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Join the Marco Eagle/marconews.com in welcoming our newest addition.

Devan Patel was born in Santa Monica, Cali. and began his reporting career in 2014 at The World in Coos Bay, Oregon. He won the Public Service Award in Oregon for coverage of neglect and abuse at a memory care facility. His reporting resulted in legislation to increase training and education requirements for caregivers.

Most recently, Patel served as the city hall reporter for the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa. He said he's looking forward to continuing his journalism career at the Eagle, and continuing the paper's legacy of strong watchdog reporting. 

"First, I'm thrilled to join the ranks of such a talented staff and continue the great work at the Naples Daily News and Marco Eagle,” Patel said. “Marco Island has no shortage of intrigue, but residents and taxpayers can rest assured I'm committed to government transparency and making sure their tax dollars are being put to good use."

Patel will be covering government and breaking news on Marco Island, as well as writing feature stories that frame the unique places and faces in this tropical paradise.

The Eagle's current reporter Lisa Conley has been promoted to the Naples Daily News where she will be covering the City of Naples. She's been with the Marco Eagle since June 2016.

Conley is originally from Middletown, Md., a small town about an hour outside of Washington, D.C. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelors of Journalism and Bachelors of Arts, Political Science in May 2016.

During her tenure at the Eagle, Conley covered Hurricane Irma, the departure of two city managers, a City Council election and numerous divisive local issues, including the Veterans Community Park hotel project and the COPCN discussion.

Conley said she's enjoyed being part of the Marco Island community the past two years, but is excited to join the Naples Daily News team.

“Marco Island is unlike any other place in the world, so leaving is definitely bittersweet," she said, "but I'm looking forward to the challenge of covering a new city with new players.”

Patel joined the Eagle the first week of April and Conley will be assuming her new role full time in mid-April.

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