Cape Fear Living is more than just a magazine. From concept to production, we are...






...a multi-platform media outlet.

Cape Fear Living celebrates life in Southeastern North Carolina.  We are dedicated to showcasing the Cape Fear region, centered around the Port City of Wilmington, but extending across the four counties of Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender.  We strive to entertain, inspire and inform.

As an integral part of the community, Cape Fear Living takes pride in showcasing our thriving businesses and talented individuals.  Every issue is a celebration of the people, culture, arts, crafts, architecture, history, and foodways of the region.

Whether you’ve lived in the Cape Fear region all your life, a newcomer looking to become more acquainted with your new home, relocating for work or just visiting, we are committed to sharing the area we love through our seasonal print publication, website, weekly blog, newsletters, and digital marketing.


Leping Beck


Leping Beck has been the publisher of Cape Fear Living Magazine since 2016. She is a producer and commentator of Western Reviews – a Chinese language TV program aired weekly with Mingjing TV in New York. Prior to moving to Wilmington, North Carolina in 2013, Leping was an attorney at law licensed in the state of Colorado. Specializing in immigration law and business transactions, she has served as the legal consultant for the Chinese American Merchants Association of Colorado. Leping has been invited by Universities and government organizations to educate new immigrants and small business owners about the legal and economic system in the U.S. She also enjoys contributing to Chinese language publications as a freelance writer. Leping and her husband Dan Beck, a nationally acclaimed artist, have two daughters. They all share a common interest in art, music, and literature.

Colleen Thompson

Editor in Chief

An editor, writer and photographer Colleen’s work has been published worldwide in magazines, newspapers and digital media. She has a passion for food – particularly Southern and the history behind it. As a qualified wine sommelier, she loves the art of a crafted cocktail and the storytelling that often accompanies it. With degrees in English and Environmental Science, Colleen has a particular love of the ocean and is always on the lookout for a wild beach. From the mesmerizing Spanish moss that hangs from the old live oaks to the captivating scent of the magnolia trees, the Cape Fear region has taken a hold on her heart. She lives with her husband, young son and two beagles.

Amanda Lisk

Account Executive

Amanda Lisk is a UCLA graduate and award-winning journalist whose career spans 27 years in the broadcast and print media industry, including work with CNN’s Larry King Live Show and CBS’s 60 minutes. She moved to Wilmington, NC in 1995 and has covered everything from bank robberies to bird watchers over the years as a reporter and freelance writer. Lisk is wife to a born-and-bred Wilmingtonian and proud mom of two amazing teenagers and a five-pound Yorkie. Lisk serves in a ministry that provides Sunday school to inner city youth and spends her free time riding the waves with her family as a self-proclaimed “47-year-old boogie boarder.”

Samantha Lowe

Editorial Graphic Designer

Samantha Lowe received her degree in graphic design from Kansas State University. After graduating, she worked as the senior graphic designer for a creative firm. She ventured out on her own 12 years ago and has been designing publications ever since. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. Chocolate is her weakness, and she has a heart for serif fonts and traveling.

Tammy Pope

Project Manager

Tammy Pope was born and raised on Long Island, New York and recently moved to beautiful Wilmington, NC to be near her family. After graduating from the School of Communications and Journalism at the University at Albany in 2018, she worked in the New York State Senate Press Office where she wrote speeches for the Senate Majority/Minority Leader, updated Senate members on current events and coordinated press conferences. When she is not spending time with her niece, Eden, ‘cool Aunt Tammy’ can be found dancing, scuba diving or skiing!