While Derby Central may be newer to the roller derby world, the team has been talking, walking (and of course skating) roller derby for a number of years. Meet the people bringing you roller derby news, reviews and features right here on Derby Central.
Hailing from Lansing, Michigan, Chelsea has skated with the Lansing Derby Vixens since 2010. A writer by nature, hobby, and trade, Chelsea has been officially writing for derby for over two years with a recent focus on WFTDA Division 2 coverage. By day, Chelsea works in Corporate Communications for a ginormous company and spends her remaining free time complaining about, talking to, cleaning up after, and taking Instagram photos of her 3 cats and dog. Chelsea is amped to be part of the Derby Central team doing recaps, previews, social media things, and generally being awesome.
Deadwards started skating in 2009 and has written about it since 2010. She skated with Old Capitol City Roller Derby (Iowa City, IA) for 7 years, also coaching and taking on many other roles. She began national coverage with Derby News Network while in Des Moines, with the inaugural Division 2 WFTDA tournament. [Headshot by Danforth Johnson]
Danger discovered this whole roller derby thing in 2007 with Victoria, around the time they formed. Resident tweetcaster, bout recap go-to, and a league skater with Angel City Derby Girls, she has a history of writing for and about all things derby, including Hit & Miss Magazine, Five on Five, WFTDA, DNN, and even lecturing and teaching about it. An Associate Producer of In The Turn, a documentary about the Vagine Regime, the city founder and director of Hollaback! LA, a non-profit against street harassment, and resident intersectional feminist beat writer for SheWired. She shares Derby Central staffer Jennings’ appreciation for the finer things in life, but prefers her Vegemite with SoCal avocados.
Hannah Jennings has been playing roller derby since 2008 and currently skates for Rose City Rollers’ Wheels of Justice. Hannah has been writing about roller derby for four years – she has contributed to Hit & Miss, Blood and Thunder and Five on Five, and was news editor and social media manager for Derby News Network (DNN). Hannah helped launch Derby Central from the ashes of DNN, and worked on the site until the beginning of 2015, when she took up a role captaining Wheels of Justice to their historic championship win. [Headshot by Your Sunday Best Photography]
Josie is a relative newcomer to derby: they started skating in 2012 with the Ithaca League of Women Rollers, before moving to Chicago the next year for work, where they now are a member of the Windy City Rollers, Chicago Red Hots USARS club, and Team Illinois. Josie is also the founder of the Transgender, Gender-non-conforming, and Intersex Athlete Network, an organization aimed at building community and promoting an inclusive athletic environment. When not being a jock, Josie is a giant nerd. They holds a PhD in Ecology and are currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lincoln Park Zoo. [Headshot by Danforth Johnson]