Our Team

Randy Grider is editor and publisher of Lookout Alabama. A native of Rainsville, Ala., Randy spent his youth exploring the rivers, caves, canyons and forests of both Sand Mountain and Lookout Mountain. After earning a degree in journalism with minors in history and political science from the University of Alabama in 1992, he worked at various newspapers throughout Alabama, specializing in turning around stagnant publications by redesigning them and revamping editorial content. He won 11 Alabama Press Association awards, including “most improved newspaper” at two publications. Through various projects with civic organizations, Randy also was involved in communities the newspapers served. For 13 years, he was editor-in-chief of national trade magazines for the trucking industry. The American Society of Business Publication Editors recognized Truckers News 32 times on national and regional levels during Randy’s tenure. He is a three-time finalist and 2005 winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award (considered “the Pulitzer Prize of the business press”), presented at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Olivia Grider is creative director of Lookout Alabama. From Pinson, Ala., she has 15 years of experience writing, editing and designing for national magazines, professional associations and marketing campaigns as well as local publications. Her work has won regional and national awards, including the 2006 Jesse H. Neal Award. Olivia also works at the University of Alabama Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility – UA’s service-learning  office – where she handles communications and produces the university’s Service Learning magazine. At CESR she gained experience building community partnerships, engaging non-profit organizations and students in collaborative programs and coordinating events. She learned to create professional, short films through the university’s Documenting Justice program. Olivia earned a degree in mass communication with a journalism specialization and history minor from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2000.