SPY is your daily dossier into everyday luxuries, undiscovered gems and the people and products making news around the world.
As industry insiders, we scout out the most unique, quality and discerning products and experiences. Then, we show you how to access them, often before anyone else.
Our team of experts provides solid advice, informed reviews and experienced recommendations. With a network that spans Hollywood, New York, Silicon Valley and beyond, SPY works to uncover the latest in style, tech, wellness, travel and entertaining.
Tim Chan, Managing Editor
Tim Chan is the Managing Editor of Spy.com. With more than 15 years of experience in the publishing and entertainment industries, Tim has held leadership roles across the print, television and digital spheres.
His work includes stints as a morning show producer for cable news network, NY1, and as a producer for E! and MuchMusic — Canada’s #1 entertainment and music channel. Most recently, he was part of the team that launched the Snapchat Discover Channel, BROTHER.
In addition to his media work, Tim has consulted for a number of fashion and lifestyle brands, spanning apparel, accessories and hospitality.
A graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism, Tim is also the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Corduroy — an award-winning arts and culture magazine. Follow him @mrtimchan. | email@example.com
Barb Dybwad, Director of E-Commerce
Barbara Dybwad is the Director of E-Commerce for Penske Media Corp. One of the first professional tech bloggers, Barb has built editorial teams and managed digital strategy for AOL, Mashable and Best Buy along with umpteen startups. She has launched and led national events series for consumer tech site Engadget, from the Official CES Awards to the 10,000-attendee Expand franchise in SF and NY.
Barb’s work has appeared in Forbes, Entrepreneur.com, CNN, ABC News, USA Today, and Yahoo News among others, and she is a regular speaker at industry events in technology and social media. She’s a frequent traveler, avid reader and media junkie, musician, and politics enthusiast who loves words, people, and data in equal measure.
Mia Maguire, Staff Writer
Mia Maguire is the Los Angeles-based staff writer for Spy.com. She writes about style, tech, news and product launches on a daily basis, in addition to producing the in-house photo shoots.
While studying at University of California, San Diego, Mia served as the Fashion Director for Fashion Quarterly magazine and conducted research for the university’s art history department, focusing on the topic of psychoanalytic theory and modern art. Post-graduation, she moved to Los Angeles and began working for an e-commerce fashion retailer, as the head copywriter and web merchandiser.
After working in the fashion industry for over a decade, she recently decided she wanted to go back to her roots, and pursue a career as a writer. In her free time she enjoys antique shopping, going to art exhibitions and taking (very amateur) pictures with her SLR camera. | firstname.lastname@example.org
Wasani Probasco, Commerce Content Manager
Wasani Probasco is the Commerce Content Manager for Penske Media Corp. As a proud native Angeleno, Wasani has worked with some of the biggest tech names in LA such as Amazon and Swagbucks, and has had numerous years of working in digital marketing and advertisement.
Wasani is a marketing professional with a passion for consumer behavior, psychology and its intersection, which was his field of study while at the University of Miami (Go ‘Canes!).
In addition to Digital Marketing, Wasani has consulted on numerous other projects which exemplifies his expertise in Front End Web Development, Web & UX Design.
Brad Smith, Contributor
Brad Smith is a Los Angeles-based writer for Spy.com who specializes in gadgets and new technology. Before moving to the West Coast, Brad worked as a content strategist for a tech startup in Asia and as a copywriter for various digital marketing agencies in Atlanta. His work has been featured in Quartz, Yahoo! Finance, and more.
From internet privacy and cybersecurity to superhero and collectible news and more, Brad enjoys researching new topics and finding clever ways to make complicated subjects sound simple. A journalism graduate from GSU, Brad has worked in three different countries in the past 10 years.
Destynee Powell, Contributor
Destynee Powell is a Contributing Writer for Spy.com. She writes about beauty, style, entertainment and tech. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Destynee discovered her love for brand storytelling when she got her start at The Walt Disney Company.
Now with 10+ years experience, Destynee has written and developed content strategy for companies including Fandango, True Religion, See’s Candies and Estée Lauder, to name a few.
While earning her master’s degree at the University College London, Destynee acquired a life-long love for culture, food, wine and travel. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and watching cat videos.
Sarah Morlock, Contributor
Sarah Morlock is a full-time freelance writer. Her main focus is travel, but she also writes about beauty and new products in the household goods market.
Sarah has 8 years of experience as a travel writer, content guru, social media master and startup consultant. Her work includes social marketing strategy for PADI Travel, consulting for a number of tourism brands and contributions to Roads and Kingdoms and Tripcanvas.
A graduate of Indiana University, Sarah is also a full-time traveler. Most recently, she completed the Trans-Mongolian Railway, and she has traveled to more than 50 countries in the past 10 years.
Melissa Maize, Contributor
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Melissa moved to Los Angeles to study screenwriting and advertising at Chapman University. She joined the SPY team as an intern in 2017 before transitioning into freelance writing. When she’s not writing (or suffering from writer’s block), she’s watching sci-fi films, reading and travelling.
Ryan McBride, Contributor
Ryan is a freelance writer for Spy.com. Based in LA, he writes mainly about books, film, art, design and fashion. Previously he worked as a car reviewer, a travel writer for the Four Seasons mobile concierge and as an editor for a literary magazine. He studied in New York and Santa Barbara and attended the Squaw Valley Writers’ Conference.
Oscar Hartzog, Contributor
Oscar Hartzog is a contributing writer for Spy.com with a passion for movies, TV, and men’s fashion. After graduating high school in 2016, Oscar moved to Los Angeles with an internship at Vertical Networks, a video production company started under Snap Inc. After working with the editorial team at Vertical Networks, Oscar discovered a passion for writing and became a freelance writer for SPY in 2017.
Oscar is currently a student at Santa Monica College, pursuing degrees English and philosophy. On weekends, Oscar enjoys vintage shopping, surfing, traveling, and finding new Mexican restaurants.
Lisa Levine, Contributor
Lisa Levine is a Los Angeles-based writer for Spy.com specializing in beauty, fashion and all things motherhood. In her past life, Lisa worked in the publishing world for magazines such as The Hollywood Reporter and FHM and as an Internal Consultant for Cedars Sinai.
As a full-time mom, Lisa’s days are filled to the brim and writing is a great way to decompress, learn about new products and focus on her love of all things beauty and fashion.
Taylor Miller, Fitness Contributor
Taylor is a 25-year-old model and writer from Indiana. He began writing in college while pursuing my creative writing degree at Wabash College. However, he has always been a short fiction writer until now. Before moving to Los Angeles, Taylor was a commercial real estate appraiser in Indianapolis for two years and also worked for the U.S. Small Business Administration for a short period.
Taylor has been modeling for four years and has been fortunate to work with brands like Versace, Guess, and Champion. In his down time, Taylor enjoys going to the gym, long bike rides, and cooking.
Jonathan Zavalet, Contributor
Jonathan Zavaleta is a freelance contributor for Spy.com. He is a native Angeleno with a passion for writing about politics, music, film, and fashion. His love of media began in high school when he was the editor-in-chief of his campus’ weekly paper.
While working toward a Bachelor’s in Politics at UC Santa Cruz, he volunteered as a journalist and DJ at the college’s radio station, KZSC. After graduating, he worked as a writer for an art gallery, an activist for a political organization, and a copywriter for a startup producing men’s beauty products. On weekends you can find him riding his bike, drinking coffee, or trying to do both at the same time.