What do we do?
Distinction brings you the best of what Tidewater and Virginia has to offer in culture, dining and style.
150 W. Brambleton Ave. Norfolk, VA, 23510
Meet our amazing team.
We’re a talented group of creative individuals interested in telling stories
through art, design, photography, and the written word.
There was a time when governors muttered his name under their breath. These days it’s mostly the writers who do that. A Pulitzer finalist with more than 20 years experience, Clay has written and edited for some of the most respected news organizations in the country, including the Charlotte Observer, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Virginian-Pilot.
These days the Appalachian State University graduate leads a team that produces dozens of publications for Pilot Media, including Distinction, VA Growler, Outer Banks Magazine, and PRIME.
As an editor he favors solid reporting, narrative flair and a sense of humor. As a person, he favors bourbon.
After spending 10 years in radio,
EJ redirected his talents to graphic design and joined The Virginian-Pilot over 18 years ago. EJ has been a creative director for Distinction for 9 years. Known for his creative flair and crazy ideas, EJ is lead creative director for other products as well, such as VA Growler, PRIME and Outer Banks Magazine.
A graduate of East Carolina University, EJ also dabbles in video and music production and plays music regionally in the band, Galaxy Dynamite.
This purple-haired design powerhouse got her start running a print shop in Virginia Beach where she honed her design skills and learned the ins and outs of the printing world. An award-winning designer, Allyson puts her touch on Distinction, Outer Banks Magazine, PRIME and Military Newspapers of Virginia.
When not working, the Old Dominion University alumna can be found riding the early morning away in Chesapeake, getting down and dirty in a mud run or spending time with her husband, daughter, and dog.
Flannel aficionado. Comic book junkie. Future cover model of Ginger Beard Monthly.
If Wes isn’t inking the next Distinction, VA Growler illustration, he might be propped up next to a tent in Big Meadow — beer in hand, marshmallow roasting over a fire.
Since graduating from East Carolina University, he has designed and illustrated for publications in Eastern North Carolina, the wilds of Wyoming, and Tidewater Virginia. Wes has earned four Society for News Design Awards of Excellence, a National Headliner Award, and was part of team that received an AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award for its coverage of the shrinking Wind River Range glaciers.
Victoria didn’t set out to become a journalist – but it happened anyway.
She parlayed a degree in English literature from the University of Virginia into a job with The Virginian-Pilot in 2004, where she eventually became an award-winning reporter and respected community news editor after starting her career as an office manager/editorial assistant.
Since February 2019 she has worked as associate editor for Special Products, where she writes and helps edit all the cool things in Distinction, VA Growler, Prime and Outer Banks magazines.
Victoria is partial to a dram of Irish whiskey and walks in the woods. She says her dog may be the coolest person she knows, and she’s pretty sure her Olympic rowing dreams are just a regatta or two away.
A proud military-intelligence brat who spent many of her early years abroad, Erica is the chief backstop and guardian angel of Distinction, sweating the small stuff — and the big stuff — because precision and discipline matter. Erica watched as her dad fought the Cold War and her mom fought to keep things together. She earned her bachelor’s in journalism and, a couple decades later, her master’s in American Studies at The College of William & Mary.
She’s held several positions at The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star, including Pilot copy desk chief, and is perhaps most humbled by her late parents’ struggle and sacrifice.