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Former Montclair Mom ID'd As Victim Of Newsroom Shooting

Wendi Winters was a church-goer in Montclair before she moved to Maryland to start a family and begin a career in journalism.
Wendi Winters was a church-goer in Montclair before she moved to Maryland to start a family and begin a career in journalism. Photo Credit: Wendi Winters

A mom with roots in Montclair was identified as one of the five victims in Thursday's Maryland newsroom massacre.

Wendi Winters, 65 of Edgewater, MD, was a member of Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Montclair in the 1990s, the church confirmed.

She joined UU Annapolis Church when she moved to Maryland where she was a "huge presence," Rev Kathleen Rolenz of UU Annapolis said.

Winters was an editor and community reporter for the Capital Gazette, part of the Baltimore Sun Media Group/Tribune Publishing. She wrote weekly columns, hundreds of feature articles and oversaw editing in the paper's local sections.

She had a lengthy experience as a public relations consultant, and as a special events and fashion show producer/director.

Prior to journalism, Winters worked in the fashion industry as a public relations consultant and executive a New York City firm and the boutique firm she founded in the early 1980s, her LinkedIn page says.

Winters changed careers when she moved to Maryland and started as a freelance writer about fashion, arts and community events for countless local papers.

She became a staff writer at the paper in 2013 and then an editor in 2016. Winters was a Girl Scout leader and church youth adviser at her local Universalist Unitarian Church.

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