, Inc., which publishes the Aptos Times, Capitola-Soquel Times, Scotts Valley Times and Coastal Health & Wellness. I retired from the Santa Cruz Sentinel in January 2019 after working there since 1992. I was a Center for Health Journalism California Fellow in 2010. I'm a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. I've covered a variety of beats and gotten training from the Poynter Institute and the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism. I've won the Casey Medal and awards from the Education Writers Association, Society of Environmental Journalists and the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club.


What happens when a health reporter personally tries out some of the health trends she routinely covers? Jondi Gumz committed herself to taking more steps and eating healthier foods than ever before. Not that it always came easy, especially on deadline days.

Two years ago Sara Keenan was overweight and dependent on pain-killers that were shutting down her lungs and putting her at risk of dying. Today she is off pain-killers and 170 pounds lighter, with ambitions to become a personal coach to give hope to others who are overweight. Here is how she did it