Staff and Contributor Biographies

Charles Snee

Charles “Chad” Snee is the editor of Linn’s Stamp News and Scott Publishing Co. Scott produces the Scott-brand of postage stamp catalogs, which include the six-volume, worldwide Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers, and the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940.

Snee is an accomplished philatelist, with 15 years of professional editorial, reporting and writing experience in the stamp-hobby media. In 1999, he was hired as an associate editor for Linn’s Stamp News, where he worked for seven years, eventually rising to senior editor in 2003. Following a Navy Reserve deployment to Afghanistan, Snee joined the Scott editorial staff in 2007. In 2011, he became editor of the Scott catalogs. In January 2014, he assumed his current duties as editor of Linn’s and Scott. He enjoys collecting the stamps of Ireland and Scandinavia, as well as United States postal history.

Snee and his wife Lynne have been married for 22 years. They reside in Troy, Ohio, with their three daughters: Katelyn, Charlotte and Margaret.


Donna Houseman

Donna Houseman is managing editor of Linn’s Stamp News and the Scott-brand of postage stamp catalogs, which include the six-volume, worldwide Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue and the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers. She is the lead editor of the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940. Houseman has 42 years of professional editorial, reporting and writing experience in the stamp-hobby media. She authored five best-selling Philatelic Gems books published by Linn’s, and edited and contributed to numerous other books, including the popular Linn’s U.S. Stamp Yearbook series. She developed and edited the Linn’s Handbook series.

She was editor of Scott Stamp Monthly from 2007 until she joined the Scott catalog team in 2010.

Houseman collects stamps of Ireland, County Cork postal history and stampless covers, and Great Britain stamps used in Ireland.

She is married and enjoys gardening, watching basketball and walking with her poodle.


Michael Baadke

Michael Baadke is a Linn’s Stamp News senior editor. He began his journalism career in 1975 as a writer and staff editor for The Michigan Daily in Ann Arbor. He joined Linn’s Stamp News as a staff writer in February 1993 and was named senior editor in April 1996. He also authored the popular Linn’s Refresher Course column for more than five years, from 1995 to 2001. Baadke became the editor of Scott Stamp Monthly in March 2001, and returned to the Linn’s staff in November 2007. His 392-page book, Linn’s Complete Stamp Collecting Basics, was published by Amos Hobby Publishing in 2004 and is now in its second printing. Baadke collects Denmark, Germany and the United States. He also maintains a topical collection of beer and brewing.


Jay Bigalke

Jay is senior editor-digital media for Linn’s Stamp News. He is a lifelong stamp collector who joined Amos Press as associate editor of Linn’s Stamp News in 2005. In 2011, he was inducted in to the Wisconsin Philatelic Hall of Fame by the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs. He’s originally from a Wisconsin town of just 75 people and has a goal of visiting each of the 50 states and the U.S. territories. Right now, he’s at 49 states and three territories, with Wyoming, American Samoa and the Northern Marianas still to go.


Denise McCarty

Denise McCarty is a senior editor of Linn’s Stamp News. A graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a degree in journalism, McCarty has 33 years of editorial and writing experience with Linn's Stamp News. In addition to specializing in the reporting of worldwide new issues, McCarty oversees the page production of Linn’s Stamp News each week.

McCarty's collecting interests include the postal history of her hometown of Brookville, Ohio, and stamps related to her hobbies of nature photography, hiking and visiting national parks.


John Hotchner, a Linn's writer since 1977 and a contributing editor, is the author (since 1987) of the weekly U.S. Notes column. He collects the United States in depth and worldwide EFOs (errors, freaks and oddities), and exhibits stamp separation methods, U.S. auxiliary markings, the 1934 U.S. and Great Britain Christmas seals, and Hubba Hubba handstamps on Korean War military covers. Hotchner is a national and international stamp show and philatelic literature judge, the founder or cofounder of six ongoing national stamp groups, and an expertiser for U.S. material. He was a 16-year member of the APS board of directors, including serving as the APS president from 1997-99. He is currently vice president of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors and a member of the National Postal Museum's Council of Philatelists. He served on the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committtee from 1998 to 2010. He retired from the U.S. Department of State in May 2008, and is now a consultant on terrorist mobility with the interagency Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center.


The same aunt who interested Bill McAllister in journalism gave him his first stamp album, a Minkus beginner album in 1952. His interest then and now has remained U.S. stamps, especially first-day covers and programs. He began his pursuit of first-day programs after covering a first-day ceremony for the 1987 Girl Scout stamp in Washington. That ceremony prompted him to write a weekly stamp column that appeared in The Washington Post and other newspapers for 12 years. McAllister joined Linn's as its Washington correspondent in 1996 and has continued his interest in reporting how individual stamps are created and the intense lobbying for their approval. He also enjoys getting behind the scenes of the U.S. Postal Service, one of Washington's biggest federal agencies. To McAllister how the mail moves – or sometimes doesn't move – is almost as interesting as the stamps that the agency produces.