Guy aceto

photo editor, Aviation History, Vietnam and world war ii

Photo editor Guy Aceto served in the USAF as a medical technician from 1977 to 1981. As the art director of Air Force Magazine for 21 years, he designed and produced their monthly magazine. He has worked in the world of military aviation for nearly 40 years. His travels have taken him and his camera from Panmunjom at the Korean DMZ to Doha, Qatar, Palanga, Lithuania and 48 of the 50 states.

Claire Barrett

News and social editor

Claire Barrett is the news and social editor at HistoryNet and a World War II researcher. She earned a master’s degree in the history of war from King’s College, London, and has an unparalleled affinity for Sir Winston Churchill, Spitfires and Michigan football. Her work is also featured on Military Times, HistoryNet’s sister publication. You can see her on screen co-presenting the “This Week in History” series.

Jon Bock

Art Director

Jon Bock joined HistoryNet as art director in 2018. He earned a B.S. degree in graphic design and photography from Radford University. Upon graduation, he joined the National Rifle Association and was quickly promoted to assistant art director. Next, Jon went to America’s Community Bankers as their art director, where he led the redesign of the association’s magazine and marketing materials. He left ACB to be at home with his three young sons, freelancing part-time as a graphic designer. He resumed full-time work as a senior designer for government contractor Circle Solutions, where he designed health care industry publications.

Michael Dolan

Editor, American History

Michael Dolan has edited American History since 2016. Previously he was senior editor of HistoryNet’s World War II magazine. He is the author of histories of the American porch and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Outside, The New Republic, Smithsonian and many other outlets. As a scriptwriter and producer, he has credits on hundreds of hours of documentary TV programming.



Kirstin Fawcett is World War II’s associate editor. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C., area, she first became interested in history thanks to frequent school field trips to the monuments and in World War II thanks to her grandfather, a Manhattan Project chemist who witnessed the world’s first self-sustained nuclear chain reaction beneath the University of Chicago’s old Stagg Field in 1942.

Paul Fisher

Art Director

Paul Fisher earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic art and advertising from Granville College in Sheffield, England. He relocated to the United States in 1988 to work for the Magazine Group in Washington, D.C., then went on to head up the creative services department for the Newspaper Association of America. He became part of the HistoryNet team in 2016.

Zita Ballinger Fletcher

Senior editor, Vietnam and Military History

Zita Ballinger Fletcher is senior editor of Vietnam and Military History magazines. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in military history. Her areas of interest include the Vietnam War and World Wars I and II, with a focus on Great Britain, Germany and Eastern Europe. She is a member of the U.K. Military Historical Society and has written numerous military history articles. She is also an award-winning author whose books include “Bernard Montgomery’s Art of War” and the “Erwin Rommel: Photographer” series. 

Alex Griffith

Photo Editor, Military History, MHQ and WILD wEST

Photo editor Alex Griffith is responsible for finding and preparing the images you find in Military History, MHQ and Wild West. He’s also behind some of HistoryNet’s online content and co-presents the “This Week in History” series.



In addition to serving as research director for HistoryNet, Jon Guttman has served 20 years in the Army National Guard, retiring as a master sergeant, and is the author or co-author of scores of books on aviation history, as well as articles on various other history subjects, most of which have appeared in HistoryNet publications. Besides 18 books for Osprey Publications in Britain, he has published four books in the United States: “The Origin of the Fighter Aircraft,” “Fighter Aircraft Combat Debuts,” “Grim Reapers: French Escadrille 94 in World War I” and “Aerial Foreign Legion: Volunteer Foreign Airmen in French Escadrille Service.”

Stephen Harding

Editor, Military History

Military History editor Stephen Harding is a former defense journalist who covered the conflicts in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Iraq. He is also a New York Times bestselling author of World War II histories.



Senior Editor, Civil War Times

Chris Howland has been the editor of America’s Civil War since 2015 and senior editor at Civil War Times since 2007. The Kansas native is an award-winning journalist with more than 40 years of professional experience and has a relatively short bucket list: to fully explore each of the 25 National Military Parks, National Battlefields and National Battlefield Parks in the United States. He can now say that he’s halfway there.

Tom Huntington

Editor, Aviation History

Born and raised in the state of Maine, Aviation History editor Tom Huntington has served as editor of American History and Historic Traveler magazines and spent 10 years as managing editor of Air & Space/Smithsonian. His books include “Maine at 200: An Anecdotal History Celebrating Two Centuries of Statehood,” “Maine Roads to Gettysburg” and “Searching for George Gordon Meade: The Forgotten Victor of Gettysburg.” He has written articles for many magazines, including Smithsonian and American Heritage.

Karen Jensen

Editor, World War II

Karen Jensen has been with World War II magazine for 15 years — the majority of those as its editor. She had a long run prior to that as an editor with Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine and as a freelance writer whose works included books (and chunks of them) for National Geographic, Time Life and the National Wildlife Federation. A lifelong magazine fan, she’s found no richer topic than that of the war, a subject that continues to surprise, humble and gratify.

Gregory Lalire

Editor, Wild West

The editor of Wild West magazine since 1995, Gregory Lalire graduated from the University of New Mexico as a history major but has yet to graduate from 1950s and 1960s TV Westerns. He is at home in New Mexico and Montana and writes historical novels with Western settings on the side but lives in Virginia and encourages only well-written, well-documented true tales for Wild West magazine.

David Lauterborn

Managing editor, military history and wild west

Over his three-decade publishing career, David Lauterborn has shepherded more than 250 magazine issues into print and posted 1,600-plus online articles. Among those are interviews with such historic figures as last surviving World War I doughboy Frank Buckles, Berlin Candy Bomber Gail Halvorsen and last surviving Doolittle Raider Dick Cole. A published writer, author and photographer, Dave has roamed a million miles and shaped millions of words to relate adventure stories unbound by time or place.

Michael Y. Park

Managing digital editor

Michael Y. Park is managing editor for digital for HistoryNet. He previously worked as a writer and editor at The Points Guy, LIFE Magazine, Fox News and Bon Appetit, and his stories have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Reuters, the Associated Press, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, PEOPLE, the Toronto Globe & Mail, Toronto Star and more. He’s interviewed both Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, picnicked with the king of Malaysia, woken up next to polar bears in Manitoba, choked on gasoline clams in North Korea, snuck into Afghanistan in disguise as a Hazara, and has somehow avoided getting shot, tear-gassed, stabbed or blown up on several occasions.

Larry porges

senior editor, world war ii and aviation history

After an 18-year stint as an editor at National Geographic Books, Larry Porges joined the HistoryNet team in April 2018 as senior editor of World War II and Aviation History magazines. A resident of Washington, D.C., Porges spent several years as a boy living in London with his family, where his love of history first developed and grew.

Dana b. shoaf

Managing editor of print

Editor, civil war times

Civil War Times editor Dana B. Shoaf has been passionate about American history and the Civil War since he was a child. He is an avid battlefield tramper, collector of Civil War photography and artifacts, and voracious reader on the topic. See his passion in action during live monthly First Mondays Facebook and YouTube broadcasts. Dana has served as a consultant to the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress and the National Archives, and also serves as HistoryNet’s managing editor of print

Chuck springston

editor, vietnam

Editor of Vietnam magazine since 2014, Chuck Springston previously was news editor of Washington Business Journal. Earlier he was a writer or editor for publications in Shreveport and Lafayette, Louisiana, and Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville, Florida.

Austin Stahl

Art Director, Civil War Times and America’s Civil War

Art director Austin Stahl brings nearly two decades of publication design experience to HistoryNet. He is currently the art director for Civil War Times and America’s Civil War magazines.



Sarah Richardson is a senior editor for American History magazine, Civil War Times and America’s Civil War. She grew up on the West Coast but enjoys the mid-Atlantic for the rich variety of historical sites and the opportunity to explore the nation’s complex history over many eras.

Brian walker

Group Design director

Brian Walker is the group design director at HistoryNet. He is a graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh who has received numerous awards for design and illustration. The award competitions include the DC Ad Club, the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington and the Society of Publication Designers, with an appearance in their 34th Publication Design Annual.

Melissa a. winn

director of photography

Melissa A. Winn is the director of photography for HistoryNet. She’s a photographer, writer, editor and collector of Civil War photographs. She’s a member of the Professional Photographers Association, Authors Guild and the Center for Civil War Photography. She’s also an avid runner and triathlete.