About Us

Attraction was founded in 1979 by Louise Hawkins.  Louise graduated from the University of MD School of Journalism and she began Attraction as an insert in the Howard County News, primarily covering social and sporting events in Howard County. It was published every other week and was just a couple of pages long. At that time, the magazine’s tagline was “The bi-weekly arts, leisure and entertainment magazine.”  In the early ‘80s, Louise and her family were living on the Eastern Shore and she also wrote for the Star Democrat and Daily Times. Sometime around 1983, she decided to move the magazine to the Mid Shore. She kept its shape and feel as a newspaper insert, which is why it is the size that it is, but it changed to a monthly publication of its own.  The tagline also changed at that time to “The Good News Magazine.” Louise was a one-woman show who did all aspects of the magazine publication, before computers, and then delivered all the issues herself, which at that time was around 4,000 copies per month.  She did all of this well into her 70s. In 1997, after leaving a very successful career in broadcast journalism, Richard Slaughter became partners with Louise. At that time the magazine only published 6 issues each year.  He worked with her for 5 years until she retired and he purchased the magazine from her. For 15 years, from 2002-2017, Richard was the second owner of the magazine.  It was during that time that Attraction really blossomed into what it is today.  More issues were added, the page count continually increased, the overall look of the magazine improved – stapled, trimmed, perfect bind, glossy cover – and the magazine began to have a large presence in the local community, spreading beyond just Talbot County. Richard worked as Publisher until his death in May 2017 when his wife, Harriett, took over ownership for the remainder of the year. On January 1, 2018, Richard’s daughter, Allison Rogers, became the owner of Attraction magazine. Today the staff includes:

Meet the Staff

Allison Rogers

Publisher

Allison joined the family business in 2013 after 15 years in the education field. She started out in Advertising Sales, became the Graphic Designer in 2016 and is now the owner of the magazine. She is proud to carry on her step-father Richard’s legacy of providing a valuable asset to our community and is always excited to see the finished product in print. Allison was born at Easton Memorial Hospital and graduated from the Country School, as her children also have, and she loves raising her family in her hometown. In her free time, Allison enjoys being on the water, going to the beach, exercising, gardening and cheering for the Washington Capitals! Contact Allison at allison@attractionmag.com or 410-299-5909.

Jennifer Latham

Executive Editor

Jenn joined the Attraction staff in 2004 and has enjoyed bringing the “good news” to readers on the Mid-Shore. Each month she waves her magic wand and articles get written, copy is edited, photographs are taken, pages are laid out and the website gets updated. Jenn has been involved in CarePacks of Talbot County since 2013 and is currently on the Talbot County board of Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore. In her free time, Jenn enjoys watching her teen boys play baseball and perform music, gardening, reading and quilting. Contact Jennifer at jennifer@attractionmag.com.

Harriett Slaughter

Proofreader

After a fulfilling career as an elementary school teacher for 19 years, Harriett joined her husband, Richard, as part of the staff of Attraction and became the proofreader, which she has now done for over 20 years. She advises readers to have their calendar handy to mark dates as they read the magazine because there are so many wonderful things going on throughout the Mid Shore. Harriett is a member of Talbot Mentors and enjoys helping young people have positive life experiences. Her favorite days are spent with her growing grandchildren, gardening in her small yard, and looking for treasures on sunny beaches.

Ryan Jacobson

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Ryan joined Attraction in 2019 as the Graphic Designer. He studied Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Washington and has designed logos for various local businesses, including an award-winning BBQ team. He is a native of Talbot County and a freelance artist. Ryan has had art in galleries and stores in St. Michaels and Easton and has also had work in several art shows including Out of the Box at Plein Air and the Christmas in Easton Art & Craft Show. With 15 years of graphic design experience, Ryan brings his natural, artistic abilities to design ads for the companies that advertise in Attraction Magazine. In his free time, Ryan enjoys painting and playing guitar, both for fun and in a band. Contact Ryan at ryan@attractionmag.com.

Get in Touch

Allison Rogers

Publisher

allison@attractionmag.com

Attraction Magazine

PO Box 360
Easton, MD 21601

The Good News Magazine
Serving the Eastern Shore for more than 40 Years!

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