Laurie Stuart is publisher of The River Reporter and has been with the newspaper since 1977. Her belief that promoting dialogue and engagement can help our communities to shape their own destinies is manifest not only in the newspaper, but also in her community work as convener of the Upper Delaware River Roundtable and minister of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. She has an artistic bent that finds expression in activities including felt-making, song-writing and singing — a range of interests reflected in the breadth of human affairs covered by the newspaper.
Breann Cochran is the General Manager of The River Reporter. Originally from California, Breann earned her degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University. After working in a B2B role in Los Angeles, she moved to NYC where she worked in digital marketing for a luxury retailer. Breann brings a passion for the outdoors, love of cooking and desire to live in a rural setting (again) to Sullivan County where she and her fiancé are enjoying their country life.
Fritz Mayer is Editor. His background in journalism includes 17 years at CNN, where he held various positions including Executive Producer. He moved from Manhattan to Sullivan County full time in 2001. He reported for WVOS FM for four years, where he covered issues of local importance such as the Sullivan County Landfill, the prospect of casinos opening here and the rapid development of the area. Fritz and his wife Anne Hart own The Cutting Garden antiques store and seasonal cutting garden in Youngsville.
Jane Bollinger is Managing Editor having come out of early retirement to return to journalism at The River Reporter. Her previous newspaper experience includes working as a reporter at two Pennsylvania papers—The Quakertown Free Press (1970s) and The Scranton Times (1990s). In between, she worked as a local television news producer in Kansas City, MO and St. Petersburg, FL and then in New York City for WNBC local news before moving on to ABC News. She worked at Good Morning America for 14 years, starting as a writer/producer and ending her time there as managing editor and head writer.
She has a passion for eating real food grown by local farmers and for sharing her food knowledge with others. She has recently stepped down after nine summers from doing a weekly cooking demo at the Wayne County Farmers Market. She serves as chairperson of the Wayne County group of PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture) and is active in other efforts to promote agriculture as economic development for our region’s future.
Isabel Braverman is the Editorial Assistant. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and a minor in dance. She has interned at various media outlets, including GRITtv With Laura Flanders and StyleCaster in New York City, and University Link Magazine in Los Angeles. She has lived in the area for all of her life and loves the small and thriving community, and most importantly, the river that runs through it. Other outlets of artistic expression include ballet, cooking and whistling.
Jonathan Fox is the Arts and Leisure reporter and updates The River Reporter Facebook page. He currently lives in Sullivan County. Having written for film and television, he now concentrates his efforts on novels, plays and assorted periodicals, along with his weekly "Humble Opinion" column on life in the Catskills.
In between theatre, art and concert reviews, Jonathan can be heard as one of the on-air personalities with “Ciliberto and Friends in the Morning”, on Thunder 102.1 FM. He regularly appeared on popular 80’s shows like “Fame”, “Diffrent Strokes”, “Three’s Company”, “The Jeffersons”and “The Facts of Life.”
Advertising & Circulation
Barbara Matos is the Sales/Advertising Director, and joins the River Reporter with a wealth of 20 years in television advertising sales. Her background working at Fox, Turner Broadcasting and MTV Networks has given her extensive expertise in sales management and business growth. She lives in Damascus, PA with her husband, where she indulges her love of nature, the Delaware River and all animals great and small.
Denise Yewchuck is a member of the sales team. She graduated from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and moved to Sullivan County in 2006 to pursue an internship with a local non-profit organization. She has over seven years of experience in sales and working one-on-one with clients to provide outstanding customer service.
Since moving to the River Valley community, she has built a house and started a family with her husband who is a native to Sullivan County. She has found a creative outlet in baking , enjoys woodworking and loves to explore all that the Sullivan County Catskills has to offer.
Eileen Hennessy is the Classified Representative and Advertising Consultant. Her interest in people and dedication to helping them is evident in her participation in a number of local organizations including the Tusten Lions and the Cochecton Youth Commission. This same spirit of service and personal engagement informs her work with the individuals and businesses whom she helps to offer their goods and services through The River Reporter.
Production & Design
Amanda Reed is the Production Manager. Growing up in the darkroom and production room of The News Eagle gave her a feel for art and design at an early age. Eight years of newspaper design experience in multiple local publications give her designs a hometown feeling. An avid photographer, Amanda can almost always be caught with a camera in hand. When she’s not busy working, she can be found coaching girls softball, being a horse show mom, hanging out with her daughters and racing r/c cars.